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Old May 28, 2011, 09:38 PM
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Yea, I didn't try to fold the leading edge either. Just sliced off the front section and glued it onto the main wing section. Shaped the leading edge and it's all good....
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Old May 28, 2011, 11:03 PM
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Yea it can be shaped instead of folded, with no issues, it just makes a nice rounded LE by folding with less sanding is all. it is a bit tricky to do but once you the the hang of it it folds easy enough.

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Old May 28, 2011, 11:12 PM
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little onboard video from a couple weeks ago. Straight from the camera so might be long and most of the view is blocked. I'll need to angle it better.

funbat rear view (4 min 24 sec)


at about 1:50 or so I started an almost vertical climb and it was way up there. Without the camera I can pretty much go vertical til I can barely see it.
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Old May 29, 2011, 01:40 AM
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Another alternative to either the folded or shaped le is to use stock balsa leading edge. Ideal for the Funbat with it's straight le and it's tougher than foam as well.
http://www.specializedbalsa.com/lead_trail_aileron.php for USA supplier if your not near a LHS that stocks
http://balsamart.co.uk/store/index.p...ex&cPath=46_73 for UK - look how much we have to pay compared to you Yanks
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Old May 29, 2011, 10:51 PM
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Here's my Coroplast FunBat in action against 2 other planes.

Spoiler Alert - my FunBat is still undefeated in combat!

3 Ship Combat (2 min 25 sec)
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Old May 29, 2011, 11:54 PM
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little onboard video from a couple weeks ago. Straight from the camera so might be long and most of the view is blocked. I'll need to angle it better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rACnGXKHKW8

at about 1:50 or so I started an almost vertical climb and it was way up there. Without the camera I can pretty much go vertical til I can barely see it.
Nice video, you can also put the cam a bit off center on a wing, I have done this in the past to get some better video.

Jon
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Old May 29, 2011, 11:55 PM
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Here's my Coroplast FunBat in action against 2 other planes.

Spoiler Alert - my FunBat is still undefeated in combat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWtILOdYRxk
Very Nicely done!! Keep it up tho and everyone will have a Funbat just to even the odds a bit

JOn
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Old May 30, 2011, 09:38 PM
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First time ever flying a plane

Well here it is, my funbat. I crashed a few too many times after this maiden flight and rebuilt the nose.
I was flying a 2 cell lipo to get used to the controls

Let me know what you think!
Funbat maiden flight on a 2cell lipo (2 min 6 sec)


funbat flight 3 or 4 (4 min 32 sec)
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Old May 31, 2011, 09:40 PM
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A tip for all you trying to bend foam... Put a strip of packing tape along the OPPOSITE side of the bend, evenly spaced along the leading edge... Prevents the foam from cracking as you bend it. Works every time for me!

Also, I need a combat plane for a flying demo on saturday... I'm printing off templates now, I'll check back in around 11 with progress. Cheers ya Bloody Micks!!
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Old May 31, 2011, 10:43 PM
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Is the tail wag normal? I noticed quite a bit today.
And do you leave the paper on the foam? I did & now its starting to come up
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 06:05 AM
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Is the tail wag normal? I noticed quite a bit today.
And do you leave the paper on the foam? I did & now its starting to come up
i leave the paper on but tape it to keep it from peeling away, but it can be removed for a weight reduction.

As to the Tail Wag, I get a little bit in 10-30mph winds but nothing uncontrollable. Think it has to do with the large vertical surfaces and short tail, but it can still handle 30mph gusts with ease.

Jon

EDIT: Very nice videos BTW, Looks like its flying great!!
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 03:57 PM
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Thank you for a great design!

We're having great fun with the pair.

Here are my son's and mine:


The yellowish color in the picture is actually neon dayglo orange, but it is nearly impossible to reproduce in the pictures...


This color comes a bit closer, but still in reality you need sunglasses ;-)
Double rudder mod, I don't lke to fly without one, especially in strong winds


Bottom's up!




My son made a livery in red and blue based on his favorite footballclub (FC Barcelona)

And a big thank you too Ken!
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 04:26 PM
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Double rudder mod, I don't lke to fly without one, especially in strong winds
I like that double rudder mod! What motor, etc did you build them up with?
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 05:24 AM
Slipping the Surly Bonds
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And a big thank you too Ken!
They look great MartinT! Very well executed on the rudders.

I am still looking for my missing music wire to complete mine. It is really frustrating, because it has to around somewhere.

Ken
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 11:25 AM
can't dance..so let's fly.
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Looks like a lot of fun.

plz post vids if possible.
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