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Old 12-07-2002, 01:17 AM
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got a norvel .061 and a Thunder Tiger GP.070 from a friend real cheap and wanted to know if anybody in the 1/2A area made a airplane that hovers.
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Old 12-07-2002, 03:27 AM
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Default Hoverin Halfa's!!!!!

Only truly hovering half-A I have seen so far is DickeyBird's Cornbread flying Thing.
Mike 912E is working on a little E3D kit with the TT, but I don't believe he has finished it yet, but it should hover when completed (Mike builds light)

I am currently working on a 1/2A funfly plane with BCapo right now for .049 or SP400. Weight should come in at about 8-9.5 oz's. Goal is to hover.
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Why not scale down a design like the Sig Faser for your 049? Scaled down to 24 or 28" WS, keep the weight LOW like 8 to 10 oz and you should be in the ballgame.

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rcmaster:

Go for a 16" X16" 1/2A Pizza Box Flyer. I have been having a ball with a 16" X 14" powered by a Norvel .074 which will hover at a high idle. That Norvel .061 would be perfect power for one that size.

Lots on info on RCU on PBF's.

Fly SMALL, Have A BALL

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Old 12-07-2002, 07:40 PM
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rcmaster:

Also check out the Rotoruta auto gyro from RCM, plan number 714. It's single channel, but I build one with R/E/T and it flew great.

Presently I have a 15 sized version which I call a Roto Rooter. Lots of fun.

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Old 12-10-2002, 12:04 AM
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Default 16X16 PBF

hey ... now that's a good idea! I too have a .061 Norvell sitting around with no plane to put it in ...

I also have a GWS flight pack (pico BB servos, 4p receiver) from a defunct PICOSTICK-F. Do you think those tiny servos would have enough oomph to move the control surfaces? Wonder which size prop .... don't PBFs like high diameter/low pitch?

Humm ... the flight battery could be real small too ... 150 mah nicads should do fine ... no?
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rc_crasher.......

If that name reflects your flying ability, then yes, you need a Pizza Box Flyer. Like the " battery bunny", they will last and last and last.

Yes, I think your flight pack would be perfect. On my 13 ounce 16" X 14" PBF powered by a Norvel .074, I'm using a HiTec 555 Rx, 250 mAh battery and four FMA 90 servos. I've crashed and bashed this thing over the last month and have yet to strip any servo gears.

I was the first to show up at the local field with one, now there are seven, all bigger than mine, but fly the same. We line up coffee cups on a picnic table and see who can knock them off with a tail touch first, all at the same time. What a hoot!!!!!!!
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Ops!... Prop question......6 X 3 or 6 X 4 on the new RevLite I would think. I have a new one but have not run it yet, still trying to wear out my old AME's, which like a 5 1/2 X 3 Tornado white nylon.

Just get a reliable low speed on your engine, as these things fly best when not flown fast.
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With a name like rc_crasher, I should stay away from scale!

Actually it might be time to update my name ... I've learned to fly now!

We have a guy who shows up the field with a PBF ... powered by an OS LA 25. It does great, especially when the 3D experts get some stick time on it. He also fashioned two PBFs into a X-looking thing that is meant to take off and land from vertical ... He put a gyro AND a co-pilot into that one!

Thanks for the info ... I'll hunt down some coroplast after the holidays and let you know how it goes!
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Just take the prop off your plane, tie some fish line to the prop nut and hang the plane from a tree. Take a picture and tell your friends that this is your 1/2 a plane hovering. Saves a lot of time and effort.
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