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Old 12-12-2010, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default My new 3D night flyer, Tensor Glow

I have a stick type night flyer, I call the Glow Stick, but I wanted something that I could fly anywhere. So I took my favorite plane and added lights. I've built 9 Tensor's, 2 from the original kit, and the rest are scratch built. I've added a few tweeks along the way to lighten the air frame, and make it stronger. Keeping the original size, I've gotten the weight down to AUW of 6.9oz, and it still handles a 20mph wind. I thought, what better plane for a night flyer than this. The lights and the wiring add about 1.7 oz to the plane, but it still fly's great. The original Tensor 4D AUW was about 10oz, and I'm still under that.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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There is no doubt that you have building the Tensor down to a science. Looking forward to seeing it fly at night.

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:00 PM   #3
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Thanks Smoke! Looking forward to a week off after X-mas, so I can fly some of these new toys I've built.

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:52 PM   #4
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That is cool. I like it. PLease post some video of it when you can.
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Old 01-01-2011, 07:32 AM   #5
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I will post some video, just as soon as we get some light winds, it's been blowing 20-30mph in the daytime, and 10-20mph at night for about 2 weeks.

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:24 AM   #6
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That looks pretty sweet! Do you have plans for the "Glow Stik" that you could post here?
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Scott Page View Post
That looks pretty sweet! Do you have plans for the "Glow Stik" that you could post here?
No, I kind of built the Glow stick with a little "that looks good" scratch, scratch, "that will work" sort of attitude. I build that way alot. Really, the Glow Stick is based on the glow fuel model the Big Stick, that was my go to model of the late 80's, along with 50 billion other guys.
If you go to my photo page by clicking on my avatar, then click on my hanger photo, I think I have pics of it.
If you ment the Glow Tensor in the above post, it is just a Tensor 4D that I've copied, and modified. I think you can find the plans on the plans forum, here on Wattflyer, and RCG. It's was a very popular model (I don't think they make it any more.) so plans should be out there. If you don't find them, let me know and I will lay my templates out with a yard stick so you can see the scale. I think I even have a few templates for the Glow stick.

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Old 01-22-2011, 10:59 AM   #8
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ok video comming soon

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Originally Posted by surfer dude View Post
Ok here is some video, I need to edit out all of the blank space at the end, but you get the idea.
That link takes me to MY account instead of yours. You will probably have to post a link directly to the video itself.

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Originally Posted by Larry3215 View Post
That link takes me to MY account instead of yours. You will probably have to post a link directly to the video itself.
Yeah, I tried to edit out the blank space at the end, and screwed it up. I will get it fixed as soon as I figure out you tube. I'm new at this, can you tell. Do me a favor, and take that link out of your post.
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Try this one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJa9F..._order&list=UL

This was taken with a key chain hat cam. I need to turn my head to the model, and not just my eyes. It was 8min long before I edited out all of the dark space.

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To imbed a video you just drag and drop the Youtube page in your reply.


Edit: Never mind it's working now. Nice video

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That looks pretty cool dude!
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Thank You! I will try and get a better one, when the temp gets above 15, and there is not a foot of snow on the ground. You know, it might look cool against the snow. I'll see if my daughter can shoot the video next time, instead of using the hat cam.

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Great night flying platform Dude!! shows up very well in vids.

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