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Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 09, 2017 @ 12:53 PM | 1,328 Views
I've got 2 to build now.....that little blue foam fighter (The Blue Brick) and now this one..a twin engine (wing mount) variant of the Avro CF-105 Arrow....I've built this one before with moderate success.....hopefully this one will perform much better.....I call her the CF-105.2

I built it a couple of years ago with cardboard nacelles and a lot less knowledge about fan sweep areas and efflux cones...she flew, but I'm hoping this version will fly better, especially with new (read : better designed) nacelles
Posted by Old_Pilot | Oct 30, 2017 @ 03:14 PM | 1,995 Views
This one was an experiment.....first time working with blue foam and my first Armin wing......I mashed together several airframes just so I could use the nacelles from a ME-262.....

And here's the flight video

Klungaknull (2 min 34 sec)
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Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 12, 2017 @ 03:12 PM | 4,090 Views
Haven't built this one yet....just finished the preliminary drawings.......plan is for a 60" wing span, KFM-2 wing, and (2) 70 mm fans.....I guess we'll see soon.

Weather doesn't look to promising for flying so I guess I'll start cutting this one out.
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jul 12, 2017 @ 03:07 PM | 3,637 Views
Haven't posted in a while, so this will serve as catch up.....4 new ones.....

The white twin had 64's and was anemic in flight, the grey twin had 70's and flew beautifully, was playing around with masking tape on the camo one...and the combat was a replacement
Posted by Old_Pilot | May 09, 2017 @ 01:17 PM | 3,659 Views
Flight ready ! Bloody Hell II.....
38" WS x 33" OAL, 39 ounces all up, Gforce 3542-1200kV motor, TowerPro MG91 13 gram MG servos, 9x6 APC-E prop, Lemon 6 channel DSMX/DSM2 Featherlight receiver, GForce 2600mah 40C 4S battery, 65Amp Mantis ESC w/ 5 amp BEC, 50% KFM 2 airfoil........3/16" Elmer's board.

Ok fellas..........hang on......this little girl is a hoot to fly...not near as squirrelly as the little one........So here's proof of flight of the Bloody Hell II for the C&S "Build One From The Files Section" Contest..... My friend Roger Basset is at the controls....I was on camera....but I flew her 4 more times after the PoF video....she's a quick little thing.....I apologize for the background noise.....our mowing contractor showed up......on a Sunday morning.....WOW !

Bloody Hell II (2 min 49 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Apr 06, 2017 @ 07:38 AM | 4,639 Views
F4D II (2 min 21 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Mar 14, 2017 @ 01:52 PM | 5,653 Views
I think I got everything fixed.......yet to maiden.....weather's been crappy
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 20, 2017 @ 07:18 AM | 5,149 Views
She died Saturday.....but I learned something about the limits of foam board.....I flew her successfully a few times, but on the last flight, I turned to make a high speed pass over the runway and when I leveled the wings and throttled up, I saw the fin buckle and turn almost sideways......she broke in half when she hit the ground..BUT, I learned that the tall slender (unreinforced) tail fin was just that...too tall and too slender....I've already addressed that problem..the fin failed diagonally from lower back to mid front. I've decreased the slenderness of the fin, and will add stiffeners, probably bamboo, to both the leading and trailing edges for their entire length. Kinda sorta reminded me of what paper does when you blow on it edge on.

Rev 2 this week....
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 16, 2017 @ 01:35 PM | 5,339 Views
She's a dream to fly......no bad habits

F4D Skyray (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 15, 2017 @ 06:21 PM | 5,456 Views
Rev 0 (the gray one) was doing pretty well on her maiden until the fan rotor let go and went through the side of the fuselage and part of the wing......had to cut her apart just to get the rotor out...so I built Rev 1...few minor changes......servos are let into the underside of the wing this time..almost 6 inches of battery (CG) adjustment.....three hatches..skids a little farther forward......
Posted by Old_Pilot | Feb 09, 2017 @ 09:18 AM | 5,361 Views
My friend "builderdude" inspired me to attempt this build.....his is balsa, this one is Elmer's board.

