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Old Feb 05, 2011, 12:42 AM
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scaled down Stylus

I've allways wanted to build the stylus since I started flying back in 88, well I finally did it. I scaled it to 32 inches instead of the original 40 inches. I built one as a glider like it should be and then built another as a powered glider with a stretched wing. maiden on the glider was last weekend, flew great and should be a real thermal sniffer. haven't maidened the other yet.

it was funny, when I scaled it down I didn't think about whether the servos would fit the fuse, lol, it was close but a couple of 5 grammers did it but had to do the hookups the old fashioned way with bends at the ends of the pushrods instead of my usuall easy connectors. I widened the fuse on the electric one for better servo fit and power pack fit. added one bay each side to the center section and stretched the tips 2 inches for 42 inches total. can't wait to maiden it, too cold and snowy here right now.

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Old Feb 05, 2011, 01:54 AM
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Very nice!

Looks like a mini Oly 650. I like the clear covering as well. Are plans available anywhere?
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Old Feb 05, 2011, 11:33 PM
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I did find the rcm plans online so you can get the original size from them. it's not much bigger at 40 inches, mine like I said is 32. my original plans were lost in the fire a year ago but I found the construction article with the sample plans and scanned that into my computer then poster printed it to the size I wanted.

the clear covering is doculam, at six tenths of an ounce per square yard it's pretty lite and goes on like moncote. shrinks well too. fuse has white econocote on both models.

I don't think it would be a good idea to provide plans myself, I don't know if scaling it down would be enough change to say it's a different model, allthough the motor version has lots more changes but still the same general layout so may still be protected under copyright law. you may see if the plans service can print it out at the size you want if you want a smaller version. here is their web site. http://www.rcmplans.com/

thanks for the comment.
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Old May 15, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Jason, I built the 40 inch Stylus and used a Cox .09 to haul it up. Mine came out over 13 oz and I couldn't heave it up very high, so I needed the Cox. A very enjoyable model to fly. What issue of the RCM 1988 was it in...I lost/misplaced mine years ago.
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Old May 15, 2011, 03:18 PM
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I've built a few of those, what a fun model. I found that just runningthe rudder to the top of the fin made for a much smoother launch on my 2m high start. I also used to slope the living day light's out of it too.
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Old May 15, 2011, 09:28 PM
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It reminds me a little of the 30 inch wingspan Woodchuck. Haven't built it yet, but it's a cute little things too.
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Old May 16, 2011, 12:34 AM
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I'm loving the powered version, on 3 cells it goes up like a home sick angel. indicates thermals well and hangs in out with the buzzards just great. I really need to put some color on the wing though, it gets a little hard to see with that clear wing.
John, when I find it again I'll let you know. lol, put it up after building both of these and don't see it anywhere off hand. it's here though.
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Old May 16, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Dec '88 Plan #1033

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Old May 16, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Thanks Jason, thanks Charlie. Now all I have to do is find the box with that issue. I moved about -93 and still haven't unpacked all my old magazines.
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Old May 30, 2011, 07:30 PM
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Thanks again Charlie.
Here's my old original (fuse) with the Cox .09. Had to shorten the nose to balance.
The second is slightly smaller.
The wings are hanging and I'm not ready to use them for awhile.
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 09:29 PM
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I know how that is, luckily a lot of mine were still packed in boxes and so they survived the fire we had last year. good looking planes btw.

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Old Jun 12, 2014, 10:01 PM
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still flying the crap out of the electric version. have to build a couple more for friends. any one else still flying theirs?

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