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Reply #20 - Feb 23rd, 2016 at 12:20am

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Scott,

Sorry about the long delay in responding to your post.  I must say, I love your interpretation of it with the fish image.   It was intended that builders be creative with it.  If you decided to go ahead and let the kids build it I'd like to see what they came up with.

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Reply #19 - Nov 30th, 2015 at 7:50pm

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This is a test build.  I wanted to make sure it was easy to build and fly (build is done, but I haven't done flight testing yet.)  The second year students in our after-school club (The Fabulous Foo-Fighters, FAC Squadrom #75) will be building this later this winter.  We hold this at a local Junior High and are teaching them FF building skills.

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Reply #18 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 8:43pm

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FFScott...thanks for sharing the shots of the SillyCopter.  Thanks for both shots.  Always nice to see a fellow modeler!  Nice job on the Sillycopter!
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Reply #17 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 7:40pm

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Also, I found that the parts needed to have more room for the rubber and that the front part didn't set quite right without a little mod to where it attached to the motor stick.  See my mods in the attached plan...

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Reply #16 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 7:37pm

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A better shot...
 

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Reply #15 - Nov 27th, 2015 at 7:37pm

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Howard:

Here is my SillyCopter.  I found some really neat mylar wrapping paper at the Dollar Store.
 
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Reply #14 - Oct 15th, 2015 at 8:08am

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Well Done! KF. it is always my ugliest aircraft that fly the best. How about some photos of the winning bird>

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Reply #13 - Oct 14th, 2015 at 6:00pm

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The final Sillycopter prototype was squashed in a workbench mishap. The "cockpit" was broken in four places and off the motor stick.  The tail section was also broken in three places and a rotor blade was detached.  I had the wreckage in my junk box for months when I remembered that the Don Martin Cup competition was that evening at the Luther Middle School gym.  Rather than try to build another one I just got out some C/A and kicker and glued it back together.

I took it to the contest and while I didn't do real well (3rd place) I was surprised at how well what looked like  "Frankenstein's Helicopter" did fly.

Yes, I know the cups awarded are a joke,  but the real joke is that Don Martin, the contest's namesake, is not at all fond of helicopters.
 

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Reply #12 - Jun 17th, 2015 at 11:33pm

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Sillycopter Selfies

Here is a selfie of Fran Hurd, a member of the Brainbusters club, who built a Sillycopter from the plan and won second place in the clubs freeflight helicopter contest.  Notice the face on the model looks like Betty Boop.  Fran is a very prolific modeler flying everything from A-6 to RC foamie combat.
 

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Reply #11 - May 23rd, 2015 at 5:15pm

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KF, I would love to see those photos also.

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Reply #10 - May 22nd, 2015 at 7:10pm

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Sillycopter Selfies

I have received some photos from modelers who have built and flown the Sillycopter.  Everyone seems to draw a face on it and a different one from mine!  If you have built a Sillycopter, either from the plan posted here or the ones given away in the February Model Aviation Safety Column Guess the Plane contest, please, take a selfie holding it and send it to me.  I would like to post an album of them.

Thanks,

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Reply #9 - Jan 27th, 2015 at 10:52am

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bigrip74 wrote on Jan 26th, 2015 at 10:34pm:
KF, the color tissue would be worth it for this cutie.

Bob


I just meant the working plan.  Having an 18 X 24, grayscale,  .pdf printed at Staples costs about $1.80.  Having it printed in color would cost you about $10.00! 

As far as the tissue on the model is concerned, use any color you wish.   But, as Dave Gee said, if you're a serious modeler, you might want to draw a sterner expression on it. Wink
 

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Reply #8 - Jan 26th, 2015 at 10:34pm

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KF, the color tissue would be worth it for this cutie.

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Reply #7 - Jan 26th, 2015 at 9:55pm

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Here is the plan for the Sillycopter.  Have it printed full size (18 X24) at any office printing service.  Print it in grayscale...it's too expensive in color!
 

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Reply #6 - Nov 22nd, 2014 at 5:04pm

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KF...thanks for sharing the videos.  Great to see the heli's showing off.  Definitely a  different facet of the rubber powered Free Flight.

Tom
 

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