We are a UK based club (in ancient town of Rye, East Sussex), here are the places we got our materials from (obviously some of these links will be out of date but it’s a good start): Depron Sheets Steve Webb Models – 5 for £14.95 (medium density) Balsa Strip Balsa Cabin – 1/8″ x 3/8″ x 36″ balsa strips £1.45 ea x 5 pcs Hot Glue Gun Sticks Amazon – TRIXES 50 x Hot Glue Gun Sticks for Hot Melt Gun 11mm x 185mm £7.99 & FREE Delivery Scalpels Amazon – Swann Morton Scalpels sterile No.10 Box of 10 Price:£4.95 (Haven’t bought these yet:) Propellers Sky Hi Products – Black … Continue reading
Our STEM department bought us a Nano Stik ready to fly radio controlled aeroplane last week. We’ve had 4 sessions with it now, one outside, once in the gym (nice and open but usually locked) and twice in the hall (with chairs for assembly). The students have taken to it very well, the simple 2 channels (one for throttle & rudder for steering) have been easy to get to grips with. Battery Life The tiny battery has lasted very well. I still haven’t read the instructions so don’t know what they say the flight time is but sharing the plane between a couple of students and a big kid (me) has … Continue reading
We’ve decided to step it up a notch and build radio controlled aeroplanes. Flight Test have some good looking plans, we think we’ll go with a FT Versa Only trouble is we have a lot of 3mm Depron and their foamboard is 4.5mm. I’ve experimented with doubling the depron sheet and gluing paper and card to both sides using No Nonsense spray adhesive. Here are the results:
I took some tools & materials on holiday with me this year. I met this chap called Mehmet (sat on my Luggie Scooter drinking Turkish Tea) who very quickly became my good friend. I showed him how to build a Fantastic Foam Flyer and he was hooked! Later I made this plane modelled on a Red Arrow (Hawk) Here we are testing Mehmet’s plane I left the rest of the materials and tools with Mehmet, he sent me this photo of a plane his son made.
I put together a box of tools & materials to take on holiday to entertain myself and my son building the Fantastic Foam Flyer while the ladies are chilling by the pool this year. The box contains: 4 depron foam sheets 4 3/8 x 1/8 balsa strip 1 ruler 3 scalpels 17 feet of rubber strip 1 bag for lubricating the rubber strip 3 glue sticks Paper clips Cardboard to design templates with (will include) 4 propellers 7 a small pair of pliers I’ll take a glur gun and an electric winder seperately. The slim A4 sized box, it came from Sky Hi Models with a previous purchase.
We went to Eastbourne (Butts Brow SE slope) to fly our slope soarers but sadly the wind had done a runner. No wind. The new Mini FFF would love it! So Aos fetched it from the dashboard & I put a few hundred winds in and gave it a test flight. It flew straight but down so I gave one side of the tailplane a tweak upwards (this is because of my time flying RC, on reflection I should have twisted one of the wind tips – called washout). On the second go with a few more winds it flew, floating through the air off towards to bushes by the … Continue reading
I sent a letter to staff at my school at the end of term: Hi Ground Dwellers, I have news from the sky! Mr W & I have been running a club at lunch & after school on Thursdays for KS3 students, building little model free flight aeroplanes and have now got about 8-10 students coming along regularly and get this – about half of them are girls, yes, girls! Some of you have heard bits and pieces about the club, called Flight Club, (we have rules but no one talks about them) through the grapevine & the school’s Facebook page, I thought I’d give you guys & gals a … Continue reading
We spent some time in the sportshall trying to maximise our flight times for entering a Foam Plate Free Flight competition (postal entry) in America this week. Jack & Sid joined me initially, we were experimenting with elevator angles and rubber strip length and were managing flight times of 10-20 seconds (15 seconds was last week’s best time). Encouraged by these times I fetched some washing up liquid and we tried the ‘lube in a bag’ method (a small amount of washing liquid with the rubber strip in a small bag and roll the rubber strip around inside it for a minute) to lubricate the rubber strip. We figured it would … Continue reading