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Old Jan 28, 2007, 07:31 AM
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What type of a foamie is best for windy weather

Now that the weather seems to be more bad than good. I need to build plane that copes with wind better any Ideas
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Old Jan 28, 2007, 10:43 AM
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just a general answer:
look for planes with a rather high wing loading.
they don't get beaten around so much by gusts (or just use heavyer batteries )
also a clean aerodynamic design is important for good wind penetration.
good: slender and full fuse, full profile wing (7%-9% thickness)
bad: all the gear and cables hanging around, undercamber/flat wing, strutts, landing gear and all other stuff that increases drag...

maybe you want to take a look at the slope-glider section for a rough idea - those guys leave the house ONLY if it is windy outside...
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 01:14 AM
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Then there is this

Corpicorn v2 windy day aerobatics (6 min 21 sec)



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Old Jan 29, 2007, 01:16 AM
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I should say that, in general, I agree with chara 100%, but that sometimes you get supprised by what works when it shouldnt

The Capricorn should be terrible in windy conditions, but it does great!

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Old Jan 29, 2007, 06:40 AM
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Try a Blue Albacorde , we fly them in the wind here all the time ..We also fly the sorta F-14 , and the new Saab Draken promises to be another good windy day flier... Good Clean designs , with plenty of power...that works ...
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 09:53 AM
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I am not trying to Hijack the thread, but I have a little 22" wing with a Feigao DD, 3x2 prop on 3S1P 450 packs that flies ok in 10-12 MPH winds. Maybe try a bigger wing?. I also fly a full body/wing type foamie made out of 1/4" Blue-cor in 12-15 MPH winds, but it is a handful to control. I try to fly at night in the winter when winds have calmed down, but then this is in South Texas where it doesn't get THAT cold.

I remember way back when I was flying a Super Sportster 60 with a KB .65 in 12-15 MPH winds, it was a handful to control. I guess flying wings are so small, the wind doesn't push the model that much.

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Old Jan 29, 2007, 02:15 PM
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I second the sorta F14, its a great plane to fly in 10mph winds. Easy to build and if you crash, you don't have to invest a lot of time into another.
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 02:32 PM
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I liked my Zagnutz in the wind. Make a full profile wing when you do it and make it big enough and heavy enough and you don't have to worry about too heavy of winds. Plus, if you do crash, it handles the crash pretty well. One weekend I hit 2 soccer posts, pulled it out of a tree and had a couple dive ins with it and still threw it back up into the air. Was pretty sweet!

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Old Jan 29, 2007, 03:09 PM
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Hi I am pleased everyone is takeing my question seriously. I thought you might think I was just moaning about the weather!!!
Gpw Is a blu-Albacorde better than a UFO?

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Old Jan 29, 2007, 03:18 PM
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I fly my wally wing when the wind gets too scary to try any of my other planes.
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 03:35 PM
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Hi Larry is there a plan for the Capricorn?
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Most delta wing platforms fly great in windy conditions and are impossible to tip stall. Check out gpw's Stealth Sport at www.foamfly.com. It's a perfect windy day flyer if your looking for a quick build foamy. On a windy day at our field, my SS and I, have the sky all to ourselves.
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Hi Goldguy

I like the look of the SS, but we can only get Depron easily in the UK, no blu-cor
I find depron a bit brittle...Any suggestion how I might beef-up a SS
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Old Jan 29, 2007, 06:39 PM
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I'd not seen Glen's Stealth Sport before, looks like it'd be fun! I've gotta agree with the others that a delta wing is a good way to go, i keep my battered Stryker for those windy days.

Blu-cor is not really an option in the UK, so if I were you i'd look into getting some EPP. Lighter and more durable than Depron, it's a bit more expensive, but IMO worth it.

You can get it from www.flyingwings.co.uk in 3 different flavours, or RobotBirds if you phone to order. Alternatively if you can wait a couple of weeks then order from www.slofly.com.

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Old Jan 29, 2007, 06:47 PM
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http://www.mugi.co.uk/

Best for wind! Free plans, easy build. Use whatever material you want to. I prefer coroplast for this one.
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