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Old Nov 10, 2012, 06:49 PM
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Estes Rubber Band Condor gets powered flght

Today at the LHS, I bought a rubber band powered glider called the Estes Condor. I believe this is part of a new line up as it is foam, and not balsa. The wing, hstad and vstab seem to be made out of Depron, while the main fuse is conpressed EPP I think.

See link below
http://www.estesrockets.com/004014-r...nd-foam-glider

I bough this with the intention of making it a tractor set up, but then realized I dot have any small enough props to use with motors I had on hand.

So, I made it a top mount pusher.

It uses a Champ brick, mounted upside down under wing through fuselage, and a MCPX tail motor and rotor blade. I used a scrap piece of Depron to make top pusher mount. I ended up running the elevator linkage through the fuse. The brick is mounted off center to allow rudder/aileron servo to be outside fuse. I cut down the stock main landing gear and made it a lot closer to ground. I also fashioned up a tail wheel which is steerable via the rudder.

I went nuts with some sharpies and stock stickers. This conversion ended up with a weight w/o a lipo of just under 21 grams with landing gear.The main landing gear is removable and weights 1.3 gram.

I had it out earlier this evening and it did fly, but was quite pitch sensitive and thus I have since adjusted the motor angle to give down thrust.

She has lots of dihedrel, and under camber which provides great lift. I think it may even be able to rog in a gym for take off. The MCPX tail powers it nicely.

I will try and add videos if I can.

thanks for reading.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Today at the LHS, I bought a rubber band powered glider called the Estes Condor. I believe this is part of a new line up as it is foam, and not balsa. The wing, hstad and vstab seem to be made out of Depron, while the main fuse is conpressed EPP I think.

I will try and add videos if I can.

thanks for reading.
very nice! I might just do this. vid would be cool.

My first plane was from wal-mart and it was the estes twin blue angels, so I sorta have a special thing for them. I wished they would of rethought things and stopped trying to compete with folks like air hogs...they would of done well with selling just airframes....IMO, they had some really nice airframes.
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Old Nov 15, 2012, 08:04 PM
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Yeah.
I've been eyeing up a new Estes planes
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 01:09 AM
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Glad I saw your blog link, I've got an ar6400 sitting on the shelf looking for a home, this could be the inspiration I need to do something with it. Subscribed.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Hey

There are lots of good homes, for an AR6400


Make a mini 3D plank
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 03:28 PM
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That was actually my first choice, though it means I'll have to drop some $$ on a couple spma2000Ls, plus my brick isn't a long throw. I also saw a vid on youtube of a guy's flying wing ar6400 that could be fun too.
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Yeah, flying wings are fun for sure

Check out micro stingray thread in the indoor and micro thread

It's fun but quick lol
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 06:16 PM
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This, thread here

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1761053&page=5
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 06:22 PM
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that is awesome, thanks!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 11:11 PM
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no worries
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