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by TSOlympian
December 17th, 2015, 12:59 am
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Design Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 1738

Design Tips

How does one come up with original plane designs? My team has a "no kit" policy for our building events, and so far we've been using other people's plans published online, like Chuck Markos's Tips Packet. However, I've been wanting to move away from using other people's designs and start coming up w...
by TSOlympian
December 13th, 2015, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?
Replies: 9
Views: 1651

Re: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?

Ah that makes sense! I noticed that superglue burns a bit when it dries on you...because it's a formation of bonds, exothermic reaction! (sorry, I'm taking chem this year) I read that acetone is sometimes a CA solvent/is used to remove it...is there any way it might dilute CA glue without interferin...
by TSOlympian
December 13th, 2015, 11:59 am
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?
Replies: 9
Views: 1651

Re: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?

That makes a lot of sense! I was planning on doing the trimming before the competition, but since I'm going to other competitions like invitationals, I knew there would be some adjustments from one to the other.

Also, do you use diluted superglue? Is this what you meant by "thin cyanoacrylate"?
by TSOlympian
December 13th, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?
Replies: 9
Views: 1651

Re: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?

Ah thanks! but about trimming, if the whole trimming process involves breaking and regluing, then how do we get to trim at the competition? Aren't we to allowed to trim our plane right before before/during our flight period to get it's path to match the room? When you said you cracked your plane and...
by TSOlympian
December 13th, 2015, 7:25 am
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Materials/Kits
Replies: 23
Views: 9965

Re: Materials/Kits

Wow the new kit looks really different! Is it just me or did they choose thicker/heavier wood in some places? (like on the leading/trailing spars)
How does it fly?
by TSOlympian
December 12th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?
Replies: 9
Views: 1651

Paper Flaps for Aileron and Rudder?

Hey guys, I was wondering, is anyone using paper flaps to make ailerons and rudders for their plane? I know they were often used with Elastic Launch Gliders a while ago, back when it was still around, but I noticed in a lot of rubber-powered plane designs they're absent. Not sure, but I was thinking...
by TSOlympian
December 11th, 2015, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Why is fuselage in two parts?
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Why is fuselage in two parts?

I was looking at some designs online for free flight models and I noticed that for rubber powered planes, the fuselage is always broken into two parts, the motorstick and tailboom -- why is that? I remember for glider designs back when ELG was still Division C, the fuselage was always one long stick...
by TSOlympian
December 11th, 2015, 11:41 am
Forum: Wind Power B/C
Topic: Direction (clockwise/counterclockwise)?
Replies: 4
Views: 2482

Direction (clockwise/counterclockwise)?

Hey does anyone know if the CD has to rotate in a certain direction like clockwise or counterclockwise?
by TSOlympian
December 10th, 2015, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: "Horizontally Projected Wingspan" and Di/polyhedral angles?
Replies: 1
Views: 1039

"Horizontally Projected Wingspan" and Di/polyhedral angles?

Does "horizontally projected" wingspan mean just the distance from tip to tip or does it also include the length of each panel added up? I'm thinking of doing a polyhedral for my wing, and I wasn't sure if the measured wingspan would just be the straight line distance from one tip to the other, or i...
by TSOlympian
December 8th, 2015, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wright Stuff C
Topic: Planform Shapes/Tips on Designing Own Planes
Replies: 4
Views: 1266

Re: Planform Shapes/Tips on Designing Own Planes

Wow, thanks to everyone for their advice and insightful comments. I'm going to try to decode those equations later but I think I understand why elliptical wings might be excessive now. I think I'll stick to rectangular wings, though now I'm also curious about wings with tapered tips. Is the point of...

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