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Cloud Dancer Trainer Balsa Laser Cut Airplane Kit 1300mm (KIT)

Cloud Dancer Trainer Balsa Laser Cut Airplane Kit 1300mm (KIT)
Cloud Dancer Trainer Balsa Laser Cut Airplane Kit 1300mm (KIT)

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.

Span: 1300m
Length: 900mm
Weight: 1000g (Bare Airframe)

4 Channel radio system and 4 x mini servos
30 size Outrunner
40 Amp Esc
3s 2200mah Lipoly battery
Propeller (9x5)
CA glue
Covering film
Basic hobby tools (knife, sand paper etc)

Build manual listed under the 'Files' tab below 

PRODUCT ID: 099000030

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4 Channel 1300mm (51.18in) 900mm (35.43in) 1000g (2.2lb)

Weight: 1420g Quantity: 
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Total of 64 discussions.
Turkish Flyer  870 points - 4/5/2014
Question for those who have converted this aircraft ( Cloud Dancer ) to a nitro ( glow ) engine power-plant. What size of fuel tank were you able to fit ? Hobby King offers the 90cc ( 3 oz ) and 120cc ( 4 oz ) size tanks, both of which I have, but they don't seem to fit correctly. I didn't do any modifications up front such as eliminating the battery tray etc. My plans are for utilizing a .19 or .20 nitro engine. The length of the 90cc tank is ok but the height is too high ( top cover will not fit correctly ). The 120cc tank has the correct height but is too long. Any suggestions, recommendations, etc sure would be most helpful.
Ableflyer  9 points - 3/29/2014
Turkish Flyer, I neglected to tell you which motor. Here it is, HobbyKing Donkey ST3508-730kv Brushless Motor
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
Ableflyer - The Donkey you state has a hefty 5mm shaft. You got a propeller shaft adapter for this size on hand ? If you went with this one ... HobbyKing Donkey ST3007-1100kv Brushless Motor PRODUCT ID: ST3007-1100 ... we're talking a 4mm shaft plus more thrust for pennys more ( about 50 cents more ). Think about it.
Ableflyer  9 points - 3/26/2014
A list of 30 size outrunners that you sell would be helpful. I am about to cover my plane and I want to determine the components first.
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
Ableflyer - If you would please look under " COMBINE RELATED ITEMS " and then click under " MOTOR " here in this listing as well as in the USA/CANADA warehouse listing for this aircraft you will see a list of the suggested motors as well suggestions for " ESC ", BATTERY ", " SERVO ", and " ACC. " ( ACCESSORIES ) when click under these respective categories as well.
 Ableflyer 9 points
Thank you for the directions. I had looked at suggested motors before I wrote you. The motors that are listed, two of them, are not suited for this plane as far as I can tell just for the reason of fitting into the front of the plane. I will be vague with this part, but the front of the plane has a very short area for a motor and these motors stick out far beyond the front of the fuselage. I am open to suggestions for a shorter motor with the same capabilities, or directions on installation. Needless to say, this is a low cost airplane and I have enjoyed building it over the winter. I have considered an inrunner cut into the fire wall or a very short bell motor but again, I am not familiar with the motor sizes necessary to make this plane work well. Thank you again for your response. I am very glad HK is in the US now, I get most of my RC stuff for you folks.
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
This motor ... Turnigy D3548/4 1100KV Brushless Outrunner Motor PRODUCT ID: D3548-41100 should work for this aircraft. It has an ample pulling power of 2150g ( 4.74 lbs ). This aircraft's bare weight alone is 1000g = 1kg = 2.2 lbs.
 Ableflyer 9 points
I guess you didn't understand the issue. The motor sticks way out in front of the fuselage, looks bad. It needs a shorter motor that will power the plane.
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
Well in that case I guess you're going to have to do a little searching on your own to suit your needs. For my Cloud Dancer I will be mounting either a .19 or .20 nitro engines I have on hand.
 Ableflyer 9 points
 Ableflyer 9 points
I have looked around and found this motor. According to my calculations I will get about a .87:1 ratio which should be good and it's profile is very short to fit the front of the Cloud Dancer. What are your thoughts please.
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
Here: try a donkey ... a Hobby King Donkey motor that is. Low profile with plenty of power ... HobbyKing Donkey ST4010-820kv Brushless Motor PRODUCT ID: ST4010-820 . I have no further suggestions so you're on your own. Good luck with your search.
Andrej  1 points - 3/16/2014
Should i install motor and all the components before or after i do covering ? sry for noob question :)
 hobby 99 points
Hello, after covering the plane, but can assemble and disassemble electronics such as test
Hugo  1 points - 2/23/2014
Would a small nitro engine, like the cox .15, work on this plane?
 Turkish Flyer 870 points
Hugo - No, not enough power for this size ( 1300mm ( 51-inch ) wingspan and a starting weight of 1000g ( 35-oz ( 2.2-lb ) ) ). Try a 0.19 to a 0.25
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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.

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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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Overall Rating2/10/2014
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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 :)

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Overall Rating2/11/2014
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Heres a video of the

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