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Parachute Guys?

#1
Hey Everyone,

I am planning to drop mini parachute guy from my FT mini guinea cargo plane.

I was just wondering what material you guys use to make your parachutes , how you make them, how to fold it and wind the string so that the parachute open every time and how big to make it?

Thanks for any help!
 

FDS

Well-known member
#2
Just a plastic trash bag, cut into a circle with a 10c sized hole in the middle will do for most GI Joe sized paratroopers.
Position heavy duty sewing threads equally around 4 or more points on the canopy, then tie them all at the bottom so they are the same length, then attach to your potential parachutist. Test out a handy upstairs window.
 

kilroy07

Well-known member
#4
If you are getting your foamboard from dollar tree then check the toy isle, sometimes you can find pre made ones (or a bag of army men)

Thin string should work just fine.

I learned how to fold (pack) a parachute from model rockets, you might google that.
Basically you hold the center of the parachute and let the rest drape down. (forms a triangle)
Then fold the bottom corners in so it basically makes a strip.
Start rolling the strip down from the top (center point) and continue to wrap LOOSLY with the lines until you have a nice tidy package.
 
#5
If you are getting your foamboard from dollar tree then check the toy isle, sometimes you can find pre made ones (or a bag of army men)

Thin string should work just fine.

I learned how to fold (pack) a parachute from model rockets, you might google that.
Basically you hold the center of the parachute and let the rest drape down. (forms a triangle)
Then fold the bottom corners in so it basically makes a strip.
Start rolling the strip down from the top (center point) and continue to wrap LOOSLY with the lines until you have a nice tidy package.
Ok! I'll look next time I go to Dollar Tree.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#9
I bought mine from a local disposal outlet for $2 AUD, (the club bought about 5,, all different HiVis colours)
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You couldn't build one for that price!

Just what went down here!

Have fun!
 

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
#10
When I was little we used hankerchiefs. But plastic bags sound good. Something thick enough to hold up. I would look into getting some paper grommets for binder use to reinforce the holes. Dust the chute with talcum powder to increase the odds of an opening chute.

One question: just ONE guy?? Come on.
 
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#13
When I was little we used hankerchiefs. But plastic bags sound good. Something thick enough to hold up. I would look into getting some paper grommets for binder use to reinforce the holes. Dust the chute with talcum powder to increase the odds of an opening chute.

One question: just ONE guy?? Come on.
Ok, I have never heard of putting talcum power on.

Just one guy! NOT ME! I'm plane on dropping 3-4 witch is about all the mini guinea can carry.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#14
I've seen those before.

About how heavy are they? I can't carry to much wait in the mini guinea.
Just weighed mine on the postage scales and it came in at 19 grams, (without the display case of course).
Here we Pool them if anyone wants a multi parachutist drop but normally it is almost a case of diving bombing with them to get closest to the target. (they float a long way in a slight breeze if dropped from height).

have fun!
 
#16
Just weighed mine on the postage scales and it came in at 19 grams, (without the display case of course).
Here we Pool them if anyone wants a multi parachutist drop but normally it is almost a case of diving bombing with them to get closest to the target. (they float a long way in a slight breeze if dropped from height).

have fun!
How much weight do you think I can carry in my mini guinea? Right now my MG is 14oz with out the battery.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#18
How much weight do you think I can carry in my mini guinea? Right now my MG is 14oz with out the battery.
It all depends on how the plane flies and how it is powered. A powerful setup with a good large SF prop and fitted with flaps can often easily support loads up to around 50% of the empty weight, (subject to the structural strength of the build), whereas a normal setup with a standard prop. (no flaps) I normally rate for a max load of 10% of the bare weight.

It all depends upon The build. weight, flying speed, and power/thrust available.

@Merv 's estimate of around 20% is a good average. If you have lifting issues please do not forget that the main wing incidence can also be a limiting factor when trying to lift significant payloads!

Have fun!