36" WS, KFM-2 wing/airfoil, 90mm Freewing fan, 1850 kv motor, 6S battery.....if I can get the shop warm enough, I'll try to get her painted today. Otherwise, I'll just fit the rest of the hardware and start masking....

The drawings and patterns have been revised to as built/as flown.........Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 27, 2017 @ 10:01 PM | 5,823 Views
Shortened the nose by an inch and moved the battery back up under the wing...bottom hatch......no ballast required to get to CG......painting her now

Here's the video:
A 7 Rev 1 Maiden (3 min 37 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 15, 2017 @ 09:03 AM | 5,083 Views
Flew her 5 times yesterday morning.....broke a prop and replaced it with one I had in the box.....unfortunately it wasn't balanced. Vibration caused the canopy to rattle off...However, she's a beast.....fast and maneuverable......this variant is nose heavy, even with an extra 6 ounces of lead in her tail. I'm going to build her again with a CF spinner, relocate the battery up under the wing to move the CG even farther back, and put the access hatches on the bottom of the fuse. The full length ailerons worked perfectly....help counteract the torque roll of that big power 15 on the front......It looks like I can cut close to 8 ounces out of this airframe (lead and spinner) which will reduce the AUW to right at 40 ounces.......

A 7 (0 min 43 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Jan 10, 2017 @ 12:32 PM | 6,159 Views
I've been on a "simplify" kick lately...here's the latest......gonna build her this week.....

She's being painted now........Note, the let in work is the most time consuming, but the rest of the airplane went together like a kit

Update: She was underpowered or under propped...turned downwind and her butt fell out of the sky..stalled and went in hard...probably need to cut a foam core wing next time ( S-7036 or a 9% Clark-Y).the KF-2 airfoil didn't provide enough low speed lift...I'll build her again
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 16, 2016 @ 09:34 AM | 5,669 Views
She's a cross between my StealthStream, the Concorde, and a Vulcan........Flight Ready......no ballast required to get the CG.....(2) 70mm Freewing 6 bladed fans, Freewing 2836-3300 kV motors, 65 Amp ESC's, 2600 mah 30C 4S batt's, TowerPro MG946R Servos, Lemon 6 channel Featherlite DSMX/DSM2 receiver, McDonald's large coffee cup nacelles.....3.6lbs All up weight...close to 8 lbs of thrust

Results of maiden: Complete failure boys......I got the CG way too far back.......did something wrong in the balance calc's, just not sure what yet.......jumped off the ground like a grasshopper and went straight up....no amount of down helped.......I suspected that the fans were too far back, but forged ahead anyway......back to the drawing board.

Update: FOUND IT !.....when I calculated the CG, I forgot to set the CG at 25% of the mean aerodynamic chord...calculator defaults to 30%......which means the CG is about 2 1/2" too far back.....in the words of Jeff Dunham's Walter...Dumb ass !
Posted by Old_Pilot | Dec 01, 2016 @ 07:13 AM | 5,848 Views
Had to replace a combat wing after a mid air...we hit so hard that my motor was broken...got her back to the bench just in time for her to burst into flames.....so here's the new one

Flight Ready: GForce 3542 1250 kV, Tower Pro MG90S, Lemon 6 channel, 50 AMP ESC, 2600 mah 30C 4S.....gonna test fly her with a 9x4.5.....combat with a 9x6.....

Update: maiden flight...
Delta Combat (2 min 34 sec)

Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 25, 2016 @ 11:49 AM | 5,889 Views
I found (4) 70mm fans/motors in the bottom drawer...and decided it was time for another twin....this time I buried the fans in the wing plates.....haven't started on her yet, so I haven't found the "uh-oohs"..but I'll build her next...Continue Reading
Posted by Old_Pilot | Nov 21, 2016 @ 08:28 AM | 5,744 Views
L 19 Maiden (5 min 36 sec)