Estes Tiger Shark Clone-- Unsuccessful Booster Glide

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BABAR

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Trying to combine techniques, this is supposed to be like the Black Widow, with a gliding booster recovery. Had a heck of a time trimming it in ground testing, and clearly here didn't work in flight. Anybody get a Tiger Shark or Black Widow booster to glide well?

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The rudder fin is huge, I know the plans say to make it that way but with an over-sized rudder id wager it will be temperamental in any wind.
 

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Did you get a good hand toss test glide with a spent engine casing in the booster? You might need to add some weight to get the balance point right for a good glide, just remember to load a spent engine case when balancing for the hand toss glide tests.
 

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Did you get a good hand toss test glide with a spent engine casing in the booster? You might need to add some weight to get the balance point right for a good glide, just remember to load a spent engine case when balancing for the hand toss glide tests.
I tried. Seemed to have a semi decent glide in tests, but the length of the glider section is so short it is really touchy. I kind of wonder if all spent engine casings (even of same engine maker and motor strength) have the same CG.
 

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yes, there is a very small margin of balance between a nice nose-down glide and a nose-in ballistic trajectory with a short booster. You want a slightly nose down glide, but not too much. From shoulder height like 5' it should glide about 3x as far, like 15'. Slightly better glide ratio than a flying squirrel, but not as high as the Space Shuttle at landing. Not so much of a glide, but rather falling with style.
 
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