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Wing Dragon - electric to glow conversion

Old 01-16-2006, 11:00 PM
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I've had this Wing Dragon for a couple of years. I don't think you could find a better plane for the price. I've charged the flight battery so much that it will barely hold a charge anymore. I guess the sensible thing to do would to just buy a new battery - I guess I can't just leave well enough alone. My original plan was to simply swap out the motor with a glow engine and keep it as a pusher. I ran into two problems with this setup. First, the engine had to be mounted farther back otherwise there would be no air going over the cylinder and I fear it would over-heat. The second problem is that I am taking out the heavy battery that is mounted at the very front of the plane. These problems lead to a very tail heavy situation. The only way I could get it to balance without adding a bunch of weight is to mount the engine where I have. I would've much rather had a pusher, but it still looks pretty cool. I'll post a flight report as soon as the weather cooperates - but there's no reason to believe I'll have any problems with this setup.
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:43 PM
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I test flew the Wing Dragon and I have almost nothing to say about it. It pretty much flew how I imagined a .061 powered Wing Dragon would fly. Short story shorter, it flew great. It was faster and had a better climb rate than the electric version. The most fun I had was doing touch and goes on our grass runway - something that the electric version simply wouldn't do. My only complaint was that the plane got really messy by the end of the day. I built an exhaust divereter out of a piece of 1/4" fuel tubing. I realize that this will probably rob some of the power, but I think it's worth it.
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Default RE: Wing Dragon - electric to glow conversion

That's what I like to see, electric to glow! It's cool to see the hunks missing out of the wings..
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The hunks were taken out of the wing when it was electric. On hard "landings", the wing could shift and come in contact with the prop. The newer version of these has plastic pieces that protect that part of the wing. Yeah, I'm doing my part to eradicate those pesky electric planes. One more down
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That's nice when you can come up with a solution that is win/win/win. The oil on the plane is no big deal, it will protect the foam from harmfull UV rays .
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Default RE: Wing Dragon - electric to glow conversion

now i know what i am going to do with the beat up old easystar in my shed!
Old 01-23-2006, 03:23 PM
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The whole conversion only took a couple of a hours. It would 've been quicker if I would have put the engine in the right place the first time. I think the easystar would be a great plane for this conversion. I'd reccomend a throttled .061 - they're only about $40. Post some piccs when you get it done

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