Estes Rubber Band Condor gets powered flght
Today at the LHS, I bought a rubber band powered glider called the Estes Condor. I believe this is part of a new line up as it is foam, and not balsa. The wing, hstad and vstab seem to be made out of Depron, while the main fuse is conpressed EPP I think.
See link below
I bough this with the intention of making it a tractor set up, but then realized I dot have any small enough props to use with motors I had on hand.
So, I made it a top mount pusher.
It uses a Champ brick, mounted upside down under wing through fuselage, and a MCPX tail motor and rotor blade. I used a scrap piece of Depron to make top pusher mount. I ended up running the elevator linkage through the fuse. The brick is mounted off center to allow rudder/aileron servo to be outside fuse. I cut down the stock main landing gear and made it a lot closer to ground. I also fashioned up a tail wheel which is steerable via the rudder.
I went nuts with some sharpies and stock stickers. This conversion ended up with a weight w/o a lipo of just under 21 grams with landing gear.The main landing gear is removable and weights 1.3 gram.
I had it out earlier this evening and it did fly, but was quite pitch sensitive and thus I have since adjusted the motor angle to give down thrust.
She has lots of dihedrel, and under camber which provides great lift. I think it may even be able to rog in a gym for take off. The MCPX tail powers it nicely.
I will try and add videos if I can.
thanks for reading.
My first plane was from wal-mart and it was the estes twin blue angels, so I sorta have a special thing for them. I wished they would of rethought things and stopped trying to compete with folks like air hogs...they would of done well with selling just airframes....IMO, they had some really nice airframes.
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