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Old Mar 03, 2010, 03:19 AM
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Best plane for FPV while on vacation?

I've got an EasyStar for FPV and am now wrapping up a coax heli for slow and low FPV, but can't decide on a good portable plane for FPV while on vacation. Here's the attributes I'm looking for...what do you guys suggest?

-Cheap (so if it doesn't come back, it's not a huge loss)
-Stable glider or simple controls
-Easy to stuff into a suitcase
-Will support ~70 grams extra weight ($25 board cam, 500mW VTx & LC filter)
-Handles windy locations (such as off a cliff or at the beach)
-Looks close enough to a toy plane so as not to confuse TSA into thinking it's some sort of dangerous object with blades. i.e a folding tricopter
-Main battery is 11.1v to power cheap and plentiful 12v cameras and VTx's

I keep looking at the upcoming $50? HobbyKing fox/merlin clone but wonder if it'll support the weight of the components above and a 3S battery. It's also more of a hotliner and may be too much for my skill level.
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 05:38 AM
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What about an foldable wing?
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 06:02 AM
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Take a Parkzone Stryker and cut the fuselage down the middle. Then embed two interlocking carbon spars in the front and rear of the plane along the cut. This will make a good stable FPV plane that can travel easily.
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Take a Parkzone Stryker and cut the fuselage down the middle. Then embed two interlocking carbon spars in the front and rear of the plane along the cut. This will make a good stable FPV plane that can travel easily.
i thought about doing something like that but wasnt too sure, did you make it?
how are the interlocking spars done?
thx ^^
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 08:14 AM
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Use a carbon tubes 12" long. One tube fits inside the other. You want a thick wall carbon tube for both.

With the Stryker still in one peice take a soldering iron and heat it up. Drag it across the center of the plane so you melt a groove into the fuselage. You want an 18" groove in the rear and a 12" in the front.

Now slice the plane in half with a hobby knife. Embed the carbon spars into the grooves. There will be 3" sticking out in the rear and 6" in the front on each half. Slide the spars together and then glue them in place with hot glue or Shoe Goo making sure that you only glue one spar in each track. Slide them back apart once dray and finish the gluing.

Now drill two holes down the nose of the plane, one on either side. Drive two spars 6" long through those holes, throught the nose and 3" into the fuselage. This will keep the front from separating. The rear is kept together by the motor mount.

-Alex
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 08:23 AM
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A 100meter glider? You load up your easy star, fly the glider to vacation, and back. Sounds simple enough Might not be the cheapest if you crash it, thats the only thing
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 09:28 AM
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Can't really go wrong with a FunJet. If you apply the factory supplied stickers it sure looks like a kid's toy

Cheers,

Sander.
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 11:16 AM
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Any small wing would work too...
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Old Mar 03, 2010, 12:18 PM
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Thanks! I was thinking along the lines of a wing. All the folks at my local park fly them and they're simple, usually cheap and hold up well to crashes. Gotta get one and learn how to fly it now.
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Old Mar 07, 2010, 12:01 PM
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Look for MPX Xeno, it is foldable by design. But a bad FPV choice
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Old Mar 07, 2010, 12:10 PM
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my portable fpv gear is my blade msr xD
20x10cm box! lol
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Old Mar 08, 2010, 12:33 AM
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Tricopter!
Very easy to stuff into a suitcase.
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Old Mar 08, 2010, 07:27 AM
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Sander is right, it must look like a toy plane, for no hassle on airports.
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Old Mar 08, 2010, 05:02 PM
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MS Composit Mini Swift. Easy. Hands down. 23 inches of full EPP foam deliciousness.

Throw a super light/ extremely powerful RC system on it (look at the RCGroups.com Review ), and you've got over 3:1 thrust- weight from the start. Add your FPV gear, and you probably only drop to maybe 2.5:1 (plane weighs around 4oz RTF, and Subsonic Planes gear spits out around 12 oz of thrust ).

Get the red one too- red can be a good toy color, but also easy to see.
I'd post a video of mine, but I busted my video TX, and it's currently at the repair man's workshop.
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Old Apr 18, 2010, 03:19 PM
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mpx easy glider pro

cant go wrong with a easy glider pro!!!! much easier and slower than an easystar but it isn't that good with wind but, just an idea
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