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Old Apr 06, 2004, 01:24 AM
Props and Baby Food!
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white 4 1/2 foot gliders from WalMart.. conversion?

hey guys, forgive me if this has already been discussed... but I was wanting to make a steerable glider out of my "WALMART foam glider".. It's the big 4 1/2 foot one...
I noticed that the current CG point is right at the trailing end of the wing where it meets the fuse.. If I were to add batteries, servos, and a receiver to the plane, I'm assuming I should keep that CG there?

I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, so you guys that's tried it before, let me know before I start hacking it up!

Also, stop me if this is a waste of time! (not that I'd be all that upset for wasting $5 to build something that ended up just being trash)
But if noone's really had any luck with this, let me know..

Thanks!
Trey
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 06:42 AM
Rehab is for quitters
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Heres what I do with the 4 1/2 foot wally mart kiddie gliders....


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Old Apr 06, 2004, 10:13 AM
Tight is Right
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I converted one to tow up with a Slow Stick. Since this picture, I've added some ailerons for greater stearing control.

I have my CG mid-wing and it's too far back still. I'm putting in a larger Rx pack to add more weight in the nose.... hopefully closer to 1/3 chord.

Oh... unless you have the "swept wing" version, then I think it does go right at the TE where the wing meets the fuse.

It flies great!

Darren
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 11:59 AM
Props and Baby Food!
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Yeah, mine is the swept-wing... good idea with the tow-plane.. I may keep that in mind! Get my buddy to carry me up! Well, maybe I'll carry him up, since my SS has a lot more power than his!

I found several threads on here about converting these planes. Seems alot of people are mounting motors to them too.. I'm having a hard time deciding which direction to go with it right now!

I like that pattern on the wing of the SS.. Simple yet beautiful! Is that paint or covering?
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Check this out

If you go here you'll find of one the first foam glide conversions
At this site it converts to either a flying wing or a cool poly wing pusher.

http://www.acesim.com/rc/

Here in the zone one of the easiest conversions I've seen is here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...ght=dirt+cheap
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 05:15 PM
Tight is Right
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Thanks.

It's Krylon shorts paint. I always paint my Slow Sticks. That was my first SS.... I'm on #3 now


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Old Apr 06, 2004, 05:20 PM
Tight is Right
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Dang, wouldn't let me edit and add a pic... here's SS #2, again Krylon shorts on homemade floats.
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