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Posted by JureZ | Nov 08, 2014 @ 03:47 AM | 11,588 Views
This is my High Wing pusher - 54" wing span Chuck Glider conversion project.

This is the first concept, as built and flown a year ago.

It is based on the wing taken from the "ULTRA Flyer" foamie , available at HobbyTown for $8.

The 54" wing was reinforced with bamboo skewers and strapping tape.
The wing area was extended with the addition of fixed ailerons (which became true ailerons in the second version , the last picture attached below shows the version No 1.1 , with the ailerons implemented ).

The fuselage was made from 1 1/2" foam , scavenged from packaging material. You may see plenty of use of packing tape and gorilla glue.

The motor is a turnigy 2217-16 , link to 2217-16 , 3S , 20 A , 73g , Kv=1050 RPM / V , turning propellers in sizes from 9x6 to 10x4.7.
The servos are turnigy 9 gram , plastic gear type.
The battery is a 2200 mAh, 3s, 30C, weight =200 g =7.07 oz..

video: https://flic.kr/p/iwWjFM

PS: article continues with Airplane Version No 2 in the next comments page, please see below.

Posted by JureZ | Nov 04, 2014 @ 04:50 AM | 10,324 Views
this photo gallery shows the flying site I use in Walnut Creek.
I call it "The Bald Mountain".

The hillside faces South, the prevailing winds are from the SW and W, which is very convenient for hand launching the planes into the cliff.

Access is a short hike of about 100 yards along the fire trail (dashed line in the Google maps photo view).

The trail is a bit too rough for a landing strip, but I have landed the SuperStar on it.
Mostly , the landings are "belly landings" on the tall grass.

As you may see, we enjoy the occasional visits from the local wildlife : turkeys, coyotes, deer, hawks, crows, etc...

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