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Oct 19, 2011, 08:55 PM

Disney Bird Foamie Aladdin's Iago

Here is a video of Iago in flight; Caution: You will need transmitter mixing of ailerons to rudder in addition to V-tail mixing if you plan to build this model.

Disney's Iago from Aladdin (Radio Controlled) flown by Otto Dieffenbach (0 min 43 sec)
Last edited by Otto Dieffenbach; Oct 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM. Reason: Added a caution.
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Oct 19, 2011, 09:05 PM

Build description and plans/photos

The build is fairly easy. This is what you need to do.

1. Cut out the wing and tail from 6mm Depron. Separate control surfaces, bevel edges and attach with hinge tape.
2. Install carbon spar in wing.
3. Shape body from a hunk of foam.
4. Cut body at wing/waterline.
5. Make parallel belly cut (about an inch below, for eventual electronics installation) and cut at the front at 3 degrees (right thrust) for ply motor mount installation.
6. Hollow body and nose for electronics/motor.
7. Make ply motor mount.
8. Glue wing to body at wing/waterline cut.
9. Glue L & R tail together in V at specified angle.
10. Glue tail to body at wing/waterline cut and add carbon tube stiffener. Check alignment and check it again.
11. Epoxy motor mount to front.
12. Install motor and glue nose on. I use collet type prop adapters so I can remove prop easily for display.
13. Install electonics so that CG is at the carbon spar.
14. Install linkages.
15. Make hatch for battery where required.
16. Important: Put 75% throw mix of rudder slaved to the ailerons.
17. Paint and fly or fly then paint.

If this is within your capabilities or you want develop some skills let me know what you need. The foam carving is the hardest part; foam is cheap/free, so carve til you get it right. Best.
Oct 19, 2011, 09:07 PM

Electronics requirements

Most materials were ordered from Hobby King at hobbyking.com.

AX1806N, 2500kv motor (1) $8
Plush 10amp ESC (1) $8
Light receiver (5g) for your transmitter (1) $5
HXT900 servos (3) $2.77 a piece
3mm collet prop adapter $2
GWS 6x3 prop

I use GenAce 2s450 25c batteries from hobbypartz.com. Good alternate source for 9g servos and 10amp esc. Batteries have good quality at $4 per.
Oct 19, 2011, 10:41 PM
low tech high tech
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Oct 20, 2011, 02:46 AM
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OMG ! That's looks stunning in the air !
Oct 21, 2011, 10:21 PM
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[QUOTE=KenChin;19642813]OMG ! That's looks stunning in the air ![/QUOT ,

Absolutely the coolest !

a must have
Oct 24, 2011, 09:35 AM
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I printed this at 235% in Adobe Reader and it gave me a 18.5" body...hope it helps someone.

Dec 29, 2011, 01:16 AM
awesome work ,you are very talented my friend!! thank you for sharing, geoff
Dec 29, 2011, 08:38 AM
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Flies like .... a Bird !!!
Mar 18, 2012, 09:00 PM
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such a lovely bird, and that flies great,i may build one for my kid (or for me...) !
thanks for sharing!
Mar 22, 2012, 01:10 AM
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To Otto Dieffenbach, is there any chances to have more details on your build my friend... like a building log, where the electronics are coming in your body, building techniques and so on? I will start this build very soon and I would really would like to have some more inside infos.

Thank you in advance.

Mar 22, 2012, 03:20 AM
In the Red Tail Hawk thread there are general building instructions for all my birds. The process is the same. Give me a list of specific details you'd like and I'll address them.
Mar 22, 2012, 10:13 AM
ɹǝsn pǝɹǝʇsıƃǝɹ - inverted!
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This one is very colorful. I like it!
Mar 23, 2012, 03:43 AM
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Cheers Wing Man...
Mar 23, 2012, 08:20 AM
Sometimes it work some don't
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Now here is a little question for you Otto, How do you keep the body closed and the nose once the Electronics is installed? Are you using small magnets?

Ok for the CG by the CF rod in the wing or slightly further.

I'm planning to use a 1200kva motor E-MAXX 2812, 1000 mAh battery 3Cell, 9gr servos and a 20A ESC, will that be not to heavy for the size of it? Or do I need to blow it even bigger?

I printed out the file and blew it at about 300 or 400% can remember now but I'm attaching the file anyway. It seems to be slightly bigger then the given dimension... Might work for my bigger power set up.

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