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Old Sep 27, 2012, 09:04 PM
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After a few flights to get used to it . I guarrenty you will be over controlling it on purpose just like the rest of us
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Old Sep 28, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Had a really nice maiden on mine today! After some adjustments, it flew wery well. On slow speed I can fly it with my hands in my pockets. It just glided niceely around, like a glider.
With more power, it was maneuverable and lively. Easy to land, just slow down the speed, and set it down in front of your feet. Looking forward to fly it more. Lot of fun for a little money!
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 10:53 PM
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My "Robotech VF-1 Valkyrie" Tomhe F-22 Build

I decided after building the Shumate F-15 that my piloting skills were probably not where I would like them to be, so on the advice of those much wiser than I (Jetset44, Vicentel, and Waltjg) I decided to build a simpler pusher jet more suited to a beginning flyer. I also wanted it to be super fun with room to add features and grow as I progressed...what better plane than the Tomhe F-22! The vids of this thing in the air are wild!
After doing the Starscream F-15, I felt like I wanted to stay on the path of SciFi/Anime/Cartoon aircraft. I decide to adapt the paint scheme from one of my favorite cartoon jets, the VF-1 Valkyrie from the Macross Saga/Robotech series. When I stumbled on the beige VF-1R Super Valkyrie, I saw another opportunity to use that bottle of Createx Beige airbrush paint that has been in my box since 1999 (that's probably an exaggeration). There are a lot of flat surfaces on this plane so I decided to give it some texture and some dimension with the paint which is why it isn't totally even. The decals came out great in my opinion. My method is using images which I alter in Photoshop, lay out on an 8x10 graphic,transfer to usb, take it to Kinkos, print on a full sheet 8.5x11 clear packing label on a color laser printer all for $1.55 per page printed.

Big thanks to Tomas for his generosity and use of the plans...I cant say enough about the ingenuity of the plans all the while being very simplistic...enjoyed every minute building this one. Also a quick shout to crxmanpat and a few others on the build thread who answered a lot of my questions...

The build:
2x Hextronic MG14 Digital metal gear servos
Turnigy dlux 30a ESC
Grayson Hobby Microjet v3 w/ APC 6x4 prop
6mm Depron
Epoxy and UHU Por
Paint: Createx Airbrush Acrylics applied with a Master airbrush and Iwata HP-SB airbrush

I hope you enjoy it! And hope that post wasn't too long...
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 11:34 PM
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Very nice Levictus. Your flying skills better catch up to your building skills so you can keep these park jets so good looking. Animated cartoon series themes seem to come out nicely for you. And definately are more unusuall than the military grey most go with. I like em.
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Old Oct 01, 2012, 08:57 AM
Pusher jets rule!
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Wow, that looks way cool!

Good luck with the maiden. And remember, you don't need full throttle all the time to fly it. If you get into trouble, throttle back and this plane will literally float to the ground.

Pat
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Old Oct 01, 2012, 11:21 AM
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Very nice Levictus. You my friend are an artist. Well done and good luck on the maiden.

Vic
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Old Oct 01, 2012, 11:40 AM
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Awesome looking bird!
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Old Oct 01, 2012, 03:40 PM
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Thanks for the kind words guys! I did maiden this bird yesterday! Sorry, no video cause I brought my two year old twin boys to the park so half my attention was on them sitting in their wagon. My friend was supposed to come with his high tech video camera, he came, but forgot the camera...will try next weekend!

I love how this thing flys....it really does float along if you want it to. The area I was in was a bit smaller than I would want as my normal track and field complex which is normally deserted was full of people over the weekend. As a result, most of the flying was done at 1/2 throttle with some bursts to 3/4, but not even close to full. Still, I had a lot of fun. When I first launched it, I wasn't prepared for how sensitive the controls were...I pulled back and it almost flipped over back towards me! After I settled in it was easy and a joy to fly (but may still dial some expo in). Can't say enough how much I enjoyed this build and now flying this plane...
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Old Oct 08, 2012, 11:02 AM
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has anyone recently added rudders to this bird??
i want to add them sooo bad but i dont know if its going to be worth the 1oz added...
-kevin-
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Old Oct 08, 2012, 11:05 AM
Pusher jets rule!
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Kevin,

Yes, rudders have been added to this one, and it is discussed several times thoughout this thread. So yes, it is worth it to do.

Pat
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Old Oct 08, 2012, 12:30 PM
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Just about finished with my RC F22 Raptor.

Any suggestion about best place to mount servos?
I thought along the side of the fuselage but that means my servo rotation won't be linear which is a mechanical issue.

Anybody flown this plane with quite heavy components?
I am using a 100g 2700kv out runner(595 watt), 6x4 APC, 100g 65A SBEC and turnigy 2200mah 3S at 230g.

Will it fall out of the air?

Thanks
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Old Oct 09, 2012, 10:13 AM
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1" ahead of the wing spar on its side like this.

Ken

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Old Oct 09, 2012, 03:34 PM
Balsa Builder. With some foam.
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Had a dream weekend. My F-22 is a very good an fun flyer. Not so many of these days left, before the winter. I must find me another project, that is easy to build, and fly as well as the F-22.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:22 PM
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Last week i made and flown a 75% scale indoor version of this plane.

It fly's nice..!!!

F-22 Raptor Depron Profile Indoor Plane (3 min 53 sec)
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Nice flying! You got really low to the floor there on some of those passes.

I have flown my 66% indoors as well, once in a gymnasium that was that small. But flying around in slow circles got boring pretty quick. I have also flown inside the Arizona Cardinals football stadium (enclosed dome), and we were able to fly this plane like normal doing all the fancy tricks and stunts.

What did you use for a power system?

Pat
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