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Jul 17, 2003, 11:29 PM
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6'4" indoor flyer with less than 1 oz per sq foot loading

I just had to go big. Wing is made from two 96" carbon rods from here http://www.acp-composites.com/ . 76" wingspan and 3' cord. 17 square feet of wing with a Razor 400 geared 5.33:1 with a 13X6.5 prop on 2 cell 1200etec. Around 14 ounces all up with over 16 ounces of thrust. It flys, but has a problem with tucking. Once I get that resolved it is going to be SLOW! Gary Jones was helping me during flight testing and was walking along beside it. Thanks Gary. OK...on to the pics.

Michael Connally
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Jul 17, 2003, 11:30 PM
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In flight pic thanks to Gary Jones
Jul 17, 2003, 11:31 PM
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Another one of Gary's pics. This was taken in Big Springs Tx.
Jul 17, 2003, 11:51 PM
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Mike, when you shaved your head, I thought "the boy has finally lost his mind." Now it is confirmed

Make one a little bigger and you can sell rides.

Jul 17, 2003, 11:57 PM
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Jul 18, 2003, 12:24 AM
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That is nuts
Jul 18, 2003, 01:15 AM
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The first pic made me want to shout out, "Hey, its bubble boy!" Looks great. As usual, video would be fun to see.

Jul 18, 2003, 03:34 AM
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Thats HUGE!!!!

Whats the cost to build something like that? It's very cool!

Jul 18, 2003, 03:43 AM
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I think the carbon cost around $30 with shipping and it is covered with a thin drop cloth from Home Depot....but I would build one for you for $500

Jul 18, 2003, 04:24 AM
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I've heard that Texans like things to be big but this takes the cake. How many places will be big enough to fly it?

Good luck, it looks like a great project, you might even be able to interest some sponsors. Imagine half time at a basketball game when Michael Connally and his Pepsi/Gatorade/Coolade Indoor Insect start some stunts for the crowd. Only problems would be finding covering material light enough to print sponsors logos on and still use for the plane. Would also need to shroud the prop in case of glitches/brain fade/red mist to protect spectators.

What about one that has a hole in the middle of the wing to really challenge the NBA guys with a moving basket?

If it comes off give me a call and I'll give you bank account details....
Last edited by mattg; Jul 18, 2003 at 04:35 AM.
Jul 18, 2003, 04:26 AM
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That's too cool!

You know... hop up that wingspan another 4" and you quality for big bird flyins

Jul 18, 2003, 04:45 AM
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Wouldn't that take the cake....everyone flying these glow planes and me with my stall speed of 0 mph

Jul 18, 2003, 06:10 AM
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This proves the Forum name is perfect!!

That is the funniest thing I have ever seen!!!!


Although perhaps you are just a midget.

Jul 18, 2003, 07:20 AM
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you could always use it as an umbrella. How many square miles of covering is on there?
Jul 18, 2003, 08:01 AM
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Perhaps you would be served better with a longer boom to get the tail surfaces away from the wing. I suspect that wing produces a lot of turbulence and may be interfering with the tail causing the tuck that you mentioned. But I'm no engineer so I could be wrong.
Also, I think you need to equip it with an RFFS-100 to make it lighter and fly longer and slower.

Dan Hurd

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