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  1. #1
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    Downscale Quinstar!

    I have a (stock) Estes Quinstar that I love flying - it's low and slow, but it's a cool spinning flight. So it's great for small fields and such.

    It occurred to me: I know people are out there 3d-printing and laser-wood-cutting upscale Quinstars. Which is really cool. But I don't have a 3d printer or a CNC cutter.... so I had a wacky idea: Why not downscale the Quinstar? As it is, it's 5 sheets of laser-cut balsa. What if I scan it, downscale to fit a 13mm motor, reprint it on paper, then cut it out of cardstock? It would be fiddly, I think, but it would be neat....


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    I might still be inclined to use 1/16" balsa rather than cardstock. I think it's easier to cut and work with in general, and weight shouldn't be an issue.

    And it can be hand cut. Doing a hand cut downscale sounds like a breeze compared to my upscale.

    I say go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ActingLikeAKid View Post
    I have a (stock) Estes Quinstar that I love flying - it's low and slow, but it's a cool spinning flight. So it's great for small fields and such.

    It occurred to me: I know people are out there 3d-printing and laser-wood-cutting upscale Quinstars. Which is really cool. But I don't have a 3d printer or a CNC cutter.... so I had a wacky idea: Why not downscale the Quinstar? As it is, it's 5 sheets of laser-cut balsa. What if I scan it, downscale to fit a 13mm motor, reprint it on paper, then cut it out of cardstock? It would be fiddly, I think, but it would be neat....
    Print the patterns on self adhesive label paper and half your papering is done.
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  4. #4
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    sounds like a good idea. It might be strong enough to do a fold-over construction, where you laminate a cardstock sandwich folded over a thin cereal-box type cardboard sheet in the middle.

    you could also try some of the free 13mm cardstock templates from Art Applewhite:
    http://www.artapplewhite.com/free.html

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