SOCoach wrote:My ELG students are 8th grade girls who are working pretty hard at this event, but they get tired of sanding pretty quickly. We are using 1/8 or 3/32 thick balsa for wings at the start and sand them down. Can we start with 1/16 thick balsa and make that work?
NASA123 wrote:Hello everyone!
I am new to Elastic Launched Gliders, and am using the Freedom Flight Models kit. Our flights are EXTREMELY inconsistent, with some arching beautifully at launch and others gliding beautifully across the room (with the same glider). I am pretty sure our launch methods are okay, as we try to be as exact as possible, although we do launch them by hand. We have tried adding weight to the front, to the back (terrible idea, I know, we had nothing else to try), changing the angle of incidence of the wings, and experimenting with launch angles and rubber sizes. I was thinking of adding elevators to the wings to try making the flights more consistent and controllable. Is this a good idea? If so, how big should they be compared to the wings?
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