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The plan build article from Dec 2002 by Tony Nijhuis - 27/4/09

Patrik Gertsson17/07/2008 09:53:00
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I am reading RCM&E since some years as my club is a subscriber. A couple of years back I found an interesting plan and a description telling the building time to be just a day (or two). I realised that this was impossible as we are building 2 hours every week and most of that time is for telling stories and helping the juniors with their projects.

The project started in November 2006 and things went relatively fast with the wing and the fuselage until the question of ailerons arrived. I decided to build very light and the trailing end with rudders are hollow made of 0,8 mm soft balsa. The Ailerons are just the outer part and the part close to the fuselage is used as start (30 °) and landing (80 °) flaps. My next concern was the propellers. A plane like this should have 3-blade counter rotating props. When I finally had made up my mind there had to be gears to protect the propellers at landing.  Finally it was time for test flight with a little wind. The Aerovan II is exactly as nice to fly as described in the magazine and on the Wattflyer forum. The maiden flight is on film  Later on there was a golf contest and I had to make a bomb drop to the Aerovan II. It is a detachable box with an included servo that opens and closes the “cargo door” with the flip of the gear switch on my radio. The box was made in the few hours just before the golf contest and after the contest I filled the box with soft candies and dropped it over the kids. I have still to cover the box with Solalite and put on some blue trim to make the box fit the planes colours.  Modifications:The wing is smaller to fit inte car trunk - 10 cm (4")The motors are BL type KA20-26M, 1130 KV, 10Amp at 3 cell LiPo
Flaps addedGear addedBomb shute added/
David Ashby - Moderator17/07/2008 12:54:00
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Welcome Patrik and well done, nice model that and one of Tony Nijhuis'  more unusual and less-modelled designs. Looks good on the wheels and looks like it flew very well.
Allan Jordan17/07/2008 17:40:00
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 Dropping a bomb on a golf course ?   now that's food for thought !!
Patrik Gertsson17/07/2008 18:24:00
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Sorry about the link to the golf event.
The new address is 

The page is in swedish so i will try to explain.

We carry a golf ball with the plane and try to drop the ball as close as possible to the hole.

The balls are numbered and every contendant has his own numbered ball.

After everyone has dropped thier golf balls and landed vi start to play the game with a golf putter.

Points are :
1 point per decimeter distance from the hole to where the ball landed + 10*number of hits to get the ball in the hole.

 The easyest way to fix the ball to the plane is to use a plastic cup strapped om with an rubber band around the plane body or wing - just make a loop or roll over the target.

I tried to  mix in some candy bars together with the golf ball to bribe the jury but it didn´t made me win ;-(

birdy23/07/2008 14:08:00
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Don't understand golf. Its a crazy "sport".

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