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    .010 Gnat from RC Modeler plans

    Has anyone built or flown one of these? I'm wondering how they fly with micro electronics and a Cox .010 with rudder and elevator. The attached pictures are of the one I started building about 10 years ago and just got back to. I installed 3 gram servos and the smallest made 6 channel Spectrum receiver. I know what the mag article said, but that was with single channel gear back in1964. Just looking for "pit falls" before I put my cherished Cox .010 on something that might be a lawn dart.
    Thanks, Bill

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    It looks like the Black Widow will fit - c'mon, go for it!

    I can't wait to see the flight report. Video please!
    Marine GOOP = magic faerie boogers in a tube, sticks everything.

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    I built one and used a GWS brushed motor and flew it rudder/throttle and it flew fine. If I were to put an .010 on it, I would be inclined to try it with the prop on backwards first.
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    I built on and used an old Albin super regenerative receiver in it along with my old Controlaire Galloping Ghost transmitter. The magnetic actuator was something I put together myself from a small bar magnet and a coil of wire from a low voltage relay.

    The engine was borrowed from an adult that used to coordinate us teens at a local community center "class" and took us out to a flying field on weekends.

    Under power the model flew quite nicely and was spirited but neatly controllable. But with the short stubby wings and small gap between the wings the glide was somewhat lawn dartish. But thanks to flying over a fairly soft grass playing field nothing bad happened to the engine.

    I seem to recall that I got up around a dozen to 20 flights over a few weeks. But then something went funny with the radio gear and the model dove in and busted. After fixing the damage I guess I didn't get something quite right because it rolled upon launching and broke up enough that I didn't bother trying to fix it. Or the launcher may have flicked it into the roll. I'll never know.

    Again, don't expect a floaty glide. At best it'll be a controlled dive without any propwash to keep air flowing between the wings.
    Witty saying to be plagarized shortly.....

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