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Old Mar 11, 2005, 10:10 AM
BobM71
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Glider for grandkids

In a fit of boredom after supper last night I decided to build a glider for my grandkids to play with when they visit. It is roughly based on the Thermic 30 solid balsa gliders I use to buy as a kid. They were great fliers and this one seems to do fairly well too.

WS 32" (12" center panel with 10" outter panels...that's higer math for me )

Chord is 4"

Boom is 1/4" sq. spruce

Trim on fuselage is 1/32 " ply.

For the airfoil I used a method I have see in this forum. I laminated a second layer of foam on the forward part of the wing and then sanded it to shape.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 10:36 AM
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Bob,i think that's a cool glider.i would take it to the next step and just add a simple 2 ch. system.
if you don't have one,i've got three.
Tx....Rx w/built in ESC and two motors.
if your interested give me a PM.

i would like to send to someone who can use it since it's just collecting dust.thnx,

Angel
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 11:14 AM
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Should do the trick. I lost my thermic many years ago. On the first flight. Thermal.
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 11:41 AM
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Love the glider!!!

I have so much fun with gliders and my grandkids (3 & 6).

I made up some very simple plans that I can help them build.

They are on flyDPF.com -

Plans here:
PLANS

Pics here:
PICTURES

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Old Mar 11, 2005, 12:01 PM
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Kids love these things!

There's another simple plan that flies great on Bradm's homepage.
Go here and click on the "Free Flight FFF Glider" link.

Brian
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 12:26 PM
BobM71
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WOW!!!....Thanks guys, those are great looking planes. I can see that I am going to be busy this evening. My friends have lots of grandkids too. Gotta get them interested in modeling somehow and these seem like a good starting point.

Bob
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by snolord1
Bob,i think that's a cool glider.i would take it to the next step and just add a simple 2 ch. system.
if you don't have one,i've got three.
Tx....Rx w/built in ESC and two motors.
if your interested give me a PM.

i would like to send to someone who can use it since it's just collecting dust.thnx,

Angel
Building the same type of thing for my son. Wallmart glider, electronics from an Estes Skyranger jet. Hope to try it out this weekend.

Build thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=342817

Couple of pics:
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Old Mar 11, 2005, 05:44 PM
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make sure you put some kind of spar...CF
nice looking plane i also have one that i hope to start soon
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Old Mar 14, 2005, 02:47 PM
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Bob that looks very nice, Can you show the bottom side of the wings?
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 09:01 AM
BobM71
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BlackScorpion...Right now it has a two piece wing. There is a plane eating lamp post on my patio that is right in my flight path. Here is a cross section view on the wing. Someone in the forum has a thread showing a much neater and probably more efficient version of this. I think I took too much off when I was sanding the bottom part of the airfoil. There are no ribs and I used strip of nylon rienforced tape for a spar.
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 06:41 PM
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Mer , I tried to get your cool little glider plans but empty MicEX page came UP ????
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Old Mar 16, 2005, 10:51 PM
BobM71
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If MicEX means that little icon with the red square, green circle, and blue triangle then I am having the same problem....with all the downloads I try. Could anyone give me an idea what the problem is.
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