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Posted by Shredman | May 10, 2012 @ 07:00 PM | 1,808 Views
Here is another version of the Little Pecker series. It's name speaks for itself. This bird is almost twice the size of the original Little Pecker and incorporates many mods.

Some of the upgrades include a balsa LE, TE, and ailerons. Lite ply winglets, and tail fins with added CF strip. HS82 servos, and 1 9g servo for the nose wheel. Multiple carbon fiber rods, three layers of FFF and landing gear with steerable nose wheel.

I originally used a SAPAC 70mm EDF with MB1 motor in a 6S 3S2P setup during the test flight. But after 2 minutes into the run, the EDF housing melted... The trailing smoke gave the look of a real jet... Should have stayed with a 5S setup...

The new upgraded version will include an HK 85A esc, Typhoon 600-37 EDF motor, HET 9305V1 90mm EDF, This will be a 6S set up. Still sourcing the batteries.

Will have to add the final pics another time.
Posted by Shredman | May 10, 2012 @ 06:28 PM | 1,735 Views
Here is another version of the Little Pecker series. This version incorporates some of the mods that I have been working on and is more aerodynamic than the original. Instead of sanding a taper to the LE of the wing (or adding a balsa edge as with some other versions) I opted to add a clear LE made of strips of clear plastic with adhesive on one side. The idea was to add LED's to this version, so the clear plastic worked great. Just cut the strips to length, fold in half lengthwise and install.

The setup:
3 bladed, 50mm EDF with a KMS BL21EF 5100kv motor, 25A ESC, 9g servos, and an Orange RX. Due to the size, weight was an issue so I balanced the plane using a Turnigy 11.1V 1300mAh 30C battery. I dont have the Amp /Watt info handy, but the esc was more than adequate for the job.

I attached LEDs along the LE of the wings, and on the top/bottom of the fuse, along the rear of the fuse and also in the canopy.

This setup really pushes the plane nicely and the LED's really make it stand out in the dark. Yeah...the first night flight was a pucker...but the next will only get better.
Posted by Shredman | Feb 04, 2011 @ 11:31 AM | 2,218 Views
I have been working on a reduced size of the Little Pecker that I wanted to use for indoor flying. Its called the Micro Pecker.

Since the original photos of the Little Pecker, and the Micro Pecker, I have added winglets to both models and a windshield on the Little Pecker. The winglets have added a little more stability and definitely look cooler! The windshield was intended to smooth the airflow across the battery area. It definitely has added a couple MPH to the speed of the Little Pecker.

The maiden of the Micro Pecker should be done this week hopefully.

The Micro Pecker is using the HK 10g BL outrunner, 3.7g servos and a Turnigy Plush 6g ESC. Powered by a 3 cell 500mAh Turnigy battery.
Posted by Shredman | Jan 25, 2011 @ 11:56 PM | 2,274 Views
Here is a few clips of my Little Pecker in action. Unfortunately I did not have a partner to video tape for me but the Kodak Zi6 was mounted on a tripod.

Little Pecker Clips (2 min 4 sec)

Posted by Shredman | Dec 31, 2010 @ 02:48 PM | 1,962 Views
I have been working on a new build. Wanted something with minimal parts to assemble, inexpensive to make and maintain. Came up with the Little Pecker. This is the 3rd generation of this craft. I have been working on the final design plan with the help of my good buddy ToxicToast! Thanks for all of your help! He is a master at the Sketchup program and has been able to run a couple copies through his Phlatprinter!!! Awesome job!!!

I have designed this to be able to add either an EDF or a pusher motor. The delta design with inexpensive HK EDF has been clocked at double nickle speeds using a 1000 mAh 3 cell. The pusher version using a cheap Emax motor pushed 60mph with the same battery. Thanks again to ToxicToast for his assitance in dopplering the Pecker. Will try to post some video in the near future.
Posted by Shredman | Dec 13, 2010 @ 02:15 PM | 2,155 Views
Current fleet:

Mig 15 -scratchbuilt
HP F16
GWS A-10
GWS ME-262
GWS Formosa
Parkzone Stryker
Phase 3 Squall
GWS E-Starter Twin
Ultrafly F-16
3 Slowsticks- (2) with LED's for night flight and (1) AP platform
Polaris - Scratchbuilt- Steve Shumate design
Little Pecker profile - Scratchbuilt - my design
Micro Pecker profile - Scratchbuilt - my design
F-22 profile - Scratchbuilt
SSLOW28- Sloper Steve design


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Ultrafly BAE Hawk
Multiplex Twin Jet
GWS P-51 Mustang
GWS Pico Moth
Multiplex Blizzard
Big Nasty profile - Scratchbuilt - WaterDog design
F-14 Tomcat profile - Scratchbuilt - Toxic Toast design
F-105 Thud - Scratchbuilt - Beenies design
Hydroplane - Scratchbuilt - Toxic Toast design