-Jaxx from the FT forums
The nnA-10 is kind of a special build for me. Out of all the builds I've done so far it was the most challenging to design and the most challenging to build. I spent hours just staring at scale images, hours, meticulously planning each detail, revising each part over and over. I wanted this to be my best design yet, I wanted to capture the essence of the A-10 in DTFB. This was no easy feat. After 5 months of planning, designing, building, testing and revising I couldnít be happier to bring to you, to the community, the nnA-10. I hope you will enjoy this beautiful aircraft as much as I do.
This will be the first nnBuild that is dedicated to someone, and I'm just gonna come right out and say it, Jaxx, Thank you. Jaxx is the reason the nnA-10 will be awesome. He has funded the electronics needed to make this bird fly and I am truly grateful for his generosity. This bird is dedicated to you my friend!
If you like this design then perhaps youíll like some of my others as well.
WEIGHT Airframe - 550g
With BASIC electronics 1050g
With SPEED electronics 1400g
BASIC - 3S
MOTORS - Dual Dynam 64mm alloy 4400kv 5 blade EDF
ESCS - Dual 40a Dynam (comes in combo linked above)
BATTERY - Zippy 3000mah 40c 3S
SERVOS - 3-4 9g
SPEED - 4S
MOTORS - Dual HobbyKing 64mm alloy 4000kv 5 blade EDF | 850w on 4S
ESCS - Dual 70a Dynam
BATTERY - Zippy 4000mah 40c 4S
SERVOS - 3-4 12g metal gear
Beginner Ė Youíve never flown a plane before, let alone done a scratch build
Novice Ė Youíve flown a plane but have no experience with scratch building
Intermediate Ė Youíve flown and built a few FT style planes before
Advanced Ė Youíve mastered the standard FT build style and are looking for a new challenge
Expert Ė Youíve mastered all build techniques and aren't afraid to improvise or tackle tedious builds
The nnA-10 is an advanced to expert build.
8 BBQ skewer
4 sheets DTFB
2 craft sticks
1 2 liter bottle
1 sheet poster board
1 flat aluminum 1/16" x 1/2" x 27.5''
1 3/8" x 3' poplar square dowel (speed h/vstab)
Optional - Motion RC canopy
Where can I get the aluminum you use in your build?
I buy mine at Lowes but you can find it online.
Do I need to put an aluminum spar in my wing?
I did not test the wing without an aluminum spar so I recommend you use one.
I have build questions, whatís the best way to contact you?
You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or here on the forums. This thread is a good place to start.
I noticed the nnA-10 has fixed landing gear, do I have to install this?
No. The wheels and even the landing pod itself can be left out of the build if you wish.
What if I wanted retracts, would this be possible?
Yes, the build could easily be modified to use retracts.
Is it hard to get proper GC?
It can be if your battery is not big enough. Youíll need at least a 3000mah battery to get proper balance.
Will there be a video showing the SPEED version flying?
Yes. I am working to complete the SPEED build now.
I am a beginner and love the A-10, is this a good plane for me?
No. The nnA-10 will require an expert builder and an intermediate pilot to ensure success.
I donít want to use EDFs, they are loud, power hungry and expensive, can I use an outrunner instead?
While the nnA-10 doesnít have plans to accommodate a pusher set up, itís certainly capable. So go wild!
If I canít decide between the BASIC and SPEED build, how do I know which is right for me?
If youíre not sure, build the BASIC version and then the SPEED after you have mastered the build and flight.
The nnA-10 is pretty stable but as you drop speed she will start to stall out. The stall is gradual but with any EDF you canít recover very fast so itís best to keep your speed brisk.
Wind performance is great, the weight helps here.
Donít be afraid of full throttle on launch. Make sure your throws are 45%-50% on your elevator.
This is not an acrobatic plane. The nnA-10 will roll and do inverted fine but itís not designed for 3D or heavy sport flying.
If you watched the maiden video youíll notice the glide slope on the A-10 is pretty bad. She will drop fast when you drop throttle, be ready.
SLOW SPEED PERFORMANCE
Itís best to stay above 1/4th throttle, for the weight of this bird the slow speed performance isnít bad, but if she drops it will be hard to recover.
LOOK AND FEEL
The look of the nnA-10 is undeniably one of the best DTFB planes. There is something to be said for how smoothly it presents itself across the sky. With noble stability it sticks lines and tracks perfectly Ė youíll be the talk of your flying field when youíre flying an nnA-10. Despite the AUW weight there is a sense of nimbleness that surprised me. Sheís not floating but is responsive and precise.
The nnA-10 is a very relaxing plane to fly. I like to think of it as an advanced lazy weekend flyer. With stylish looks and enough pep to satisfy youíll enjoy every moment with your nnA-10.
Thanks for checking out my design! If you enjoyed it please consider donating a few bucks so I can buy more supplies to make more great planes.
Also, coming soon is the nnP-38, so be on the look out for that!
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