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Posted by burkefj | Aug 10, 2014 @ 08:50 PM | 1,401 Views
I had built a 30" long natter rocket glider back a few years ago, designed for estes E-9's or E-6 aerotech motors. The AUW though due to the forward CG was 13 oz and the wing area was a bit small for a good glide.

The original full flying tail was a bit big on this upscale, so I trimmed the inboard ends and mounted them permanently to the tail which helps stiffen it, and then just did full flying outer portions. I mounted the servos on the underside of the fuse and just angled the pushrods up to the tail surfaces and they lined up nicely. I added two parallel carbon struts from the tail to the fuse to prevent slight twisting under hard roll inputs.

I decided to do 136% upsize to make the length 41" and just fit onto a depron sheet at an angle. This gave me almost 2x the wing area and the Due to the longer length and same tail weight, the nose weight was reduced somewhat and AUW came in at 15 oz rtf.

I used some olive model master spray for the body with some flat gray camo using a cardboard stencil/template I made. I used some silver sharpie to do panel lines and a bit of trim monokote for the windows.

I used some thin styrene sheet laminated on the outside of the depron to support the pivot rod for the tail and to help prevent twisting. Had two test flights today, boost was nice and straight and glide was very slow and docile, a lot nicer than the original smaller version. I now have 11 flights , just put in a bit of downtrim for boost setting and reduced uptrim for glide to make it more hands off.

Here's the video..:

Scratch built Bachem Natter RC Rocketed boosted glider (1 min 22 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:53 PM | 3,053 Views
I've been going through my old designs/plans and slowly re-doing them for public consumption, originally I did an F-8U-III super crusader which was basically a similar design except for the nose and intake. I decided to make it a straight crusader this time. You could take these patterns and make a pointy nose and curved intake snout and re-do it as a super crusader. There are slight wing differences but probably not enough to notice. On the super crusader you'd have to figure out a way to model the ventral fins which are either horizontal or vertical and quite large, on mine I just created some ventral strakes that sort of modeled them from the side view in takeoff position.

I used a center piece with tail and then two doublers on each side to give me enough thickness to give a nice rounded nose and intake.
It would be easy to add some formers or pink foam and add thickness to make it fully 3-d.

Originally I mounted the wing on the top of the fuse with some tabs and glued a fairing cover over the top. On this version, since the real plane has some airfoil thickness, I decided to pick the most forward point of the wing leading edge and use that for the slot location. I think it looks ok like this and allows some foam above the wing to hold it in place and model the fairing that is on top of the wing. In order to lock the wing in place, I'll drive some 2" pieces of 1/8" carbon rod down through the top of the fuse through the wing and into the body and...Continue Reading
Posted by burkefj | Jan 23, 2014 @ 02:50 PM | 3,074 Views
Update 2/14/2014: Posted F-101B Voodoo plans

My posted Plans are here:


I will eventually re-scan and post others as I have time.

Here is a link to my youtube videos which cover many of my builds:


Here is a great wing CG calculator I've used for some of my odd wing shapes.

wing calculator: http://wingcgcalc.bruder.com.br/en_US/?
Posted by burkefj | Jan 17, 2014 @ 01:13 PM | 3,763 Views
I decided to do another Phantom build, make a few changes to the original and plans. I originally did these because there weren't great simple plans for a phantom at the time. I'm not a big fan of mid mounted engines or box fuses, I'd rather have a slim profile, gives less drag in the air and is quieter. It does require you to mount equipment on the bottom of the wing has the battery mounted on the front side of the nose, but I'm ok with that. Due to the thin profile the wing hits the fuse further forward than on a normal fuse. If desired, you could alter the top view of the wing to include the intake profile and nozzle profile on the rear of the wing so that the top view was more representative, I considered this and decided to leave it clean. If you do this you may need to do some glide tests to confirm CG did not shift as the intake profile will add forward wing area. The wing is not mounted on the bottom, but is in a slot, I did this to give a bit of area under the wing to mount the electronics and not get destroyed on landing.

Maiden video at:
Scratch built RC F-4 Phantom II pusher parkjet (3 min 12 sec)

For this version I removed the ailerons and just went with differential tail to reduce servo count. I also triple laminated the fuse at the front to give a bit more nose strength, and changed the way I supported the full flying tail.

