Heck, Marty, I bought this before I retired late last year, and prior to
retiring I traveled the Midwest by car quite a lot. Prior to taking a trip,
I would check craigslist and eBay for interesting items and pick them up
while traveling. I found this Tiger 2 on craigslist around Madison, WI and
can't remember the name of the guy who sold it to me.
OK. So much for that plan!
Even if we knew why the original builder did it
"backwards," you'd still be stuck with the task
of either adapting YOUR engine to HIS setup or
reconfiguring the setup to match the new engine.
It's only a couple of hours' work at the very worst
and then you can move on to bigger and more
Check the CG carefully before your maiden flights.
Nose-heavy planes often fly poorly.
Tail-heavy planes often fly just once.
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I probably do, mk. I recall that I duffed my first tee shot on that golf
course that day, and I haven't improved during the last couple of years.
Matter of fact, I haven't golfed much during the ensuing couple of years.
That has to have saved me money so I could afford a couple of planes.
If I recall, Rich, that was a rough day for both of us, but we had a good
Private message on the way.
Ha...if any money was owed, it would be me owing to him.
Amazingly, we met on a Usenet Golf group; got together in the Chicago area--
( I live in Houston, TX but spend some time up there each Summer), and now
we have stumbled across each other here..
My skills at R/C are even worse than my golf game...but...I am having fun,
Private message received!!!!
Some of my photos can be seen at
Here's some photos of my flying wing design- on Picasa under the name
of a friend- below-
It was an effort to make a flying wing without the adverse yaw all
flying wing pilots have to learn to love...
The plane has a high aspect ratio (fairly), steerable tip rudders that
actuate outward only. They're better described as drag rudders, and
thanks to modern radios, they're mixed to the ailerons, just enough to
correct the adverse yaw of created by the elevons. This mix can be
switched on and off, but it's almost always on.
This scheme works just about perfectly, the plane flies rock solid like
it's a regular airplane with a tail- no adverse yaw- at all..! Check
out the photos of it during construction, finished, and details of
rigging the tip rudder arrangement in our album at:
-thanks to Martin X. Moleski for the tip.
In the one shot it's under re-construction after a loop a little too
close to the hill. How about the direct-drive torque tube actuation for
Also included are a few shots of your bro here "back in the day" as the
kids say, hang gliding and some of another of my designs- the Meteor
c.1980 and 1987, the little .051 powered red plane. Maybe Ed Cregger or
some of you will remember shots of this plane from when I posted them to
this group years ago.
Martin X. Moleski, SJ wrote:
Thanks. I have an old lathe which I made this hardware on. I don't
use it that much, but it does come in handy sometimes.
The fittings on the servos go into aluminum tubes which are centered on
the hinge line of the ailerons. The tubing is then clamped with a
regular shaft collar.
<choking on my drink> <cough cough> Ahem, no that is the nickname of that
particular aircraft. It is reasonably expensive, fast, and frequently
bought by doctors. That guy is not a doctor, but a piled higher and deeper.
Unfortunately a statistically significant number of them don't always stay
current on the task of instrument flying and over stress the tail feathers
and then the wing. Hence its not so nice name. There is a reinforcement
that can/should be added to the leading edge of the root but I don't recall
if it is an AD or not and all it does is give the VFR pilot a slightly
Very nice work Paul. I like your taste in "full size" aircraft - I
also have an F35.
I would like to preface the following links with a couple of points,
our main priority was minimizing empty weight (1.7 lbs, 48" span, 18"
chord), therefore the structure is a minimum and not very pretty. My
team mate posted a poor quality video of our first three flight
attempts. We had some issues with the nose wheel as is obvious in the
video. Second flight was overloaded with payload to get an idea of
where its capabilities were at. I think that's enough excuses.
On Sun, 20 Apr 2008 05:31:05 GMT, Paul Ryan
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