Picked up this Superman on discount at a local store. Got it for $30. Originally it was designed for RC, with differential thrust. Came with a typical toy transmitter and built in 3cell nimh pack. I just couldn't resist to rip him open and convert him to real RC.
Power: home wound CDROM motor with a 4x4 GWS prop
Batteries: 2S-1320 (required for balance unless I change to a lighter motor)
ESC: CC Phoenix 10
Servos: 2x blue arrow 4.3g, Elevon control
Superman turned out a little heavier than planned, which could maybe be reduced if I use a different lighter motor, but with the listed components he moves along pretty quickly (faster than a locomotive) and has just over 1:1 vertical (able to leep over tall building in a single bound) Just like the real superman.. I haven't weight him, but I can say he is heavy, but not as heavy as steel (remembr he is the man of steel)
He flew great ! A little instability when rolling over, I think it's due to the curlled up wing tips. When rolling it's slow to go over, but once past horizontal it whips over, maybe due to offset balance. Makes for some wild spins outs (like superman being blasted into space). I added a clear plastic vertical fin, that runs down the back of his cape (not shown in pics)
OK enough catch phrases.. heres the pic:
BTW: I'm not a huge suprman fan, jus a big RC fan who is using Superman as an outlet..
It's about the fun.. right
should I put this in the high performance thread ?