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Posted by SaR | Oct 12, 2014 @ 06:05 PM | 616 Views
Cover and paint.
Posted by SaR | Sep 30, 2014 @ 05:20 PM | 1,452 Views
Progress on the Fi-156.

Five pounds so far without motor and battery. Wing struts are the last two pieces to fabricate, then covering and finish work.
Posted by SaR | Jul 14, 2014 @ 07:35 PM | 1,549 Views
90" span Fi-156. Using my own plans.
Shooting for 7 - 8 lbs with a 4020 motor and a 4s 4000 battery.

Tested a 16/6 prop for about 800 watts and 52 amps. Thrust was well beyond what will be required for this plane, but the prop size with managed throttle use will make a great scale flying plane. Using pink foam, fanfold and balsa/ply combo to keep it light.
Posted by SaR | May 28, 2014 @ 04:01 PM | 1,414 Views
Kent Smiths A-4 SkyHawk (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by SaR | Jan 23, 2014 @ 05:12 PM | 2,133 Views
Post first flight photos....no issues during flight.
Posted by SaR | Dec 20, 2013 @ 06:47 PM | 2,427 Views
Scratch build 90mm with wemo evo fan on 8s. Scale outline with a 40" ws and 58" length. Target weight is 7#s and should be able to hit that when finished. Paint progress...slow but making some ground.
Posted by SaR | Jun 05, 2012 @ 07:01 PM | 2,832 Views
Third flight.
Monocoupe 110 Special.mov (3 min 50 sec)

Posted by SaR | May 21, 2012 @ 04:45 PM | 3,250 Views
Progress:
Cosmetics needed: Cowling valve blisters addition and paint. Wheel pant paint and fuse stripes. Srtut paint.

First flight was on Sunday May 20. No issues and very happy with the results... balance is at 23% and dead-on. Flew about 7 1/2 minutes on 4000 6S cell. Stalls were straight and it slows nicely for landing. Final weight is 8 1/2 lbs - about one pound over my target.
Posted by SaR | Apr 28, 2012 @ 06:17 PM | 2,793 Views
Progress:

Airframe less motor and battery - 5 lbs 4 oz
Working on strut covers, landing gear/wheel covers and finishing glassing of ailerons.
Posted by SaR | Apr 04, 2012 @ 08:04 PM | 3,215 Views
Scratchbuild of the clipped wing version. Right at 1/4 scale with a 70 inch wingspan. Airframe and wing using fanfold foam, ply and balsa.

Weight of airframe/wing only - 2 1/2 lbs at this point.
Fuse will be covered with ultracote and wing will be glassed with .75 oz cloth.

Power - Monster 60 and probably a 5 cell battery set-up. Need a little speed as it is a racing version.

Cowling is fiberglass. Struts will be next on the list.
Posted by SaR | Nov 26, 2010 @ 07:51 PM | 4,057 Views
Helmet cam video:
66" OV-10 (2 min 18 sec)

Posted by SaR | Nov 24, 2010 @ 07:55 PM | 4,085 Views
Initial flight was on Saturday evening. Best first flight I've ever had! No issues. Flies great on 3 cells and a bit faster on the 4 cell set-up.

Added paint and a few airframe panels. Airbrushing is next. The canopy is too big for my vacuum box and is giving me problems with the pull. For now the mold is good enough to fly with....
Posted by SaR | Nov 16, 2010 @ 03:23 PM | 4,046 Views
Airframe structure complete. Now all of the details ...
Posted by SaR | Nov 07, 2010 @ 03:19 PM | 4,381 Views
52 oz and counting.
Posted by SaR | Oct 31, 2010 @ 04:29 PM | 8,448 Views
A few more details...... Making good progress and close to the final covering. The canopy and nacelles are shaped for the vacuum pull. Although, the canopy is too large for my vacuum box...another challenge! Test runs with both motors show about 560 watts on a 3 cell set up with 10/6 props and 750 watts with 4 cell 8/6 props. Sounds nice on the 4 cell. Weight is 2 lbs 10 ounces as pictured.
Posted by SaR | Oct 22, 2010 @ 05:58 PM | 4,994 Views
Fanfold foam and balsa/ply build
66" wingspan
58" fuse
Power will be with two 400 watt 1100kv motors

Shooting for 4 1/2 lb weight
Covering with a light iron-on film then will pick a paint scheme. I like the German version target tow (green with fluorescent orange).
Posted by SaR | Jan 05, 2010 @ 07:21 PM | 1,745 Views
352nd FG
Posted by SaR | Sep 08, 2009 @ 05:52 PM | 2,130 Views
Added some scale details/weathering....
Posted by SaR | Jun 13, 2009 @ 04:34 PM | 4,240 Views
More progress. Canopy from Hangar 9 Spitfire fits perfectly! Balance complete and AUW is 10.5 lbs. I was shooting for 9/9.5 but had to add about 11 ounces of nose weight to make cg.