My Zippy died in mid air. Dead-stocked in for a soft splash and waited for the wind. Pics:
I haven’t been doing much flying or building lately. I haven’t really had much time to do anything RC. In early August I flew this thing I finished like two months ago:
It’s a Dead-Simple Wing made bigger and with blue foam and foamboard instead of Depron. It flew really nice on the following setup:
- Motor: 1700kv 24 gram outrunner (Blue Wonder)
- ESC: Turnigy Basic 18A Brushless
- Battery: Turnigy 1300 mAh 3S 20C LiPo
- Servos: 2x HK15178 Analog 10g Servos with 20CM extentions
I’m also loving the OrangeRX R610 6-channel receivers (the ones with the sat port) on my DX6i. I have a Gravity Hobby 800 mAh 3S 25C LiPo that I bought specifically for this model that I’ve yet to try but it’s a lot lighter and delivers a bit more power.
I crashed it and need to repair it.
I first built a 24 inch one but I felt it was too tiny for the setup I wanted. I was right.
So that’s on a shelf until I figure out what to do with it. It’ll probably end up as the wing on another project. For now I’m trying to continue on this project:
It’s partly copied from the Phase III Squall but without the long end and it’ll have two vertical stabs. That shouldn’t be done anytime soon. I expect to finish it in 6-8 weeks or so; depends on how much time I have to work on it.
As always, follow me on Twitter (@killerwin) to keep up with my day-to-day dealings.
I got a little tired of seeing the that outdated logo I’ve had on the site header since like forever so I went into Photoshop and made me a new one. I also changed to graphics on the heading around the site and brought it all a little up to the times. Did away with the ugly orange that was previously bathing your eyes in blood. Thoughts?
For my first RC Pic Pick I have chosen a somewhat funny picture of @rctestflight‘s crashed FPV plane between some trees atop a snowy “hump.”
For more information about how this airplane ended up where it ended up see this video:
Spent a week doing little things here-and-there to the SC and ended up with a very different model :) I’m happy because I did a lot of stuff I had been meaning to do to it for a long time.
I only have pictures (and crappy ones!) because I lost my digital camera so I had to use my mobil phone.
The first thing I did was put flaps on. I used these hinges I had bought from HobbyKing like a year ago and didn’t know what to do with them because they sucked as “hatch hinges” like they had been advertised. I like them for flaps because I can make a single cut instead of having to bevel the edge of the flaps, thus keeping the wing totally free of indentations when the flaps are up.
That was supposed to be IT. I just wanted to add flaps to the SC. I then thought “Hmm… I should put flapperons TOO!” so I did. I removed the Y-lead and installed two 200mm lead extensions on the servos to split the aileron channel in two. Then I mixed them together with two switches. So I can lower the flaps with or without the flapperons.
I also mixed in down-elevator with the flaps and also on a switch to turn it on and off. You can see that in the two pictures above.
Now, my transforming Super Cub (hopefully) can slow down to a crawl.
But WAIT! There’s more! :D
I went up to the attic and found a few goodies in a bin! I found my old SC landing gear! I put those on, as you can see from those pics up there. I had been flying with the rear end of the floats set held on by screws!
I also found a brand new rudder in a pack that used to be a SC tail feathers kit. This rudder has a tail wheel on! AWESOME for me because I had cut off my old tail wheel when I was flying the SC with tricycle landing gear.
And something I had wanted to do for a long time: I counter-balanced the elevator and rudder, as found in many clipped wing cubs. I LOVE the look of that :)
Of course I’m using the OrangeRx 6-ch receiver and taking up every single channel and every mix on the DX6i, including the gear mix, Mix 1 and Mix 2.
Actually I didn’t use the Flaps mix for reasons only known to me. lol. I can change it later if I feel I have to ;D
Step-by-step tutorials and videos on how to do all this will be coming soon. I just have to find my camera :(
Just a quick update about what I’ve been up to the past few weeks:
- I bought a DX6i and am loving it. The HK T6a will go to a new flyer.
- Got a few OrangeRx 6-channel receivers (pictured) for the new DSM2 radio. Will report on those later.
- I’ve also started and finished construction on a new flying wing (pictured) made from foamboard. Flight video within a week or so.
More reviews of HobbyKing stuff coming, also some instructional videos on programming for best results and DX6i stuff, I’d like to concentrate on instructional videos more and start building with bluecor foam so watch for that.
A few weeks ago I started to build a full-fuse foamie from Elmers’ foam board, Gorilla Glue and Plywood. It came along nicely and was looking good. I named it the T-32 Thunder. Unfortunately, on its maiden flight I crashed it because of strong winds. I believe it needed other changes for it to fly properly, anyways.
The wing survived the crash and I might rebuild the airplane someday. I still have a lot to learn.
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Here’s a little ParkJet I’m designing with some inspiration from @LIPOPILOT‘s S-28 Shadow. It’s a clipped-wing delta jet with one vertical stabilizer and air-foil wings. I’ve never designed my own foamie so I’d like your input
I’ll use the airfoil technique I saw LIPOPILOT use on his S-28; two layers of foam board: one with the paper removed. The bottom of the wing is flat and still has the paper, while the top of the wing is paperless and curved to the shape of the airfoil. The curve is achieved by a dowel between the two layers of foam. This worked great for him and I hope it does for me as well.
I have designed a sort of air-cooling system to cool the electronics. I first saw this idea on the X-41 foamie by T3chDad. The air enters the nose of the plane much like in the post-WWII Migs and flows through a square funnel-shaped fuselage to exit out of two exhaust vents near the rear. I’m not sure of the effects of this on aerodynamics and wether it will affect the flight characteristics at all.
On paper, it seems like it would work but I’ve never done anything like it before so I’d like your input on this idea. I’ve attached a couple of sketches with notes I’ve done so far. You can use this as you please. I’d like to see something come nice built from it. I have never done any plans for foamies or even designed my own so this is all guesswork from experience with other plans and kits.
I’m going to build the fullsize templates and start putting them together and see where it goes from there.
Here’s the .PDF: