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Old 08-21-2013, 06:39 PM
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Default Florio Flyer XP-1 Glider

Florio Flyer XP-1 Glider, I had several of these in the early 90's. My son and I had a ball with these gliders. I got a hold of Jim Florio when I lived in Florida. He lived about 40 miles away from me. He sent me the body of the gilder without wings for free. That's all I needed. The glider is packed away now and I don't want to search for it in hot weather.
I found the glider online, but I can' open the plans. Can anybody else? If you do, could you email it to me, please. Thanks and enjoy!

http://makezine.com/projects/make-3...up-glides-down/
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:56 PM
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The Hobby Lobby here has the folding foam planes that could be used.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:35 AM
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This post got me thinking about being a kid again. I was ALWAYS flying something, whether balsa planes, RC planes, U-Control planes, kites, homemade hot air balloons, water rockets or model rockets. I did a search of American Junior Aircraft and looked at a few sites. Those were not the planes I recall buying/flying. I kept looking and came across this site:

http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/new_page_2.htm

The brand I bought the most of was North Pacific. I'll bet many of you remember these as well. I also recall buying/flying folding wing balsa planes, but it wasn't the American Junior or North Pacific brand. I've yet to go through all the companies on the above site, so I may find it yet. Now that I know the name brand of the planes I flew, I'm going to have to see if I can find some on eBay. Tami will love that I found something else to collect. hehehe
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:47 PM
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This post got me thinking about being a kid again. I was ALWAYS flying something, whether balsa planes, RC planes, U-Control planes, kites, homemade hot air balloons, water rockets or model rockets. I did a search of American Junior Aircraft and looked at a few sites. Those were not the planes I recall buying/flying. I kept looking and came across this site:

http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/new_page_2.htm

The brand I bought the most of was North Pacific. I'll bet many of you remember these as well. I also recall buying/flying folding wing balsa planes, but it wasn't the American Junior or North Pacific brand. I've yet to go through all the companies on the above site, so I may find it yet. Now that I know the name brand of the planes I flew, I'm going to have to see if I can find some on eBay. Tami will love that I found something else to collect. hehehe


I was the same way. Always had a plane in my hand or something flying.
I got the pic's to prove it! Lol.
NP Sleek Streak was my flyer but the NP Star Flyer was the coveted choice. It was BIG! They come up on Fee-Bay every once in a while. When I talked to Jim of Florio Flyer fame, he told me to keep his price down, he would 'employ' the neighborhood kids to help make parts and pay them with a glider.
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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I need to find the balsa/rubber band plane my brother gave me this last Christmas...
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:36 PM
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At work I am "the Glider Guy". I'm always building White Wings paper planes at breaks and lunches, or going around getting everyone else's clam-shell food containers to use as material for foam gliders. I made a really nice "Estes Nighthawk" glider out of two food containers and a plastic knife. It flew a little too well and was never seen again.

Some of those old wood planes were beautiful! Makes me wanna give balsa a try.
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This post got me thinking about being a kid again. I was ALWAYS flying something, whether balsa planes, RC planes, U-Control planes, kites, homemade hot air balloons, water rockets or model rockets. I did a search of American Junior Aircraft and looked at a few sites. Those were not the planes I recall buying/flying. I kept looking and came across this site:

http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/new_page_2.htm

The brand I bought the most of was North Pacific. I'll bet many of you remember these as well. I also recall buying/flying folding wing balsa planes, but it wasn't the American Junior or North Pacific brand. I've yet to go through all the companies on the above site, so I may find it yet. Now that I know the name brand of the planes I flew, I'm going to have to see if I can find some on eBay. Tami will love that I found something else to collect. hehehe
The American Junior "Army Interceptor" folding wing balsa catapult gliders were also used as very cheap gunnery targets during World War II (see: http://www.google.com/#fp=8fd259d59...rmy+interceptor ). Also, speaking of North Pacific:

They made two swept-wing balsa chuck gliders (that I saw in stores back then--they made more than those two). One was the common chuck glider size (having a 9" or so wing span), while the other--which flew amazingly well--was *tiny*, with wings that spanned only five or six inches. This was the Strato (see: http://www.oldwoodtoys.com/north_pacific.htm ). Its moderately-swept wings had a (nearly) constant chord, and they had red ink "scalloped" patterns printed on them. If someone here still has one, it would make a great "minimum material" glider to clone, perhaps using laser-cut parts to enable quantity production.
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I'm always building White Wings paper planes at breaks and lunches ...(snip)...

Speaking of paper aeroplanes... have you checked out stuff here (sites are mostly Japanese-language) [Okay, these might not be adaptable for use as parasite gliders for model rocket, but then they're certainly likely to be fun to put together and fly] ?

"profile" type (i.e. fuselage is flat piece)
http://www.infosnow.ne.jp/~suzuki-a/
http://homepage3.nifty.com/papercraft/ (click on the red box)
http://www.amy.hi-ho.ne.jp/h-nishimoto/index.html (click on pcraft link)
http://www10.ocn.ne.jp/~papiy/home.html (click on "Paper gliders" link)
http://staticwind.soragoto.net/index.html (click on "gallery")

fuselage is 3-D style
http://ojimak.web.fc2.com/index.html (note: some models like the Osprey don't fly)
http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~poseidon/e_index.html
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Okay, so some topic drift here.

I love the MU-2 model. Always been a favorite plane. Thanks!
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Okay, so some topic drift here.

I love the MU-2 model. Always been a favorite plane. Thanks!
Here are a couple more--Zovirl Industries' G-1 and G-4 laminated cardstock glider plans (downloadable free here: http://www.zovirl.com/tags/paper-airplanes/ ); flight trimming instructions are included. The G-1 could probably fly on a rocket as a parasite boost-glider, like the Estes Firefly and the Estes Multi-Roc's "T"-tailed glider.
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