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Jan 24, 2007, 11:02 PM
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Depron Turkey Vulture

Where I fly on the ranch I have loads of Turkey Vultures always thermaling I thought I'd try one out of 6mm depron. Had Bob Hoey's plans for quite awhile (from Model Airplane News). Used his basic plan form. His is a pretty complex built up balsa designed sailplane. I wanted a simple foam powered one to fly with the local turkeys. It's 6mm black and white depron, 65 inch span. Will use a clear vertical tail and a brushless 370 with a folding prop. Some flat carbon for strength. Some pics as it comes along. Any comments or suggestions are welcomed.
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Jan 24, 2007, 11:05 PM
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Jan 24, 2007, 11:14 PM
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Oh my. Yes. That's another 'must build".
We have Black Vultures in the early spring and
Turkey Vultures (all black wings) in the rest of the
year. It'll be hard to out fly them, though.
Yours looks fine. I like a lot. Wont those be fun to
soar around with.

Jan 25, 2007, 02:02 AM
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I like it!

But..... is it a male or female ... TV????

Jan 25, 2007, 02:09 AM
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You’ve done it again; created a marvel of simplicity and something a lot of people are going to want to build (myself included). Three summers ago I spent about ten minutes in a big thermal with several vultures. They became curious and navigated closer until I turned on the motor to come back home. That sent them flying away, but it was fun while it lasted!

Nice project.
Jan 25, 2007, 06:29 AM
I'm not flying backwards!
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Nice job Stringfly. It ought to make the little birds crazy and you can circle it over people you don't like. LOL

Jan 25, 2007, 06:38 AM
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awsome vulture stringfly!
are you going to sand in a bit of airfoil to improve the glide? and id sand the tip feathers too imho
i recall seeing an update to the raven in MAN that gave it aileron with just the tip feathers. it looked really cool. wouldnt be too hard with a foamie i 'spose

Jan 25, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Where we live it's common to wake Up in the morning , look out the window and see schmaybe ' 30-40 Vultures in a tree, opening their wings to warm UP in the sun (when it is out)... Strange but cool .... This new plane should be very interesting flying with the flock... Beauty job as usual , String !!!!!
Jan 25, 2007, 08:24 AM
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It's a beauty

Any chance of a plan in the future.

A few minor changes and you could have a hawk or an eagle(that would cause some excitement in the avian population...)
Jan 25, 2007, 10:25 AM
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May do some simple plans if Bob Hoey doesn't mind. Need to get it all worked out and flying first. STRINGFLY <>+++++
Jan 25, 2007, 12:58 PM
is it flying time?
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Here is one that I built out of fan fold a couple of years ago. Span 48" painted with Apple Barrel craft paints. Flies very well and always draws a crowd when I bring it out. Supprisingly it looks fairly real when it is up there. I have had many times where several buzzards will join me in a thermal.

Jan 25, 2007, 03:07 PM
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cool stuff string! I love it! Plans definitey!!!
I've build a bird style plane last summer. glided super but wing was too soft and collapsed. rudder-elevator setup with good portion of dihedral works best on those kind of thermalling planes.

I've had a funny encounter with some seagulls a wile ago. I was doing very tight circles with my (very silent) mini-motorglider in the park when suddenly two gulls showed up and joined my plane. they must have thought that I've found a thermal and wanted to take advantage of that one too. dumb animals - it was about -1°C and overcast, absolutely no thermalling conditions :-)
Jan 26, 2007, 12:10 AM
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I am an environmental Educator and I could use this for a bird study class... pretty coold specially to scare some squirrels haa haa... I would love to see some plans
Jan 26, 2007, 01:28 AM
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Wow! That has got to be one of the coolest planes I have ever seen!
Maybe after a while, when I actually become a decent builder i can try my hand at one of these.
Tell us how it flys! Is this an aieleron (hmmmm how do you spell that?) plane? Elevons? What is the estimated final weight?
Sorry for all the questions... I love planes that look like something else!
Jan 26, 2007, 09:35 AM
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Have the motor mounted and just about all the radio gear in. Will post some pictures tonight. It will be aileron and elevator to start with....may add rudder coupled with ailerons if needed. Will probably just put a depron vertical tail in place instead of a flimsy clear one. Not to concerned with the actual visual impact but would like it to handle reasonable well. All up weight should be about 10 to 12 ounces.....has over 600 sq. inches of wing area...... should be a real floater, but won't penetrate wind very well with the highly undercambered wing. STRINGFLY <>++++

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