Try E-Bay or Rocketry Online auctions but.............I know it is high on
the cool factor, but it is very low on the function factor. I think you
could have better luck getting a brick to glide. Edmond kits are easy to
build and glide very well. If you are ambitious, you can find plans at
JimZ's place or even on the NAR competition plans page.
Mark Daughtry, SR
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Built properly it is quite an amazing flier.
I have gotten better than 25-30 glides on C6-3. but usually around 20-25
a few times I swear I approached 40+ seconds on really good days but I did
not have a stopwatch handy to check that.
it does tend to have roll stability issues. IE it will get into a bank and
just never leave it.
this is usually a WEIGHT issue. IE one wing is heavier than the other.
on my second one I weighed both wings and sanded the heavier till it was the
same mass as the latter. it was something like 10 grams heavier !!! this one
flew a LOT better.
I build mine like tanks. TONS of CA. I think I ate up a bottle and a half of
CA on each one that I built. but they could prang real nice with minor to no
damage till you got the kinks out.
next time I am thinking of using thinner wood and then tissuing it. try to
keep the weight about the same but up the strength.
also Do something about the pivots. they tend to wear a little. I CA
hardened mine and I destroyed the model long before they failed on me.
These models are NOT bad. they take a LOT of skill and patience. FOLLOW THE
DIRECTIONS. they are VERY good direction. most of them fail because the user
either is not skilled at trimming (very common) or they tried to take
shortcuts etc.. on the assembly.
built properly and trimmed well it is an EXTREMELY satisfying model that
SCREAMS please put a 24mm mount in me. if I ever get another this IS what I
will do with it.
in fact the E9 might be SWEET if you build it light enough.
Many times mine would pitch over 45' on boost ROLL over and them pull up and
"climb" the rest of the way. that was always the coolest way to see it
boost. it also tends to loose less altitude since it already "pushing over"
by the time the ejection charges fires. a few times (not many) it simply
"moved" into glide without a hickup it was nearly level and the wings just
"moved" and the flight continued.
VERY cool when that happens.
Check out the Orbital Engineering VMX-2 Spaceplane kit if you're after a
"proper" rocket powered glider....we stock the C powered version at the
moment, and have the new D version in pre-release testing....both kits look
awesome and the performance is superb. Full details are on our website in
the "rocket kits" section.
Hope this helps,
Deepsky Rocket Supplies