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Old May 15, 2012, 08:18 AM
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Hodge Hound Challenge!

So, while I was at SEFF this year, Kenny and Mel took me aside and said, "KFC, we want you to take these two wings and make something with them. When you come to HHAEFI we want to see these turned in to something really cool. If you do it, you get your Hound shirt."

Of course, I accepted the challenge.

It took a while to come up with the right idea for this one. I considered (and discarded) several possibilities before I got really inspirated.

#1: put a whole bunch of motors on the leading edge and make a 3d flying wing.
As much as I liked this idea, it isn't really new. I've been doing this with my foam wings for a while now and I really want this to be different.

#2: put the two panels together, attach a pair of handles to the bottom and hang on while being pulled by a golf cart.
As much as this idea amuses me, I'm not sure the golf cart can achieve sufficient speed to lift my fat arse off the ground.

#3: make a profile fuse and do a big 3d plane.
Again, not original enough.

#4: use the panels to make a big-ass spoiler for the roof of my truck.
This is my backup plan.

In addition to the criteria set forth by Mel and Kenny, whatever I put together had to be done on a shoestring budget. If I'm going to be able to make it to HHAEFI this year, I have to have some cash for gas and such and that ain't cheap these days. That is when I got truly inspirated! I got the idea to use the panels separately. Two cool ideas, each powered by a single wing panel: wingsails!

For those of you unfamiliar with the wingsail concept, it works just like a fabric sail, except it is rigid, so it maintains the airfoil shape at all times. Since conditions at Hodges are often windy, I think this plan has a lot of potential.

I did up some sketches, and I figure I can put all this together pretty quick and pretty cheap. I'll do one build thread for each, so stay tuned!
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Old May 15, 2012, 01:08 PM
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You should make it a sail boat!!!
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Old May 15, 2012, 04:02 PM
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You should make it a sail boat!!!
That is the plan. I'm just going to use the wing panel as a sail
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Old May 15, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Ohhh . . . One of each! Gotcha!
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:51 AM
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so what happened

what happened to the wind yacht project ?
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 09:32 AM
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still working on it. been busy with family issues lately.
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