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Your WEIRDEST looking planes! Please post pics!

Old 03-06-2008, 04:32 PM
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Default Your WEIRDEST looking planes! Please post pics!

Since getting into this hobby 5 or so months ago, I've found I'm most interested in weird looking planes. You know, stuff that isn't supposed to fly or doesn't look like it will. My favorite legitimate weird looking plane, and one I will eventually build or buy, is the GeeBee.

As far as just bizarre, I saw the "Flying Stop Sign" and absolutely had to have one. I ordered the plans from RCMmagazine the other day. (can't wait!!)[sm=bananahead.gif]

Now I've been thinking of FLying Yield signs, UFO's, drones, etc..

If you fly, want to fly, or know of a really weird one, I'd love to see them!

The only flyer I have now that looks weird and as though it shouldn't fly is the pink wing below. Not really that weird enough though. It's a great flyer I have to admit. I've also included the FLying Stop Sign that I'll be building soon:

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Old 03-07-2008, 03:14 AM
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How about this one?
They are a GREAT fun flyer
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these guys make some unique stuff:

http://flyingthingz.com/

I really want to try the mower one day.
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Default RE: Your WEIRDEST looking planes! Please post pics!

Here is one from 20 years back. Remember the old Simitars?
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:12 PM
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Default RE: Your WEIRDEST looking planes! Please post pics!

Fond memories of the Simitar. About 20yrs ago I watched a wheel drop off one of those, the guy didn't blink, when it was time to land he put into the sweetest upright flat spin and dropped it on the runway with no damage. Very neat plane!
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Here's my 1/5 scale (100" wingspan) Twin Cub. There was actually a full scale built in Oregon in the 40's by a guy named Harold Wagner. According to reports it flew great. The model certainly does. Power is two OS .70 four strokes.
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I bet that twin cub is fun to start the second engine
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I bet that twin cub is fun to start the second engine
Just starting it draws a crowd
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are you kidding me? [X(] that's the weirdest looking plane yet (twin cub). why? is my 1st thought. but why not i suppose, definitely should draw a crowd

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are you kidding me? [X(] that's the weirdest looking plane yet (twin cub). why? is my 1st thought. but why not i suppose, definitely should draw a crowd

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According to one theory, Mr. Wagner built the full scale so his wife could ride in one fuselage while he piloted (in peace) from the other. The model was built because the full scale existed. I've seen a grainy black and white picture of a Tri-pacer he built as well.

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I saw your, or someone's, Twin Cub at the McDonough Multi Meet a few years back. The overlapping prop cause a weird sound. You know when it's flying with the power up. Nice plane.

You want weird, you got it. My flying buddy, 86-year old Flaps Laffert, loves weird planes, especially canards. I'm, the pilot. Some have worked, some have not.

The first is the Crocanard, an X-wing, tail first bipe. It's really quite a good flying plane. The photos don't show the final version. A plywoon, front rudder has been attached to the nose gear strut for steering on the ground after the nose gear gets light. The main gear has been moved rearward into the wing as a wire gear. This gives more down force on the nose gear, making take off easier and stopping the bounce on landing. Prior to moving the main gear, the nose would get light and the plane was on its own until it lifted off. Good thing out runway is 200' wide. OS .61SF.

The second plane Flaps calls the Executive Canard since it is finished like an executive transport. Robart retracts. Magnum .52XLS.

The third canard is a tractor design, instead of the usual pusher. He called it the Irish Mist. Magnum .52XLS power.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:51 PM
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More odd planes built by Carl "Flaps" Laffert, flown by Ed Moorman.

This next canard, called Krazy Kanard, made half a flight. The foreplane was made from 1/4" sheet. After trimming and feeling it out, I eased the nose down and added full power to make a high speed pass. The plane is pretty sleek and it gained speed fast. I think the canard fluttered. Anyway, the right side broke off in flight, taking out complete elevator contril. The elevator clevice also snagged the battery lead, tearing it out. No elevator and no control to shut down so it went high speed straight down on to a concrete runway. It looked like confetti after it hit. For this reason, we now use built up, fairly thick canards with spruce spars.

The next plane, Flaps calls his Nightmare delta, but it is more like a sharply tapered flying wing. It would definitely snap roll and also tip stall on landing.

The third plane in off white, is his small canard. I think it originally started from plans, but I know he added the LEXs (Leading Edge eXtensions), he loves them. It has an .049 for power and could just barely stay up. We retired it in favor of larger sizes.
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:53 PM
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LOL over the double piper! I never expected that! Awesome. There's some great stuff posted. I'm debating now, ordering the flying lawnmower kit from flyingthingzs, even though I still don't have my stop signs plans yet..

I've also really been drawn to those UAV drones.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:03 PM
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This was his second canard. It was supposed to be a take off on the Beech Starship. He called it the Purple Passion. The Executive Canard was a much better redesign on this plane with a wider chord for more wing area, a larger and built-up canard, larger vertical tail and retracts. The Passion flew pretty good.

