Yes, thanks. He didn't start with planes that small though. He started out with 20+ gram outdoor planes around Wright Stuff size, built with components from store-bought R/C cars, balsa wood, and tissue. He then progressed down to a 390 mg plane with a 3.125" wingspan, custom milled prop spinning at 36k RPM, brushless motor, and a carbon fiber airframe with pieces no larger than 0.008", all built and coded by him. I hope to follow a similar path.It's always nice to have a mentor such as your coach, but talk to your local hobby shop about clubs and when they meet indoors for flying something that small, although your gym works just perfectly, it's always nice to fly with some company. Check out a site called plantraco, they specialize in really micro aircraft like you talked about. Their stuff is expensive, but state of the art. They use metal actuators instead of servos. If you're looking for a bigger plane for outdoor flight, I recommend the Super Cub LP, but talk to your local hobby shop, they're very knowledgeable. Anyways, If you're at the national tournament contact me, because they have a huge barn to fly in, and the day before I might bring some of my smaller (18" wingspan) planes to fly! That goes for anyone interested in watching what a great hobby it is!
The Ultrafilm you use for SO should be fine for Penny Plane. But if you really want some lighter stuff Ray Harlan sells (or used to I have not looked for a while) Super ultrafilm which is about 60-70% as thick as the normal ultraflim. If you go beyond that Tim Goldstein sells OS film on his webstore https://www.a2zcorp.us/store/ but its a bit tricker to work with. There are a couple films beyond that in lightness but I am not sure how large of a supply there is of it. I would not worry to much about the film. On a normal covering job the glue weights as much as the film (for me at least). I did not use a lighter film until I made an unlimited penny plane.Alright, so I got the kit for the Penny Plane, and it came with condenser paper. It seems harder to work with and heavier than the film..... Which should I use? The film's thinner than normal, but I think it can withstand the slow moving prop's little thrust.
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