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Archive for January, 2013
Posted by Airlight | Jan 31, 2013 @ 07:29 AM | 1,834 Views
Just uploaded this to the site, a first draft of a new type of build, with more labelling and directions. Will probably update soon, but have a look and let me know if you think anything is missing. This is based on feedback from the site and other RC forums. Please get involved if you like these designs, (or if you don't for some reason). I'm trying to get to all of the designs to update the format, but I'm adding new format features to new designs first.

Fly and enjoy!
Posted by Airlight | Jan 30, 2013 @ 07:34 AM | 1,803 Views
Just uploaded a new plan, no picture just yet, but a new format with labelling to make indentifying parts easier and an inch scale to make it easier for the non-metricated. This is based on feedback from the site, please let me know what you think. This has some optional fuse lines on it, so you can choose the easier or 'swoopier' format, or mix it as you like. Just trying to make the tail a bit lighter, but it will need stiffening. I know I don't include a lot of info about stiffening on the PDF, I intend to include more of this on build plans (the notebook), please contribute or comment on any particular areas you feel need attention.

Fly and enjoy!
Posted by Airlight | Jan 25, 2013 @ 07:18 AM | 1,744 Views
Just uploaded a new plan and picture to the website, A5JET32. This can be built as shown or V-tail, if you're up for it. The nose will need some 'blending' as shown. Sorry about the step at the tail, the geometry just didn't look right on the wing otherwise. Just rad it or blend somehow.

Fly and enjoy!
Posted by Airlight | Jan 24, 2013 @ 07:30 AM | 2,229 Views
Just added the picture to show the build of this plan. Check that you add your own cutouts for the rudder movement in the elevators.

Fly and enjoy!
Posted by Airlight | Jan 24, 2013 @ 05:49 AM | 2,260 Views
I posted 3 new plans on the site yesterday, just forgot to tell anyone! All new stuff gets added at the bottom, unless its picture/pdf updates, which just slot in where the original plan was.

The new ones are a version of the Horten 229 flying wing ( I absolutely love this plane, way ahead of it's time), a new Acrobat design, and JET17. The Horten is probably going to have stability problems, but on the depron design you have the centre fuse acting somewhat as a directional 'fin'. Hopefully...

You'll have to forgive my naming of these files, I had to come up with something, but I'll post one day about how I determine what is what. There is a method to it.

Fly and enjoy!
Posted by Airlight | Jan 23, 2013 @ 09:58 AM | 2,064 Views
This feels like first day at the new school. I hope everyone will enjoy/make use of and give constructive criticism on the plans I'm posting on AirlightRC. You'll see that it's a work in progress right now, this has been a year's work for me to get even here, but I think it's time to put the stuff out there and see what you all think.

Even now, I feel a little unsure about the whole thing, as I'm leaving myself bare for critique. I've tried to give people some ideas for a Sunday afternoon's building, but being new to this whole thing (the first/last time I built RC it crashed spectacularly, at university) I don't expect an awful lot of credence headed my way. There are many more of you out there who can bring a lot to my designs, if you want to, and I'm open to discussion on the flyability of some of my designs.

The intent was always to be easy build and scalable, myself not having huge amounts of time to pursue this, and I figured that there must be more people out there who would feel similarly: I don't want to build something by sticking 3 bits together (not that there's anything wrong with this) but I also don't have the inclination (yet) for weeks of evenings spent cutting and joining. I'm now in the position that I have more designs than time to build them, so anyone taking the time to have a go is thanked in advance for taking part, I hope you will send pictures.

I hope people will join in and give me some feedback, either on this forum or thru the site.

Fly and enjoy!