|Fuse DT on Guillows Lancer
Before building a new airplane using a fuse DT I thought I would start experimenting with an existing airplane I had, my Guillow’s Lancer would be easy to convert as the wing is held on with rubber bands. My thought was to popup the front of the wing to bring the airplane down; as the popup stab is not always adequate to bring lighter airplanes down from a thermal. Many people completely eject the wing off on lighter airplanes with a string attaching the wing to the rest of the airplane. On another airplane I will try this method.
|The Fuse is Burning
To get some idea how fast the fuse would burn and how well the snuffer tube worked, I cut some pieces of fuse and stuck them in an aluminum tube to test the burn rate using a stop watch. To light the fuse I was using a barbecue lighter which isn’t the most reliable method. Several people have given me better ideas on lighting the fuse which I will look at later.
The modifications I did to my airplane were to create a wire hook on top of the wing and on the top of the fuselage in the nose area. From the hook in the middle of the wing a rubber band pulls the wing back while another rubber band running from the middle hook to the front hook holds the wing down in the front until the fuse burns that rubber band. Thin fishing line provides a limit to how far the wing can tip up in front. A short length of aluminum tube glued on top of the nose area is the snuffer tube that holds the fuse.
|The Wing has Popped
|Maybe Front of Wing Up too High
Last evening turned nice after a huge amount of rain so I decided this was my opportunity to try this out. Where I could fly from was far from where I parked so I stuffed in my pockets; fuse, scissors, small winder, rubber bands, and the grill lighter. I knew the plane would not fly real long on the winds I could put in so I tried to make the fuse really short, and you thought I was losing my temper.
|Crashing, I Mean Landing on Grass
I made several flights and a couple of times it DT’ed about two feet off the ground. On one flight it did dt maybe 20 feet high and I snapped a couple pictures of it coming down. The propeller was probably still turning as it came down but I was a little surprised how steep the nose was pointed down as it came down. It didn’t hurt the airplane and it should bring it out of a thermal. The Lancer doesn’t have a good glide anyway but no doubt if it would wander into strong enough lift it could fly away.
Guillow's Lancer Model Airplane
Trying a New Idea on Nose Plug
Fuse I Purchased from Volare
My Building and Flying Guillows Models Website