Build Challenge: $7 toy glider to RC plane

I was browsing my local hobby store when I encountered a $7 EPO toy glider that was begging me to turn it into a full-featured RC plane. So, a challenge began.  I started by reinforcing the horizontal stabilizer with a carbon fiber rod, then the wings and fuselage with a wooden dowel. I mounted a Turnigy 2826 2200 kv motor with some upward thrust angle in the mid section with a piece of plywood and the extra a bit of dowel. I then added elevators and ailerons made out of dollar tree foam board with a couple of $3 servos. I also extended the vertical stabilizer with some foamboard and decided not to add a rudder. I then covered parts of it with white, red and yellow duct tape (also from the $ store). Finally, I mounted the a 3-cell 1300 mAh battery in the front embedded into the foam to get the CG at about 1/3 of the wing chord. Any predictions on how it will fly?



Julian Melo

Julian Melo has been around the R/C hobby since 2001. His first plane was PT-40 trainer from Great Planes he built as a kit, powered by an O.S. 40 engine. Nowadays you can find him flying fast EDFs or FPV multirotors. Professionally, he's an L.A-based web developer, Wordpress ninja & SEO Analyst. He is quite fond of good coffee, gadgets and loud garage rock. Check out his site/portfolio at or read his technology blog. He also recently started a new site/podcast titled UAV not Drone. Check it out!