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$50.00 Scratch Build Contest Entry, Tom Swift's '57 pusher jet.....Galaxie :)

Old 09-05-2013, 06:57 AM
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Thumbs up $50.00 Scratch Build Contest Entry, Tom Swift's '57 pusher jet.....Galaxie :)

Well now, I am still narrowing down my choices of what to build......hmmmm
It will be made of FF foam and 6mm Depron with a sprinkling of tree parts in and out of it....lol.

Watch this space for more info

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:10 PM
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get busy you slacker, I'm gonna fly mine next week-end
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:53 AM
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haha, thanks Al.....always the right motivating push to get me goin'

Ok, looks like I wanna build a sport/pattern type ship.....I know I know but I will add some cool touches
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:31 PM
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Good luck with the build!
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:15 AM
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Ok that WAS the intention......lol, I saw a book in the thrift shop today and suddenly found my build for this contest! It was a book called "Tom Swift and his Flying Laboratory".....and the second page had my plane in it. It's a swept wing tail-less jet design that should be a cool flyer.
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41in WS
36in Length
2212-6 2200kv motor...6x4 prop
3s 2200mh
under 20oz AUW
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:46 AM
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Cool!
But I can see quite a bit in that which could make it a bit tricky to fly!
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:13 PM
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Should be sweet.
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:19 PM
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Looks fast! Hope ya got lots of room to fly it.
I could not fly it here with all these JP's surrounding the yard.
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by quorneng View Post
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Cool!
But I can see quite a bit in that which could make it a bit tricky to fly!

What I see is an "artist's" idea from 1957, a fantasy drawing at best I'm sure.
I'm anxious to see what Wrench66 can do with it

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Old 09-15-2013, 11:53 PM
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Cool!
But I can see quite a bit in that which could make it a bit tricky to fly!
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What I see is an "artist's" idea from 1957, a fantasy drawing at best I'm sure.
I'm anxious to see what Wrench66 can do with it

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I agree with both here......I do think those sharp delta wing tips could be a source of probs......I already have a revision planned for that
SJ I do believe the artist's idea was just that, but being as I have a hard head and don't take being told I can't very well....well, haha I'm gonna build it with just a touch different design but still keeping with the Tomorrowland theme

OK, essentially this plane is a flying wing.....being as it has no horiz tail the main wing will be doing all of the control save for a rudder. The pointy wingtips and the triangular wing are getting just a touch different geometry.....the TE will have some angle to it AND the wing tips will be squared off. I believe those two variations will help with making this a successful flying model
Here's a couple pics of my wing so far.
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Originally Posted by Wrench66 View Post
I agree with both here......I do think those sharp delta wing tips could be a source of probs......I already have a revision planned for that
SJ I do believe the artist's idea was just that, but being as I have a hard head and don't take being told I can't very well....well, haha I'm gonna build it with just a touch different design but still keeping with the Tomorrowland theme

OK, essentially this plane is a flying wing.....being as it has no horiz tail the main wing will be doing all of the control save for a rudder. The pointy wingtips and the triangular wing are getting just a touch different geometry.....the TE will have some angle to it AND the wing tips will be squared off. I believe those two variations will help with making this a successful flying model
Here's a couple pics of my wing so far.
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Awaiting further development!
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:51 AM
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As Alexander Lippisch discovered a 'delta' is aerodynamically different to a flying wing in that it does have natural stability where as a wing has to have some reflex on the trailing edge.
The 'steeper' the sweep of the delta the better its the longitudinal stability becomes so it is quite possible that a more 'dart' like wing will actually be easier to fly than one that is more like a flying wing.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:27 PM
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I have built and flown Delta's and flying wing's and yes they have quite different personalities from each other. This project will be using a wing type I designed with a good 40 degree+ sweep that has flown as a normal flying wing for many years now......only here I am building a fuse to it and removing the side winglets for a single vertical stab rearward of the wing tips. Also moving the power and weight moments around (the fuse will hold the motor at the rear and battery in it's nose) but leaving the wing's CG where it has worked well previously.
Ever since I first flew this design of wing I have wondered how it would do paired up with a fuselage built for it?
We're gonna see.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:30 AM
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ray,I'm glad there are folks willing to take a chance at doing something different.or we might never have learned to fly for real.

go for it!!! and above all,have a blast!! looking forward to it's completion. stu
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We need to see more build Pics Ray LOL
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:53 AM
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How is your plane coming along Ray
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Originally Posted by Wrench66 View Post
...Ever since I first flew this design of wing I have wondered how it would do paired up with a fuselage built for it?
We're gonna see.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:26 PM
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Your wing design kind of reminded me of the Von Braun fantasy rocket.



Hope your build is coming along well. Most in the contest have gone with scale, so it's nice to see a fantasy design.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:44 AM
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No real update, just been super busy and had to put it aside but I have some time this weekend so I will have some more progress pics soon
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:36 AM
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Hi Ray I Know that you can build a plane in a day or 2 so I am Not worried about you missing the Deadline Take care and have fun, Chellie
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:06 AM
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So here are a few pics and up date
Firstly I had to assemble my cut out wing cores, these are dead simple to mark and cut and unlike a flat wing, these wind up with a nice airfoil that flies very smoothly.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:14 AM
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So here I'm drawing and cutting out a fuselage that looks right AND has enough nose to possibly counter any balance issues caused by the motor being stuck under the tail
I like to use a forward battery compartment and nose made from a solid block of industrial blue foam.....like they would use to ship large items in. This foam has served me very well in motor mounts, wing saddles and battery bays
More to come.....
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:31 AM
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Its Looking Great Ray Dont forget that I get to do the Maiden flight on it LOL, Take care, Chellie
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:58 AM
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More fuselage and wing saddle pics......haven't decided yet as to how I will attach the wing, might just permanently glue it on. Working with the motor mount tonite
The last pic is my chosen power train is a combo I really like and have used on other pushers I enjoy flying......Grayson 2208-12 1800kv, 30A esc and CHL 1300 30c 3s.
Nite nite
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OF COURSE, CHEllIE!
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Look very nice.
Even if its quite a bit different from the original artist's sketch!
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