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Old 02-02-2010, 12:20 AM   #1
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I have some rc parts and a nicer radio laying around, and i was at hobby lobby today and i saw those huge styrofoam gliders those in my age bracket played with when they were little, and i thought i always wanted mine to have an engine and be radio controlled. So 20 dollars later i have the stuff to make it lol. Its not done, it needs servos and a battery. Tell me if you like.
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I remember having the ones with the 6fy wingspan and looked like 747s. I once attempted to strap multiple C-power model rocket engines to one..... but when I went to light it up, the batteries in my remote were dead. Never tried it again.
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I used to love those big gliders. I would spend hours fine tuning them for maximum distance. I think I tried one with bottle rockets once, didn't work too well.
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When it flies, i will post a vid.... well if it flies.
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looks good to me but cant really tell much detail for that picture

have fun!
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The little engine looks kinda like a MAF. haha. I love messin with things like this. Back the day I won a bunch of design comps where we built rockets, gliders, bridges... and junk. Have fun with your project.
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I remember having the ones with the 6fy wingspan and looked like 747s.
Aww man! I used to go nuts with those.

I'd climb on top of the house and try to sail them over the pond in the back, and go on rescue missions when they didn't make it.

Nothing like a styrofoam 747 pulling a 4G loop that shears the wings off too, or banking between two pine trees.
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Aww man! I used to go nuts with those.

I'd climb on top of the house and try to sail them over the pond in the back, and go on rescue missions when they didn't make it.

Nothing like a styrofoam 747 pulling a 4G loop that shears the wings off too, or banking between two pine trees.
lol.

Ah...the good old days.
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lol.

Ah...the good old days.
Wut...this was last year...

And I wonder why my wife says I'm just a big kid.
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I have some rc parts and a nicer radio laying around, and i was at hobby lobby today and i saw those huge styrofoam gliders those in my age bracket played with when they were little, and i thought i always wanted mine to have an engine and be radio controlled. So 20 dollars later i have the stuff to make it lol. Its not done, it needs servos and a battery. Tell me if you like.
Add a video camera and transmitter. They are tiny now and cheap.
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Are you planning on making it 3 or 4 channel?

I think with the thrust line that low it will pitch up badly when you apply throttle.
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More pictures!
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Aww man! I used to go nuts with those.

I'd climb on top of the house and try to sail them over the pond in the back, and go on rescue missions when they didn't make it.

Nothing like a styrofoam 747 pulling a 4G loop that shears the wings off too, or banking between two pine trees.
I used to tie strings to them and try to fly them as kites

It always sucked when the wing joints would get stretched and the wings would fall off as soon as you gave it a push. The later models had the plastic u-clip to hold the wings in place, but even the holes for those would stretch. The solution was always adding electrical tape as a shim....and using it on the bottom of the nose to prevent sever scuffage from nose-dives.
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4 ch my radio is actually 6 ch but whatever.i thought that to after i cut the hole, oh well.
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You probably will need some compensation with that motor. There's a lot of lift with those things. Are you going to balance it when you're done?

When I had one, I think it only lasted about 30mins. I tossed it, it went between 2 trees and the wings were just a little too long...
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Sooo... in my search of **** I think is cool. I rememberd these....

Who else had the whole damn collection as a kid? I remember brgging my mom for $1 when the ice cream man came around because he always had these things...

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I loved these from back in the day.
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4 ch my radio is actually 6 ch but whatever.i thought that to after i cut the hole, oh well.
You are going to need a place to mount the battery, receiver, ESC. Patch up that spot into a pocket for those parts with some cut up styrofoam, and move the ducted fan to the top.
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Sooo... in my search of **** I think is cool. I rememberd these....

BADASS STYROFOAM WARBIRDS!!!!!

zomg...I can't even believe you just posted that...those things were the ****!

I think playing with all of those as a kid is the only reason I passed Fluid Dynamics 4 semesters ago.
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