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Posted by Vanish | Jul 16, 2012 @ 10:47 AM | 4,021 Views
It moves ... very very fast! Too heavy to fly? Probably, but we'll see, just need a new kite.

Posted by Vanish | Sep 28, 2010 @ 12:07 AM | 6,340 Views
It's been proposed a bunch of times, but never done with a good plan.

A few adjustments to make the airframe airworthy and using a simiar construction technique as my last jet.
Posted by Vanish | Sep 21, 2010 @ 03:00 PM | 5,249 Views
Fall is here and winter is approaching. I don't have my building materials here yet, so now is the time to start designing new planes. I haven't been too inspired recently, but I do remember seeing a concept where the jet had the duct behind the cockpit. I don't remember where I saw it, but I started designing one with that in mind.

Here are some initial renders. I hope I can resist buying some foam until I have my tools available!
Posted by Vanish | Aug 02, 2010 @ 05:32 PM | 6,766 Views
All my gear and constructions materials are still packed up in storage as I live the nomadic life in Colorado. We're now temporarily in Greeley while we wait for Forrest's bar results. Hopefully she'll be able to find a job where we can get a decent place to warrant unpacking.

Been able to do some great fishing while out here though! Here's some pics of a few fish I've gotten, though I've caught LOTS more.
Posted by Vanish | May 10, 2010 @ 08:53 AM | 6,280 Views
I've been packing things, getting ready for the move and therefore haven't done much building or flying. I wanted to pack up my painting area, but the Caiman was just waiting for some paint. Therefore, I did the only logical thing and finally painted the sucker.

If anyone knows of some parkflyers near Boulder, CO who wouldn't mind me stopping by, please drop me a line.

Here's some mediocre iPhone pics of the Caiman.
Posted by Vanish | Mar 30, 2010 @ 05:55 PM | 6,534 Views
I finished the fuselage top with spackle and WBPU, and the bottom with just WBPU. You can definitely tell the places where I spent the most time, as the came out perfect. Now I know.

We are almost ready for a maiden. I want to add a few more details and clear coat with Future. I made a few mistakes, but they are hardly visible. I also learned what I had been doing wrong with my airbrush in the past. By cutting the air pressure to half what it was (perhaps I bumped the restrictor?) it started working great. Next plane will probably be all kinds of airbrushed.
Posted by Vanish | Mar 29, 2010 @ 03:50 PM | 6,327 Views
More pictures and info in my Scratchbuilt Foamies build thread.

Midnight UCAV First Flight (2 min 48 sec)

Posted by Vanish | Mar 25, 2010 @ 10:16 AM | 6,550 Views
Attempt number two at this post. I accidentally closed the browser a moment ago.

I've had a bit of time to work on the project this week due to the weather being abysmal. It is now at the finishing stage. I am taking the spackle/WBPU approach this time. The method has been tested on the vertical tails and it looks great. Next time you get to see it painted.

It took me quite awhile to figure out how I wanted to do the battery bay / electronics cover. The battery had to be much further back than I anticipated originally, but there ended up being plenty of room. The hatch is cut in the electronics cover and held in place with magnets. The electronics cover itself is removable by taking out the screw in the motor mount and sliding it backward and up.

If the weather stays like this, we'll be maiden ready next week.
Posted by Vanish | Feb 27, 2010 @ 07:11 PM | 7,964 Views
About 70% finished with the airframe. Working out electronics locations at the moment, then I can finish the underside. I have tons of pictures I will post when I am finished in a full build log.
Posted by Vanish | Feb 25, 2010 @ 11:22 AM | 6,870 Views
I finished v1 of the plans and printed them out. Awaiting mounting to the foam on my lunch break. I know there are going to be a couple issues with this version of the plans, but I feel I should test it out. Wish me luck!
Posted by Vanish | Feb 24, 2010 @ 12:34 PM | 7,007 Views
Born from an F-22, T-38, SU-50 and WMD's Project Bolo, my latest sketchup design, the XVF-42 Skyreign.
Posted by Vanish | Feb 23, 2010 @ 03:36 PM | 6,838 Views
1.) XVF-41 Caiman - Same as before, I work on this one every once in awhile. I'm in no rush, I want it to be really nice. Still have no gear for it, but I've continued polishing this model. I got the intakes made and more filling / sanding done on the body.

2.) Pelatrix - I've flown this one before I made some updates. It needed some tweaks to the tail, which I've done. WBPU / Glassed it the tail, and gave a "paint job". Just waiting to test again.

3.) Sportsoar II - I've decided to reuse the tail and wing from this plane in a new one. I've got it basically designed in sketchup and a few pieces for it made.

4.) 3 Meter Sailplane - Ha, you didn't even know I had one! Well I do, and I am working on converting it to electric power. It used to have a small glow engine to get it up there.

5.) Falx 517 - I'm intimidated by the electronics still.
Posted by Vanish | Feb 17, 2010 @ 09:42 AM | 7,530 Views
Have been playing around in sketchup a lot recently. I have some cut and bent foam that's been sitting around for over a year that I want to put to use. So, using that as a baseline, here is where I am at with the model thought. First picture is the one I am liking the best.
Posted by Vanish | Feb 11, 2010 @ 07:48 PM | 7,380 Views
I've had time once again, even with long work days.

More pictures and info in my Scratchbuilt Foamies build thread.
Posted by Vanish | Apr 10, 2009 @ 01:02 PM | 7,682 Views
1.) Unnamed Jet Mashup. I NEED A NAME! This one is "done". To be honest it probably weighs about 2 oz extra from all the repairs during flight testing stage, and I don't think I'm going to bother returning the nose to the pointy original state.

