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Posted by burkefj | Yesterday @ 12:07 PM | 5,593 Views
I wanted a disk wing model in my fleet, and tried to put as much star trek shape/decoration into it but still make it flyable as an R/C rocket glider. The star trek ships do not lend themselves to rear mounted motors as the disk and cg requirements are very far forward.

The disk is 19" and gives a much larger area than it visually looks, glide is quite good for the shape of the model. The deflector dish is the end of the nose cone I cut off, reverse and glue back in, the antenna is a piece of spare 3mm carbon rod I rounded off and drilled/glued into the dish. Dish is colored with gold sharpie pen, the warp engine front is tamiya acrylic orange brushed on, the decals here were hand cut but stickershock has the patterns now. Length is 47", disk is 19", 2.6" diameter, weight 11.25 oz rtf using a 24mm E-6 rocket motor. Wing is 6mm depron, warp motor is 9mm depron with 6mm depron laminated on both sides of the engine to allow some rounding to be done for visual effect. The disk decoration is simply a sharpie pen taped to a compass, for the larger circles I taped chop sticks to my compass to extend the legs and then taped the sharpie to one of the legs. The model required a bit of down trim for boost due to the draggy tail and high mounted wing, but that was it.

The day was very clear as was the moon, so I intentionally steered during boost to set up for a moon crossing which timed out great with the theme music.

Dynasoar Rocketry Starship R/C rocket glider (1 min 6 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Mar 22, 2020 @ 08:16 PM | 6,599 Views
Here's a semi scale thunderchief I just completed. It uses 2.6 inch lightweight tubing, 6 mm depron surfaces and elevon controls. Wingspan is 26.5 in length is 34 in weight ready for liftoff is 11 oz.
F-105 Thunderchief R/C rocket glider flight (1 min 29 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | Mar 14, 2020 @ 01:09 PM | 7,377 Views
I built two versions of this, a silver one and a white one(to save a bit of weight) the white shows off the details better even if it isn't correct to the original, I still like it. Wing is upsized of course for glide and wingtips are downsized enough to not drag on the ground first when landing.

Here's a video of the Silver version flying...

R/C Fireball XL-5 Rocket glider in color flying on Aerotech E-6 24mm motor (2 min 3 sec)

Fireball XL5 R/C Rocket glider from Dynasoar Rocketry (2 min 42 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | Feb 26, 2020 @ 06:34 PM | 4,439 Views
42" long, 20" wingspan, 16.1 oz rtf

Dynasoar Rocketry X-15 R/C rocket glider flying on E-20 and F-24 motors (2 min 31 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Feb 24, 2020 @ 04:49 PM | 3,683 Views
I decided to do an upscale of my YF-12 Interceptor kit. This is the interceptor version of the A-12 that was used for testing the Aim-47 missile and by Nasa for high speed/altitude testing. One was lost in an accident, another was damaged and was later used to splice onto the remains of an SR-71 to become an SR-71C, the only survivor is in the USAF museum in Dayton. It had shorter truncated strakes because of the round nose cone that contained the radar. This caused some stability issues and lower fins and a foldable centeral fin were used to help, due to landing issues I left off the lower fins.

This model uses 2.6" lightweight tubing and cone, 9mm depron wing with 1/8" carbon spars, 3 in the wing about 10" apart. Elevon control running a single 500mah 1s lipo in the nose for power to the rx and hs-65hb servos. 27.5 oz rtf with a 32mm G-12 RC motor. Video shows flights on G-40 and G-12 motors handled them great, trim and glide settings were perfect and it was very docile.

1/20 Scale YF-12/SR-71 R/C rocket glider flying on G motors (5 min 22 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Feb 15, 2020 @ 08:29 PM | 3,147 Views
I had done a smaller version of this a year ago using 2.6 in tubing and using a trick of an oversized wing with the oversized portion painted flat black so that just the scale wing outline was mostly visible and it worked really well. I decided to do an upscale using 4 inch tubing, modifying the nose cone front block head off and turning the rear diameter a little bit to match the thinner wall tubing I'm using. are you single ply 9 mm depron for the wings and tail with 1/8 carbon spars, two in the wing and one in the vertical stabilizer. the decals are a mix of hand cut self-adhesive vinyl and some printed vinyl from sticker shock 23. This model weighs 28 and 1/2 ounces without the motor. I had five test flights I started with an f -26 then an f-25 then 2 g-38 and 1 g-40 the video shows them in reverse order. These are all composite Aeroteh motors without the ejection charge. I was super happy with how stable at boosted and how slow and docile it was gliding and. landing. it's really draggy so the flight times aren't super long but it really looks the part and I'm extremely happy with the way it turned out.

