Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Glider Pod and Hummingbird

This is my MMX glider, the Hummingbird. It's a fairly typical pod-pod boost glider, with 2 fins for stability.
The glider: 1/16" and 1/32" balsa, a wooden skewer, clay, and 1/32" plastic for the pod hook. It glides decently, but its successor will glider better and be made all of 1/32" or 1/64" basswood of plywood. The hook is really too far back on the glider, which puts it too far forward on the too-short boost pod, making the whole thing unstable. 
That's why I put on the stick with two fins. Little weight penalty, but much more stability. Soon to be tested as soon as I get more MMX motors. 
The pop pod for my two main gliders. It's 5" of BT-50 from the Mongoose, a PNC-50 from [deity] knows where, and a motor mount tube from the Quest Totally Tubular kit that provided my Screaming Yellow Zonker!. Launch lug from the wizard found in the woods, hook from plywood from an airplane kit. clay for reinforcement. Masking tape and plastic scrap for centering rings. A spare piece of elastic and a streamer from something. Yay.
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