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Jan 24, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Mansell Models 1/4 Scale Skybaby


I decided to go with a proven power system so, I purchased the E-flite 480 Brushless Outrunner 1020Kv with a matching 40-Amp Lite Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC and the APC 12x6E thin prop.

I'll install four HiTec HS-5065MG Digital Feather Servo as well as a set of Diamond 3" Lite Wheels and a Hanger 9 Tail Wheel Assembly.

This should all be enough to start the project when my kit arrives soon.
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Jan 25, 2011, 10:00 PM
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Taken from David Payne post HERE


Mansell Models Stitts Skybaby
Steve Mueller Scale Builder


On October 20th, 2009, the sky was grey with scattered clouds and the adrenaline was pumping. Tom Mansell was able to maiden the scale Stitts Skybaby with a large crowd to boot. The plane took to the sky quickly as Tom put plenty of space between the plane and the ground to get it all trimmed out. After a few minor adjustments and taking out the rudder mixing, the plane flew really well despite It’s 44oz flight weight. The attached video contains footage of the maiden flight and some from the next few days. What a pleasure to watch this plane fly.
Tom based this model on RCM plans that were drawn up by Pat Trittle. Though the dimensions and airfoil are similar to Andy Clancy’s Skybaby, there have been many changes that mostly include structural reinforcement that will support the 300 watt motor. Tom designed the rudder to be more like the original full scale plane and added ailerons and extra ribs to support the ailerons. The bottom wing has been greatly reinforced to support the widened landing gear. This thing tracks very well on the ground. Though Tom referenced the RCM plans he has created an entirely new airplane here.
Tom framed up the plane after having JTechLaser.com laser cut his parts. He then handed it over to Steve Mueller (a dedicated scale builder) to finish up the Skybaby. The local response to the plane has been amazing and it sure is something to see in person.
Tom is making plans to make the kit available under Mansell Models and will probably be available in the next few months on BlueSkyRC.com.
Here are some of the statistics on the finished plane:
E-Flite 480, an APC 12X6E prop, a Turnigy 40amp ESC, a 3-cell 11.1 volt 2200mah Li-poly battery, and 4 servos for the Rudder, elevator and one for each set of ailerons.
RCGroups Skybaby Thread


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Jan 29, 2011, 06:00 PM
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Electronics arrived today.....


E-flite 480 Brushless Outrunner 1020Kv
Matching 40-Amp Lite Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC
APC 12x6E thin prop
3s 2200mAh 35-45C Li-Po
4x HiTec HS-5055MG Digital Feather Servos
Set of Diamond 3" Lite Wheels and a Hanger 9 Tail Wheel Assembly
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Feb 03, 2011, 05:31 PM
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RC-Gods delivered SkyBaby


Kit is now in the hobby Room!!!! Glad the plastics parts were in the middle!! Phew!
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Feb 06, 2011, 06:45 PM
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Had to rearrange the hobby room to accommodate building a plane...... picked up most of the parts list today.

Enough now to get started, I suppose.
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