Large RC Colonial Viper Rocket glider flying on F and G motors (4 min 22 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 27, 2020 @ 07:00 PM | 17,470 Views
I decided to do a 150% upscale of my avro arrow, I was able to use 3" tubing, and a better nose profile cone, using single ply 9mm depron with a little carbon reinforcement and get a 37" wingspan version that comes in at 27.4 oz rtf using a 32mm G-12 8 second burn rocket motor
Accents and panel lines with sharpie pen and self adhesive vinyl. Roundels, and lettering from Stickershock23. Sims show a boost altitude of around 600'. Goal was trying to keep weight really light, using a profile of the intakes and working with a nose cone and tubing I could easily get. About 1:17 scale. This uses elevon only since I don't need rudder for boost and glide, running off a single 500mah 1s battery, very lightweight setup.
Posted by burkefj | Dec 30, 2019 @ 02:02 AM | 4,769 Views
I just finished this up, an RC Avro Arrow RC rocket glider. The nose profile is not correct, but it was designed to use a an available inexpensive part to fit the tubing I use. 33.5" long, 2" diameter, 23.5" wingspan. It's a nice flyer, 10.5 oz rtf with about a 6 oz wing loading. The body tube is cut at an angle at the rear and the motor tube is mounted right under the top of the tube inset about 1.75" to help cg. Depron wing and tail with a single cross 3mm spar and side plates to mimick the intake and tail cones. Black on the nose was painted, the rest is vinyl self adhesive trim hand cut. It's not scale due to the profile intakes and using a tube for the body/nose, but I think it captures the look of this outstanding aircraft.

Hope you like it
Avro Arrow RC Rocket glider flight from Dynasoar Rocketry (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Dec 03, 2019 @ 05:15 PM | 5,854 Views
Here is one I decided to kit, it's one of the proposed X-15-3 Delta configurations designed to get the X-15 above Mach 7 and for extended periods. I was not able to extend the strakes all the way forward for CG/weight reasons, but it looks pretty good, is a nice big size and flies really well on long burn 24mm rocket motors. RC Rocket glider kit is modeled after the proposed X-15 modification to allow sustained flight above Mach 6.7. It features a clipped delta wing, diamond shaped wingtips. It has a light wing loading giving it a very nice glide and easy/stable boost. It comes with a plastic nose cone, 2.6″ white tubing for the body and 9mm depron wing and tail surfaces. All Foam surfaces are pre-beveled. Elevons are pre-hinged, the rail buttons are pre-installed and the body tube is pre-slotted for the wing and tail. The wing spar is pre-grooved for the spar. Length 37″, wingspan 20″, weight rtf 11.7-12.25 oz. I finished mine in white because at high speeds it would have most likely needed the ablative covering like the high speed drop tank X-15-2 version. It also saved me a half ounce of weight.

You can check how the assembly photos here to see how it goes together. https://dynasoarrocketry.com/?page_id=4438

Dynasoar Rocketry X-15-3 Delta RC rocket glider flight (1 min 38 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Sep 25, 2019 @ 11:18 AM | 2,561 Views
I have built this that I drew up many years ago in several versions, 6mm depron single ply with rocket in the rear, with tractor motor up front and air start rocket in the rear, in a doubled KF airfoil as both tail electric pusher and rocket glider(to stiffen the wings), I decided to build another one purely for rocket glider using some 9mm depron I have, allowing me to keep to single ply. I did a pseudo winter camo black/white eastern front scheme for fun. The problem with tail mounted motors in ME-163's are the moment arm of the tail to the CG is longer than to the nose so getting balance is a challenge. It came out a bit heavier than I wanted but still flies nice and is very docile on boost. As with any wing with CG shift as the motor burns out, the elevons don't have a lot of leverage in nose heavy condition and they can run out of flare on landing, but this one is pretty well balanced, not twitchy on boost and still nice to land.

25" long, 37" wingspan, 15.5 oz ready to fly using a 24mm longburn E-6 motor. I flew on E-12 motors but the boost is just faster but doesn't go quite as high.

Glide isn't terribly long, but this one was just for fun and looks good.

RC ME-163 Komet Rocket glider flying on 24mm E-6 rocket motors (2 min 2 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jul 16, 2019 @ 12:38 PM | 4,460 Views
Here's one I designed and built/flew as an electric pusher and rocket glider in 6mm depron, this weekend I rebuilt one in 9mm which sacrificed some weight at the benefit of increased stiffness, flies great! 41" length, 25" wingspan, 15 oz rtf with 24mm E-6 and E-12 Aerotech rocket motors.

RC A-4B Winged V-2 rocket glider flight (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jul 02, 2019 @ 05:37 PM | 4,488 Views
Not a Saab Draken, but I like the name and it was dragon themed with the logo....A new offering soon, 32" long, 25" wingspan, 10.5 oz rtf using 24mm E-6 motors and 2.6" diameter. I wanted something 1950's sci fi or steampunk sort of themed....

