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Old Nov 07, 2014, 04:21 AM
Chasin' that Neon Rainbow
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My ZIGGY glider

I had an old wing off a sports flier lying around. I chopped the wing ends off and added extended tips then ripped out the ailerons and filled in the holes.
Then I drew a quick plan up for a fuse and tail.
I had a new Sk3 2826 1130kV motor so decided to use that. Fuselage took a few hours and tail and vert fin took about a day.
It is just a 'for fun' type thing and is now ready for it's maiden flight.
I named it Ziggy after my Pug.
If it goes OK I will buy it a folding prop.



It has ridiculous amounts of room in it. (unlike some foamies)



Tail feathers. Servos are mounted in the rear fuse.


Lighting in the wings causes a beautiful glow effect.

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Old Nov 07, 2014, 12:35 PM
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Good luck! Looks nice.
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Old Nov 07, 2014, 04:00 PM
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Yep, good looking glider. I hope you have a blast with it!

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Old Nov 07, 2014, 04:28 PM
Chasin' that Neon Rainbow
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Thanks guys.
I just hate having bits of planes around that are not being used. It cost me very little time and only about 4 sheets of balsa. I had everything else. We'll see how windy it is today...
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Old Nov 09, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Hey that looks really good! I'm sure it'll fly great.
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Old Nov 09, 2014, 04:17 PM
Chasin' that Neon Rainbow
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Thanks builderdude. Maybe today. I planned on flying yesterday but a friend arrived to get help covering his glider. He is just returning to building after many years and is a full size pilot too.
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 09:03 AM
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Can't wait to hear about the results! Looks great!
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 09:23 AM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Powered gliders, a great way to have fun and learn about what air does.

It's not until you fly a glider, (with the power off), into the edge of a thermal that you 'see' what goes on up there, then center and circle the thermal until you realize just how small the model is getting.

Next comes near panic when you realize you need to get it back down

I still have one, 80" span with a brushed motor and a need for a 7cell Nimh pack to get the CG right.

Maybe one days.
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Old Nov 11, 2014, 04:09 PM
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I miss my sailplane days.
Living in a high-wind area has all but completely shut down my RC soaring activity.
I'd have to move to do that again.
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Old Nov 14, 2014, 03:29 AM
Chasin' that Neon Rainbow
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The wind was very calm here so I took my new Ziggy glider down to Grantham for its' maiden.
It was blowing a bloopin gale down there but I thought I wouldn’t waste my trip so I had a fly
It flew out of my hand like an angel…
Very happy with it. I did some tight turns and loops and it behaved perfectly, however I only used part of a battery as it was flying backwards at times the wind was so strong.
It landed nicely even so. Looks like I got the thrust angles spot on.
Looking forward to a calm day now. They are few and far between at present.
I will shout it a folding prop now (ordered) as it was freewheeling badly and I don't have the instructions to set the brake on the ESC I am using.
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Old Dec 11, 2014, 04:57 AM
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Plenty of flights up on Ziggy now. I fitted a folding prop and changed the motor and ESC to accommodate it and it is very quick. Glide has improved out of sight with the folder. I was even lucky enough to get a day with great thermal activity so had a number of extended flights. Ziggy gets small very quickly.
I was doing some low and fast circuits and forgot about the steel cattle yards and sliced the wing through just before the tip. However it is now fixed as good as new again and ready to go.
I have been experimenting with an Orange 3 Axis stabilizer. I had some that were not much chop, but I flashed them with the new firmware and wow, what a difference. Anyway I fitted it to Ziggy and it is dead smooth in wind now. Makes it easier to land in gusty conditions.
I should have fitted spoilers as it doesn't want to come down where I want it to. As I said, it is quite quick and just wants to keep going. I will try to add a video in time. Just gotta find a camera person.
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