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rryman 07-29-2004 09:46 PM

Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
Has anyone built and flown the Flying lawn Mower? I just ordered the plans from RCM and was curious as to how it flew. I've only seen video of one flying and it really didn't look too stable.
Thanks,
Randy

depfife 07-29-2004 10:04 PM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_88...r/tm.htm#88907

Here is a link to a thread about the flying lawn mower.

Eric

Mike in DC 07-30-2004 11:39 AM

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ORIGINAL: rryman
I've only seen video of one flying and it really didn't look too stable.

My guess is that it flies a lot like the Snoopy dog house, which is to say, you're right, it's not too stable. I've never flown it (the Snoopy) but I've seen it, and it looked like it flew like a somewhat heavy pizza box flyer, which, essentially, is what it is.

Boogie 07-31-2004 05:47 AM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
I have scratch built one and it is really stable. It also performs quite nice loops and rolls. Mine is made out of depron & balsa. I will attach photos later

STLPilot 07-31-2004 06:49 AM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
I was at a full scale airshow once and an RC team was there for a noon demo. They flew all kinds of giants, 3D, warbirds ... but when that Snoopy Dog House went up, it drew more attention then all the other planes combined. Needless to say it came down real hard and was pretty well beat up, but that even added to the crowds pleasure.

I'm thinking of getting me one of the Snoopy Dog house kits. Kids REALLY love watching them fly too!

rryman 07-31-2004 07:51 AM

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I remember reading somewhere a long time ago that the dog house was difficult to get back upright if it went inverted, and seems to me I saw one on a video once that flopped upside down, and the guy did either a half inside or outside loop to get it back upright. Either one would probably be a crowd pleaser though. I've been building multi engine stuff lately and thought I'd do something different. Far as I know, no one in our club has one.
Thanks for the info guys.
Randy

RC Thumbs 07-31-2004 01:07 PM

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Hi,

I have a flying lawn mower that I fly regularly in airshows and fly-ins. It's the TMP (Tennesee Model Products) Zimpro kit. (A short kit, but all you need)

[link]http://www.pub.nxs.net/dehunt/mower.htm[/link]

Mine is powered with an OS 61SF, APC 12x8 prop and a Jerry Smith Power pipe. It will go vertical on take off, loop inside and out, roll, inverted, harrier............more than you would ever think it should do. Everyone is amazed at how well it flys. With a little practice, you can land it like a butterfly with sore feet. It will even hang on the prop for a little while. I would like to say that it is very difficult to fly and that it takes all my years of piloting skills just to fly it, but I can't. It's a piece of cake to fly and I regularly pass the transmitter around to prove it.

Scott Allison
Louisville, Kentucky

fpdesignco 07-31-2004 02:56 PM

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ahaha that is so cool

rryman 07-31-2004 08:00 PM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
Thanks for the info, guys. I wasn't even aware that anyone made a kit for it. Must have to call TMP for a price since I couldn't find it anywhere on their site. I'll wait to see what the RCM plans look like, but may just go with the kit. According to RCM, theirs flys with a .46 so it must be smaller, or maybe not. I typically put .60's where they call for .40's!
Randy

adaptabl 09-05-2004 12:26 PM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
here is a link to one flying at our club

[link=http://imageevent.com/sunparlorflyers/leamington2004johnmainwaring;jsessionid=6beou8g7o2 .buffalo_s]http://imageevent.com/sunparlorflyers/leamington2004johnmainwaring;jsessionid=6beou8g7o2 .buffalo_s[/link]

or

[link=http://imageevent.com/sunparlorflyers/chathamjohnmainwaring;jsessionid=6beou8g7o2.buffal o_s]http://imageevent.com/sunparlorflyers/chathamjohnmainwaring;jsessionid=6beou8g7o2.buffal o_s[/link]

JWilliams 09-05-2004 04:47 PM

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Yeah I have seen RC thumbs fly his lawn mower here in Louisville, a real crowd pleaser. Hey Scott, we are flying at my field tomorrow morning from about 9am till after lunch.
Jeff

RC Thumbs 09-05-2004 08:04 PM

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Hey Jeff,

Talked to Tom at the field tonight and he told me about tomorrow. I will try and make it.

