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Posted by Fuegodeth | Nov 15, 2009 @ 10:10 PM | 3,073 Views
Some pics. It's not all done yet. I'm waiting on green LED's in the mail. It will have 36 more greens. I'll try to remember to update photo's when I do finish LED's. 106 LED's on the plane right now. It will be 142 total. It lights up the entire garage as it is. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Fuegodeth | Feb 18, 2009 @ 10:34 PM | 4,756 Views
Here's some pics of the paint job I did today. It took about 5 hours of actual work. I cooked dinner while the spackle dried. Cutting and transferring the painters tape was by far the most tedious and time consuming part of it. I cut the tape by lining pieces up on a piece of glass, and cutting out the pattern I drew on them. I moved the small pieces of tape to the plane. The area to be painted got a light coat of lightweight spackle. Next was a white primer. Next was orange flourescent. Next was yellow flourescent. Finally I did a couple light layers of WBPU, and one more after the tape was removed. I think it came out pretty good for a first try, and just an afternoons work. I'll certainly be able to see it in the sky. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Fuegodeth | Jan 16, 2009 @ 06:29 PM | 3,413 Views
Hi all,
Here's a couple of pics of the new Xiphos I've been working on. It has really turned out great. I've been having a blast flying it. It handles better than any plane I have ever flown. Very smooth and very agile. AUW of mine came out at 14.8oz. I would classify it as a Freestyle plane, similar to a katana MD in flight characteristics. Capable of 3D, but not an indoor flyer. The pics are obviously before adding any artwork to the plane. Artwork will be up to the end user anyway. Right now I've just got some painters tape on it for visibility in the air. Anyway, I'll post more pics once I get done painting. Please feel free to comment... if anyone actually reads this. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Fuegodeth | Dec 29, 2008 @ 11:42 PM | 3,504 Views
It's been a while since I posted anything in this blog. Life has been interesting lately. My wife is off of bed rest.... And the pregnancy is going well with all indicators being positive of everything healthy. However, at 6 months pregnant now, sometimes she still acts like she is on bed rest. "Honey can you...." is something I hear a lot lately. Oh well, that's what I'm here for.

I have decided to take a different route with the xiphos. I had gotten very wrapped up with the tape reinforcements. The prototypes I was flying were ridiculously strong and resilient. However, the last one was 19oz in weight and you could feel that extra weight in the air. It also made for a complicated build and what would be a book of an instruction manual to make clear what the end user would have to do to repeat the tape job. If not done right, the tape added useless weight. That was proven when I had a friend put one together. Things tore easily when the tape linking wasn't done well.

Considering the weight and the weaknesses of the tape job, I was going to opt for a more "high-tech" covering of the foam. The goal has always been to make a tough plane. I did a lot of research, and had discovered carbon-fibre veil, and kevlar veil. I also at this time decided to do away with the fiberglass tube spars. The weight was too much. Costs were lower than carbon, but not enough to justify the added 3oz to use them. They were very resilient though. That was...Continue Reading
Posted by Fuegodeth | Aug 28, 2008 @ 09:07 AM | 3,970 Views
I just wanted to let everyone know what's going on with the Xiphos development. My wife is 8 weeks pregnant, and has been on bed rest under doctors orders for the past 2 weeks. Hopefully that will end soon (the bed rest, not the pregnancy). So, on top of my day job, I've been taking care of my wife, my 3 year old, and all of the housework, and little chores and shopping as well. I barely get to sit unless it's in front of a computer or a steering wheel.

However, I have managed to get a few test flights in on the latest version. At first, the huge stabilator made it practically uncontrollable. The slightest touch on elevator made it go vertical from level flight. Talk about hitting a wall!. A littel more elevator, still just slight pressure and it would loop in place. I had to cut the surface down, and reduce the throws by using the innermost servo hole and outermost control arm hole. This made it flyable, but still very responsive. The full stabilator is very cool for elevator control. Use lots of expo. Waterfalls are great with this. Another version is in the works with an improved spar arrangement, and a larger rudder to balance out the elevator control, and make it more capable, and balanced in each axis. I'm off this Friday from work, and have been told by the wife that I will be able to get a lot of work done on this over the weekend. So hopefully I'll have this version (number 9 or 10) ready and test flown before monday. I'll post more pics and info when I have it.

Thanks to all who have shown interest in this, and thanks for your patience in my getting this out to you. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

Stuart
Posted by Fuegodeth | Aug 17, 2008 @ 01:51 PM | 4,308 Views
Here are some pics of the latest build in progress. There are some obvious changes from the previous version. As you can see, the look has changed a little. Curved lines and packing tape don't go well together, so it now has a very angular look. We shall see if that is something to keep or not. I like the look of the old way better, but did make it more simple to build. The spars have been rearranged on the fuselage to allow the battery to be mounted through the fuselage on top of the wing. This will center the weight left to right, and balance out the weight of the other components, which are below the wing, so that the plane should stay in a hover or harrier better, and not have a tendency to roll when you use the rudder, or are in high alpha flight. Finally, the tail grouping has been completely reworked. They are now hinged with the fiberglass tubing. Smaller diameter tubing runs through a larger diameter tube for a smooth and free hinge. It also works as a great spar and joiner for the elevator halves. The elevator is now a full flying stabilator for maximum control authority with the least effort from the servo. This should result in a more responsive aircraft. Flight testing this week will show if these changes truly improve the performance of the Xiphos. I will post updates as I have them.

Thanks all for your patience while I perfect this plane. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

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Posted by Fuegodeth | Aug 05, 2008 @ 11:34 PM | 4,598 Views
Here's some pics. This is not the final version, but is just a taste of a couple of the prototypes so far. Enjoy....Continue Reading
Posted by Fuegodeth | May 10, 2008 @ 12:21 PM | 7,212 Views
I thought I might start working on some details of my various airplanes and projects. Never been a blogger before, so it's all new to me.

Some history on this plane: I got it 6 years ago. It was a custom build for me from Andy Green of Dallas. If you know him, he builds some bulletproof aircraft. The original power setup was 8cell 1800nimh with a phoenix 25 controller and mega 16/15/3. This turned a 5.5x4.3 CAM prop for some decent performance. The nimh batteries eventually wore out, as they tend to do. So, this last summer I converted it to lipo power. I widened the battery compartment to accomodate the lipo, and added battery straps. I also upgraed to a CC thunderbird 36 controller. Currently this plane pulls just over 40A at WOT and drains a battery in under 4 minutes of fast flying fun.

xcite 25C 2200 3S in the 40" zagi killer (0 min 17 sec)
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