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Archive for May, 2012
Posted by KFC | May 24, 2012 @ 03:26 PM | 9,797 Views
I have quite a few items on my summer build list and I thought this would be a good source of motivation to get as many of them completed as possible. Here we go...

1. 40 size electric Quickie. I got a set of plans from RC Modeler magazine for a sport scale version of Burt Rutan's Quickie. This is one of those truly unique airplanes that has been on my wish list for several years now. I managed to find an appropriate electric power system for it and construction has already commenced. With a little luck this one could be finished by the end of June.

2. 150% modified twin Springer tugboat
One thing I have definitely discovered a need for, both at home and on the road is a good recovery system for boats and floatplanes. This is my answer to that need.

3. Hodgehound challenge builds
These are detailed in a separate blog entry and WILL be completed in time for HHAEFI v7

4. 8 foot wing rebuild.
This is just a matter of building a replacement for my 8 foot nightflyer. Shouldn't take more than a week or so

5. RiteWing Z2 FYU.
This project will be unveiled at SEFF 2013. All details will remain classified until that time.

6. B-52 EDF
This one has been sitting on the bench for a while and will probable stay there for a little while longer. I hope to have this one ready for SEFF 2013

7. Beriev Be-200 amphibious EDF.
I think I have an easy way to manage the difficult aspects of this particular project so with a little luck I might be able to knock this out in a couple of weeks. A definite possibility for hhaefi this year.
Posted by KFC | May 15, 2012 @ 09:18 AM | 9,814 Views
So, while I was at SEFF this year, Kenny and Mel took me aside and said, "KFC, we want you to take these two wings and make something with them. When you come to HHAEFI we want to see these turned in to something really cool. If you do it, you get your Hound shirt."

Of course, I accepted the challenge.

It took a while to come up with the right idea for this one. I considered (and discarded) several possibilities before I got really inspirated.

#1: put a whole bunch of motors on the leading edge and make a 3d flying wing.
As much as I liked this idea, it isn't really new. I've been doing this with my foam wings for a while now and I really want this to be different.

#2: put the two panels together, attach a pair of handles to the bottom and hang on while being pulled by a golf cart.
As much as this idea amuses me, I'm not sure the golf cart can achieve sufficient speed to lift my fat arse off the ground.

#3: make a profile fuse and do a big 3d plane.
Again, not original enough.

#4: use the panels to make a big-ass spoiler for the roof of my truck.
This is my backup plan.

In addition to the criteria set forth by Mel and Kenny, whatever I put together had to be done on a shoestring budget. If I'm going to be able to make it to HHAEFI this year, I have to have some cash for gas and such and that ain't cheap these days. That is when I got truly inspirated! I got the idea to use the panels separately. Two cool ideas, each powered by a single wing panel: wingsails!

For those of you unfamiliar with the wingsail concept, it works just like a fabric sail, except it is rigid, so it maintains the airfoil shape at all times. Since conditions at Hodges are often windy, I think this plan has a lot of potential.

I did up some sketches, and I figure I can put all this together pretty quick and pretty cheap. I'll do one build thread for each, so stay tuned!