Lesson 1: Triple check flight surfaces, especially when the servos are on the bottom.
Lesson 2: Oversize vertical tails on initial designs. Safer to start with too much than too little.

2.) V-19 Caiman - Probably should have a different letter/numbering. I work on this one every once in awhile. I'm in no rush, I want it to be really nice. Needs ailerons cut and connected. Front needs sanding. Intakes need forming pieces removed, outer cover attached and sanded. Also don't have any electronics for it at this time.

3.) Pelikan Testbed - Also needs a name. I guess I'm bad with names. This is the major project right now. The only thing holding me up on it is time and I was out of music wire, which was solved last night. Once the pushrods are installed, I'll attach the top and bottom pieces, and sand the intakes ( you can see the corner doublers in the second photo). I didn't want to attach the top fuse until the bottom being relatively flat on top makes it easy to work on.

4.) Falx 517 - Canard servo installed, Wing rotate servos installed (not visible here). I need a splitter that doesn't cause the servos to operate in different directions.

5.) Midnight UCAV - Glued the spar and KF wings down and the front of the shoulders. Back burner atm.
Posted by Vanish | Mar 23, 2009 @ 12:31 PM | 7,469 Views
After about 3 days of shuffling things about, I finally got the jet to fly. It flies really well actually. I had tried a whole bunch of things, but the only problem was the vertical stabilizers. I increased their size by about 80% and my turning issues were resolved.

Since the initial test flights, I've lost about 1/2" from the nose, put on an electronics cover (you can see it in red on the bottom) and doubled the size of the ailerons. We're at about 15oz AUW and looking pretty sexy. I'm sure 3oz of that is pure hot glue repair weight
Posted by Vanish | Mar 17, 2009 @ 09:43 AM | 8,397 Views
I just can't help but start cutting when I get an idea in my head. The idea for the Midnight UCAV came on Sunday and while watching TV on Monday night was cut out. Its looking pretty slick. Hopefully some discussion on it here: .

The jet mashup is getting its electronics installed. Its nice that is only four whole sections: Wing, Fuse, Two Engine Pods. I can see more designs following this setup coming. It will be using linked aileron and tailerons. I think I've about got that connection simplifed, will find out tonight.

The Falx electronics have all arrived, but it has definitely taken a backseat recently. Mostly due to the complexity and Spring arriving, causing me to think more of "What will I be flying tomorrow?" rather than "What will I be flying in a month or two?" Since the last photos, the canard has been completed. Need to find ~1/2" tube to make some lightening holes for the fuselage before I start gluing it together.

Flew the Usurper at a local park today while taking a break from frisbee. It handled 15mph winds easily. Definitely impressed my buddy and some others at the park. He asked me "Do you have one I can break?"
Posted by Vanish | Mar 13, 2009 @ 07:11 PM | 8,496 Views
The Falx project was put on hold as the weather took a change for the calmer. Not exactly warm, but little wind, and that is good enough for me. I took out all three of my prepped planes today. You've seen the BC-1.1 before, but I took a couple more pics of the XSU-26 "Usurper". Sorry, no flight shots as I was solo.

I also got to do the first flights on the YF-19b "Backlash". After some odd issues with what appeared to be COG, I noticed that, no matter how many times I had checked, elevator control was backwards. Dang, did that feel stupid. Flipped the servos around, some quick horn adjustments, and we have flight!

It is the weirdest flying plane I have ever flown. I wasn't expecting it to be normal, but this was definitely different. It will fly knife edge without a rudder, but I have yet to be able to loop it. It just straightens itself back out. I only got to fly one pack through it, so we'll see what happens with some more trimming. One other note: I don't like the canard placement. I think I will move them to the outer edge of the forward engine intake area.

The paint job is my first attempt at using masks with an airbrush. It came out decent, but I don't think I have the patience. I am waiting for some decals for the white area of the fuse / tail fins.
Posted by Vanish | Mar 11, 2009 @ 09:51 AM | 8,597 Views
This is a follow up to

Ok, so on the wing of the picture I have it says 507, and I don't have any idea if that is their model number or what, but I was writing 517, so I think I am just going to keep with it, since my model is slightly different. Anyway, I decided to just do it. I've got plenty of time and foam, and this project has some really exciting potential.


First, we need an airframe that will fly before we go messing with all the VTOL parts. I've now got the canard finished as well, but no pictures of that yet. The wing is mostly complete and the general fuselage is cutout and dry fit. I misplaced the tail fins a bit due to some stupidity in Sketchup, but the tail is removable, so I will start with this one and swap in a "more scale" version later. The current tail is actually safer.

Work to complete Phase 1:
Mount Canard
Mount Tail Fin
Build Motor Mounts
Mount Aileron Servos and Cut Ailerons
Build Wing mounting block
Cut lightening holes
Mock component fit to determine general battery placement for c/g
Glue the fuse pieces
Sheet the main fuse

Geez, Sounds like a lot! Since this is highly experimental, I'm trying to allow for component switching early. So, the tail boom, fin, and wing are all going to be removable. I was going to do that with the canard, but I decided to just mount the servo under the canard and have an access hatch there. Still need to figure out how I want to access the forward battery.


Second phase: I ordered an MSP430 development kit so I can build my own custom 5 channel mixing board. Oh snap, that's going to be some learning. I don't see how I can do without it though. With the gyro's interfaced and the control swapping on tilt, I just cannot do transmitter based mixing.

The three gryos have arrived, man are they cute. Picking a position for them in the airframe should be interesting.