[Idea] - Styrene Glider Modification Answered
I propose a modification of easily obtainable Styrofoam glider's allowing longer airtime VIA a small electric motor. To be successful, the modification must be light weight, cost effective and use minimal tools so smaller children (I think of myself as a big kid) can repeat.
Before you go off on me for this not being an instructable - read this: https://www.instructables.com/id/EYD12YXN3XEP2873DL/ -- I'm going to try and breathe some life into the idea :P
I'm thinking I'll find a personal fan (might be hard considering it's winter time :P) and start there. If I recall, those fans are directly driven and use one or 2 1.5v batteries. I think it can handle reverse polarity at 9v.
I'll bore out a hole in the nosecone for the motor and hot glue it in place. If possible, I will place the 9v battery aft of the wings -- attempting to preserve the center of gravity.
In the video below, when my buddy says "Test 2" that is the second test using his glider (after the fuselage cracked off on a hard impact). His wingspan was 12 inches shorter, and his glider was heavier. The video was recorded with an ATC 1000 helmet camera*** and hastily thrown together.
*** I lost some footage -- on some impacts, the camera "froze" and the video did not save. I had to pull the batteries to get it going again. I suspect the memory card got jarred and the camera didn't know what to do with it. Or, something completely different. This only happened 3 times even though the "test 2" portion of the video was a vertical impact.
Suggestions and Feedback welcome :)