|Mountain Lion Mk II|
For this years’ class I decided I was going to purchase most of the kits using some of the money made from advertising on my website. What I learn should be helpful for teachers that would not have the time to create kits for even larger groups of students. The vendors I used were smaller companies that I like to support.
This year I wanted to add a balsa and tissue covered airplane to the list of projects and was looking for a design where no sharp blades were needed. Doing an online search I came across Laser-cut Planes and the Mountain Lion Mark II which fit the requirements and was a reasonable price when purchased in bulk. A rather unique feature in the construction was that most pieces were temporarily held together with stickers, building boards or pins were not needed.
Other than glue, everything is included to build the airplanes including tissue for covering and rubber strip for motors. For my sample plane I used Sigment model cement and CA for final assembly, tissue was adhered with glue stick. Included are pattern sheets to assemble wing and stabilizer over but one set of complete instructions for the teacher.
I pressed the parts out of the laser cut sheets without using a knife at all, and I did no sanding. When placing the stickers over the joints I used one hand to push the joints together as tight as possible and put the sticker on with the other hand. Out on the tips of the wing and stabilizer because of the direction of the grain it is rather fragile.
For each wingtip there is a balsa doubler included to reinforce the weak spot because of the grain direction.
http://www.lasercutplanes.com/ - Mountain Lion Mk II and other kits
http://www.docfizzix.com - using mousetrap car kits from Doc Fizzix
http://www.everythinghobby.com - purchased rubber powered helicopters from local hobby shop
https://www.winona.edu/conferencing/cfk.asp - College for Kids WSU
http://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2016/07/college-for-kids-2016.html - College for Kids 2016
http://scienceguyorg.blogspot.com/2015/07/college-for-kids-2015-new-this-year.html - College for Kids 2015