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Post  Kim on Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:43 am

There have been some of these posted at one time or another, but I don't know if there has been a thread started that specifically includes them, so:



A decade or so ago, I built several of these little catapult gliders, and used a clothes-pin-type device to carry them aloft with the Lazy Bee, releasing them at altitude...some are still out there somewhere!    About the time they were published, I gave a copy of these plans to a buddy of mine, whose daughter became a Catapult Glider Ninja of sorts...building several variants for a science class and putting in a ton of flying.











The Egg Carton Glider has been around for a long time, but is STILL lots of fun.  We had a couple events where several of us set up a 'Manufacturing Site', cutting out dozens of these ourselves and with the help of some future aeronautical engineers.  I've still got stacks of egg carton tops stowed in the junk room.



Got some more stuck away somewhere, and will post them when I find them.

Please feel free to contribute !!!
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Re: For the Kids

Post  Surfer_kris on Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:49 pm

I usually make them up along the way, without really following a detailed drawing. It is more fun that way, especially if I make them together with my nephew, he doesn't have the patience to follow a drawing...

Here is wing design that one can start from for an indoor model. The leading edge of the paper is wrapped around a piece of grass or similar. In this case I used the flower-stems from the chives in the garden. Smile






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Post  Mark Boesen on Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:49 am

Here's the quickest, easiest glider to pacify the li'l rug rats. Move paper clip for and aft to adjust CG, tape in place.


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Post  duke.johnson on Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:00 pm

Oh boy! I have a box of business cards and now to visit another office for paper clips
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Post  KariFS on Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:15 pm

I have a bunch of outdated cards with my own name in my desk drawer at the office (organization change), and the company has a seemingly unlimited supply of paper clips... Plus there are all the cards from vendor-wannabes too.

Wish it was Monday already lol!
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Not just for kids!!!

Post  duke.johnson on Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:46 pm

Let's just say, if I would have went and found some papers clips, this is really cool. I mean would be very cool. And if I had a certain architects card with a ruler and grid lines on it. I could fold some nice breaks in this wing and it WOULD fly all the way across my office. https://i.servimg.com/u/f58/17/97/77/61/image10.jpg
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Post  roddie on Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:20 pm

duke.johnson wrote:Let's just say, if I would have went and found some papers clips, this is really cool. I mean would be very cool. And if I had a certain architects card with a ruler and grid lines on it. I could fold some nice breaks in this wing and it WOULD fly all the way across my office. https://i.servimg.com/u/f58/17/97/77/61/image10.jpg

Well.. there you go! Accurately mark and score your dihedrals.. attach a paper-clip and Bob's your Auntie! Laughing (heard that reference in a vid-thread that Rusty posted recently.. https://www.coxengineforum.com/t10933-boltr-most-interesting-machinist-tool-man-i-know)

Rewind Roddie.. before I was connected to the internet.. I sourced some Bill Dean drawings for some VERY cool models that I would classify as "For the Kids"... if you were a kid 30 years ago.




The models in the above-referenced book are simple.. and would provide HOURS of fun for a grandparent to spend with a grandchild. I say that.. because most grandparents in "our" realm.. had at least some exposure to building action-models. Models that flew when "chucked".. whether a glider or rubber-band powered.. a boat with a wind-up or pop-pop engine. A "sail-boat" makes an awesome model.. and need-not be complicated.. the same for a simple glider-type airplane.

There are paper-airplane designs that are absolutely terrific. SurferKris (Krister) mentioned one that he builds.. and there are many more. As easy as making a few folds to a sheet of standard copy-paper can provide hours of fun.. and not just for the kids!

I've posted pics of this paper-airplane design before.. but here it is again. Build it.. and have some fun!









Fold the nose back up to just short of the previous fold-lines.. then fold the main structure in half to form the right and left sides.



Crease two 90 degree wing-folds from nose to tail.. to establish the fuselage.. enough for your fingers to grip the center. 1/2" to 3/4" is fine.






That's your basic airframe. It looks like an airplane.. but there's a little more work to do.. a couple of wing-tip stabilizer-folds..



and then cutting with scissors (or tearing.. on the fly..) of twin-flaps into both sides of the trailing-edge... equidistant.. about 1" in width.. and 1/4" in depth.




This is the cheapest, easiest and most fun you can have with a piece of 8.5" x 11" paper if your into FF model-airplanes! Plain-paper will get wet.. so if there's dew on a grass landing-field.. it will shorten the life-span of the model. Dry-conditions make for unlimited fun! Don't be surprised if it catches a thermal and lands where you can't reach.
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Post  batjac on Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:06 pm

Kim, for some time I’ve been trying to collect the “For the Tenderfoot” articles from American Aircraft Modeler, but I have only managed to collect 26 28 of the plans/articles.  They were great articles with included plans for hand and catapult launch gliders, rubbber Free Flight planes, 1/2A and 1/4A CL planes, and even FF helicopters.  Here’re a couple of simple ones that could be built by a kid in a couple of hours:

http://www.airplanesandrockets.com/airplanes/bonanza-mustang-jan-1971-aam.htm




If someone printed a book or made a CD with all the "For the Tenderfoot" plans and articles in it, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

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