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Old 03-15-2015, 10:54 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Getting back into the R/C realm after several years and I'm really enjoying it. I always enjoy designing/drawing and trying to create something new and different. I just recently completed this Rutan Q1. There's more details on the aircraft at my website as well as some movies of it in the air.

It's not overly aerobatic but I have looped it. It's not overly fast but fast enough. I like cruising at half throttle on the calm evenings and enjoy the unique look of it in the air.

A few specs on the airframe. 24.5" wingspan, 127 sq. in. wingarea. Weighs 4 ounces without the battery, 5 ounces with. Rimfire 180 and a 2s 430 battery. 2 Hitec HS-35hd servos, I didn't add rudder so I just handlaunch it.

Now I'm trying to decide what to design next. Something scale but easily built all balsa and always liked the Reno racers, hmmmmmmm


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The link to my website if you want to check it out http://www.wingermodels.rchomepage.com/ and a Youtube video of the little beasty in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Is-ISdspZA
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That's a really nice little model. Seems to fly very well too.
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Thank you. I'm enjoying flying it. The weather is looking decent this evening if the wind calms down a bit I may get a flight in.
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It's always surprising when you see such an unusual layout as this flying perfectly 'normally' just like any regular plane!
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Nice job. Reminds me of the Mauboussin Hemiptere Type 40. Apparently the odd layout of the Quickie and this plane does fly well:


http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=1422
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It's a low wing, high wing and bipe all at the same time!!

And no horizontal stab!!
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The Quickie is a remarkable aircraft. I'm pretty happy mine flies nice. I just followed typical model aircraft principles and airfoils. Kept it light and straight. Burt Rutan is easily the most imaginative designer in aviation imho. Always designing a unique aircraft to solve a unique problem.
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Originally Posted by Roger Winger View Post
The Quickie is a remarkable aircraft. I'm pretty happy mine flies nice. I just followed typical model aircraft principles and airfoils. Kept it light and straight. Burt Rutan is easily the most imaginative designer in aviation imho. Always designing a unique aircraft to solve a unique problem.
The keep it light part is a big one. If this was an ARF, it would weight 10oz and fly like a brick. One really good reason to build versus buy. Keep it straight is also very true. Without a concerted effort to build straight, symmetric wings, a person may luck out every now and then, but that's about it.
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And no horizontal stab!!
It's got one, just a very big one....
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If anyone is interested in plans for the Quickie, so you can build your own, they are available in my new eBook. I wrote a book about designing the Quickie and you can download the plans and get them printed at your local printer. Go to Amazon or Indigo or Apple iBook or just about anywhere that sells books and enter my name. It will come up. I'd love to see more Quickies in the air.
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