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chris Ibbotson08/09/2019 19:36:04
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Hi all,

I'm thinking of a winter build and I need your help please.

Don't ask why but I like the idea of building Gerry Andersons "Thunderbird 2".

I have searched the internet looking for free down load plans but to no avail.

The question is are there any plans available for this and if so where.

Thanks' in anticipation

Chris

cymaz08/09/2019 20:11:08
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Buy the toy and scale it up with a drawing computer program?? Just an idea off the top of my head

J D 808/09/2019 20:16:17
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There was a feature in RCME not so long ago, experiments with a skeleton depron TB2.

Piers Bowlan08/09/2019 22:11:14
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I guess you could thin the side elevation a tad so it produced less drag and maybe a bit more lift? With the low aspect ratio I don't think it will glide so well but it will be an interesting project. Good luck and let us know how it flies.

KiwiKid09/09/2019 03:59:26
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How are you planning to power it? A couple of scalish EDFs might work.

You will also have to decide how far away from true scale you want to go. At the extreme end is this scratch built sloper that has been extruded to maximise lift and reduce drag.

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thunderbird 2.jpg

Bill Reed09/09/2019 08:33:55
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This months rcme have a piece about a kit company, Ubuild? ,,, they have a good looking TB2,not plans but might interest

chris Ibbotson09/09/2019 19:00:45
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Thanks' for the replies,

Cymaz I jumped the gun and ordered the "Airhogs remote control TB 2" it arrives this Wednesday and I will be looking to scale it up. I have Visio CAD software to do the drawings.

Kiwikid, that TB2 sloper looks fantasticwink have you any details of it

I live on the East coast very close to "flyable" cliff tops (3 minute walk) so I could do a sloper. The other option is to use my 2 FMS 50mm EDF's as used by Tony Nijhuis in his jets, possibly with a central motor/propeller like a helicopter rotor but built inside the body to provide lift. I would use Depron/wood to build because of the light weight it produces.

This months RCM&E article by Alex Whittaker did show a TB 2 in balsa by U-build, when you look at the website it is not listed or mentioned. Could a moderator try to find out where it came from.thumbs up

Thanks again

Chris

Mike Bell09/09/2019 19:48:13
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Chris, I have a .jpg 3 view of T2 (can't remember where I downloaded it from). The outline looks right. If you would like me to mail it to you send me a pm.

Mike

KiwiKid11/09/2019 01:58:42
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Chris, the (PSS?) sloper was a scratch build. Here's a vid (which shows some of the construction at the beginning):

Stephen Ryan 222/12/2019 23:51:13
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hey! i just joined here - that's my Thunderbird 2 slope glider! FAB!

KiwiKid23/12/2019 22:38:26
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Hi Stephen and welcome to the forum. The TB2 was a great build. You will see that there is an active slope community here which I am sure you will enjoy.

Simon Chaddock24/12/2019 00:36:00
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Chris

As other have said you would have to stretch the design of TB2 to make a flyable version or else build it extraordinarily light to get the wing? loading down to a reasonable level. It would likely have to rely heavily on body lift which suggest it would not only have to be light but quite powerful as well. Not an easy combination.

TB2 3view1

If you want it to fly and be anywhere near true scale I suspect you will have to design it yourself.wink 2

Stephen Jones24/12/2019 00:43:46
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Hi stephen Ryan 2,

That is a great sloper you have made.

And welcome to the Forum.

Steve.

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