The plans are just templates with CG marked. There are many ways you can do this plane and a lot of the details are up...Continue Reading
Posted by burkefj | Jan 13, 2014 @ 12:41 AM | 3,235 Views
While recovering from my foot surgery, I was watching all sorts of youtube videos on F-105's etc.....Then I realized I don't have any enemies for my thud. I decided to go back to my original Mig 21 profile and change it to a cruciform style instead of a true profile fuse...This saved a bit of weight, but meant the CG would have to move forward a bit. It did give more surface area though so the wing loading would decrease. I went back to my mig thread and saw some pictures a guy had done with panel lines so I went that route. Looks like rtf it will be about 11.5 oz. Did my normal rocket motor mount so I can do rocket glider or with my pusher pod installed.

I went with Czech markings as I have some bohemian in my blood....

Maiden went well, was a little too nose heavy, so removed some weight and it flies really nicely, was a bit windy today.

Mig 21 profile pusher RC parkjet (3 min 42 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 06, 2014 @ 06:36 PM | 3,829 Views
I discovered that the evergreen aviation museum has a thunderchief now on display....It was a nice sunny day so I took some photos....didn't take me long to decide to upscale my original 3mm micro version to 6mm and 39" long...Kinkos did the scaling for me from my original plans. I decided to use a doubled central fuse with two side doublers, and 3mm covers over the rocket mount that also doubles for mounting my grayson microjet motor. Plane is already framed up awaiting an esc and maiden to confirm the CG. I stuck with a full flying tail only. This is a single seat D version. Not sure on the colors yet, I'll probably go with the light bottom and camo top like these photos..... Here are some pictures from Evergreen.....The original small version, and my newer version.

Update 1/7 Finished the painting, now just need to do some panel lines, a few letter markings and wait for my ESC.

Update 1/8 Finished the markings and panel lines, esc is in today but rain for the next week Looks like right around 14 oz rtf.

Update 1/13 Maiden went well, CG was right on, was very windy today but handled it well.

Video will be at:
F-105 Thunderchief RC parkjet (2 min 17 sec)

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Posted by burkefj | Jan 06, 2014 @ 04:58 PM | 3,740 Views
I get questions every now and then from people making my planes, and sometimes I forget what throws I used etc. Here is a small list of some of the previous build threads I've done that you may find helpful. Most of these are profiles, because, well, they fly so darn well......

Many of these I've re-built and posted about in my blog, some I've since updated in construction method and/or plans, most I'm re-building as rocket gliders with a rocket mount, that I can plug in a pusher as well, some I don't have plans scanned in, some are just historical, but maybe you can find something interesting or useful in them, or as ideas of what to do or what not to do A lot of them had flight videos or plans links that are since removed to make space for newer things.

Most of these I just took a 3-view and scaled the length or wingspan to fit my normal depron sheets and then decided what would look right, cruciform or profile etc. This site has many 3-views: http://richard.ferriere.free.fr/3vues/3vues.html

F-105 micro thunderchief


F-101 voodoo

Saab Draken

F-100 Super Sabre

Avro Arrow

F-4 Phantom

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Posted by burkefj | Dec 31, 2013 @ 12:22 PM | 3,507 Views
Well, my son got his learners permit so I had him drive down to the Evergreen Aviation museum for some practice, got in some flight time on my dart at the RC field there and took some photos of the Dart they have. Right next to it is a dagger, and while I like the dart a bit better, I figured I could modify the airframe slightly of the dart, keep the same wing/CG and create a dagger as well. I've got the plans and parts done and cut out, it took a bit more work, and some extra pieces. The canopy is moved back and the nose portion is relatively longer. The tail and speed brake shape are different. I created some wing strake pieces and the tail strakes as well.

For the rear engine humps(my name) they lined up perfectly with where I wanted my motor mount so they posed a bit of a problem. I finally wound up laminating two 6mm pieces with just the outer ones having the extensions and they sort of surround the microjet motor.

Maiden video at:
F102 Delta Dagger RC parkjet or rocket boosted RC glider (3 min 45 sec)

Plans are on the plans page.

12.5 oz rtf with the same components I used on the six.

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Posted by burkefj | Dec 29, 2013 @ 07:00 PM | 3,554 Views
I've always wanted to do a dart, but there have been a lot of them and so I never got around to it till now. This takes a single sheet of 6mm 26.5x39" depron. I used one piece of tubular 1/8" carbon rod to do the wing spar, pushrod reinforcements, and nose reinforcement. No other carbon needed.

