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Old Jan 13, 2010, 03:32 PM
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EzFly free plans for great trainer plane

My daughter started to show some interest in flying with me so I decided that sh needed a plane that would not let her fail.

My requirements were:
Durable
Easily fixed
pusher to protect the motor
Darn near fly it self
Cute, she is a girl so it has to be cute.

What I came up with is the easy fly dragon and it flys great. It is rudder, elevator control but I have the ailerons mixed in so she can turn with either stick. With a little up elevator trim and shallow turns you do not even have to hold up elevator. To take off just advance the throttle and it will lift off on its own. It is still fun to fly as it will loop and barrel roll.
Correct CG is between 3.5" and 4" from the leading edge.

While I was drafting it up I went ahead and made a boy version in the form of a WWII bomber. It would be easy to put a couple of military stickers on it after painting grey along with some nose art printed on paper and glued on.
Thanks to Mikebergy for converting it to PDF for me.
Mike
EzFly Dragon.wmv (2 min 56 sec)


The R3 pdf is the latest and includes an extended nose and the motor moved forward to help with the CG.

The plans below are provided for those who want to build their own. No one has permission to produce kits for sale as they are available at www.fancyfoam.com
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 10:54 PM
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When I saw the plans, I was stoked! Very cool and well thought out trainer, and NOT ugly. And a good flier to boot!
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Old Jan 16, 2010, 07:14 PM
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I saw your plans and downloaded the EzFly's type, and if you look at it for a while ,you could make a profile American WW-2 troop glider or a German gigant glider by altering some of the outline and using paint for effect. What do you think?
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Old Jan 16, 2010, 09:31 PM
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I think that you need to take a picture when you are done as it should look real cool. I will be building a regular EzFly "Bomber" before one of the next flyins and then have a drawing for any kids there under 15 as a give away. I will post pictures when I am done. I am thinking of using this for the nose art.
Mike
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 07:37 AM
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I like your noseart, did you start on your "bomber" yet ?
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 09:39 AM
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Not yet. I kind of forgot to build it. I guess I need to get it done.
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 06:23 PM
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Not yet. I kind of forgot to build it. I guess I need to get it done.
Mike
LoL, I might build one before you... My dad is in need of a trainer, and the dragon just wasn't his style.
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 05:59 PM
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I think this design has a lot going for it . I'm not much into wild and fast models so when anything that comes along for slow and floaty I take notice.
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 08:56 PM
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nice plane this may be just what i need to get my daughter flying. rich
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Old Feb 12, 2010, 09:01 PM
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My daughter has been flying hers and enjoys it. She was flying it in the field behind our house and it took quite a beating. Che tore off the front 2" of the nose with 3 hard crashes. A little hot glue and it looks good again.
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Old Feb 13, 2010, 10:51 PM
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Its good to know that it can take a little thumping around and keep on flyin.
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Old Feb 15, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Printed the plans for the bomber one. I'm gonna paint one up for my dad, Adreher-Style
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Old Feb 16, 2010, 08:48 PM
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Hey Mike,

Where is your CG location at? I could figure it out, but I'm too lazy I'd also like to not have the battery way out in front if it's not necessary...
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Old Feb 16, 2010, 10:59 PM
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I will post tomorrow when I get home from work. Any pictures yet?
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Old Feb 16, 2010, 11:09 PM
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Not yet. My dad and I are in the planning stages of the build. He is new to RC - I am trying to get him into it as he prepares to retire in a few years, and this is going to be his official first trainer. I built him a BBCub, but ended up flying it more myself before it had an untimely elevator servo linkage failure...(oops! my bad). I will be keeping a log of the build as it goes. I am hoping we will have time to get the parts cut tomorrow. I'll take pictures and post them as we go.
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