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Old 10-08-2010, 07:27 AM
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Every year around Halloween I get to thinking how cool it would be to have something like "Wilga The Witch" from Flying Thingz, but Wilga is powered by a 60-size glow engine, which makes it noisey and limits it to being flown at a flying field.

I wanted something that looked more realistic (less comical) and that would be quiet and could be flown in public places - After all, what good is it to have something cool that no one could see?

Last August, I found myself with some spare time on my hands (which is rare for a product reviewer) so I decided to start doing some testing. I researched Rogolla wings, designed and built a few Prototypes, and did some flight testing.

After 3 prototypes, which tested various wing sizes, angles of attack, thrust lines, etcetera, it was time to add the witch's body. The 4th prototype flew well, but needed more control authority, so larger tail surfaces were added and I made her head turn to act as a forward rudder.

Here is the result. The next (hopefully final) version will be all black.

Enjoy!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAsQ_3VW8n4[/youtube]
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:35 AM
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Very cool! I don't think you could carry much of a payload but it would be awesome if the witch could drop some candy for the kids.
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:44 AM
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Excellent you have acheved your design goals Very cool.

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Old 10-08-2010, 08:26 AM
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Hi MinnFlyer
Great job.
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What no snap rolls, or inverted flybys. How is that any fun.

Very cool, I am sure it will be a hit flying around the neighborhood at dusk on halloween.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:03 AM
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Ya, The only real bummer is that I will be out of town for Halloween this year! (And I can't take it with me [] )
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Great MinnFlyer, what an idea. If existing any chance of getting plans and  a list of electric specs?
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:29 AM
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Once I get the final version done I'm sure I'll make it available somehow
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:33 AM
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That is soooo cool, Mike. Yeah, if the plans were available that would be great. I can see me flying that round the super-market near my house.. the kids would go WILD!!!!

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It kinda reminds me of my ex.
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Once I get the final version done I'm sure I'll make it available somehow

Mike,
Let's put them up on Getting Airborne!!

That would be a great place for them.

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Not a bad idea.
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It would be really cool for Halloween night if there were some white LED's spread around the fuselage and wing so it would light up the witch as she flew! That would mean another battery of some kind but it is a novel idea.

Nice Job!
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I want one
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Hell no,i'm with chuck w
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I modeled it after my ex Mother-in-Law - Although truthfully, that is being very unkind to witches!
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I've heard the stories from Mike, and he's telling the truth!!![sm=biggrin.gif]
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I modeled it after my ex Mother-in-Law - Although truthfully, that is being very unkind to witches!
Yes but speaking of being unkind..........how about a likeness of Nancy Pelosi......that would scare the heck out of most anybody!!
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Are you planning to fly this on Halloween night?
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That was the original plan, but now I'm driving my dad back to Florida for the winter and I'll be stopping to see my son in N.Carolina next weekend, so I will not be home for Halloween. [&o]

The good news is, I get to see my grandsons for Halloween!
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wow, congratz to you, great plane and design
I'm impressed, 1:12 it looks like a real witch
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With or without the Witch, Florida welcomes you.

Cool flying, great design[sm=thumbs_up.gif]
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That was the original plan, but now I'm driving my dad back to Florida for the winter and I'll be stopping to see my son in N.Carolina next weekend, so I will not be home for Halloween.
Hello MinnFlyer.

Halloween is coming up shortly. Will you be flying her Halloween this year? Where are the plans available? Or are they?
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Mooney,
 Not sure if you heard this, but Minnflyer is no longer with us. He passed away suddenly back in April of this year. It's been a while now and it still hurts for me just as much as when it happened. Mike was one of my best friends and will be severely missed.

Here are the links to the plans for his Witch Project


Hope this helps

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Ken, Mike had sent me a more complete set of plans with instructions and a bill of laiding. These were lost when my old computer took a crash. Do you happen to have those? Or did Flying Things ever publish this witch? I have seen a lot of flying witches but Mikes was the best by far. I really wanted to build the witch and use all Mikes set up.
I think of Mike all the time and miss our chats. I miss grumping about things with him and was looking forward to his visit.
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