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Old 03-14-2016, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by AstronMike
Yea, GH, I fully agree that the C5-3 had a unique place for flying heavier models. Or, in my case, gliders.

Even the B8 wasn't too bad, either, as its different burn profile as well as differed delays from the usual -4 stuff in the B line sometimes was perfect.

In reply to Blackshire, I quit selling glider kits back in '98, mainly due to not being able to post pics/vids online then. OF course, I'm referring to the Novus Aerospace stuff, which I believe is upon Rocket Reviews for a few of them.

The easy delta PG is just that. You'd take like a 4x6 index card and cut out a delta planform, with the long side being the chord. You'd bend that in the middle, and tape/glue that to a 1/8" wood dowel, about 8" long. Bend up the tips a bit, barely noticeably, and then tape/glue on the paper clip hook.

These would be great on BT50 or larger models, Athena sized or so, with the glider resting as far aft as possible between fins. 3 finned models give more space to allow for this over the 4's.

Of course, this is easily upscaled, using cereal box cardboard and such, and needing larger rocket carriers. Used to have a BT101 adapted to 2xBT80 rocket more than 20 years ago that was perfect for carrying 4 of these larger PGs. Now, getting them all back, well.....
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, inspired by Jules Bergman's 1960 book on the X-15 (and other X-Planes) that I'd found in the school library, I built somewhat more complicated profile scale models of some of the X-Planes (the X-1B, X-2, X-4, and X-20) using notebook paper, a little bit of card stock, bottle rocket sticks (just two crossed ones, for stiffening the fuselage and wings), and masking tape. Also:

They all flew very well as hand-launched gliders, and the X-4 models--each of which I also fitted with a backward-angled paperclip that served as a hook for rubber band-catapult launching--flew very high and long. Models like these would likely also make good parasite gliders (particularly the X-20, which could take higher speeds without suffering wing flutter), but the delta-winged ones that you described above would be easier to build, and might--being lighter--glide better after sliding free of their carrier rockets.
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