Das Ugly Glider (oz13485)


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Das Ugly Glider. Radio control powered glider, for electric.

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Quote: "Steve, Here are the drawings and printwood for "Das Ugly Glider", my take on a 60" powered glider, inspired by Phil Kraft's Ugly Stik. I wanted an easy-to-build mid sized glider that didn't require a tow, winch, or hi-start to fly, and since my favorite all time airplane is the Ugly Stik (I think I've built at least 6 of them), I decided to use that as my basis for design.

I also chose to use the "tab-in-slot" technique for assembly, and it paid off. This thing went together in no time.

So, in tribute to Mr. Kraft, I give you:

Das Ugly Glider

64 in tip to tip
Clark-YH airfoil (modified)
17gram metal gear digital servos
6-channel Spectrum receiver
2217-07 1200 kV motor (480 size)
8x4 folding prop
40 amp ESC
2200 mah 35C 3-cell

The assembly is pretty straight forward, though I leave it up to the builder to choose how to hinge the control surfaces, servo placement, shear webs, and spar joiners. I have my own way of doing things, but they may not fit another builders techniques. At any rate, it's just a Stik, albeit with the proportions and aspect ratio of an old school glider. Have fun,"

Update 13/12/2021: Link to maiden flight video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l203yu5h9_s

Quote: "Steve, She flew great, no thermals, it was cold (31F), wet, and no wind to speak of... but she's easy to fly. Now I just have to wait for summer. Here's a short flight video. Charlie"


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Das Ugly Glider (oz13485) by Charlie Fite 2021 - model pic

  • (oz13485)
    Das Ugly Glider
    by Charlie Fite
    December 2021 
    64in span
    Electric Glider R/C
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 06/12/2021
    Filesize: 209KB
    Format: • PDFvector
    Credit*: CharlieFite
    Downloads: 1484

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Greetings from the Yukon. The DUG is a three sheet affair - sheet one has to be scaled up so that the 5'-4 3/8" dimension is to scale. The other major dimensions on sheet one will closely match their respective scaled dimensions. The trick here is to leave sheets two and three alone - I've only looked at the ribs so far and they will match what is shown on the resized sheet one - or close enough to build from.
KW - 12/12/2021
Yes, I think that's just the way the drawing is. I mean sheet 1 is annotated 'Not To Scale'. So it's just a layout overview. Sheets 2 and 3 are annotated 'Scale 1:1' and these two give you all the parts to build the model, and they just slot together.
SteveWMD - 12/12/2021
You are correct Steve.......sheet 1 is the 3-view/assembly/component drawing is not full scale. It was never meant to be. It's purpose is to describe the hardware I used, and to show the completed assembly. Sheets 2 and 3 are 1:1 and are used to cut the parts and build the model
Charlie Fite - 13/12/2021
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