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plane next to computer mouse This is my NanoPlane. It's wingspan is 2 inches, the lengt is 3 inches. Wing cord is 3/4 inch

Total weight: 65 mg.

The toughest part of the whole plan was the rubber. It's a 2 inch loop of .018 x .025 inch Tan II.

The prop blades are .004", C Cut, helical formed, then glued to a spar that's .032" tapered to .010". Prop pitch is 2.7"
The prop shaft and hook are .008" music wire (guitar string).

Spars are .025" x .020", ribs .025 x .015

Motor stick is .03" x .06"

Dang it all if the thing doesn't fly too.

Yes, that mouse behind it is bigger than the plane.

Here's a quick photo of me trying to fly the thing.

Some other notes:

  • The rubber takes about 1000 turns, but flight times are in the range of 30 seconds to 1 minute... so far.
  • It's heavier than it needs to be, but I already need tweezers to load the motor.
  • I'm working on a smaller one. I want the flight case to be a match box.

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