You simply print out the plans making sure they are not scaled and you are using borderless printing. Then cut out the templates and mark the depron. Once you have marked the right and left fuse sides, you can cut out the intake doublers and make a left and right of those as well. Only half the wing is shown, simple flip over and trace the other side. Cut out the depron. I grooved and inserted a piece of 1/8" carbon rod in the nose running to about 3" aft and below the wing leading edge to reinforce the nose. I used 3M77 spray to joint the right and left sides. I then sanded the rounded portions of the nose and fuse/vertical stab. Once that is done you can slot for the wing. I then rounded the left and right intake doublers and glued them with 3m77 spray just above the wing slot. You can cut out for the motor tube if you are makiing a rocket glider, or cut out to fit your motor. If you are mounting the motor on a plate you should put a small piece of carbon rod in the middle of the motor plate and drill and glue that into the tail to give it some strength. Make sure to leave clearance for the prop to clear the speed brake extension.

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Posted by burkefj | Dec 22, 2013 @ 03:18 PM | 3,676 Views
Flight video
Scratch built V-1 Buzzbomb RC pusher parkjet (4 min 7 sec)

I've been slowly going through some of my less flown rocket gliders to convert them for pusher so i can give them some more flight time. Normally this means a slight modification of the motor clip to use my grayson microjet V-3 that is mounted on an adapter. I have to swap a 20a esc for the BEC, and install the motor wires back to the rear and then re-balance. Most of the time I can just use an 800mah 3s pack for this motor on planes up to 16 oz. I normally use a 8002s pack for rocket boost and have the CG set for that, and with the pusher and the 3s pack I normally only have to add a quarter ounce or so to get the CG back to spec.

I decided to modify my Buzzbomb but thought a tractor setup would be better since I wouldn't have to trim the rudder to clear the prop if I did it as a pusher. I considered doing a tractor in the front of the pulsejet pod but there wasn't enough prop clearance in this small of a model(I had done it that way on my larger buzzbomb back in the day).

Well, it was a very interesting day yesterday. Really strange behavior, like it was tail heavy. Had to run it very nose heavy to get any control at all. Had all sorts of adverse yaw in banks. I tried all sorts of down and right thrust and it was slightly better. Finally upon suggestion I tried a bit of aileron reflex and it got better, but still wasn't flying normally. I finally concluded that the rotating...Continue Reading
Posted by burkefj | Oct 20, 2013 @ 11:10 PM | 4,551 Views
Since I lost my original B-58 in a tree several years ago, I've been missing it. I had sold all of my other planes and took a look at what was available. I decided it was better to just make my own plane with my own parts.

So, I broke out the plans, made some modifications, and decided to save a bit of weight, would just keep it in the white, which also allowed me to do panel line detail. Just waiting for the grayson parkjet motor to arrive.

The original plans/tracings weren't very clear so I am going to recreate them and post them when i get some time.

It is 12 oz so far, without esc, motor and battery. 32" ws and 49" long. I doubled all the way to the fuse nose this time, and used 6mm doubled on the motor pods in this version.

I didn't want to splice that much so I used four compete 27.5x39" depron sheets and there was a lot left over, I only spliced the center section nose about 10" or so. Not much carbon needed, just some strip in each engine pod, two wing spars and a tail strip for stiffening. I did use some leftover spar rod in the tail to secure the motor plate to.

first flights were a bit sluggish with the 6x4 and stock cg location and 7 oz battery, I had to run a lot of up trim.
I switched to a 6x5.5, got a 5.8 oz battery and moved the cg back 3/8" and I'm running much less up trim and get 9 minutes on a 2100 pack.
I also discovered that I had my prop on backwards and performance is much better with it going the right direction

Here's the new video...

Scratch Built RC B-58 Hustler pusher parkjet (1 min 54 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Oct 14, 2013 @ 12:23 PM | 4,562 Views
I had two very successful flights this weekend in Brothers, Oregon, and a bit thanks to the John Lyngdal, Gary Goncher, Tim, the other Tim, and Robert for helping out, and to all the OROC folks for putting on a great launch, and providing a great dinner, and to my wife, Sophie for helping out in the cold.

