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Old 12-22-2010, 02:58 PM
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Hello!

Ihave a Cox Surestart, fueltank, three micro servos and reciever and a tiny NiCd laying in my basement, and lots of foam. I have never built a small foam model, but I have lots of beaded and extruded foam lying around as well.

Any suggestions on a quick build model? I want something either scale and sedate, maybe a vintage bipe, oraerobatic, but not an Extra, Yak, Sukhoi or the like....I do not want a Second World War warbird.
It would be best to be a slightly draggy design to keep the speed down as it is an unthrottled engine.

Any suggestions to a proven design are welcome, as are untested concepts or scale designs! Go crazy...

Graeme

Old 12-22-2010, 08:04 PM
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You might try the lstrainer (top sticky page) but I dont know about building with foam.....on the other hand there have been posts and builds using the $4 foam gliders from Kmart....Rog
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Do a search here for the HM-8, which is a little old timer with single wing. Very cute. For-runner of the 'Flee'.
Old 12-23-2010, 01:47 PM
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The HM-8 looks pretty neat. Also looks a bit more practical than the Pou Du Ciel.

This one would benifit from balsa construction and tissue- I think this will be my next balsa project...
I have always liked Henri Mignet designs!

Old 12-23-2010, 02:27 PM
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FOR SURE EASY TO BUILD, GREAT FLYER, AND ALMOST UNDESTRUCTIBLE.

HOUSE OF BALSA 1/2 STEALHT

I have it for 8 years and crashed several times and never broke. Turn it electric and sold it.

Cheers

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Thanks for the replies - but you're too late!

Thismorning I was reading an old Model Aviation magazine, and came across an article on 1/2 A racing.
You can imagine what happened.

The result:



I carved a blue foam wing core and a two layer blue foam fuselage. The wing and fuselage were then covered in lightblue Towercoat.I then cut the horizontal stabiliser and elevator from balsa sheet and covered them as well. The vertical stabiliser is built up; hollowed balsa sheet core with balsa strip structure, covered in day-glo orange Towercoat. I could have made the model a one piece affair, but instead went fora retro band on wing. The engine was attached to a ply plate glued to the front of the fuselage, and the tank immediately behind. The reciever battery is located here as well. I used two 9 gram Tower Pro servos: One for the elevator, the other for the ailerons. No rudder was installed, but I may do so if I find I need it!

All in all, a pretty enjoyable one day build! If it flies, I saved myself the cost of supplies for an equivilant model. If not, I'll start over and build something else!

Graeme

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Old 12-23-2010, 08:12 PM
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WOW Graeme.... You build 'em quicker than CP.
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I will say that I had the day off, so I did have all day.
I have the next two days off as well. Maybe two more models as backup? 

CP's models are much higher quality in workmanship and materials - If I was to try a fibreglass fuselage or some of his methods I would be working for years!  This would have to be the first radio control half A sized model I have put together....

Thanks for the compliments!

Graeme 

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