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Old Jan 14, 2002, 11:27 PM
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Department store glider W/2 GWS EDF-50's flies...

In a previous post,
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...threadid=21610
I mentioned that I was working on a conversion of one of those cheap foamie gliders into a sorta Lear type jet using two of the small EDF-50's from GWS.

Well, I finished it and I was pretty impressed with the way it flies! Those little fans really make the plane move! It's not blazingly fast, but it's certainly no slouch either. Anyway, if you would like to see the completed model and or a video if it, point your browser to: http://www.silentflightonline.com/Site/Menu/Default.Asp and do a search in the Image Base under the Electric, EDF model and inflight media.

Plane Data: WS- 42", Length- 31" Wing Area- 1.56sqft, All Up Wt- 12.6oz with 7 cell Energizer 700mah AAA battery pack (6-7 min. flights pretty much wide open!)

R/L
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 04:35 AM
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By chance I happened to come across your video earlier tonight. Very cool! It looks like those little fans do a good job.
Although I couldn't be absolutely sure from just the video, it looks like your plane is the same one my friend converted to a RC glider.
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 05:01 AM
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nice... $10 a-10 on crack!

I bet it makes a nice buzzing sound! anyone noticed the edf-75's on gws's site??
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 12:21 PM
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nifty little jet!
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 03:53 PM
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Thanks Guys, I decided to try it on the spur of the moment as a lark since I was between major projects, and I am truly suprised at how well it flies.

I wish I knew who the manufacturer of the glider is. There is nothing moulded into the foam anywhere that I can see...and I don't remember seeing this particular plane for sale in WalMart/K-Mart lately, so I don't know if they are still available. I'd like to have another one to put a GWS Tiger-Moth powerplant on. I think it would make a great floater/trainer.

As it is I'm going to improve some areas where I "made do" since it was just a proof of concept, such as strengthen the flying horizontal stabilizer axis point and remove the heat shrink connections to the control horns.

I feel it is a fun, unusual addition to my (too large? nah!) stable of planes. Now on to the Spitfire! R/L
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 04:51 PM
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I think it's a life-like.
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 04:56 PM
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btw, what reinforcements did you do to the basic airframe? As i recall, the foam horizontal stab needs reinforcing (i used lite ply in a free flight version i had), and the wings could use some strapping tape. Any construction photos?
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 05:09 PM
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Tower sells all those foamie gliders year round, including this
neat jet liner made by Life-Like as Mik said.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1&I=LXX557&P=0
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 06:38 PM
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but when they're 'in season' i think they're like $5 .
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 07:33 PM
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Some of the others are around $5.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1&I=LXX556&P=0
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 08:31 PM
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Are the Life-Like Gliders from Tower regular white foam or are they EPP? The blue one I converted is some form of EPP I think.
Similar to the leading edges of the Zagi.

I didn't strengthen the flying horizontal stab, but I am using 3/4" strapping tape on the bottom of the wing. I will be adding small, thin ply doublers on both sides of the Vert. Stab. where the axis for the Horiz. Stab is.

I didn't take pictures during construction, but I could post some more close ups of the conversion if anyones interested.

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Old Jan 15, 2002, 08:34 PM
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I could post some more close ups of the conversion if anyones interested.
When?
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 09:51 PM
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That's the one. Now we need a construction article.

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Some of the others are around $5.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1&I=LXX556&P=0
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 10:25 PM
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R/L,

Seems like second Tower link looks identical to the one in your movie.

The one I bought last year is a light blue spongy kinda foam.
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Old Jan 15, 2002, 10:45 PM
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The second Tower link looks identical to the one my buddy converted also. It actually flys very well.
The stab is full flying, very sensitive and does need to be reinforced a bit.
He shortened the nose, added dihedral to help it turn better and some washout to improve it's tip stall tendencies.
Overall it makes a pretty good (and very cheap!) sailplane.
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