First flight was on a J-570 and was perfect, just a slight 5 degree angle caused by wind about 100 feet up, missileworks micro altimiter worked perfectly, 1300', no damage. Second flight was on a J-510, slightly more tail heavy, video will show a slight wiggle then it straightens out, again, perfect altimiter deployment with motor backup, 1700' and zero damage on landing. Very rewarding project and looked very good flying.

Video at:
Scratch built 7.5" pershing 1A rocket flying on Aerotech 38mm J-510 (0 min 34 sec)

I didn't get the deployment, I was too busy trying to watch the ejection and track the nose and body.

Here is a slow motion 1/8 speed liftoff and recovery video by Rob Appleton:

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Posted by burkefj | Oct 01, 2013 @ 06:59 PM | 4,899 Views
I re-worked my original buzz bomb for taileron controls this last weekend and did a unitary wing with a single spar. It saved 1oz total from the overall weight and flight performance is excellent. It is now 10.5 oz rtf with an E-6RC reload.

The plans are now posted here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...5#post11284823

Here is a video from this afternoons maiden flight, hands off boost and nice glide.

Rocket boosted RC V-1 Buzz-Bomb (0 min 53 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Jan 08, 2013 @ 03:59 PM | 4,818 Views
My name is Frank and I'm a cat-a-holic....could even be called a hoarder of cats....they all came to me in different ways and I love them all. Below are 5 of the 7 I currently take care of....

Current collection........

Tommy: He's my secret favorite and my good buddy, he is the sweetest cat you could imagine. My daughter and I picked him out of shelter with his sister, Coco.

Baby: He wandered in to our house last thanksgiving day, and went to sleep on the couch. He's small but doesn't take any crap from the others. He is quick to talk to you and purr loudly, he always wants a snack....I don't know why he doesn't weigh 40 pounds....

Mischa: He reminds me of a meercat.......We got him from a shelter with his brother Sascha, they were the cutest twins....we had to use colored collars to tell them apart...Mischa sleeps in the strangest positions.....He is like a coiled spring. He sits outside the patio door at night and jumps up to catch bugs, he can jump about 5 feet high.......dude has air...

Sascha: He likes to sleep in the sink or any other small confined space....

Cairo: He's a big doofus and whines a lot, but he'd never hurt a fly...we took him from our daughters schoolmate when they couldn't take care of him. He used to have a long face and looked very egyptian, which is why we named him Cairo, now he looks more like a B Kliben cat....

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Posted by burkefj | Dec 25, 2012 @ 08:46 PM | 7,904 Views
Thanks to my lovely family who got me enough foam, and electronics to make another rocket glider. They also gave me a half a day repreive yesterday and today to work on it. I've been wanting to try a spaceship one , but have been worried about CG, twisting and stiffness of the tail booms. It came out ok, I wound up having to put some parallel stiffeners on the bottom of the wing to help prevent twist.

I couldn't find a decent 3-view that I liked or thought was right, so I just did this freehand from a book I have from pictures and relative sizing. I think it captures the look if not perfect scale. The full flying control surface placement was dictated by the fact that I wanted to put the pivot rod accross the fuse and tie it in just in front of the rocket motor mount. This helps reduce the twist of the tail booms and worked well, and actually came close to where they are supposed to be. Since I was doing a cruciform structure, I had to move the wing placement to the middle of the fuse instead of the upper portion, but I don't think it makes that big of a difference in look. I did not add the later stub strake fins in front of the control surfaces yet till I fly it and see how it does without them. Due to the lack of stiffness of the booms, I glued in carbon tubes in each one and laminated a 3mm cover over the tube, that made them very stiff. The wing still had some twist so I used two carbon tube spars as well.

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Posted by burkefj | Dec 20, 2012 @ 10:47 PM | 7,846 Views
I decided I wanted to try doing one of the proposed Delta wing configurations for the X-15-3 plane, I chose the one normally modeled with the diamond wingtips...I made it simply by taking my X-15 plans, stretching the fuse the scale amount(about 10 inches) and changing the top view to a delta with wingtips. I added some 3mm covers on the sides of the fuse to sort of give it a look like the fairings had. It gives it a bit more body. It's all completed except for painting now, and the fairings added quite a bit of stiffness to the body. It came out at 55.5" long and about 21" wing span which is slightly oversized just for wing loading. Weight is right at 13 oz rtf, but without paint, so assume about an ounce more finished.

It's my first try using the hobby king 5a bec and the orange spektrum compatible rx...so far so good...

