Another Walmart $2.99 special tears up the sky. - RC Groups
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Jun 19, 2001, 01:43 AM
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NewbieX's Avatar

Another Walmart $2.99 special tears up the sky.

Got out to fly the Black-Rider (because I covered it with black packing tape and the foamie glider it's based on is a SkyRider) today.

Fiber tape spar top and bottom, pre-stressed which really adds strength as the wing is kinda flimsy to begin with.
speed 400
8 cell 500mah nicad
6x4 master airscrew
36" span with full span aileron

I'll try to finagle-sp? a digital cam to get some pictures as she looks good in flight. Flies pretty fast, more stable than the zagi, but does rolls quickly. Could be a little more powerful so maybe I'll drop a 480 in and see what happens. Has a stubby nose, so kinda looks like a bearcat in flight from 100 yards plus.

Other than that, hacking up a cassette case into a simple motor mount, which I thought was genius at the time, really isn't. It broke on a slightly higher angle than normal landing, but no other damage.

Still working out c of g, throws, aerobatics, etc. It's a pretty good flying plane for a $3 kit, some tape, a meat tray and some scrap balsa. Had the groundskeepers at City Park taking bets and laughing up a storm while they played AAA gunners with the sprinkler system. Not really, but it was fun to fly between the water jets banking and yankin.
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Jun 19, 2001, 10:51 AM
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Pierre Audette's Avatar
I thought the Skyraider had only a 24" WS? Did you extend the wing somehow?

I just bought 2 kits, and was thinking of making a biplane out of it with 24" WS, and a balsa fuse.

I also got the 4.5' Flying Eagle. Makes a nice cheap & lite wing by adding strapping tape and a 1/4" x 1" TE. Planning on using it for a powered glider.
Jun 19, 2001, 03:20 PM
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It's a Sky-Rider, not raider and I clipped about 7" off each wingtip and some near the center to straighten the wing. It's the larger blue foam glider available at Walmart.

Jun 19, 2001, 03:50 PM
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The 24" span glider flies great with a direct drive GWS DX motor and cox viper prop on 6x150mah NiCads. Heve only flown throttle channel/free flight at this point but plenty of power. Hope to add controls soon but it should work fine.

I previously did a twin with 2ea. 3V radio shack motor in series on 6 cells and taileron control and it worked good (same props).

Have fun!

Jun 19, 2001, 04:31 PM
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Ray Lowinski's Avatar
Yes, they do fly well for only a couple of bucks and some time. The tape is the best thing for these wings but I want to do a balsa trailing edge and ail. too.

Go to Palos RC site and use their online CG locator. Pretty neat.

Keep 'em hummin'

Jun 20, 2001, 10:21 AM
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Jimonline's Avatar
Does anyone have any pics of these built planes with elts added?
Jun 20, 2001, 08:21 PM
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DNA's Avatar

Where ya putting everything to get it
to balance with that long nose?

Jun 21, 2001, 08:40 PM
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Do a search on all the Ezone forums. There is a pic that shows a great setup. I fly mine with a Mega Mig 280 with a MP Jet 4.5 gb and a 10x7 apc prop on 6 270 nicads. Flys slowly for 10 mins wide open.The CG needs to be much farther back than you will think.