(Contributed - by Neil Thompson - 09/10/03)
This is a HUGE glider made by Edmonds Aerospace. It has a of 27 inches
and the glider is 34 inches long. It has a 24mm , which is about 2 feet
long, give or take an inch or two.
It has one long 24mm tube for the pop pod, and 3 sheets of laser-cut ,
which I am guessing is about 1/4 inch thick.
Just as easy to build as the original Deltie, but really big. I liked how
all the parts fit together. I did not need instructions since I had build the
standard Deltie a few weeks earlier and it has the same exact parts, only
bigger. Once assembled it is very sturdy. I have gone for a few test glides at
a baseball field and it flew very well.
I have not painted it, but may use highlighters like I did on the Deltie.
out of 5
I used a D12-3. Definitely not enough power. Due to the wind, I had to use the "David Smith
hold and RUN" technique. That means holding the glider until the wind dies down, and then
let go and RUN while a friend presses the button. The boom broke in half on impact. Pout!
Will be easy to repair, however.
I do not know yet. I have only made a few throws in a local baseball field so
½ out of 5
Easy build, affordable price, and a really big glider. it takes up about half
of one of my bedroom walls!
½ out of 5
(Contributed - by Hank Helmen - 03/13/06)
The Deltie Thunder is a single stage design. The glider is a
triangle shape with a profile type that divides the triangle in the
middle. The rocket hooks onto the glider at the nose of the glider and
pulls it skyward. At ejection the booster separates and returns via
while the glider slowly circles back to earth
The kit contains one main , laser cut 1/4" balsa sheeting for the
wings, horizontal stabilizer, and two side fins. A balsa is included
as well as fin two reinforcement pieces and two nose reinforcement/booster
hooks. There is an elastic , a black plastic parachute kit, and an
eye screw for the nose cone attachment. The kit includes a 3/16" launch
lug and some balance clay for the nose section.
The instructions are sparse to say the least. What is there is easy to
follow and if you have built the smaller Deltie, detailed instructions are not
really needed. No templates are needed as the balsa is all very nicely laser
cut. The Deltie Thunder is easy to build. No special tools are needed. I found
the balsa in my kit very soft although this makes for a light weight glider, it
is too fragile in my opinion. I sanded the balsa wings and vertical stabilizers
round at the and trailing edges.
lines up nicely, and the kit was finished quickly using glue and Elmer's
white glue. If you have any rocket building experience you can finish this kit
up in just a few hours.
Full paint on a glider this size could add a lot of unwanted weight. I gave the
glider and booster some trim colors with a day glo orange paint pen then
painted it all over using two coats of Aero Gloss model airplane thinned
50%. This adds very little weight yet adds water resistance and needed
stiffness. There was no forward motor block, so I cut a 1/4" piece off of
a spent Estes D12-3 engine casing and glued it into the booster, allowing the
engine to extend 1/2" from the end. The instructions do not say anything
about this at all but it is a good idea. You could also use a wire type motor
½ out of 5
The only recommended motor is a D12-3. You will need to protect the
booster's parachute and shock cord. My shock cord burned through or broke on
the first launch.
The Deltie Thunder will require a long 3/16" . I bought a
nice 50" steel rod from the local machine shop. Since the glider hangs
below the booster you will need to prop the booster up. I used a 24" piece
of 2" x 2" pine (cut from a regular 2x4). The glider is pretty big
and if there is any wind you will need a good sturdy .
My glider required all of the clay supplied for the and a
little bit more after that! I made numerous test glides, first to get it to
nicely straight ahead and land smoothly, then to get it to circle
slightly by adding clay to one . The first test glide broke the nose off.
The first launch was very nice, some curves during boost but overall
Ejection occurred at a slight nose down . This is a hold your
breath moment because the glider can hang up on the booster or the shock cord
can wrap around the glider's nose or wing.
On this flight however, the glider separated nicely and began a nice fast
glide with a left hand circle. After two or three big circles, the bank angle
increased close to the ground and the nose dropped causing it to impact the
landing area with a higher than nominal velocity. The forward fuselage
completely separated from wing section at the joint despite a carbon fiber
The shock cord broke at the mount, however, there was no damage to the booster
and all components were recovered. The glider's fuselage broke apart from
forward wing. It needs heavier balsa in this area or side doublers. Also, there
was a strange round burn through hole in the right forward portion of the wing.
It was extinguished with ground crew's water bottle on scene. The accident
investigation team has not concluded what caused this but speculation is that
it was caused by main engine burn residue during glider separation.
out of 5
The Deltie Thunder is a good flying kit and is easy to build. Builders will
need to carefully test fly the glider in some nice tall grass in order to get
it just right. Fly it does and if you do not put a little clay on one wing to
make it turn, you will probably never get a chance to launch it a second time.
It would be a good idea to put a mailing label somewhere on the wing or at
least write your phone number on the glider.
