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Posted by sloperjoe | Aug 09, 2012 @ 01:11 PM | 7,652 Views
here are the plans used to build the Intruder, same one posted in my last blog entry with the maiden video.


Posted by sloperjoe | Jul 29, 2012 @ 06:22 PM | 7,682 Views
just finished off the A-6 Intruder built from depapered $tree foamboard, 50mm EDF, 1000mah 3s batt, tailaron only control, AUW 9.5-10oz's flies awesome! very happy with how she came out! here are some pics, a link to the build thread, and the maiden video, enjoy!

build thread:


Flight of the Intruder (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jul 25, 2012 @ 03:54 AM | 7,430 Views
here is a quick vid showing how I cut wing cores. templates are key to making wings, take the time to make the templates right, it will save you countless hours of work filling and sanding that you dont need to do on smooth cut panels

I use two part templates made from 1/16th" birch ply, or 1/8th" liteply, then...this is the important part, I epoxy 1/16th" copper wire to the templates so the hot wire glides through smooth as glass.

here are some pics of some templates I've used for years and a quick vid on them in use.



wing cutting demo (3 min 24 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jul 12, 2012 @ 04:15 PM | 6,777 Views
here she is all painted


painted phantom (4 min 55 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jul 07, 2012 @ 02:46 AM | 6,869 Views
I did an updated version of my Phantom design and after some fiddling with a CG mystery, finally got it figured out and flying.
the build log is here:
she flies very nicely despite the wind and bad position of the sun, I opted to cut the flight short rather than risk crashing from loosing it in the sun (witch I did twice), so the maiden was short but it flies awesome, and I am very happy with it. cant wait to fly it again under a little better conditions and a little earlier in the day

Phantom maiden (1 min 47 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jul 01, 2012 @ 10:52 PM | 7,036 Views
here is an in flight video shot using a homemade headmount for my cam.

su 27 flight (4 min 34 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 24, 2012 @ 09:33 PM | 7,616 Views
here is a little better quality video shot by my daughter... still a little shaky but shes getting better

phantom2 (3 min 49 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 24, 2012 @ 01:08 AM | 7,231 Views
here it is, my daughter was shooting the vid.. not too bad


Phantom1 (2 min 5 sec)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 21, 2012 @ 03:19 PM | 7,001 Views
eeeeeeeHaaa! SHE FLIES! took the Phantom over to a very tall grassy field for the first flights just in case I needed some cushion for any mishaps...glad I did, first launch I didnt give it quite enough power because I was leery of torque rolling and she came down pretty softly in the hay, but the grass knocked the little wing horns off launch I gave her just a touch over half throttle and away she went, straight out, had my rates set at 75% and clicked in a touch of up elevator as she wanted to drift down, and she was flying very nicely, very stable. I opened the throttle a couple times and backed off to just under 1/2, slows down really nice with plenty of control, at higher speeds I will need to set my rates down to 50-55% to keep from over controlling. the Phantom is taileron only and I have 2" of control surface per stab witch is perfect for cruising speed...a little touchy full out (as expected)
unfortunately I do not have any in flight pics yet... my daughters last day of school was yesterday and they were sleeping in, so I had no photographer today but I shall endeavor to get some pics or video soon, just discovered my cam does have video capabilities, just needs a memory stick to hold them
so till the next chance I get, I'll post pics or video...hopefully

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 19, 2012 @ 05:10 AM | 7,188 Views
well...wont win any scale awards but I am still learning about painting this type of foam. couple rough spots where I didnt seal it good nuff with the water base good enough for a park jet and the girls I go out with
still waiting on the weather, supposed to be nice in a day or two, hopefully do a maiden
Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 18, 2012 @ 07:15 PM | 6,992 Views
well the weather yesterday was nice unfortunately the wind was blowing pretty good, usually calms down in the late afternoons but it seemed to get even today its I have started the spackle/sanding/finishing..may have some paint on later this evening.
well thats where she be at the moment.

should be nice weather by Wed or Thurs I here...cant wait

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 17, 2012 @ 03:48 AM | 7,202 Views
all the electrical and power is now mounted and ready for maiden. if it rains tomorrow I'll work on filling and sanding. if its nice weather.....I'll fly it...or crash

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 15, 2012 @ 04:03 PM | 7,393 Views
just got back from the field up the street that has like 4 1/2 ft grass , nice and cushy for doing these tests with no risk to the plane. CG has been established and the Phantom flies perfectly straight and level, gave her four good hard tosses after finding the CG to be certain, I like it, really nice 50-60 ft level glide path with cushy landings in the tall grass. it would appear I have the tail feathers on straight
eeeeehaaa, next up installing all the power components. flipping a coin right now on weather to paint before or after maiden....hmmmm.

stay tuned
Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 14, 2012 @ 05:13 AM | 8,037 Views
all the major build is complete, still need to do a little more sanding and filling but that will be after the glide tests. I think I will add some pylons to the bottom of the wing so I'll have something to hang onto for launch and they can double as landing skids
had thought about cutting some finger holes but decided pylons might be better.
so here are some pics, tried to get close up in the intakes to show how nice they came out. I like it, everything seems to have lined up nicely and the tail feathers look good and straight.
so next up: glide test
then: final install of electrical and power components
then: finishing and painting
maiden flight is real close!

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 12, 2012 @ 03:21 PM | 8,017 Views
this morning I built the fan mount and checked fit and clearances, trimmed the fan intake shroud flat on the top and bottom (witch was my plan from the start) everything fits perfect. tonight I can start the final part of the build by joining all the major sections and sanding to final shape and contour. hopefully glide test for optimal CG (bare airframe) in a day or two. after CG established do final mounting of all power components.


Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 12, 2012 @ 05:07 AM | 7,122 Views
FINALLY! the fan and batts showed up today. I now have all the connections soldered up and gave it a test run...oh yeah! it'll fly the Phantom no problem at all, got some poop! I can start the install tomorrow hopefully.

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 10, 2012 @ 01:06 PM | 7,142 Views
this morning I cut and shaped the canopy out of BlueCore, had enough for it and the nose. didnt really wana lam-stack 5mm foam out to 2.5".
right now its as far as I can go without the fan unit, SHOULD be here tomorrow. should'a been 3 yesterdays ago....

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 10, 2012 @ 03:03 AM | 7,526 Views
almost there. total weight so far 7oz's.
(the major parts are just held together by tape right now, but everything fits up perfect.)

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 09, 2012 @ 03:58 PM | 7,194 Views
have the top deck cut out ready to go on (not glued yet), just need to build the rear fuse/tail assy then all the major parts will be complete. no fan today....hurumph.
a few pics to show how close it is.

Posted by sloperjoe | Jun 09, 2012 @ 05:12 AM | 7,412 Views
the forward fuselage is planked out, nose is on, and shaped out with 100 grit then smoothed out with 220 grit. I need my fan...will start the rear fuselage section tomorrow morning. maybe I'll have a are the progress pics for the forward fuse. like it.