Been working on my new F-243 Hunter. this should be an interesting one. Not a true forward swept wing, only about half is forward, more like a "V" wing. Got the idea from the VF-19F, yes, Im going back to my Macross fanboi roots again. My only concern is if I can get the CG where it really needs to be. Given how tight things are in the fuslage of my other F/A-241 and F-242, I dont have a lot of wiggle room for moving things around. Glue is drying on the fuslage and with luck I can start glide test of it soon. That will atleast give me a good idea of what I need to do.
With my F/A-241 Shrike and F-242 Spiker I seem to able to get designs done quicker. So far I have plans going together a plane based off of the YF-X-241 Shrike and for my new F-243 project. I've also been working on plans for the FFR-31 Sylphid from Yukikaze (The main force fighter, not the Super you see Piloted by Rei).
So some big plans on the way. i also hope to revamp my old website will all my plans and build instructions for everything. http://www.outcasthorizon.com
Something I started a while back. I made a vacuum form set up useing an old space heater and vacuum pump from a car. This set up worked well enough but i quickly ran into a few issues and I am now remaking the system from scratch to adress those issues.
The first set up was simple enough. Two boxes that joined together to make a "suitcase", but that could be taken apart to use the two halfs. Kind of like how old typewriters used to come set up with a "suitcase" cover on them (No, im not THAT old, but we had some old stuff around my house when I was a kid).
The heater box was very simple. A space heat removed from its original houseing with a removable extention to hold the plastic over the heat in its frame.
The vacuum box was a simple 18"x12" table covered in foam rubber for a good seal when the heated plastic was placed over the slug to form the plastic. Inside the box was a 4" diameter by 12" long tank that was pumped down to 18hg by use of a car vacuum pump. A lot of cars in the 80's and 90's used these pumps to work valves for climate control systems. A ball valve was used to release the vacuum and suck out the air at high preasure and PULL the palstic around the slug. The tank was there to give a good initial pull while the pump once again would work down the preasure till the plastic cooled.
The set up worked well enough but there where a few problems I ran into.
My F/A-241 Shrike. For what ever reason this plane has captured my attention more then any other I have ever made or seen. It is my own design and I know it can do some very impressive things. It pushes my skill level to its limit but can still be tamed back enough for my skill level.
Now I am starting a larger, 40"+ wing span version of this craft. I've printed out the plans for this larger, now KF6 with a dihedral wing, variant and have almost finished cutting them out. I plane to use my TURNIGY Aerodrive C2822 1600Kv Outrunner motor slinging a 7-8" prop on this thing. Possibly also adding on rudders.
I will keep updating this as things go. The only main issue I have right now is the fact I will be moving in the next month.