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Old Dec 04, 2014, 06:32 PM
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My 2nd Foam Board Build - Axon Glider

Just started getting into hobby this summer flying a Champ, then moved on to a UMX Radian. Wanted something bigger but still for beginners, so I got an old used Apprentice 15e (without SAFE) at a swap meet, got pretty good at that. During all this time I have been reading up and learning, and I came across here, which lead me to Ed and Experimental Airlines. Thought heck I can do that, so I built a Noob Tube, first build and a plane that I really wasn't quite ready to fly. I crashed the heck out of it, but had some fun and edge your your seat flights. After my last nose in, I decided to build something more easy and relaxing to fly. I had all kinds of issues with that motor mount with the Noob Tube and yard darting it, so I thought his pusher the Axon would be something to try. I have no desire as of now to do any FPV, and I really enjoyed my little UMX Radian, so I decided to make an Axon glider.

60 inch wing span
8 inch wing chord
45 inch fuselage

I made two 30 inch tubes as Ed says in his videos, but with the second tube when he says to make a nose, upper fuse, and spare, I simply cut it in half and made a 15 inch nose and 15 inch upper fuse. I also moved the upper fuse back a bit.

Electronics are as follows
2826-6 2200kv Turnigy motor
30amp Turnigy Plush ESC
6x4 TGS sport prop (think I want to try 6x5 after maidening it today)
4 Hobby King 10 gram analog servos
Orange 615x Rx
2200mah 3s Turnigy 20c battery

I've attached some pics of the plane and here is a video of the maiden which I took today. It was 34 degrees, so a pretty chilly maiden.

Axon Glider Maiden (2 min 36 sec)
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 08:29 AM
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Nice! Welcome to the scratch building addiction.
All of Ed's designs and build techniques are good all-around performers.
You may find yourself trying out weirder and weirder extremes for different build and flight experiences - at least that's what happened to me
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 10:49 PM
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Yeah man, already having lots of ideas for different planes, this Axon glider couldn't be any easier to fly. My boy who is 10 likes flying my Champ and I think this plane would be good to get him flying a bigger plane. Next plane I would like to build would be a cruiser type of plane, something with a little speed but a bit more stable than a noob tube, kinda have an idea of making a Super Champ since I had so much fun with the little Champ. Think I already have more ideas than I have space for planes lol.
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Old Dec 05, 2014, 10:55 PM
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Here is a picture I took comparing my Apprentice wing to my Axon glider Armin wing.
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Old Dec 06, 2014, 02:00 AM
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Hello
Why did you move the wing back? Just wonder if it would have flown as well like Ed's with the bigger wing. What about the new balance point?
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Old Dec 06, 2014, 12:43 PM
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Moved wing back so it would balance without FPV gear or added nose weight, also for gliding abilities. Balance point is still the same, a third back from leading edge of wing.
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Old Dec 06, 2014, 03:58 PM
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Ok thanks
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