Scott

Jim Flannigan 09-05-2004 09:45 PM

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I built one from a Flyingthingz kit. I has an OS .46 and isn't stable but not hard to fly either. Lots of fun and quite a crowd pleaser.

Jim Flannigan 09-06-2004 09:01 PM

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Another picture!

Video of it flying at rcsites.net/apilot

buildflycrash 09-07-2004 10:09 AM

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I love it !! got to get one. the photo of the girl pushing it afer seeing it fly made me LOL.

3D Nut 09-08-2004 08:29 PM

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Hi Scott,
Go check out the video of the flying mower. I'm sure you will get a kick out of it.:D

http://www. .com/videos/skycutter40.wmv




ORIGINAL: buildflycrashbuildflycrash

I love it !! got to get one. the photo of the girl pushing it afer seeing it fly made me LOL.

3D Nut 10-07-2004 12:32 PM

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ORIGINAL: apilot

Another picture!

Video of it flying at rcsites.net/apilot
Nice picture

Why not send the picture to www.flyingthingz.com and Henry and I will but your picture up on the website with your name if you like.

Spiro

Jim Flannigan 10-09-2004 09:46 AM

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Nice picture

Why not send the picture to www.flyingthingz.com and Henry and I will but your picture up on the website with your name if you like.

Spiro
Spiro,

Pictures are sent!

I am currently building another Sky Cutter in a John Deere theme. If one is good two must be better!

3D Nut 10-10-2004 09:24 AM

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ORIGINAL: apilot



Nice picture

Why not send the picture to www.flyingthingz.com and Henry and I will but your picture up on the website with your name if you like.

Spiro
Spiro,

Pictures are sent!

I am currently building another Sky Cutter in a John Deere theme. If one is good two must be better!

Could you please resend the pictures, for some reason Henry and I did not get them [:o] Resend the pictures to spiro@flyingthingz.com, and my personal e-mail szanis@aol.com . Do you need a pilot for the second Sky cutter :D I'm sure you will agree with me. The mower could Hariet better than our 3-D planes. I'm looking forward to your e-mail [8D]

Spiro

3D Nut 10-10-2004 09:33 AM

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I am currently building another Sky Cutter in a John Deere theme. If one is good two must be better!
The second mower your building, is it the first Sky Cutter by FlyingThingZ or the Second Version

Go check out the updated Manuel for the Sky Cutter V-2 http://www.flyingthingz.com/manuals/...20V2%20Web.pdf

Thanks

Spiro

1911fan 12-24-2004 03:21 PM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
I recently completed the V2 kit by flyingthingz.com and I am impressed with it. I mounted a OS .56SX up front. It flys best at about half throttle. Some advice I recommend is that you add a 1/8" or 3/16" shim behind the top of the motor mount to give it some down thrust. I have my model balanced as directed but it still likes to climb and fly very nose high under power. I know this is a trait of the design but it is much nicer to fly with the downthrust added. It puts the mower ata more realistic attitude. Also when completed as per the plan the servo tray sits so high in the fuse that the servo horns (and required hardware attaching linkages to he horns) rub the inside of the topcover, creating drag and scratching grooves in the wood. Other than that I used 1/4" ply for the handle brackets and I used a bunch of epoxy and 3 small button head screws at all the junctions on the handle assembly.

It is a crowd pleaser but it definatly requires a lot of attention in the air and I would say it is the hardest model to fly in my hangar. I have a video on my site that you can check out.

www.circledscenicrailroad.com

click the link on bottom left for "skycutter'

good luck,

Larry

neto_arlew 01-22-2006 05:19 AM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
Have you guys seen this remote controlled lawn mower?

http://www.geocities.com/rc_mower

It's awesome!!!!

justmeme 03-12-2006 06:17 PM

RE: Anyone build a flying lawn mower?
 
Yes i have nearly completed sky cutter fitted a SC 56,waiting for a nice dy to test fly ,got it from flying things .com

aerojack 12-31-2006 05:22 PM

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You ever get this flying?

Zonker40 02-16-2017 06:12 PM

Did this thread just fade out? I am interested in a Sky Cutter, but the web site doesn't respond to my trying to purchase anything. I called and got a service disconnected message, and my emails have bounced back.


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