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Feb 23, 2013, 03:13 PM
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Airtronics Q-tee, The Original Park Flyer

Anyone else got one?
This one's converted to electric.
wing - 36" span, 252
power - Atlas 23018-14 motor, Cox 8x4 prop, 2s battery, TB9 esc
radio - Futaba R114F micro receiver, 2 x S3114 servo
covering - Microlite
Last edited by Alard; Mar 06, 2013 at 02:06 PM.
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Feb 23, 2013, 05:22 PM
I just want to go fly!
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whats the wingspan?
Feb 23, 2013, 06:22 PM
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More specs.!

Meanwhile, depending on how far back your model flying goes, the "original" kind of park flyer was powered by a .049 Cox engine, or equivalent. Or even smaller, using a Cox .020 or even an .010 Cox Tee Dee. Etc.

Jim R.
Feb 23, 2013, 08:05 PM
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Just a historical note on when "parkflyer" and/or "park flying" became a more formal term.

I recall seeing a video in the mid '90s that originated in Japan. It was becoming popular to set up a glow powered model with about a .10 - .15 size with a very silent muffler system, over sized propellers, and very light wing loadings and fly them literally in the parks in Japan. The speed appeared to be from 12 - 15 mph and they would fly them around trees and low-level obstacles quite handily, hardly ever more than 7' or 8' altitude.

Within a few seasons, the trend was arriving in electrics and we've seen where it's gone now!

There would have airplanes that qualified as "park flyers" in many previous years but the now popular trend began in Japan as I recall.
Feb 23, 2013, 08:56 PM
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Way back

This is a semi-scratch built version of the Airtronics Q-Tee.
36" span. Originally these were usually powered by a Cox .049. Circa late '70's
At that time, if you showed up at the RC club field with one of these, well, let's just say they were kind of small and insignificant compared to the usual model.

Many of us got our start building and flying one of these 2-channel gems.
You could almost teach yourself to fly with one of these.

The radios were heavy, the engine had no throttle and ran full bore, even if you were about to make contact with an unmoveable object.

However, it was a wonderful experience. The glide, the controllabilty. This model is one of the first that could really be flown in a small area.
I'm sure it has a special place in the hearts of many.
Feb 23, 2013, 09:35 PM
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I thought this was.

Anyone know what this is? (Don't be mislead by the plans underneath) And what batteries it was designed to use?

Last edited by Murocflyer; Oct 29, 2013 at 12:24 AM.
Feb 24, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Well, it looks very much like a Switchback, apart from a few details. I'd guess it's a scratch-build modeled after the Switchback.

If it's a commercial product, someone's got some 'splaining to do.
Feb 24, 2013, 01:23 PM

Airtronics Q-Tee

Wow! Now you're jogging my memory! This was the very first RC model I ever built or flew. Cox 049. Didn't know anyone back then to teach me, so it was trial and error. One flight per rebuild. I was stubborn. Eventually I got several flights per rebuild. And in the end it taught me the basics and was the primer for a lifelong obsession. Some people never throw anyting away, still have the box. Wish I still had the plans.
Feb 24, 2013, 04:10 PM
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For plans

Check this thread.
Feb 25, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Alard
Anyone else got one?
This one's converted to electric.
What a nice Q-Tee! Nice to see one of these still around.
Feb 25, 2013, 01:41 PM
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Here you go; Plans
Feb 25, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Beautiful model Alard!

What set up are you using to fly with? Looks like you need to build some ski's as well!

Thanks for sharing. I have a kit of the Q-Tee in the build pile myself.

Brian C
Feb 25, 2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Brian C
Beautiful model Alard!
I have a kit of the Q-Tee in the build pile myself.
Brian C
Since 1976 ??
Mar 02, 2013, 11:39 PM
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I learned on the Airtronics S-Tee.. Black Widow .049 no throttle, just 2 channels using a Cox/Sanwa 2 stick...
Love that airplane.. Learned how to cover with Monocote and put in the correct washout in each wing tip.. Ah the memories. 1977-78
Mar 04, 2013, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for the memories. I never had a Q-Tee or S-Tee, but I had a bunch of scratch built "park flyers" with a variety of Cox motors, from the Baby Bee through the TD. Lots of fun, then I discovered electric c. 1992. Never built another glow model after that.


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