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The Tiny Tim is an easy he Tin Tim is an easy project that dr ws attention. project that draws attention.


Go RC with this economical glider by Tim Bailiff | Photos by Maggie Madril


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After an enjoyable morning of fl ying, I returned home to my workshop, where I


found myself thinking about building a little something. You see, I’ve always been fascinated with small RC airplanes, and what I came up with is a particularly unique little aircraft. In fact, it has the distinction of being not only an RC conversion, but also the smallest RC model I’ve designed and built to date. It’s super easy to build and loads of fun to fl y. The airplane goes together rapidly because it starts as a simple 8-inch slide-together balsa glider. I paired it with the micro electronics that were used in the ParkZone Mini Vapor (horizonhobby.com/parkzone). For the powerplant, I chose a tiny brushed, coreless motor and propeller combination similar to those used in the Blade Inductrix (bladehelis.com/ Inductrix) quadcopter.


The result is a surprisingly robust, spirited little airplane. It is guaranteed fun for even the most experienced fl iers. This one will keep you on your toes!


Because it was nearly the holidays when I was designing it, I couldn’t help but be infl uenced by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Keeping that and my own name in mind, I


16 PARK PILOT [Summer 2018]


The Mini Vapor receiver unit is installed using a single plywood mount.


humbly present to you the Tiny Tim. I suggest that you read the entire article before you assemble your materials or begin to build. You might fi nd that you already have much of what you need. If you need to purchase anything, visit your local hobby retailer before taking your business elsewhere. I’m sure it would be appreciated.


If you cannot source what you need


locally, the internet is always a good option. Feel free to substitute anything along the way. This tiny airplane only weighs 0.4 ounces with the battery, so remember to keep things lightweight and pay attention to the recommended center of gravity. The airborne electronics came from a ParkZone Mini Vapor. I had previously purchased a Mini Vapor fuselage with an electronics


BUILD IT TINY TIM


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