12/16/2007 at 9:25 pm #40750
I’m in need of plans for a small HLG glider for grandkids. It would need to be nearly indestructible They are ages 4-7. Any one know of one and are willing to share? I could use it very soon. Thanks.12/17/2007 at 12:36 am #45101DAN BERRYParticipant
Mini-Flash from Campbell.12/17/2007 at 1:14 am #45102
Thanks Dan. A little late for that. Not enough time to get them here and build them. I could with plans though. Any ideas?12/17/2007 at 2:29 am #45103Norm FurutaniParticipant
Go to the Model Aviation archives and search on Mini Catapult Glider.
You should get a ref to Chuck Markos’ little simple cat glider. Full size plans and article are there. Perfect for the kids.
Let me know if the lead doesn’t work.
– Norm12/17/2007 at 3:33 am #45104DAN BERRYParticipant
Try Krempetz’ website
AMAGlider.com I think
there are plans with dimensions for Simple Simon
That should fit the bill. Use the catapult. Quicker success rate than hand launch. a #64 rubber would work fine.
Dan12/18/2007 at 12:00 am #45105ROBERT RIEGELParticipant
Try this sitehttp://www.windandwavemodels.com/Postal2006.html. Scroll down the page and you will find one glider, The Baby B” you can download the plans. These plans can be then copied and used by you to build quite a good H/LG in a little time and they really fly well, —“you can take that to the bank”…..”Da Flinger” 8)12/18/2007 at 12:01 am #45106ROBERT RIEGELParticipant
Try this sitehttp://www.windandwavemodels.com/Postal2006.html. Scroll down the page and you will find one glider, The Baby B” you can download the plans. These plans can be then copied and used by you to build quite a good H/LG in a little time and they really fly well, —“you can take that to the bank”…..”Da Flinger” 8)12/18/2007 at 1:53 am #45107AnonymousInactive
Dad and I built 2 or 3 of Chuck Marcos’ Mini Catapult…Can’t miss
😆 Denny12/18/2007 at 2:09 am #45108
Wow. Guys thanks for all the input. learning of new web sites is great. Keep it going. 😛07/04/2016 at 4:47 am #77467
Anyone looking for a small catapult launched glider can do worse that John Oldencamp’s “Lunchbox”. With an 8″ span it travels well in the car. Yesterday, my son and I found out just how well it can fly. Five flights, the last four with perfect launches and transitions. Alas, it ended up 200 to 300 feet down wind in the top of a medium height, but thickly foliaged, tree. There was not a sign of it from the ground. Since it is just a sport flier, we were using 2 loops of old rubber for launching. Makes for a snappy launch. We now need to build a couple of replacements.
Manchester, CT07/04/2016 at 8:05 am #77469
Since we need to build a couple of new small catapult HLGs to replace the lost “Lunchbox” I am wondering what finish to use on the wings and tail. I no longer have any Sig Nitrate dope & thinner and for my small efforts don’t want to buy any more. My son thinks that maybe his Lunchbox, the one we just lost, might have had a light coat or two of Krylon. But as it was built several years ago he is not too certain of that. Perhaps a light poly-urethane of some type. Any suggestions?
the land that free flight forgot07/09/2016 at 5:27 am #77502
If you like small gliders (8 or 9 inch span) and like to hike then you might be in luck. We have been using the box our hiking boots come in to store and transport our small gliders for a number of years now. For “lunchbox” size gliders the boot boxes work great. If you don’t hike, make friends with someone who does. You may find that the next pair of hiking boots you buy might be determined by the width of the box they come in. I have a box that will accommodate a 9 inch span. Although I have not tried it, you might be able to use small foam blocks to support and secure the glider and perhaps be able to squeeze two gliders into one box. But then again, who ever has two gliders ready to go at the same time?
Manchester, CT07/16/2016 at 4:21 pm #77530
My son and I flight tested my 141% engagement of the original “Lunchbox” earlier this evening. With twice the wing area and about a 12 inch span this thing flies great when catapult launched. After some initial problems I replaced the tail with almost no stay tilt and away we went. When my son launches it it claims out smartly, transitions into the glide with no loss of altitude and goes into left hand circles of maybe 40 or 50 feet in diameter. This is no contest winner but, at least for today, it is proving to be a consistent flyer. We do have access to a larger field (where we recently lost my son’s 8 inch “Lunchbox”). Dare I take mine to the same park? Heck yes, we build these things to fly.
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