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Wright Stuff C

Posted: June 30th, 2018, 10:17 am
by windu34
Wright Stuff C: Prior to the competition teams design, construct and test free flight rubber-powered monoplanes to achieve maximum time aloft.

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Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 5th, 2018, 2:06 pm
by terence.tan
When will the freedom flight kit be available?

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 5th, 2018, 2:55 pm
by coachchuckaahs
Dave usually has them around mid October. I know his design is probably done, and he is working on making parts, completing instructions, etc. I have heard very positive things in terms of early testing for this year, and expect his kit will once again be a good basis for a competitive team.

Coach Chuck

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 11th, 2018, 7:22 pm
by DrDaveV
I emailed him last week for info and he said he is still testing and they would most likely be ready mid-October.

David

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 13th, 2018, 9:43 pm
by thewaffleguy
Ive been put in this event for my schools science olympiad team and i'm really lost on what to do. Ive never done any flight build events like this or even helicopters and this seems extremely complicated. Anyone have advice on where i can start?

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 14th, 2018, 7:06 am
by nicholasmaurer
Ive been put in this event for my schools science olympiad team and i'm really lost on what to do. Ive never done any flight build events like this or even helicopters and this seems extremely complicated. Anyone have advice on where i can start?
If you are completely new to flying events, I would order the standard kit from Freedom Flight Models and construct it per the instructions. This should provide you a basic and reasonable device. Over time, your build quality will improve as you practice constructing balsa devices, and you'll learn to modify the kits to improve them.

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 17th, 2018, 6:31 pm
by retired1
Freedom flight kits are not easy to build for newbies. If your kids are, insist on them reading the instructions twice before cutting or gluing anything. It will build well if they follow the instructions and do not get in a rush. Practice flying is essential for any kit if you want to be in the top 50%.
PS, Dave started taking pre -orders today for Oct deliveries.

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 17th, 2018, 8:18 pm
by coachchuckaahs
I agree with Retired1, flying is essential. Lots of flying, lots of data.

Dave has a thorough kit, with a lot of flexibility to allow experimentation. This makes it "too complicated" in some minds, but also makes it suitable for improvement. His kits are always in the running when flown a lot. We shared some ideas last year, and I think this year's kits will be greatly improved in terms of strength and warp elimination, at least what I have seen on prototypes.

The key "feature" of Dave's kits is the instructions. Very detailed, including a LOT of detail on how to trim, fly, and improve.

My high school kids have their own design prototype ready to fly tomorrow. I was impressed with their abilities compared to mid school last year. I don't think C division teams will have issues with complexity. I believe from what I have seen Dave has another winner hitting the streets this year.

My teams build their own designs, based on our increasing experience, but mainly because our Region and State are early, in February, so we need to be flying NOW in order to get enough gym time.

Coach Chuck

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 21st, 2018, 4:42 am
by kinghong1970
Dave’s kits are great.
But for first time builders, definitely get started with easier... and hope that the kids read the instruction or you’ll face similar experience as I have... an airplane designed to go down not up... wings were mounted upside down...

/facepalm...

Re: Wright Stuff C

Posted: September 21st, 2018, 10:16 am
by CrayolaCrayon
Dave’s kits are great.
But for first time builders, definitely get started with easier... and hope that the kids read the instruction or you’ll face similar experience as I have... an airplane designed to go down not up... wings were mounted upside down...

/facepalm...

I also relate. His instructions are invaluable just not to his kits, but to building planes as a whole; it gives you step by step processes that you can do with your own materials, as well.