Sky Flying Model Rocket Kit Condor Boost Glider 7156
The Condor is a competition style glider that is boosted into the sky using rocket power. The glider then flies gently to the ground while the engine pod descends via streamer. The glider is made from the stiff, lightweight wood of the Chinese Tung tree.
>The Condor is a competition style glider that is boosted into the sky using rocket power. It uses a molded plastic nose piece on the glider that insures easy release of the engine pod after the rocket reaches apogee. The glider then flies gently to the ground while the engine pod descends via an aluminized plastic streamer. The glider is made from the stiff and lightweight wood of the Chinese Tung tree.
Competition Style Design - The configuration of the Condor glider is that of an efficient competition model. That means that it is designed to fly for long periods of time. You can use it in competitions to test your flying skills against other modelers.
Molded-Plastic Wing Attachment - This single piece is absolutely incredible. I am personally impressed by how well engineered it is. It does three things simultaneously:
- With traditional competition gliders, you have to glue the wings directly to the fuselage (wooden boom) of the glider. This takes some trickery and care, because you have to sand the root edges of the wings to give the wing correct dihedral. If one wing is sanded incorrectly, the wing will be lopsided, and the glider will be difficult to trim for a nice level glide. On this kit, the molded wing attachment piece makes it simple to get perfectly matched dihedral on both sides of the wing.
- The wing attachment piece also has built-in angle-of-attack! This is necessary because the wing must be at a different orientation than the tail of the glider; as this determines if the glider will pull out of a dive. If the glider doesn't pull out of a dive, it will crash like so many of the other gliders I've seen in competition.
- The attachment piece snugly grips the wooden fuselage boom and makes trimming this glider the easiest I've ever seen. With other gliders, you have to add weight to the nose piece to get the glider to balance properly for a nice glide. With this model, you simply slide the wing forward or aft to trim it. Once it is in place, you tack it down with a drop of super glue. That's it! I was able to trim this model for a perfect glide in about four tosses across a room. And I didn't have to add extra weight which would make the rocket heavier at launch and doesn't allow it to go as high as it is capable of.
The Nose piece has a bunch of holes for trimming clay. If you go out on a humid day and the glider has been sitting for a while, it could loose trim. So you might need to put a little bit of clay on the nose of the glider to re-trim it for a level glide. The holes in the nose piece of the glider allow the clay to grip the glider so that it doesn't fall off in flight.
Stiff Tung-Wood parts - The wood on the glider is from the Chinese Tung tree. It is lightweight, and very strong.
Pre-Airfoiled Wing - The wood has been pre-shaped at the factory with an airfoil section. All you have to do is give it a light sanding to make it extra smooth.
Pre-Colored Body Tube - One unique feature of the Sky manufactured-kits is that they have convexly wound body tubes. Basically, it is the kind of tube you'd get if you started rolling up a sheet of paper. Because of this, they design is printed on the paper before it is rolled up into a stiff tube. There is no painting necessary, and NO spirals to fill.
Plastic attachment piece that allows the motor pod to engage the glider at launch. Since it is molded plastic, the fit is perfect, and it will easily release at the right time during the flight.
Plastic Nose Cone - Since the nose cone on the power-pod is plastic, you don't have any finishing to do. There is no finishing required on the entire rocket!
Streamer recovery for the motor pod: The steamer allows the rocket engine to come quickly and safely down to the ground so that you can concentrate your eyes on the glider.
Engine Hook - for securing your motor in place. No friction fitting!