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    Paper Airplane

    Back around 1999 or so I had to spend a large part of my time rendering assisting my wife who had under gone a serious series of operations. While taking care of my wife I discovered that I could take 3mm foam board to construct aircraft that would cost a total of $2.00 and fly like a champ. Now some years later and after a way too long departure from the hobby I have started building a 48" wingspan seaplane that will be built almost completely of foam board. So far it is looking darn good and the entire fuse does not weigh more than 10 oz. I will not be flying off water due to the paper assembly but hopefully it will open an avenue for cheap fun.

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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Nice, let us see some pictures please.

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    RE: Paper Airplane

    +1
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    RE: Paper Airplane


    ORIGINAL: Rodney

    Nice, let us see some pictures please.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Too many irons in the fire for last few days, will get camera out tomorrow and show what I'm trying to do. It is amazing how easy and how strong the foam board is to build a simple plane that flies and if you crash you might be out a few dollars of material and time.
    Years ago I built a few that used Ni-Cad batteries and cheap electric motor that would fly like a bat out of Heck. Lost it while flying between electric lines next to the house.

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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Hi WALKERS210-RCU
    I use the Fan-Fold foam board sold by Lowe's Home Building store. It is about 3/16" thick. Here are photos of my flying wing with landing gear. From it I learned that the prop thrust must be lowered so it goes thru the vertical location of the CG. Each wing half has a foam spar tapered from the center to the wing ends, and located at a constand % of the wing cord. Extremely strong and light weight.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Villa I have seen this material used before and on flying wings but your setup is way beyond and 1st class. What is good about this material it is strong, foam covered with paper that makes layout and painting easy. A good sharp #11 exacto knife is just about all you need along with a hot glue gun then your in business buiding. I have made wings by coming from leading edge back to CG on wing and cut lines that penetrate the top of paper and most of the foam without going thru the other side then roll it to make an airfoil that worked good. Like I said just before I have too many irons in the fire but before this day is out I will take pictures of what I have started and maybe get others to try their hand at designing and building.

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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Looks good Villa are you going to paint it or leave it in it's current state? I must admit it is a cheap way of building airplanes, have you considered trying your hand at a scale aircraft with this foam?
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Ok it took a little while to remember how to upload pics but have three to give an Idea as to what I'm attempting. The sides will be cut from cardstock twice for each side to double the thickness using spray glue, other parts are glued in using hot glue gun and you must be careful because it is hot and I have blister on finger to prove it.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Looking at the last three photos you are using the same process I use when cutting a scratch built wood parts. The only changes are the materials and the adhesives chosen.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    On this one I am more or less using the same steps, one way I have built is to take the full length and build fuse with maybe one former by cutting and folding on lines. Works good and only take a couple hours to build and have one ready to fly.

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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Hi FlyerInOKC
    I covered mine with self-stick vinyl.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Thanks for adding the photos. I like your motor mount design, its well thought out and very clean.
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    RE: Paper Airplane

    Looks like you aren't the only one making airplanes out of paper!

    His is bigger but I like yours better.

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