The Sweeper, a swept forward, flying wing, was a plane I asked him to design and build. OS .65LA power. It does a mean inverted flat spin.

This is what happened to the wing of the Purple Passion after we retired it. He called it the Vampire after the old British fighter. Flew pretty good.
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Here's another one Flaps built for me. It's sort of a take off on the XFV-1 Salmon, Navy tail sitter. OS .91FX with Ultra Thrust tuned muffler. I took off vertical and landed conventional. In any wind, the plane wanted to fall over before I could take off. No one wanted to stand out there and hold it for launch. For the wing, I bought a Sig Somethin' Extra wing kit. Flaps designed the fuselage and tail around the wing. The X-tail was hooked up like a V-tail. I didn't notice any odd control characteristics in flight. It was fast and would roll like a bandit.

This next one isn't all that weird. Someone gave us a crashed Kaos, so Flaps made a Batplane out of it using a plastic model as the guide. Flew like a Kaos, except the high stab tended to make roll barrel out a little.

The third plane is a Coroplast, SPAD, flying wing design of mine. I think the engine is a Fox .50. It was a pretty tame flying plane, very gentle, so I gave it away.

The fourth plane is a Bill Evans' design, Pole Star. Tower .75 power. Fast and very easy to fly. Does a nice inverted flat spin. Rolls fast.
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Old 03-08-2008, 03:30 PM
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You thought I was done with Flaps' canard designs. Here is the Duck, a canard flying boat. There is an airborne shot to prove we flew it, once.
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Flaps built a twin engine wing for the Purple Passion using 2 Magnum .30 4-strokes. It flew, but we couldn't keep both engines running so we retired the wing.

The pusher-puller twin Flaps called the KOLO, for King of Left Overs. Someone gave him a Corsair wing. He built the twin fuselage. The booms are the tubes that covering comes on with 2 coats of finishing resin. Two Magnum .52 4-strokes. Unlike the Magnum .30s, these have never quit in the air. The KOLO was fairly heavy, but flew very well. It needed a little power on landing.
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This one is actually a scale model, or close to scale. I had Flaps widen the wing tips, fearing tip stall. The plane was a Burnelli CBY-3, designed by Vincent J. Burnelli from Texas. The plane, from WW II time frame, has the same span as a C-47, but could life twice as much. The center fuselage is airfoil shaped and lifts the cargo without much help from the outer wings. The Army wanted the plane, but since Burnelli back Wendell Wilke against Roosevelt, the contract got cancelled. Politics!

Good flying plane. Same two Magnum .52 4-strokes. Robarts. Pictures showing the plane just before the first test flight, in flight and a close-up.
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Here's a design Flaps cobbed together for me called the A-Frame. Two Magnum .28s, an old combat wing, 2 dowels and scrap balsa. Actually flew pretty darn well. The out thrust doesn't harm performance at all, it seems. Flies well on 1 engine and I have lots of practice.

This is another non-conventional twin, my Dusty Deuce, built by Flaps. Two OS .25FX engines, Jett tuned mufflers. Excellent flying little plane. Does pull some to the left on launch, fast, very stable, lands nicely. Does great flat spins.
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Great posts Ed Moorman thanks for sharing. Those are really weird! That last one is a hoot! (the one with the double magnum 28s)

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OK, last one, another Flaps Laffert canard design, called the XSC for Experimeltal Stealth Canard. Good flying plane. Two OS .40LA engines.
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I saw your, or someone's, Twin Cub at the McDonough Multi Meet a few years back. The overlapping prop cause a weird sound. You know when it's flying with the power up. Nice plane.

You want weird, you got it. My flying buddy, 86-year old Flaps Laffert, loves weird planes, especially canards. I'm, the pilot. Some have worked, some have not.

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The second plane Flaps calls the Executive Canard since it is finished like an executive transport. Robart retracts. Magnum .52XLS.

The third canard is a tractor design, instead of the usual pusher. He called it the Irish Mist. Magnum .52XLS power.
Hey Ed! That was my Twin Cub at McDonough Multi's. I enjoyed watching you fly your Burnelli CBY-3 there. It's a great flying airplane. Your Dusty Duece was also WILD. Glad to see you're still flying unique models.
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Here's one for you....it's a bird...it's a plane....it's...

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Mine are slightly unconventional. The Superman plane is really weird. I like it. Foam??
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Foam??
Yes, the Man of Steel is really just the Man of Foam The cape is built up of balsa and spruce. The arms, legs, and body are made up if 1" styrofoam SM glued together is a simple box and rounded off for shape. Hands and head are just carved from solid foam. Simple 4-channel set up with throttle, elevons, and rudder. Every landing is a true 'belly' landing. LOL.

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