As a fan of 3D flying, and a fan of cheap airplanes, Especially SPAD (Simple Plastic Airplane Designs) I loved the idea of building a 3D coroplast (Read-crashproof) flyer back in 2009. I had built this originally from a Spazzler plan, but with an incorrectly broken in .46 Tower Hobbies glow engine, it would barely fly. I gave up interest in it and flying altogether shortly after when I was diagnosed with more cancer.
2013, I'm back flying, and this contest, (and my new found love of electric radio control airplanes) gives me an excuse to revisit this design, and make some changes.
I'm re-using the wing, unless I can get my butt into Daytona and get a sheet of 2mm coroplast, since this wing is made from 4mm and heavy! (But bombproof- I can literally walk across it and not hurt it. Can you do that with YOUR wing?)
The 4mm coro is $8 for a 4 by 8 foot sheet at the sign shop by my house. Maybe half a sheet here..I got a half sheet from the sign shop. The span is 48" and the length of the plane will be similar...Gotta figure out what powerplant I'm gonna buy..I'm thinking 90 glow replacement size from hobby king with matching ESC and Turnigy LiPo's.
I'm controlling it with a DX6 and OrangeRX receiver.
The fuse will be PVC downspout, at $10 for a 10' length. I have some landing gear salvaged from a plane crashed and discarded at my club flying field, the stick on lettering on the wing is from scrap vinyl the sign shop gave me. The spar in the wing is a pair of $.50 yardsticks from Wal-Mart.
So, we are looking at $15 with enough material to build one wing and like 2 or maybe 2.5 fuselages! Oh and some gorilla glue to hold it together....More to come..