Lightninbug V01.D (oz10430)
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Lightninbug V01.D. Hand launch glider model.
Design by Bug Group Collaboration. Drawn by HughesBrothers. Based on the 'Bug' by Carl Dowdy.
Note the original Carl Dowdy HLG design Bug (oz6587) was published in RCM in June 2001. This here is a later, modified and larger version. The 2nd (supplement) sheet also includes all parts and alternative AG37 airfoil ribs.
Quote: "Hi Steve, My son and I recently built a Carl Dowdy Bug. We naturally found the plan on Outerzone and while reading the included article, we saw that there have since been updates to the Bug which include modifications for DLG launching. We did some digging and found a Yahoo group with the updated plans. I can’t see any reason why Outerzone shouldn’t publish the most up to date version of the plans so I have attached them.
We built version 1D, which at the time of writing seems to be the most up to date version. It has an X tail for DLG launching and two aerofoil options. I have attached the plans and the optional parts pages. We decided to use the thinner AG aerofoil by Mark Drela. This little plane launches high and flies very well and it floats on the lightest thermals. It is also surprisingly strong for the weight, we managed to build it at just over 100g, after a few minor repairs the weight is sitting at about 112g.
The construction is very quick and simple. The hardest part of the build is installing the servos in the very small fuselage. I would recommend this aeroplane to anyone who is looking for a small 2 channel glider for fun afternoon flying with your family. Oh and with a 1 cell 160mAh Li-Po it will fly all day!
I have also attached pictures for the gallery [model photo & more pics 003-005].
Thanks for the great site, keep up the good work. Kind regards, Roger"
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User commentsI think the Yahoo group for the Lightninbug is this one: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Bughlg/info
SteveWMD - 13/09/2018
Hi, the Lightninbug is a magic model. It flies really well. Manages to fly even with very weak thermals and dynamics [pics 006-011]. Many thanks,
Antonio De Padova - 21/01/2021
Greetings, I found a laser cut 'kit' for the Lightning Bug at: http://dpcmodels.homestead.com/Gliders.html (*Aero Werkes, A Division of DPC Models, Ltd.*). I have attached a photo of the kit's contents [pic 012]. Thank you for all of your hard work!
David - 14/05/2021
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