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Classic Space Hang Glider
Flying for fun when home on leave on Earth.
About this creation


The Classic Space Hang Glider was a highly efficient flying machine, thanks to the Surface Turbulence Unit Details (STUDs) which covered its wings. These devices created extra vortices in the boundary layer, re-energising it and creating extra lift.



The hang glider was equipped with a satellite communications and tracking suite, which worked via a dish on the tail. The two prongs on the front were neither aerials nor air-data nor pitot probes. They were partly ballast to help the handling characteristics and mainly just decorative greebling. To quote the designers, "It's Classic Space. It's got to have those two pointy bits at the front."



The pilot was also equipped with an emergency rocket pack, which he could detach and fly away from the rest of the machine. This could also power the hang glider, which was very useful for getting home in time for tea and cakes.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

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  July 11, 2014
great concept, it looks fab!
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  April 30, 2014
Love the design of the wings and this idea is unusual!!
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  April 20, 2014
Love it. I knew those studs were good for something.
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  April 17, 2014
Swoosh!
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  April 16, 2014
Awesome little MOC David!
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  April 16, 2014
Another great lil CS build ;)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Ha, ha... a fun one. And another... tah dah... 'physics' lesson! Bernoulli would be proud?! ;)
Thank you! Although my degree is in aeronautical engineering, I wouldn't entirely trust everything that I've written about the aerodynamic of this aircraft :)
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Cool glider. I love the shape of the wing.
Thank you! I see hang gliders flying off the mountain behind my house and was inspired to build this.
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  April 16, 2014
Ha, ha... a fun one. And another... tah dah... 'physics' lesson! Bernoulli would be proud?! ;)
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  April 16, 2014
Cool glider. I love the shape of the wing.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Kevin Yoo Great idea for using those Technic prongs. (I've got some collecting dust at home)
I think that I have a couple too, which I've never used.
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  April 16, 2014
Great idea for using those Technic prongs. (I've got some collecting dust at home)
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  April 16, 2014
Inefficient but fun!
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  April 16, 2014
GREAT!
  April 16, 2014
The prongs? hmm these are some mysterious parts only the dev team know what they are good for. But as always, in some emergency situations they reveal their important function! :D Glad the devs included the rocket pack! Not to mention what could happen with the cat-monster without them....
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  April 16, 2014
A triumph of warm-hearted, quick witted, studly goodness.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Locutus 666 This is an inspring build. The best equipment for a flat sight-seeing-flight-tour. First stop will be the TV (in the times before flatscreens the TVs were good airstrips!) in the living room. After that, the tour continues with the next stop on the kitchen table following an emergency-takeoff to escape the giant-horror-house-cat-monster and return safely to the childrens room international airport. :) While I cant see any relations to CS (besides the colors maybe), this is still a beautiful build! The wings look very smooth to me. Maybe you build a sky-trike version of it?
Wow! That's an incredibly intense swooshing session you've described! I think the rocket pack might come in handy for escaping the cat-monster. No connection to Classic Space apart from the colours? Okay, yes, you're right but what about the prongs on the front? :)
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  April 16, 2014
You have the makings of a Klingon Bird of Prey there.
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  April 16, 2014
This is an inspring build. The best equipment for a flat sight-seeing-flight-tour. First stop will be the TV (in the times before flatscreens the TVs were good airstrips!) in the living room. After that, the tour continues with the next stop on the kitchen table following an emergency-takeoff to escape the giant-horror-house-cat-monster and return safely to the childrens room international airport. :) While I cant see any relations to CS (besides the colors maybe), this is still a beautiful build! The wings look very smooth to me. Maybe you build a sky-trike version of it?
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  April 16, 2014
And if you just take 1x2 tiles. These can be just put on the wings in large sections.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas Great curves and angles! Hmm, shore leave... this opens up a whole new arena for Classic Space MOCs.
I wanted to see if I could get close to the curves of a hang glider aerofoil with Lego. What do spacemen do on their time off?
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Finally someone makes the thoughts about what the astronauts do in your free time. The color selection is excellent. But maybe a yellow and black sign on the wings would be an option.
Thank you! I did wonder how to get some black & yellow stripes on the wings. I suppose changing the colour of one half of the hinges would work but the stripes would be 90 degrees out.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Well, duh! Of course it's got to have those pointy bits in the front. Just wouldn't fly without them and the obvious STUDs technology. =D Do hang gliders come with flaps? Not for mud. XD Brilliant David!
No flaps I'm afraid, or any other control surfaces on a weight-shift aircraft like this. One of my university lecturers always recommended avoiding this type of flying machine at all costs, due to the way it's controlled and he was an ex-test pilot.
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith Reading this again, I'm determined to make the CS tea party.
Yes! The background story will have to explain how to get the tea through the visor on your space helmet. Perhaps the original CS helmets, with no physical visor, could open a small worm-hole in the force-shield over the face to allow the ingress of hot beverages?
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  April 16, 2014
Quoting Tanner Compton Awesome! Those angles look great!
Thank you! I was walking home and saw a hanglider and wondered if I could make a curved wing. All of the hinges are at 22.5 degrees, so this is buildable in real Lego.
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  April 16, 2014
Great curves and angles! Hmm, shore leave... this opens up a whole new arena for Classic Space MOCs.
  April 16, 2014
Finally someone makes the thoughts about what the astronauts do in your free time. The color selection is excellent. But maybe a yellow and black sign on the wings would be an option.
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  April 15, 2014
Really cool, David. Thank goodness for the pointy bits. I wouldn't have believed it was truly Classic Space without them. I like the little get up that the spaceman has on his back, which would be perfect for those low gravity environments. Nice work, David.
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  April 15, 2014
cool design.
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  April 15, 2014
Well, duh! Of course it's got to have those pointy bits in the front. Just wouldn't fly without them and the obvious STUDs technology. =D Do hang gliders come with flaps? Not for mud. XD Brilliant David!
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  April 15, 2014
Reading this again, I'm determined to make the CS tea party.
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  April 15, 2014
This is really cool! I love the wing shape. Your background stories you create for your creations are hilarious! Excellent
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  April 15, 2014
Awesome! Those angles look great!
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  April 15, 2014
Very nice work!
 
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