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Old 10-07-2011, 04:57 PM
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Default Astron Falcon wing airfoil

It's just a nostalgia thing, but I want to build an Astron Falcon rocket glider. I have patterns and a single instruction sheet from the old Estes kit, but there is mention of an illustration page and in particular I am looking for illustration "D". I may be missing an entire sheet of illustrations. Anyone have this info?
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Old 10-13-2011, 09:25 AM
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Have you looked at the .pdf on JimZ's site?Ithink it has what you want.

I built a Falcon from those plans years ago, and it is still easily the best-flying glider I've owned.
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I am not familiar with JimZ's site. Do you have a link?
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www.spacemodeling.org/JimZ/

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Ahh, I was looking for this too! Thanks
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Default RE: Astron Falcon wing airfoil

Airfoil, you say?

Looks flat bottomed tome (it's cut from sheet). Here's the basics. The dihedral was formed by laying the model upside down with the wingtips on the table.




http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...mp;adlt=strict



MAybe Ishould try another Centuri Mach-10. That one caused more excitement than any other rocket for me. It made a 90° turn right off the launch rod and tried to kill everyone nearby.
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Yes, that's the page with the airfoil. Nothing exact, just round the leading edge and taper the top to the trailing edge. I'll bet the is some handlaunch glider guys that could give some info on appropriate airfoils that might make the Falcon really perform. I think the idea was to get a reasonable amount of performance and still get your rocket back. Anything other than the smaller A motors and you would never see your Falcon again. Don't ask me how I know this several time over!
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I put mine up on a B once. By pure dumb luck I managed to see it as it glided near the rising sun, and I was able to recover it a good half-mile away from the launch pad. Never again. Great flier.

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