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Old Oct 25, 2002, 12:29 AM
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Flying...Pushing Air Down
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Clovis, NM, USA
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Break From Building

I decided to take a break from my usual kit-bashing and scratch-building, and try somethinmg easy. HA!

This is an "AirSurfer" I picked up at Wal-mart for 50 bucks. It took me about an hour from box to charged and ready-to-fly. It only took about three seconds to crash!

Well, after about three hours of test glides and wingtip bending and taping to trim it out, I was finally able to enjoy some good flights with it. The flight times ranged from the initial 3 seconds to 7.5 minutes before it got too dark and I had to quit.

I found out why it took so long for me to get the hang of it. It says right on the darned box, that it's for 8 year-olds. No WONDER I couldn't fly the dang thing.

Wingspan 30.5 inches
Length 20.0
AUW 9.0 ounces
Controls throttle (all-or-nothing)
differential thrust (inboard motor shuts off for turns)
Motors pretty strong sized between the GWS and a 280
Battery six-cell NiMH (after 4 cycles, the batteries are taking
about 400 mAH charges)

So far, the airplane has proven itself to be indestructible. Believe me, I tried.

Gary My photos.
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