Saturday, November 9, 2013

Nano DLG Plans - A cheap fast and easy discus launch glider.

The people who run http://www.pcm.at/ were generous to give away the plans for their tiny DLG.  The plans require you cut out the parts by hand.. and aren't very clean if you'd like to use a laser cutter to make the parts for you.

So I did this:

That drawing has hard lines for all the parts you could use a laser cutter, or cnc router to cut it out for you.  I have the full SVG posted at the end of the post.

When I say tiny, it's in the 50g range.  Happily, radios in that class are cheap enough to buy these days.

Here's their demo video:

So I've built a couple of them.  I don't have much experience with solid balsa building, so.. it's not going badly.  But I"d like to make a few more tries.. and sadly, that means making the plane again.. and again..  That's where the laser cutter comes in.  With the laser cutters I can make a kit of parts in 15-20 minutes, instead of two evenings of hard work.  I suspect I"ll be able to make one that weighs 45grams eventually.

Speaking of construction, here's the assembly video.
I'd recommend turning off the audio.  It's a little to jesus-y for me.

Here's that SVG file I promised.

http://www.practicalalchemy.org/~nerobro/public/Pictures/RadioControl/Nano_DLG_Laser.svg

And here's the link to the original plans, and website:
http://www.pcm.at/english/Nano/index.html
http://www.pcm.at/downloads/Bauanleitungen/Nano-BI-Engl.pdf

If you build one, e-mail me!  and them.



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