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Posted by burkefj | Jul 23, 2020 @ 01:09 AM | 4,081 Views
I had wanted to do something themed on the classic Estes Der Red Max, a made up rocket with pseudo german markings and words that just seemed to hit a chord with people, they've done all sizes of them, and applied the markings and color scheme to many other rockets, but no-one has done an R/C rocket glider. I used the body/nose and vertical stab to simulate the original fin shape with a wing that I thought was complimentary but large enough to fly well. Cut vinyl decals from stickershock23 were outstanding and it flies quite well. 38" long, 23" wingspan, 2.6" diameter and 10.5 oz rtf. Video below:

Gliding Der Red Max R/C rocket glider (2 min 38 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jun 20, 2020 @ 10:31 AM | 13,958 Views
I really like disc wings here's another variation I did, 36in long 19in disc 2.6 in diameter weighs 10.85 Oz ready to fly. is a 6 mm depron arrow for the wings and tail and a .03 styrene dorsal fin, plastic nose cone and it's in the bare white, no paint, I just added some hand cut vinyl trim for decoration and a little silver sharpie around the cockpit frame that was pre-molded into the nose cone

Proxima Horizon R/C rocket glider flight (1 min 35 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jun 12, 2020 @ 12:21 AM | 11,356 Views
Flies really nicely, 20" wingspan, 30" length, 9.5 oz rtf.

Dynasoar Rocketry F-22 Raptor R/C rocket glider flights (7 min 34 sec)

Posted by burkefj | May 21, 2020 @ 12:27 PM | 6,967 Views
While watching videos about the Draken, I started watching some of the Viggen, I never really payed too much attention to this airplane as it looked sort of odd, but the shape in the air is quite dramatic so I did the best I could to honor the shape, and came out with a very nice flying rocket glider.

Saab Viggen and Draken R/C Rocket glider flights (3 min 33 sec)

R/C Saab Viggen Rocket Glider flight (1 min 48 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | May 17, 2020 @ 06:52 PM | 8,804 Views
Here is a video from today with the completed Draken, just missing decals, 10 oz weight rtf, was in 9-10 mph winds with gusts to 13, handled it well, I did a spot landing on the last flight(no damage)

22" wingspan, 32" long, 2.6" diameter, 6mm depron wing/tail.

R/C Saab J-35 Draken Rocket Glider flights (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by burkefj | May 13, 2020 @ 04:11 PM | 7,864 Views
I was asked by a customer to modify my F106 kit into a Dagger, I had to make new tail and side plate templates, move the cockpit back and shorten the spine, but the rest was identical, this one is slightly heavier due to the extra foam at 8.65 oz rtf, but still 27.5" long, 20" wingspan.

Here is a video of my Delta Dagger in flight, was a nice day , first flight which is the last in the video I misjudged my distance a bit and just caught the edge of the long grass...
R/C F-102 Delta Dagger Rocket Plane flights (3 min 59 sec)

Here are the two shown so you can see the differences.
Posted by burkefj | May 10, 2020 @ 10:11 AM | 7,179 Views
This model really scoots, 27.5" length, 20" wingspan(scale is 15") only 1 sq foot wing area, but only 8.35 oz rtf using an E-6 motor....

R/C F-106 Delta Dart Rocket glider flights (4 min 53 sec)

Posted by burkefj | May 05, 2020 @ 08:07 PM | 7,942 Views
My other Russian bird, I've done in two versions, soviet and Isreali capture markings 007 on an Iraqi defector...22" wingspan, 37" length, 2.6" diameter, 10.5 oz ready to fly using 24mm Composite rocket motors.

R/C Mig-21 Rocket glider flights (4 min 32 sec)

RC Mig 21 Rocket glider flights (2 min 31 sec)
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Posted by burkefj | May 01, 2020 @ 10:16 PM | 7,831 Views
My latest, 37" long, 23.5" wingspan, 10.75 oz ready to fly with rocket motor.
R/C Mig-25 Foxbat Rocket glider flight (1 min 35 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Apr 15, 2020 @ 01:02 PM | 8,045 Views
My latest kit I designed is a simple non swing wing F-14 tomcat R/C rocket glider, 31" long, 19"wingspan, 1/14 scale, 10 oz rtf using a 24mm E-6 rocket motor.

R/C F-14 Tomcat Rocket glider flights with music (2 min 41 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Apr 03, 2020 @ 12:07 PM | 10,024 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 | 9,289 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 | 10,188 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.

The white version:

Fireball XL-5 R/C rocket glider (1 min 26 sec)

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)
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Posted by burkefj | Feb 26, 2020 @ 06:34 PM | 6,934 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 | 6,439 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 | 5,640 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 | 19,960 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.