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Old Jun 01, 2011, 06:58 AM
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Here's a video of me chasing the 1st Foamaroo around with a second one equipped with the GoPro and a 5000 mAH battery. We'll be shooting some FPV video once I receive a set of goggles.

If you watch all the way to the end you'll see my son, Codi, have a rough landing with the first plane. He hadn't flown a Foamaroo before and isn't used to landing with no wind. Attempted to go around but didn't throttle up...... I picked the plane up and relaunched - no damage at all.

Foamaroo Inflight Video (5 min 38 sec)


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Old Jun 01, 2011, 07:07 AM
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Very nice!
Great piloting too.
I'm amazed at how well you kept the chased plane in-frame for piloting non FPV.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 10:04 AM
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Thanks, Galaxiex.

I was surprised at how much video I captured since there were several times that I thought I had overshot Codi. Turns out I was right where I needed to be.

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Old Jun 03, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Just put the finishing touches on the first production Foamaroo ARF pictured below in orange. We'll have a limited number of kits next week. Allow an extra week for ARC/ARF kits.

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Old Jun 03, 2011, 07:48 PM
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jtprouty

I've been reading through this thread and I really like this plane.....but we still have not seen it fly FPV and how long a 3s-4000/5000mah will fly for?
....and how much weight she can carry? I read that the "Jackeroo" can carry 7 Lbs, but this is the foam version of that plane, and that the
"Jackeroo" can fly in wind 25mph plus, but again, this is the Foam version? has this been tested in heavy heavy winds, or are we just "assuming" it can fly in
very windy situations because its the same airfoil, but foam?

What is the cruising amps also?


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It sure looks smooth flying though

I will buy once I see someone get "real actual" results
Amazing plane soo far.



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Old Jun 03, 2011, 09:18 PM
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Thanks, Lexus.

First plane's been delivered so hopefully we'll see some FPV from it soon. I know how long it will fly on a 4400mAH batter with the camera mounted on top (45 minutes on an OLD battery). I can do video downlink, just don't have goggles to do FPV with it. (Maybe after I sell a few more.)

I've flown this one in 15+ MPH winds and it handles it no problem. We have a saying in full scale aviation: The airplane doesn't know it's windy. Winds are supposed to be 20+ MPH tomorrow and I'll take them out to fly in it. I'll also do a flight with two 5000 mAH batteries in the plane to show its weight carrying capability.

I based on cruise throttle settings the current draw is just under 5 amps with static thrust. It is probably lower with dynamic thrust at the same setting.

I know I'm repeating myself but this thing is just flat fun to fly! In the video where I'm chasing my son, Codi, it's the first time he's flown it and he was doing low passes just over the soccer goals and having a blast.

Jimmy
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 10:03 PM
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Is this thing back ordered? last I checked it was pre-order only. If it is available, I'm there asap.
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Old Jun 03, 2011, 10:19 PM
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I've received all of the materials to make up the kits and will be making a bunch of fuselages this weekend. I already have 6 sets of wings cut and prepped, just need to make and prep the fuselages and more of the nose/tail cones and we're ready. I have 4 preorders and will be filling them first next week. Also have two full buns of EPP and will be cutting wings and fuselages to get more kits ready to go. Somewhere in the middle of all this I also want to build a shoulder wing but that will be on an time-available basis.

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Old Jun 03, 2011, 11:54 PM
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Just ordered the current version, can't wait!

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Old Jun 04, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Thanks, Kavin. I'll get you a shipping number as soon as your kit ships.

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Old Jun 04, 2011, 07:01 PM
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How much would it cost to ship to EU? Would it be possible to take a photo of kit parts (ARC & ARF too if possible)? This would be very helpful to make decision for some not familiar with construction process.
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Old Jun 04, 2011, 10:53 PM
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I was hoping to get some high wind testing today but the wind dropped just as we were loading up to go fly. I decided to shoot some bungee launch videos and also load it up with some weight to show it can fly with more than "normal" weight. I did several bungee launches with my GoPro installed and then switched to a 5000 mAH battery for power and a 4400mAH battery for ballast.

While setting up the double batteries I managed to get the CG way too far aft. The problem was caused by me wearing the wrong glasses and not being able to see my CG marks (getting old sucks!) I bungee launched and immediately knew the CG was out of range and started a pitching climb and was going to come around and attempt a landing. Unfortunately, a light pole reached up and grabbed the plane and it fell to the ground. (Yes, we have it on video!)

All I can say is WOW! The only "damage" was that the canopy popped off, a former for the nose section popped off causing the nose cone to roll away, and the tail fairing's glue joint separated.... The only thing that really broke was the prop when I hit the light pole. I've managed to do some pretty rough landings with no damage but this was a genuine crash with a lot of weight and there was no structural damage to the plane. I'll have it flying again tomorrow and hope to do some high wind testing with it then.

Tests so far indicated that we have a strong airframe - this crash proves it! This plane has now been landed in a tree, dorked on landing twice, and bounced off a light pole and is still flyable!

Foamaroo Crash (2 min 47 sec)


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Old Jun 05, 2011, 01:16 AM
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Wow is right. It looked barely controllable. I'd say that was two crashes in one. First the top of the light post,then the 2-story fall to the cement.
That was some great video. Tell the cameraman good work. Way to zoom in for the crash. He could be a camera guy for NASCAR.
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Tests so far indicated that we have a strong airframe
Just goes to show the Research,Design,Materials and build Quality are what we all had hoped for.

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I'll have it flying again tomorrow and hope to do some high wind testing with it then.
Look forward to that.

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Old Jun 05, 2011, 10:29 AM
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Just heard back from the customer that purchased the first ARF and he said he's cruising at 32 MPH drawing 7 amps. Not sure what power system he's using but know that he's set up for full FPV. He mounted his FPV transmitter in one wing with the antenna attached to the winglet and, I believe, the RC receiver in the other wing for maximum separation to prevent interference. He has full OSD and system monitoring (Eagle Tree) as well as an FY-21AP stabilization system. Looks like there's still boat loads of space in the fuselage as well.

I think I'm going to start adding pockets in the bottom of the wing for the video TX and RC RX to be installed, if needed. Customers will just need to cut or route a slit for wiring to the servo pocket and then run the wires into to the fuselage. There is already a large hole routed to the servo hole for the servo wires to run to the fuselage.

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Old Jun 05, 2011, 10:34 AM
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Forgot to mention - he's doing his first flights in 16 knot winds gusting to 20 knots! (18-23 MPH).
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