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Old 01-04-2011, 05:14 AM
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I decided to build my own FPV plane verses buying a readymade plane. I'm going for this look, although not exactly being precise:



I have the set of wings from the below picture : (my daughter who is 4 in the picture is currently 20 now and serving the US in Afghanistan.)


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Old 01-04-2011, 05:15 AM
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Here is the fuse built up:




Here is the nosecone (a weather protector for an outside faucet.)

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Wing hold down system:






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Old 01-04-2011, 05:16 AM
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The tail section:




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Here is the boom and its method of attachment into the fuse:






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Old 01-04-2011, 06:07 AM
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Looks cool. What power system are you thinking of?
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Say rubber bands, let it be rubber bands!

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Old 01-04-2011, 10:46 AM
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That would be AWESOME!
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:06 PM
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I added a few more pictures. I got kind of sleepy last night....

For power I'm looking to use a 4S 5000 (or bigger) lipo and a motor like this (but not decided yet):

500 watt (cant find the link yet....)
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Old 01-05-2011, 01:12 AM
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Dave, you're doing a beautiful job on her! I love those military type planes. They are great fliers. Can't wait to see her done and flying!
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Very,Very cool!!bubsteve
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Here are some pics of it assembled. I still have to sheet the fuse & wings have some covering left on them...





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what do you reckon the wing loading will be? bubsteve
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Cool Plane

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Old 01-05-2011, 05:31 AM
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Originally Posted by stevecooper View Post
what do you reckon the wing loading will be? bubsteve
Hopefully not too bad. As a 60 size glow it landed pretty mellow. I want a plane that has some girth in the wind, I'll take a bit of weight for compromise.
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Dave,

I really like the "Obtainium" nose cone. Too bad you are a flat-lander...you would have made a good hillbilly.

Do you aim to have the camera mount inside of the fuse?

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Old 01-13-2011, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by hillbillynamedpossum View Post
Dave,

I really like the "Obtainium" nose cone. Too bad you are a flat-lander...you would have made a good hillbilly.

Do you aim to have the camera mount inside of the fuse?

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I'm just going to have a wireless cam most likely mounted on top behind the nose cone
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I got a little done, its not much. Had to go out of town on business......but I am back and relaxing tonight

Here I am starting to sheet the side of the fuse with 3/32 balsa




And here I made a removable tray that fits inside the nosecone. I needed something there so I can mount weight as far forward if I need to for balancing.


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Slacker. I would have it done, and crashed, by now.
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
Slacker. I would have it done, and crashed, by now.
See - we are two different people. I don't crash.
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Originally Posted by aviatordave View Post
See - we are two different people. I don't crash.
Yet...
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Old 01-16-2011, 02:28 AM
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Here is the bottom. I used a special hard wood for the first 1/3 or so of the fuse as I will add a runner on it to take the brunt of the landings. Very strong!



Here shows the front better. I made these steps in the front fuse intentional. I need to contour the front to match the nose cone.



To do that, I used pink foam 3/4 inch insulation. I bought a scrap piece from our local home improvement store for a couple bucks....like a 4x4 foot sheet.

Here it is prior to shaping:




Here it is rough shaped / sanded and glued to the airframe. I'll do the same for the bottom next.

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Old 01-16-2011, 08:29 PM
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Nice build, I want to to get into FPV flying, but do not have the experience to scratch build a plane. I would like to do it from a Wind Dragon, but still learning how to fly it.
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Both of these are very docile planes and make awesome FPV planes as they are intended. I am sort of old school, but will prob buy one of these to just have around:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=14465 ($70)



http://www.lowpricerc.com/product_in...roducts_id=981 ($83)

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:40 PM
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Well I have to say if the Wind Dragon does not workout I think I would have to go with the Skywalker with the 66 inch wing span.
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