Here's another great affordable little balsa Kit for the traditional R/C hobbyist and builder who enjoys constructing models from kit form.
The Cloud Dancer is an all built up, 4 channel, electric powered trainer. It features sharp accurate laser cut parts that simply slot together with little fuss, the wing looks fantastic when covered with transparent covering to show off the construction.
The power system consists of an 30 size outrunner and 2200 3s battery, using Mini servos to keep her nice and light.
The resulting model is a nice electric trainer model with tricycle undercarriage that performs well. The cloud Dancer has aileron/elevator/rudder/motor control and steerable nose wheel, yet is tough enough to handle the odd 'oops!' moment from novice flyers and compact enough to be transported easily.
I have a couple questions. Number one, should I glue the main wing to the fuselage? I know it comes with the screws and the balsa in the front, but is that alone strong enough to secure the wings? Also, do I need a 5th servo for the steering mechanism or can I double up somehow off the rudder servo?
Ravi, don't glue the wing on. Bolt-on wings are the convention for planes that are larger than "park flyer", and allow access to the equipment. Secondly, can use a 5th servo for the nosewheel steering (my preference) or run a second cable from the rudder servo.
Thanks for the info, much appreciated! So if I add a 5th servo for steering, I could just connect that to
the receiver using a Y cable just like I hook up the two servos controlling the ailerons to the receiver?
Cheers for the credit, Ravi. Yes, a Y-lead will work for your steering servo if you are restricted to 4 channels. However, if your radio can handle more than 4 channels, put the steering servo on its own channel then MIX it to rudder. This way you can independently reverse the steering servo and its sensitivity if you need to.
I am comparing between several kits for a model airplane club for kids. I am considering the Idol 890mm, Big Stick 1060mm, and Cloud Dancer 1600mm, as well as a glider, the Sun Bird 1600mm. Can anyone recommend a first model for kids who have alraedy built some unpowered gliders, and would like to move up to building an flying their first powered RC plane?
Download EASpec from iTunes. It's easy to use, costs a dollar, and will tell you the motor weight and Kv needed. I use it to specify all my power systems.
Well 5 days from being posted it arrived on my doorstep, that was this morning and i have just about 3/4 assembled the fuselage, only about 2 hours taking my time. So far its going well, slight trimming of some areas but only minor, some parts not quite laser cut all the way through (not the areas holding to the sheet). If the rest of the build goes the same I will be happy, only my second build and the last one was about 23 years ago. Will comment later in build.
Looks like a fairly ease build. No full size plans to help with aligning parts.Havent built for many years, so will see how this build goes.
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Well kit has gone together well, getting close to covering some parts soon, wings basically ready to join and cover. Had to buy extra balsa to sheet the top side of wing over aileron servos, not enough balsa stripes to go between aileron ribs, but wouldn't a solid balsa triangle stripe be much simpler for the beginner to build? The fuselage went well just make sure to epoxy some of the joins to fill gaps and around motor mount for extra strength. The Instructions are very basic and not really suited for a beginner builder, really lacking in any useful detail. Overall though I am very pleased with this model, just hope it's a good trainer as I have a version of the 1600mm pitts bi-plane hanging on the wall waiting for me to get worthy of even trying to fly it.
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Needs a bit of patience, and some experience to build. Blame it on the patchy instructions.
I used a Turnigy 3536-910, with a 10*7 prop, although I think a 1250 KV will be better. Pics & Video in the Files section, please do have a look :)