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An innovative model airplane using real aircraft grade carbon fiber, with a gravity defying stand. In short a modernized balsa-glider.
An innovative model airplane using real aircraft grade carbon fiber, with a gravity defying stand. In short a modernized balsa-glider.
An innovative model airplane using real aircraft grade carbon fiber, with a gravity defying stand. In short a modernized balsa-glider.
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Fiber Glider - A Carbon Fiber Model Airplane

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Stretch Goal 1 - $5,000 USD  

  • Extra Rubber Band Launcher: Every Fiber Glider will come with two (2) rubber band launchers, One for you and one for your friend, spouse, kid, or roommate. That way you can play Fiber Glider Catch! 
  • Assembly Video: Say goodbye to those old school instruction pamphlets and hello to YouTube. I will make a video and post it to YouTube showing how to put the Fiber Glider DIY Kit together. What glue/epoxy to use, how to get the wing perfectly straight and etc.  

Stretch Goal 2 - $7,500 USD  

  • Carbon Fiber Rubber Band Launcher Upgrade: All Rubber Band Launchers will be built with Carbon Fiber and not Acrylic. No extra cost to you!

Stretch Goal 3 - $10,000 USD  

  • Colored Carbon Fiber: There are some really cool "hybrid" carbon fiber fabrics that are available that I can make the Fiber Glider out of. With this stretch goal unlocked you will be able to select what color you will want at the end of the campaign when I collect addresses and finish orders.

 

The Fiber Glider is made out of Aircraft Grade Carbon Fiber for the fuselage wing and tail. Carbon Fiber is not only stronger than the balsa-wood and plastic used in other model airplanes, but is also light and flexible.

Because Carbon Fiber is flexible, when it is bent it is able to snap back where other materials like balsa-wood and plastic break.

The location of a glider's CG or Center of Gravity significantly influences the flight characteristics of the aircraft. While the glider is in flight there are three forces acting on it: Lift, Drag, and Gravity. The force of lift acts at the wings Center of Pressure and gravity acts on the gliders CG. When the CG is in front of the Center of Pressure the glider will fly flatter, when the CG is behind the Center of Pressure the glider will pitch up. The position of the CG can be changed moving the ballast thus changing the glider's flight characteristics.

The purpose of a stand for any model airplane is to create the illusion that the model is still flying, even though it is stationary. Instead of using a support in the center of the aircraft, our stand attaches to the model's horizontal stabilizer by two crescent shaped swooshes.

 The stand disappears when viewed from the proper angles, leaving a plane hovering in the air. 

Help us share the word! Download our Press Kit! We would appreciate your help if you would share, post and tell our story in any way shape or form! Below are links to our social media pages and a link to our Press Kit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge we face is manufacturing the custom parts that are used in the Fiber Glider, especially the carbon fiber. Our prototypes have not only served to perfect our design but to give suppliers the opportunity actually estimate the cost for a small production run. We have also partnered with Citius, a local carbon fiber manufacturing shop to source the carbon fiber sheets needed, which greatly reduces the costs. We are confident that our preparations will enable us to meet the manufacturing goals we have set on time.

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    - (1) Tail
    - (1) Set of Ballast Parts
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    - (1) Wing
    - (1) Tail
    - (1) Set of Ballast Parts
    - (1) Set of Zero-G Stand Part
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    Fiber Glider DIY Kit & Stand

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    Fiber Glider & Stand

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Funding period

- (30 days)