Polecat P30 - rubber powered RC version.

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Here's an RC P30 I've been having some fun with. Topics: the first plan is for the Tubular Bustard P30 (I accidentally call it the Tubestake!), next the Polecat P30, notes on rolling a balsa tube with a doped interior, doping on fiberglass cloth (to save weight, I'm now using Esaki tissue), 1/4 and 1/2 mil Mylar, notes on using carbon fiber rib caps and some precautions, rubberized CA, a demonstration of the Gizmogeezer prop, half-tube with Piserchio hook, Uhu glue stick, Design Master Floral paint, pivoting rudder, Gizmogeezer winder. I also made cardboard cutout panels to test the paint on the Mylar and would recommend doing that. A typical (10 gram) motor for this length motor tube consists of 6 strands of 1/8" rubber about 20" long; the long motor version uses 4 strands of 1/8" rubber about 30" long. For sport flying, add an extra loop of 1/8" and use an 8 strand 20" motor!

Here's a video of this P30 flying:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3f5D3OM1EU&list=UUJ4EgSJhWkhuycvXmEg2caw

For lots of pictures and informative discussion, see:
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=861.0

For some comments on flying the P30 shown here see:
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=861.800

Yet more pictures and designs are available in a P30 issue of Free Flight Quarterly (2010):
http://freeflightquarterly.com/wordpress/?page_id=5

The planes shown here:

The Polecat:
http://pearlfreeflight.com/

The Tubular Bustard P30:
http://www.jimoreillymodelplans.com/AMAMISC..htm

The gizmogeezer prop and winder:
http://www.gizmogeezer.com/free.htm
http://volareproducts.com/BUY/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=56_42_80

Here are some other nice kits I've had my eye on:

CB Model Designs: Monarch and Boomer Full/Short kits
http://cbmodeldesigns.com/

Some nice P30's built, partial, and kits:
http://starlink-flitetech.com/
http://www.freeflightsupplies.co.uk/
http://www.campbellscustomkits.com/

The Ikara Pee-Wee:
http://www.ikara.eu/index.php?nid=6259&lid=en&oid=941333

The 'Perfect 30' (Ikara) in RTF form, the 'Speckled P30', the 'Kiwi P30':
http://www.faimodelsupply.com/page/13/?product_cat=kits

There are many other suppliers of P30 kits/plans in addition to the above.
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Rubber Powered Planes
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