Update 12/21/12 Since the world didn't end yet, i had enough time to paint the Delta X-15 and do the markings. Came right out at exactly 14 oz rtf. Pictures show it next to the X-15-2 and also next to my Icarus...

Update 12/27 Good maident this morning. CG and throws were spot on as was glide trim, very nice!
Here is the cg calculator I used:


Flight video near the end of this link:
Spaceship One and X-15-3 Delta Configuration RC Rocket boosted gliders (0 min 0 sec)

Posted by burkefj | Nov 13, 2012 @ 01:32 PM | 8,064 Views
I've updated my Bomarc plans to reflect the A or B model wing/ramjets. I redesigned the ramjets to not have an X form but just double of the side view and it looks like it will work fine and weigh the same. I think it makes a cleaner look. I built this one as an A model with the wing and pods moved back and AUW rtf is 11.3 oz with an E-6RC motor.

Doing the ramjets by doubling them allowed me to round them more and it gives a better shape, I think.

I did the markings on the pieces/painting first before assembly and was very careful with the CA when applying to avoid running the marker lines. I used model master "titanium" for the ramjet rear ends, and some Q-tip shafts for the pitot/counterbalance probe thingys...

I used styrene sheet on each side of the fuse to support the rail buttons as well as give something solid to drill and glue to when attaching the ramjets.

I also added styrene strips to the bottom of the ramjets to help them survive landing rash as well as the underside of the nose, and used contact cement(uhu por) to attach it. I don't indicate that in the plans, if you land on trimmed grass it probably isn't necessary, but I already had the styrene on hand.

I did this one in a slightly different white color scheme I found with a black nose and use sharpie pens to do the panel lines/accents, sig stars and bars and vinyl letters from Office Max.

Build time was approx 8 hours including cutting plans, dry fitting, markings and finishing.

Test flight in 8 mph winds was good, boost was vertical, just a bit of weather cocking at the end of the boost that was easily adjusted back to vertical. Glide setting was fine. This is using the same relative CG position (relative to the wing LE where it hits the top view fuse profile) as the B model. IE mark the wing as shown on the plans for CG, move the wing back to the A model position and the same CG markings will apply.

Plans are updated on the plans page.

Posted by burkefj | Nov 07, 2012 @ 05:09 PM | 9,393 Views
I was on a business trip and was able to stop by the White sands missile range and the alamogordo space museum. I have to say that seeing a bunch of those rockets and missiles I have built models of was really exciting. I was able to actually touch a Pershing and Bomarc Missile The Talos is a huge missile. Hopefully you will enjoy the closeup shots. They had their V-2 refurbished and it is one of the most complete V-2's in existance. They had it made into a cutaway so you can see the internal structure and tanks, etc. They had some of the V-2 skin left over and were selling it mounted on a base, so I bought some real german December of 1944 V-2 skin I'm such a dork. Really, I'd encourage anyone in the area to go to the white sands missile park, it was outstanding.

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Posted by burkefj | Oct 22, 2012 @ 12:14 PM | 6,393 Views
I decided to try a 1.5x upscale of my full fuse AGM-86A ALCM, I think by using a KF airfoiled Wing and since the fuse is hollow with formers and skin, the total AUW won't be more than 2.25X the original, which would mean I could potentially fly it on 24mm F-32's or 32mm F-16 or G-12's.

Wings are built with launch rail attached, and full flying stabs are built and laminated.

Update 10/28 Cut out the top and side views and tab and slotted them, installed the motor mount, thrust plate, tail torque rod and vertical reinforced with carbon and laminated with 3mm depron.

Update 10/29 Added the formers and lightening cuts, and cut and fit the top nose plate(not shown). Just need to add strips at the top and sides to attach the sheeting to.

Update 10/30 Added the strips and added the rear sheeting after installing all electronics and the wing. Added in the hatch for the battery and did an initial CG check. AUW is leaning towards 30 oz RTF with a 4.6 ounce F-16 32mm reload. CG looks attainable with only about 2.5 oz nose weight. Just need to add the forward sheeting, sand and apply markings.

Update 10/31 All finished. AUW is 30 oz rtf with an F-16, about a half an ounce less for an F-23 or an F-26FJ.

Update 11/19 Maiden flight was great on F-26FJ, flew two flights, hands off boost, nice glide.

Large ALCM AG-86A Cruise Missile rocket boosted RC glider (1 min 33 sec)

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