The main problem with this kit is the fuselage nose area ahead of the wing
really needs strengthening. The only other con, and it is a small one, is the
motor mount. No ring is supplied in the kit.
The coolest part of the Deltie Thunder is the spectacular flights you can
put on! People love to watch it fly. Use a big field because it's a
big glider. Do not fly in high winds. Wait for a calm early morning or
late afternoon when the wind dies down.
out of 5
(by Ted H. Apke)
Well I was really hoping that my package from Edmonds
would arrive in time for this weekends METRA launch. I was grumping about it on
Saturday when my youngest son asked me what this box was sitting in the garage.
I have no idea when it arrived or how it got there but it isn't the first time
I've found mail sitting in some peculiar place!
Spouses <and> children make life so interesting!
So here I was on Saturday at about 1:00pm with the launch scheduled for
Sunday. What the heck. I cleared off the workbench, got out the CA and
accelerator and got to work. As others have said, the instructions were
straight forward and the work progressed very fast. I took a few extra minutes
to round off the edges of the vertical stabs, but not the wings. The only
problem I had was that the packed in with the chute was crushed. I
decided that a 1/4" lug wouldn't be a bad thing to have for when I decided
to crank up the power and didn't miss a beat with assembly. By 2:30 I was out
in the yard doing some test glides. I didn't get too satisfactory of a glide in
the yard but I was pushing the limits of my property and I narrowly missed
a fence. I decided to just give it a test fly.
Sunday turned out beautiful. 65 degrees. Winds of maybe 5mph with the
occasional . While I had done the power mod that the instructions call
for I still decided to start with a D12-3. I used one of the high power pads
(longer rod) and placed some tape on it to hold the booster up high enough to
fit the glider on. I took a spare rod and pushed it in the ground to keep the
glider from flapping in the slight breeze. Pretty straight forward if you've
flown a boost glider before. I had plenty of time left to help the other
high-power folks get their rockets ready.
My turn finally came and off she went. The boost was a little off vertical
but nothing too scary. Separation came right at, or a little before, . It
separated very clean and immediately entered into a nice glide. Lots of
cheering from the crowd! The glider then did what none of mine has ever done
before. It flew straight! Don't worry, I got it back. It did worry me for a
minute, however it flew right over the crowd. Really looked pretty. Proceeded
down the hill, lengthening the flight, and landed easily in the weeds.
I was anxious to fly again but I spent most of the day helping out at the
launch site and helping my son fly. I'm really looking forward to more launches
in the future.
I got the chance to fly my Deltie Thunder again this past weekend at RATS IV. I
made up a pad similar to what Rob shows in the instructions and this made setup
Flight 1: Couldn't get a single use E18 with a short so went with a
E11-4J in my 24mm reload case. The flight weathercocked to horizontal at about
75 to 100' which is when the motor burned out and the glider separated. Had
that glider on nice and loose! The glide was great. Got many a compliment.
Hopefully a few will contact Rob. I used the full and ended up
blowing the chute apart. I suppose it could have been due to the higher speed
at deployment due to the weathercock, but it wasn't going all that fast. The
booster still recovered fine.
Flight 2: Bought a E18 reload and flew it on Sunday. The boost was much
better but things went down hill from there. I had replaced the chute with a
nylon one and cut the ejection charge in half. Oh my. The ejection seemed a bit
late, with the rocket past apogee. The nose pulled out but didn't deploy the
chute. The glider did it's best to pull the booster out but it augured in. This
resulted in some serious damage to the forward half of the booster which can
easily be replaced. The glider suffered a split boom which can easily be CA'd.
People still thought it looked cool!
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(by The Silent Observer)
How's this for a start: I ordered on the last
day of the Frenzy -- then go the envelope back, returned for postage, so Rob
didn't get my order until around the 5th of October. I got the Deltie Thunder
kit in the mail Wednesday (they tried to deliver on Monday, but I'd already
left for work).
So far, I've opened the box -- this thing is>immense<! The booster pod
is about 2 feet of 24mm ID tube with an elliptical cone; the glider has enough
balsa in it to make a whole>fleet< of Vaughn Brothers Buzzards. It looks
like it lives up to Rob's claim of being able to build it in a single morning,
but I'm going to spend a little more time on it than that; I can't stand the
thought of launching anything with square leading edges, and I prefer to fill
and sand, at least cursorily, and paint as well. I'll probably dig through the
basement and find some left over from when I built R/C airplanes, and
use that for color trim on the glider.
I noticed that there's no ; I plan to add one, and may also
install a thrust block to keep the hook from tearing forward in the tube; it'll
make prep and motor removal easier than the thrust-ring and friction method
recommended in the instructions. The shock cord for the pod is actually about
long enough; it's as long as the pod tube, if not a little longer, and sturdy
material (1/4" wide, I think).
I already have two packs of D12-3 motors -- and I should be able to have
this ready to fly, barring lack of painting weather, before the December launch
at Monroe, WA.
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