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Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 27, 2009 @ 07:24 PM | 6,382 Views
Okay, so I cleaned up the Yardarm a little bit. I removed the undercarriage, changed the servo extensions to something a lot lighter, trimmed the horizontal stab a little, and made some other minor changes. Less mass, more speed, better handling.

This thing handles the wind really, really well. I was shocked how well. I was at a local park last night flying it, but the wind was nowhere near as stiff as today, and I still flew. Anyway, I can fly the Yardarm in the front yard pretty easily. It's a bit too fast for comfortable flying, but at least it controls well in the tight space. And I know what it does in the wind.

Before cleanup:

After: (see below)
Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 21, 2009 @ 05:58 PM | 5,817 Views
So, you've seen those soft polyethylene "water toys" made in China (like everything else)? You know, the ones that look like straws? They call them "noodles." I turned half of one into an airframe, of course. Add a bunch of wing surface and here's what you fly in the front yard. Still have a CG problem, but I can get that worked out.
Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 20, 2009 @ 06:37 PM | 5,231 Views
So, here's a a bunch of stuff that looks like the Trashmaster. Sorta. Did I see this before building the Trash? Good question. Maybe. I'm pretty sure the Trashmaster is based on some pictures or drawings from NASA, but I can't say for sure. I can't find any original source material.
Posted by A Useless Geek | Jun 18, 2009 @ 04:47 PM | 5,688 Views
Anyway. Still trying to come up with a front yard flier that requires very little time and effort to build, yet will work under the conditions I outlined in the discussion thread. Here's another attempt, the Sky Blue Yonder. I was busy watching old episodes of "The Invisible Man" on Hulu while building the plane, so I don't know the actual construction time. Total is certainly less than an hour.

Note: This plane has since been "retired" and the components re-assigned to planes that actually work. Heh.