Dynasoar Rocketry Draken RC rocket glider kit E-6 flight (1 min 59 sec)

Posted by burkefj | May 07, 2019 @ 08:20 PM | 3,488 Views
I was asked by several folks to see if I could bring back my profile Dyna-soar kit I used to do as a rocket glider, due to the loss of true depron 6mm, the depron aero wasn't stiff enough to continue the kit and MPF was not uniform or stiff enough either. I was able to buy a supply of 9mm depron when rcfoam went out of business, so for a limited time I'm redoing the kit, calling it the Lifting Body, even though this is more of a small winged boosted glider than a true lifting body, it still fits the definition. Profile gets you maximium wing area, the 9mm is heavier but is definitely robust. Available from dynasoarrocketry.com

Here's a pic and video, 21" wingspan, 31" length, 14 oz rtf using a 24mm E-6 rocket motor. This is the same size as on the cover photo on top of the Titan II stack, but without a full fuse to make kitting/construction and flight times better. It can also be had with two other fuse/wingtip profiles to simulate X-24 or HL-10 styles

Lifting Body RC Rocket glider kit from Dynasoar Rocketry (1 min 9 sec)

Dynasoar Rocketry RC Lifting Body rocket glider kits, 3 styles to choose from! (3 min 5 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | Mar 13, 2019 @ 10:22 AM | 7,334 Views
My daughter Olivia and I made the cover!
Posted by burkefj | Dec 13, 2018 @ 06:50 PM | 8,801 Views
Here's another I decided to kit. I figured my Iron Cross (Das Ugly stik) themed rocket glider needed a good guy to keep him in check. So I was inspired by the P-26 peashooter and inter-war us army air corps color schemes and here is the final product. 2.6" diameter, 34" long, 23" winspan and 11 oz rtf using a 24mm E-6 long burn motor.

Dynasoar Rocketry Peashooter RC Rocket glider flights (5 min 43 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Nov 22, 2018 @ 08:19 PM | 9,700 Views
Here are three new models that I did a while back but I decided to kit recently. First is the Mig 10 based roughly on the centuri mach 10 rocket glider and a mig-15, second is the UFO invader based on the old centuri UFO invader rocket kit but with the wing upsized for glide, and lastly the yf12 which was an interceptor prototype built for the u.s. air Force based on the SR-71 and A12 platforms used to do high-speed missile launch testing and then later by NASA. are designed for the excellent long burn 24 mm e6 rocket motor available online at dynasoarrocketry. com.
Posted by burkefj | Oct 13, 2018 @ 05:12 PM | 10,303 Views
I was watching The Man in the High Castle season 3 and that German SST design really got to me with the little forward and rear canards, the top mounted forward fin, and the paint scheme, so last night I designed and put this together and then this morning I painted and hand cut the vinyl trim and applied and it turned out pretty nice. I took a wing design I use on some of my kits, moved it forward to allow for the angle cut rear tube, and then trimmed the forward section down to be a bit more concorde like and reduce forward area to allow my CG to be the right place without having to add nose weight.

It's got a 23 inch wingspan, is 34 in Long, and11 oz rtf.

Disclaimer the swastikas are not any political statement they're just part of the paint scheme.

Man In the High Castle German SST RC Rocket Glider (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Oct 11, 2018 @ 06:32 PM | 9,677 Views
Here is another prototype for a custom kit, based on the old Estes Space Transporter America, which was a shuttle style rocket and had very small wings, so wings were upscaled, adjusted for CG, and upscaled to BT-80 size. The video shows the second flight first, the first flight is second and I over-adjusted on boost on this flight, and then adjusted the boost trim for the second flight which is a lot smoother. 38" long, 23" wingspan, 11 oz rtf using a 24mm E-6 long burn rocket motor.

Space Transporter America RC Rocket glider flights (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Oct 10, 2018 @ 09:34 AM | 9,482 Views
Here is the prototype for a custom kit I made for a customer, 34" long, 26" wingspan, 2" diameter, 10.5 oz rtf, Based on the Jonny Quest Dragonfly III, I lengthened the wing root and moved the wing/bottom scoop forward to have a reasonable CG, flew like a champ. Plenty of authority to flare and plop down on the grass and no issue with damage to the scoop. Sharpie fine line marker for panel lines, the canards are .03 styrene glued into slots in the nose cone I made with a dremel wheel, and the cockpit is shaped depron foam glued to the cone. Windows/glare shield is hand cut self adhesive vinyl. Elevon control and 24mm E-6 long burn rocket motor for boost.

Jonny Quest Dragonfly III RC Rocket glider (1 min 28 sec)