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Oct 05, 2009, 05:21 PM
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Sea Dart project

I am starting on plans to make a fully-functional Convair Sea Dart as a winter project. I will be making more announcements on designs shortly.

here are the plans

material- sheet foam
power-edf's, up to twin 70mm's.
size- to scale for ducting
water takeoff/ landing capable- yes.
version- single ski for ease of constructuon

here are the plans it will be based off.

for those who don't know what a sea dart is... this is the twin ski version
Convair F2Y Sea Dart (1 min 54 sec)
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Oct 05, 2009, 07:35 PM
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this should be a very cool project!
Oct 05, 2009, 07:38 PM
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Great, I have always like the Sea Dart. I also like non convential planes, just have to be different.
Oct 05, 2009, 08:06 PM
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great! always lie support

anyways, I have made a list of parts (as of now

Foam: 6mm depron for framing of body, thin depron (maybe 1mm-2mm max) for skin. this should keep the plane light for flight.

edf: twin 66mm-70mm edf's. going by cost, because everyone likes a low cosst aircraft.

motor: hobby king 4900kv motor

esc: 50a esc

battery: 4s definite, size to be determined by weight.

Servos: 2 to 4 servos, narrow wing servos, 9mm thickness (external mount option
2 3kg+ servos (internal mount option, most likely
2 6kg standard servos for retractable ski
1 servo for rudder/ water rudder

size:scale. the size of the aircraft wll be determined by the ratio of the edf duct to the plan's ducting size.

radio: 6ch 2.4ghz radio from hobbyking

Retract system:

i hope to have 2 servos for the retractable ski, with homeade waterproofing. The plan is to use 2 pushrods mounted to hinges to push the rods out. the foreward servo will push less, to make the scale look. 4 tubes will slide in and out to hold the retracted panel in line. pics to come.
Oct 05, 2009, 08:51 PM
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Well, i looked at the airplane's specs on wikipedia, and found that the original plane had between a .96 and .54 t/w. meaning, weigtwise, there should be no thrust problem.
Oct 05, 2009, 08:53 PM
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Subscribed!!! when your finished, i wouldnt be surprised if it never touched water! i would be so scared to land.
Oct 05, 2009, 09:23 PM
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you'll be surprised. there are a lot of methods i'm tinking of for this ski, and i have a lot of places near water. guaranteed, it will fly on and land on water, just as the original did: getting up to ski speed (5kts), deploying skis and taking off, and landing the same. plus, the delta needs a high angle of attack for takeoff and landing, so having water around will help.
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Oct 06, 2009, 03:39 PM
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figured out some dimensions. tip-to-tip, the wingspan will be 39", and length will be measured soon- i got 60, but with a 60 degree delta wing, doesn't seem right.

The fan will be a cheap 66mm 6-blade from hobby-lobby. The motor will be a 4900kv off-brand on a 4s with a 50a esc. 2 motor setups for the plane. judging by the power made by the thin-impellered storm with a 4150kv motor, the motor setup shouod produce around 2lbs+ thrust others using a similar setup.
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Oct 07, 2009, 04:13 PM
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Quick question- i am looking at the feedback on the motors, and i'm hearing a lot of the same tune: The engine is FAST!!! but the speed controller needs to be set up with a good heat sink and ventillation. Anyone have a suggestion on how to get these more venting without putting them in the ducting or on top of the plane?

Borrowed some better plans (and a template for the paint job) from Pontious and W@cco's sea dart thread. Will be comparing these together, and more likely, i'll be using the plans from the old thread (clearer)

Does anyone have a drawing of the rear end? i need the size and placement of the rear ducts for the plans (and correct scaling).
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Oct 07, 2009, 08:00 PM
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ok... i figured out the dimensions

width: 39"
length: jut over 60 with the tip.
Oct 07, 2009, 08:00 PM
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Rear View

Display Sea Dart.
Oct 07, 2009, 08:07 PM
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works well enough. scale stays. I had set the plane up for 75mm for space for the edf's, and it works well for what i see. Any ideas on a water rudder?
Oct 07, 2009, 08:31 PM
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here are the autocad drawings of the plane. half-done, i have to do another drawing of the side.
Oct 07, 2009, 10:49 PM
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Well, finally got some dim analysis issues fixed. here are the dims

wingspan: 39"
height: 17"

I have completed the first stage- copying. next stage is bulkhead design. sould be done over te weekend.
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Oct 07, 2009, 10:57 PM
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you are so lucky I was just almost about to delete a bunch of pics out of my Pentax
I have more for tomorrow

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