Report from the field: Art and Towel #172 somewhere in New Jersey…
We got an email this week that we think is brilliant and wanted to share. Take it away, Arthur S. in Morristown!
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Don’t pick up the plane using the prop cut-out as a handle. The stitches (3) come out next week.
- My field has a lot more poison ivy in it than I thought.
More practically, I had a lot of fun building the towel. The only issue that you might want to address is the double-sided tape provided for the servos. The wax-paper backing (is that how it comes?) was hopelessly, permanently, bonded to the tape. I used double-sided foam tape. So, far so good. The video instructions were perfectly clear.
My flying is still terrible but getting better (I washed out of USAF flight school). I didn’t have a helper to launch so I use a V-1 style launch ramp. It could be improved by lowering the friction but it works with full power and full back stick.
V-1 style launch ramp
You shared your disdain for tape, but I’ve had to use it liberally to keep the thing flying. The nose has been destroyed but the rest of the plane remains in good shape. The foam was terribly smashed and broken within a few flights. I taped a coat hanger around the nose. This certainly bent but was quickly moved back into flyable shape. It looks like hell.
Crushed nose. Note coat hangar extending aft-ward from nose.
Nose slid back into place and ready for next crash.
It got me thinking about a “trainer” version of the plane that has a nose that will absorb the damage but be restorable. What if I used a harder material for the nose that is forward of the control deck, but attached it in such a way that it could break off and reattach fairly easily? Maybe something involving flexible ribs and velcro tape. I don’t know, but I will experiment. If you have any thoughts around this, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks for a very cool project!
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