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how to make a glider?

zev

lumpy member
#1
so, I scratch built a plane (not from plans) and I don't have a motor at the moment, it is in the mail. I want to see how it glides, but more then chuck it, I want to try some slope soaring. is it safe to fly it with no motor plugged into the esc?
 

Craftydan

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#2
Probably safer for you (unplugged motor = no whirling blades of death).

That's assuming you don't need to power up out of the sink -- then it wouldn't be very safe for your glider at all.
 

FlyingMonkey

Stuck in Sunny FL
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#9
Where do you plan to try slope soaring? There's a popular spot down on the Cape. I thought that the south west slope of Big Blue Hill might be a good spot as well. Although it would be an interesting climb to try to get your plane back if it landed badly.
 

zev

lumpy member
#10
there is a little park called elm bank near me, they have a huge hill. I am gonna start there, because it is nice and grassy all around, no unrecoverable cliffs.
 

FlyingMonkey

Stuck in Sunny FL
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#12
Hmmm, you're talking about the sledding hill? I don't know if that's going to be able to provide enough lift for "true slope soaring."

I'm trying to remember, but I seem to recall some nice hills in the business parks of Waltham. East of 128.
 

zev

lumpy member
#13
yup, I was talking about that hill. to start off, I just want to try chucking it of a big hill to see how it glides, when I am ready to try teal slope soaring I will look into that.

did you live in natick?
 

FlyingMonkey

Stuck in Sunny FL
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#14
Nope, loving the Florida life. I used to live in FL and worked for a coffee company that had routes all over eastern MA, so I got rather familiar with lots of places. But it's been almost a decade.

Wow, when I take the time to add up the years,I'm getting old...
 

Craftydan

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#18
Sorry Zev,

The Florida comment was a Jab at Monkey, since it has become quite the retirement destination and he's feeling old.

(trying to steer clear of my "Yankey" occupation rant)
 

Craftydan

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#20
Why would there be hard feelings?

Oh, right -- Massachusetts.

Well, you can't help living in that god-forsaken Yankey state . . . ;)