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Old Jul 04, 2014, 01:39 AM
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F-35 Lightning II - Full Fuse Depron Pusher Parkjet

Dear All,

Here in the UK, we are about to see the F-35 for the first time at RAF Farnborough air show 2014, and it got me interested in building my own F-35 in a Steve Shumate full fuselage style.

I really fancied the idea of creating a VTOL version, so I started a thread in the VTOL section of RCgroups :-

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2172300

However I realised that I needed to walk before I could run, and base my VTOL version on a flyable platform, so I decided that whilst getting to grips with the problems associated with VTOL, I would start the project with a simple pusher.

I'm grateful that there are a few really nice depron f-35 designs out there,....

http://www.rcpowers.com/community/th...v2-free.14011/

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=302244

.... so I have a frame of reference, but my problem with these designs are :-
  • I wanted to make it in 6mm Depron (not 3mm like Mr Boogie's EDF version)
  • I prefer the look of a rear mounted pusher over a mid mounted slot. (not like RC powers version)
  • I also want to make it look a bit more scale looking than both of these.

This is my second pusher project, following my YF-23 project :-

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1854129
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Old Jul 04, 2014, 05:54 AM
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Here is a work-in-progress CAD model to show you where I'm at with it...
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Old Jul 08, 2014, 04:33 PM
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Bought the depron /carbon today and am 90% complete with the design...
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Old Jul 09, 2014, 06:53 AM
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looking forward to the plans. I like the F35 over the F22 and your YF23 design was awsome. although I do think its a bit over my head. Is this going to be thrust vectoring?
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Old Jul 09, 2014, 08:13 AM
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Hi Shane,

Thanks for the positive comments

This one isn't gonna have thrust vectoring, but it could be modified to do so, It is however a test platform for a vtol version I'm planning to make.

I've completed the draft assembly of the 3d cad model and worked out how it will go together - see crude assembly guide attached
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OK here are my 6mm depron parts...
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3mm parts.....
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i scaled up some plastic model kit decals and created a set of decals for the project...
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Build start

I changed the orientation of the elevator servo to make it easier to connect the elevators and then set to building....
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Attachment of elevator pieces and boom reinforcement
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That's starting to look cool. Going to build this once you've got the Cof G sorted. Can't wait. Keek it coming. Oh do you plan on contouring the way Steve has with his F-22?
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