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« on: March 24, 2020, 08:15:43 AM »

I'm looking for recommendations for a simple (1 dihedral break) plan for a 10 to neighbour. He'll likely be home a bit if the schools close.

I'd like to set him up with simple plans valse & glue to help him during our world wide health peril

Any help greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 08:26:09 AM »

The Vartanian is a good simple chuck glider, you can see it on the HLG section. I've built 4 or 5 over the years.

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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 08:36:06 AM »

This one, but it will fly away
https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/details.php?image_id=255
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2020, 08:59:43 AM »

I have built quite a few of these for neighbor kids. Very simple

https://outerzone.co.uk/search/results.asp?keyword=thermic+18
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2020, 09:08:18 AM »

I have built quite a few of these for neighbor kids. Very simple

https://outerzone.co.uk/search/results.asp?keyword=thermic+18
The advantage of that one over my suggestion is that it needs no wing sanding, although the front will snap off, in which case add plasticene!
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2020, 10:13:34 AM »

Instead of a "Chuck Glider" have you considered a Catajet? Most are super simple, don't need a skilled hand at sanding airfoils, and give a ton of fun for a small expenditure of time/money. Not to mention that the subject matter(s) may be more interesting to a young person.
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2020, 04:17:58 PM »

Frank Ziac  Thermal 18.  EVERYTHING about how to fly the model successfully is on the plan. Simple construction and they FLY extremely well and almost impossible to launch badly. I built my first one when I was 9. I'm now 70.  I once helped neighbor kid with one and turned him loose. He got thermal out in the etreet! He was yelling and screaming, running below.  Last one I built was 2009 and gave it away, when we moved. Have just moved back  again and want to do something for all of my daughter's nieces and nephews, who helped unload the truck (ages 7-14). I'm about to start a small production run of 20(!).
 Can't recall if the plan is on outerzone . However, I have the original kit plan and will send a copy to anyone interested.
Charlie

edit: Hey! Just found  Thermic 18 plan here on Hip Pocket! Enjoy!!! https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/details.php?image_id=4526
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 03:06:18 PM »

Just pulled out my saved Thermic 18 plan and noted that I'd made a note years ago.

' Fuselage sticks are 3/16" x 3/8" '

P.s. 1/2 span pattern is 6" long, Wing is 1/16" sheet. Tail surfaces in the kit were 1/20 sheet. I normally just sand down 1/16 sheet or use medium-hard 1/32 sheet for the tail. Airfoil is not critical, at all. I've seen these flown with airfoil upside-down and still fly well.
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