Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Rhhick » Sun, 02 Sep 2001 22:17:40



I was quite surprised to see the Estes Skywinders used by some in the D
helicopter event. I was wondering how they were beefed-up/modified. Also, if
some were altered to accept the 24 mm Estes D engine and if any were using the
smaller diameter Apogee engine. Thanks.  --  Richard "the humidity may ease up
this weekend" Hickok
 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Alex DeMarc » Mon, 03 Sep 2001 01:39:19


I didn't fly it at NARAM, but I flew one at our local event.  I epoxied the
heck out of it, and flew it on an Apogee D10-3. I reinforced all the
connections with epoxy.

- Alex DeMarco


Quote:
> I was quite surprised to see the Estes Skywinders used by some in the D
> helicopter event. I was wondering how they were beefed-up/modified. Also,
if
> some were altered to accept the 24 mm Estes D engine and if any were using
the
> smaller diameter Apogee engine. Thanks.  --  Richard "the humidity may
ease up
> this weekend" Hickok


 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Mark Simpso » Mon, 03 Sep 2001 02:53:59


I've flown my Estes Skywinder on AT E25's and D21's.  The first flight ended in a
separation.  Afterwards, I drilled and pinned the plastic sleve inside of the body
tube.  It held until the entire plastic sleeve broke several flights later.

Mark Simpson
NAR 71503 Level II

Quote:

> I was quite surprised to see the Estes Skywinders used by some in the D
> helicopter event. I was wondering how they were beefed-up/modified. Also, if
> some were altered to accept the 24 mm Estes D engine and if any were using the
> smaller diameter Apogee engine. Thanks.  --  Richard "the humidity may ease up
> this weekend" Hickok

 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Scott D. Or » Mon, 03 Sep 2001 09:37:37




Quote:
>I've flown my Estes Skywinder on AT E25's and D21's.  The first flight ended in a
>separation.  Afterwards, I drilled and pinned the plastic sleve inside of the body
>tube.  It held until the entire plastic sleeve broke several flights later.

Yeah, Larry Rice was flying his on a D13, I think--he had test-flown
it once or twice and tried to reinforce it with epoxy, but after
monkeying around with it trying to fit the engine in, it had cracks,
and it tore apart at NARAM.

Scott Orr

 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Andy E » Tue, 04 Sep 2001 01:36:42


I've drilled & pinned mine.  Holds together on E & F motor (RMS)
flights though you've got to watch those high speed deployments on the
blades.

Regards,
Andy



Quote:
>I've flown my Estes Skywinder on AT E25's and D21's.  The first flight ended in a
>separation.  Afterwards, I drilled and pinned the plastic sleve inside of the body
>tube.  It held until the entire plastic sleeve broke several flights later.

>Mark Simpson
>NAR 71503 Level II


>> I was quite surprised to see the Estes Skywinders used by some in the D
>> helicopter event. I was wondering how they were beefed-up/modified. Also, if
>> some were altered to accept the 24 mm Estes D engine and if any were using the
>> smaller diameter Apogee engine. Thanks.  --  Richard "the humidity may ease up
>> this weekend" Hickok

 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Tim Hansfor » Tue, 04 Sep 2001 13:45:12


    I've tryed this, but I keep loosing the blades..last one cost me one of
my 24/40 RMS systems.  But it did fly awsome on a F12j-5.  The only mod I
did was cut out some of the supports inside the motor/fin can to except a
LOC 24mm motor tube...  It's survived 2 flites/ 2 hard landings... lol
    Any advice on how to keep the blades on would be apreated.
--
                                           Tim Hansford
                                           Valparaiso, IN
                                           NAR # 78513 SR L2


Quote:
> I've drilled & pinned mine.  Holds together on E & F motor (RMS)
> flights though you've got to watch those high speed deployments on the
> blades.

> Regards,
> Andy



> >I've flown my Estes Skywinder on AT E25's and D21's.  The first flight
ended in a
> >separation.  Afterwards, I drilled and pinned the plastic sleve inside of
the body
> >tube.  It held until the entire plastic sleeve broke several flights
later.

> >Mark Simpson
> >NAR 71503 Level II


> >> I was quite surprised to see the Estes Skywinders used by some in the D
> >> helicopter event. I was wondering how they were beefed-up/modified.
Also, if
> >> some were altered to accept the 24 mm Estes D engine and if any were
using the
> >> smaller diameter Apogee engine. Thanks.  --  Richard "the humidity may
ease up
> >> this weekend" Hickok

 
 
 

Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

Post by Larryr333 » Wed, 05 Sep 2001 15:58:31


Dear Scott Orr and Mark Simson,
   I was using (AT) Apogee D10-5's at
 NARAM and before. My Skywinder was at
 least five years old and I hadn't flown it in
 several years. I sure the problems I had
 getting the slightly too long Aerotech (Ap-
 ogee) casings to fit in the bayonet seal,
 plastic engine housing contributed to its
 demise at NARAM. You have to file the
 casing down about one-eighth of an inch
 or more to get them to fit easily in the Sky-
 winder. I'll be getting a new Skywinder
 soon to continue flying D10's in them.
  Luckily I had a back-up Gassaway Roto-
 Roc that dates to (circa) 1986 that I built
 pretty strong to put in an 87 second flight.

 Skyward,
     Larry Rice NAR # 33323

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>Subject: Re: Estes Skywinders on D engines at NARAM 43

>Date: 9/1/01 8:37 PM Eastern Daylight Time



>>I've flown my Estes Skywinder on AT E25's and D21's.  The first flight ended
>in a
>>separation.  Afterwards, I drilled and pinned the plastic sleve inside of
>the body
>>tube.  It held until the entire plastic sleeve broke several flights later.

>Yeah, Larry Rice was flying his on a D13, I think--he had test-flown
>it once or twice and tried to reinforce it with epoxy, but after
>monkeying around with it trying to fit the engine in, it had cracks,
>and it tore apart at NARAM.

>Scott Orr