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Old Nov 06, 2015, 11:36 AM
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The " Loopity Loon"

Here's a plane that I've drawn up this week. I had the wings sitting on the shelf and thought I would use them as a start. I'm going to make an Armin wing out of DTF and see if that works also.
I wanted something kind of cartoonish looking but flies well and fairly acrobatic. So far I've just tacked it together and did some glide test. So far so good. More to come.
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Old Nov 06, 2015, 03:22 PM
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I've got the Armin wing made, I raised the wingspan to about 30 inches. I just stuck the wheels and prop on to see what it will look like with them. Now to pull it all apart and figure out where to put the electronics,
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Looking good!
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What a Cute plane !!!
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awwww, it's adorable
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Old Nov 08, 2015, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the compliments The inspiration for this build is my little flying buddy Jordan pictured below. He just loves to come over to our house and watch me fly my planes. He always helps out. I'm going to build him a hand toss glider like this for Xmas.

The more I looked at this plane the more I didn't like the boxy looking front of it. This morning I designed a new nose to kind of round things out a bit. I'm going to round out the top back half of the plane also.
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I went ahead and made a new fuselage for the Loon. The fire wall is in and the motor is mounted. I couldn't resist and had to try some exhaust stacks. This was my first try and they are just tacked on, another set is in the works.I also might add a little bit more to the nose also. I wish I had a bigger spinner.
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Every cartoon plane needs wheel pants.
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Having to land mostly in the grass I spent a lot of time this past weekend trying out how to make a flexible landing gear and incorporate the wheel pants. I thought of thin music wire, fiberglass rod and semi flexible plastic tubing but didn't like any of them. Then I remembered seeing wire ties being used. I came up with a landing gear that has just over one inch of travel and the axle moves backwards as the springs compress. I guess we will find out how it works.
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I was able to get a quick maiden flight in on the "Loopity Loon" today. It was snowing and a pretty good breeze was blowing but I just had to see if it would fly. I left off the landing gear and some of the other goodies for the first flight. The first toss was at about half throttle and it went down into the wet grass about 10 feet away.
I trimmed in a little up elevator and with the second toss up and away it went. It seemed very responsive to the controls and I was able to do a couple of laps around the lot. I'm pretty sure I have the CG close as there was no pitching up or down and it turned well. I'm hoping to get a few more flights in and a video as soon as the weather clears up.
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I gave the loon a paintjob but I still have some more work to do on it.
I had 3 flights with it today and I still have a smile on my face. Video coming soon.
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Neat design. Looks very good in the red/yellow scheme.

Awaiting more flight performance information...preferably on a low wind, non-snowing day.

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Thanks TonyS, I've been looking at a lot of vintage planes from the 1930's and also some Clancy aviation planes. I like the old school looks.
As for flying, It flies like a sport plane. It's very maneuverable but it's no 3d plane nor a trainer. I had a couple of flights in on it on Friday and I didn't like the way it rolled. I extended the ailerons about a half inch next to the fuselage and tapered them out to the wingtips. It could use a little more rudder authority although it turns well with just the ailerons. It's not real fast running the 1300 kv motor on 800 2s batteries and a 10x4 prop. My next one will have a 1900 kv motor. Here's a video of it flying today.

Loopity Loon video 1 (3 min 45 sec)
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I've got my landing gear finished, I've made it removable so I won't tear off the wheel pants landing in the grass. Next is the windshield and a pilot.
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