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Old 02-03-2011, 01:53 AM   #1
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I know this is all about electric flight.
But I was looking for plans or suggestions for building a simple rubber band powered plane....
My 3 yr old really wants a plane of his own.
What I would like to do is, to have a simple plan for a balsa or depron plane,
he can fly and call his own.
Something I can easily repair or make new parts for.

I am a total DIY and use what you have type person...
Any help will greatly appreciated.....


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Ah Rubber powered F/F one of my fav parts of this hobby
Thats where i started 35+ years ago
Check out some of the plans here
http://www.theplanpage.com/prev.htm
http://smallflyingarts.com/
http://aerofred.com/
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Just do a search on Google for

rubber powered planes, plans,

I put that in the search bar and got 271,000 items, ( I didn't look at all of them )

I have done that for electric planes, and now I have links to a few hundred planes.

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here you go

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=330486582299

http://www.hooked-on-rc-airplanes.co...-airplane.html



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SHADY, I also have a young son interested in RC, and airplanes in general. I try to include him on my balsa model builds and in the FF. He has a little air hogs pusher jet that cost about $45 from ToysRUs and it takes all kind of abuse, just something to think about.

My son was 4 when I started to take him to the park with me, word of advice though... if you are going to go with rubber band FF, invest in a winder. Not sure about your son, but mine gets bored incredibly easily and spending 10-15 minutes winding had him frustrated and wanting to go to the playground instead lol
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Thanks everyone, for some great info.
Going to try a rubber powered FF build.
I may try the airhogs thing in another year or two.

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Or you could start here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1265873 There are several hundred files now and growing everyday. Some really sharp designs in that thread that could easily be scaled up and converted to electric power.

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Originally Posted by SHADY View Post
I know this is all about electric flight.
But I was looking for plans or suggestions for building a simple rubber band powered plane....
My 3 yr old really wants a plane of his own.
What I would like to do is, to have a simple plan for a balsa or depron plane,
he can fly and call his own.
Something I can easily repair or make new parts for.

I am a total DIY and use what you have type person...
Any help will greatly appreciated.....


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For a 3 yr old, the "AMA Cub" is about as fool-proof as you can get.
http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...FF5.html?E+Sig

A larger version is the "AMA Racer"
http://www.sigmfg.com/cgi-bin/dpsmar...FF4.html?E+Sig

There are also several electric-powered rc versions made of foam; for plans, see post #60 in the following thread.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...=599674&page=4
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Would second the 'AMA Cub' as above.

Its wings and tail surfaces are built by gluing balsa stripwood onto the plan, then cutting them free of the plan when the glue's dry. The triangular wings and tail cannot warp or twist, so its about the easiest of its its to get to where it will fly just fine.

In case of damage, the flying surfaces can be replaced by thin Depron type foam too.

Every year in DC, the local Flying Aces Club - folk who understand a wound-up rubber band motor - put on a build and fly meet at the National Building Museum. using the AMA Cub.

Dozens of kids participate, few with any aeromodelling connection or experience. The day's assembly class culuminates in a mass fly-off where the kids line up in the Museum, wind 'em up and all launch at once. The models suffer more from erratic launching, but will perform and deliver with relative ease.

In these days of instant gratification, this could be a second model after one of the clip-togethers offered earlier!

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This isn't rubber band powered, but is an extremely good free flight plane. I have lost a few of these in thermals. Your son will get a kick out of it, since it's going to go quite a ways on one charge. Google up Rechargeable Free-Fly Airplane at Harbor freight.



I know, not a kit, but it's something durable and repairable as well. Just make sure you baby the battery in it, as in let it cool down completely between charges and flight, and don't overcharge it, lol. needless to say, at 10.00 a piece, you might want to push the limits on what it can handle just to see what this little squirt can do.


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