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Old Nov 19, 2009, 12:04 AM
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First Airframe

I am currently wanting to purchase my first plane to create a UAV. I am looking for something that will have a decent amount of airtime (1 or more hours), a reasonable amount of space (not only do I wish to put the arduino board inside but perhaps another slim (gumstix) pc and power source, and reasonably cheap ($200 and less not including gumstix pc). (And if I want to be picky something military-esq and sexy looking would be nice as well)

I have no experience with RC aircraft but will obviously take my time to learn before flying my electronics around.

I have been doing a lot of searching for different airframes and package deals but most of the suggestions I have found relating to UAV use is dated. A lot of the planes i have seen suggested and linked to are no longer being sold. If anyone would post suggested models or package deals it would be greatly appreciated!

Semper Fi,
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Old Nov 19, 2009, 06:13 PM
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I suggest getting a T-hawk,

how I relearned to fly (if you could call it that)

a few years ago. It is the only RTF that comes with a lot of extra parts, 2 wings, extra tail, props, etc. It is now available in brushless, the original brushed motor is powerful enough, but they say to only run at full power for 30 sec. Since I finally converted mine from NIMH to a giant lithium 2 cell (still too
light and had to add some washers), I added extra cooling holes, and it will run at full power for 5 min if you want. This plane will soar, in good air. Very rugged pusher, can take crashes if not too energetic.

Might not be the best to use for a UAV, but it is critical you get as much flying time before committing a better plane to the sky.
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