Hymax (oz11006)


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Hymax. Radio control powered glider model.

Quote: "65 inch span powered glider for 1.5 cc diesels and two-function R/C. Hymax, by Mark Miller.

Simple, conventional construction and straightforward no-fuss diesel power make Hymax an ideal first R/C model; you can power it to height on a short motor run to keep on the right side of the neighbours then enjoy the silent pleasures of thermal-chasing or fly the tank out performing a wide variety of gentle aerobatics. The model will loop easily, roll if asked politely and even cope with inverted flight! If you're new to R/C Hymax offers a forgiving and docile introduction to the hobby - if you're an experienced flyer you'll enjoy its excellent gliding performance. See you in the lift!

Here's a two-channel radio model which combines a lively aerobatic performance under power with a respectable glide for thermal soaring. As such, you will never be stuck for something to do whilst flying Hymax; if there's no lift to go after, try instead rolls, loops, inverted flight (yes, really!) and spins. Under power the original 'grooves' like a full-house radio job yet is as slow and serene as a free flighter on the glide.

Thus the newcomer to R/C flying can, with a competent flier to hand, first 'steer' Hymax' on the glide then, when ready, progress to handling it under power. If noise is a problem at your flying site then Hymax's rapid climb with a 1.5 cc motor (AM15 diesel with silencer on the original) is helpful, as only a short run is needed to haul it up to a decent height for thermalling.

The nose-mounted motor produces less drag than the pylon variety, gives no trim change when it cuts, and allows the R/C gear to be moved further aft, improving its odds of survival in a prang. It also gives Hymax the appearance of a pure glider when airborne. The original has completed several hundred flights to date without needing ANY attention whatsoever. So, for the man with limited time, a powered glider like this is definitely the way to pack in the flying hours with minimum fuss.

Wing: This is intentionally on the strong side to withstand aerobatics, and spiral dives out of cloud (guilty!) so make a good job of the dihedral breaks to avoid weak spots. Choose straight and even-grained stock, taking care to build each side to a similar weight and to keep the wing tips light. The wing consists of four similar panels each built individually on the building.

First make an accurate 1/16 ply template for R1 and use to cut a full set of wing ribs, preferably from quarter-grain wood. When making the tip ribs, check that corresponding ribs for each wing tip have exactly the same profile..."

Hymax, Radio Modeller, December 1986.

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Hymax (oz11006) by Mark Miller 1986 - model pic

  • (oz11006)
    by Mark Miller
    from Radio Modeller
    December 1986 
    65in span
    IC R/C
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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    Credit*: Circlip, RFJ
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User comments

A question about dihedral: In the plans on the left side it gives a wing tip dihedral of 3.5" and on the right side it states a "r". What is this "r" value? Thanks.
Mark P - 09/01/2020
It's hard to read, but I think it says 3-1/2 inch on the left, and 1 inch on the right.
SteveWMD - 09/01/2020
Thank you Steve, for that correction. I would never of thought that that was actually a "1".
Mark P. - 09/01/2020
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