|Sep 02, 2003, 10:23 AM|
F-104 Starfighter Project 1/16th scale
My next project will be a pusher prop F-104 Starfighter (no cheating on wing area).
1/16 th scale would bring the:
Wing Area to 110 sq in
Length: 41.0625 in
Wing Span: 16.4375 in
Flying weight goal: 17 oz
Wing Loading: 22.3 oz/sq ft
Stay tuned !
|Sep 03, 2003, 10:07 AM|
Here's a link to my previous project.
I'll be using the same powerplant on the 104
|Sep 03, 2003, 06:40 PM|
Joined Aug 2003
Great control system, but what if...
I admired your F-16 control system, and posted my question there first. I'll try again here - what would happen if you abandoned moveable tail surfaces altogether, and went with all-moving wings? Increase AOA = climb, decrease AOA = dive, opposites for roll. This would move all weight to the center, allow really sturdy/simple tail (particularly as the F-104 is a T-tail).
I'm most interested in this as an aerodynamic point. For aircraft with small structural loads like models, why wouldn't this be a much more efficient system? I seem to remember an old slope-soarer that flew this way, was scary as all hell...
Hmmm. I'd try it, but I'm working up a Super Decathlon...
|Sep 04, 2003, 09:36 AM|
Now I understand what you're talking about. Yes, I've thought about the same controls, having a totally fixed tail and moving using both wings as controls. I'll give it serious consideration. My only concern is the F-104 has anhedral, the wings are very close to the ground, I'm afraid they might rip off on landing, especially if I have to pivot them.
For now I think I'll stick with standard ailerons and elevator.
Matt and Thomas, it will be standard built up balsa like the F-16.
|Sep 04, 2003, 09:50 AM|
Like the F-16 I will post the .dxf file on my website after I'm finished. There's a link from the F-16 discussion mentioned previously.
Here's my progress so far for the F-104.
|Sep 04, 2003, 01:35 PM|
Looks great. Is that balsa planking on a crutch-and-former?
I don't thing the small wing matters, as long as the rest is light.
It will just be a bit draggy with that relatively huge fuselage.
I reckon a DF would work in that with an extra air intake under the fuselage.
Plenty of exit diameter.
Should be spectacular in the air anyway.
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