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Walmart $10 Glider RC Conversation

#42
After reading all the comments about converting a $10.00 foam glider to electric, it does not appear to be a good idea for someone just getting into the hobby. I need something that's not to costly. I am 71 years old and on fixed income.
Welcome To the Forums!

Yes, the glider conversion can be a bit tricky for beginners. Choosing electronics, finding the CG (center of gravity) and making control surfaces can all combine to have less than favorable results for the maiden flight.

If you are looking to get into this amazing hobby, I would try first to find a Flying club local to your area. They will assist you with where to start, and tips, etc.

Thankfully, this hobby can be done very inexpensively. the average foam board airplane is less than 5 dollars. Most of us use Dollar Tree Foam board, which is super lightweight and of course, only a dollar per sheet. this foam can obviously be found at Dollar Tree stores in the USA and can be ordered online from flitetest or other companies.

If you are interested, my first reccomendation would be to build a chuck glider. the FT Tiny Trainer is a great option, as it can be motorized down the road. For this build, you would need 3 sheets of foam, as well as the tiled plans on FT’s website:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/plans.flitetest.com/stonekap/FT-mini Tinytrainer-TILED-PLANS.pdf

Building this plane would require some hot glue and maybe a few BBQ skewers and rubber bands but likely nothing you couldn’t find around the house.

Building the plane as a glider would help you determine if you are interested and you would like to continue and put more $ into it. If you aren’t, you are only out of 3$.

If you choose to take the next step and put electronics inside, the biggest expense will be the radio. You can find decent ones used for well within 30 bucks, but getting into the lower end of computerized transmitters will take you near 200 dollars. All the other electronics can be bought easily for under 100$.

Hope this helps!

Check out my Youtube channel as well! I specialize in inexpensive RC projects
 

Piotrsko

Active member
#43
Back in the day...... (1986) we usually made the horizontal stab full flying and typically balanced at 30ish percent of wing chord AKA "High point". Maybe as much as 50% for tapered/ swept. String tape along the bottom of the wing cures the OMG wing flex. The best one was a 747 @ $19.95 from tourist traps because it was big and hollow inside. The full flying stab generally cured the tip stalls because you fly faster. Your pictures show way too much up elevator.
 
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#44
After reading all the comments about converting a $10.00 foam glider to electric, it does not appear to be a good idea for someone just getting into the hobby. I need something that's not to costly. I am 71 years old and on fixed income.
I can understand your thinking and I'm not many years behind you in age. The basic issue will be the fixed income since the RC hobby isn't cheap. No real way to get around that. Most of us old guys with limited income and a burning desire to fly RC model airplanes go with the small and cheap toys. It can be a challenge to find a good one to play with, but China has been and continues to be a good source for the cheap RC models. If you happen to have some RC gear from WLToys that has proven dependable, you can recycle, or what I call upcycle the parts and fly a new design of your own making. I upcycle foam drink cups and trash foam of various kinds since both are more, or less free building supplies. Not sure if you are into scratch building, but it is one option if hobby models are out of your price range. I suppose I could start a thread on this if there is interest.
 

kilroy07

Well-known member
#45
After reading all the comments about converting a $10.00 foam glider to electric, it does not appear to be a good idea for someone just getting into the hobby. I need something that's not to costly. I am 71 years old and on fixed income.
Do you have any equipment or are you just starting out?

You can get a really good (for the money) FlySky radio and receiver i6x for around $60.
Then I suggest a cheap 2212 motor/ESC combo (about $20) another $20 for foamboard and a few simple tools and we can get you flying for around $100.
 
#46
I built one with a Raptor Glider from Hobby Lobby. I added control surfaces for the ailerons but cut in a rudder and elevator with a hot wire cutter. To keep the build simple I just put a pusher prop on the tail and off set it's weight by moving the battery FWD.