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Oct 27, 2013, 08:19 PM
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No maiden flight on the MigStick. One of the solder joints on the Y-cable for the battery broke while setting up. Must have been a cold joint. Good thing that happened on the ground.
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Oct 31, 2013, 08:10 AM
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Lucky you. Most don't get a second chance like that.
Feb 25, 2014, 07:50 PM
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The Yak is Back

You know you just don't know how much you enjoy a plane until its not around anymore.
I made a simple mistake that cost me a great plane, mixed up my battery packs by mistake, charged and not so charged. First pack I grabbed, you guessed it---not so charged. It had just enough juice to get me into the top of a Cuban 8 and the pack just left the building, the plane hung out, control still working but no air speed. Sometimes better known as a full stall.
Yah it wasn't pretty when Rex and I got to the site, you know its bad when your buddy says bad words. And it's not even his plane.
We gathered the remains and headed to the pits, after a general inventory the initial thoughts were confirmed... She's a goner, spared/salvaged the receiver, servos and some hardware, everything else was shot.
So here's the good news, Aero Works had a 20% off sale... Wooohooo.. My lucky day indeed. And I just happened to have a special fund set a side for just such a day. This one is even better/faster than the last.
Lessons learned:
I have a brand new voltage checker in my box, and if you don't have one on board your welcome to barrow mine.
Feb 25, 2014, 11:33 PM
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Neil, I was sure sorry to see the wreckage that day. Glad you've got an ever better one now. See ya at the field.

Feb 26, 2014, 05:22 PM
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It's never nice to see that happen, to anyone's plane. Glad you were able to get it replaced and save a couple of bucks in the process.

Sep 08, 2014, 09:15 PM
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Another Successful Electric To Glo Conversion

I maidened the Great Planes P-6E Hawk, today. All went well and it flies great with the Magum 52 four stroke.
Sep 10, 2014, 08:34 PM
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Nice Hawk

Hey John,
That plane looks great!!!
Feb 13, 2015, 11:42 AM
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Well, it's been a year since I scratch built the MiG Stick. Here's what I've got on the bench now. It doesn't look like much yet, but it's going to be an 90mm EDF trainer with a 59" wingspan. My goal is to have it's flying weight around/under 7lbs. Which will give it a wing loading of around 30oz/sqft.

I'm going to use the 90mm, 1750 watt RC Lander EDF unit that came out of my Nitro Planes Fan Trainer.

I've abandoned the Fan Trainer because it was just a very poor design. Took all the usable hardware out for this project. The problem with the Fan Trainer was that the horizontal stabilizer had negative incidence which caused the plane to porpoise a lot. The main landing gear was too far forward so it was difficult to keep the nose wheel on the ground when taking-off. And if that wasn't enough, it had a 39oz/sqft wing loading. These problems were just plain too difficult to correct, so adios!

If the weight of my trainer does come in around 7lbs, it should give me a wing loading more similar to a warbird. The RC Lander EDF should then give me about 250 watts per pound. It had plenty of power to push the Fan Trainer through the air, so it should have enough power for this plane with its lighter wing loading.

I would welcome any thoughts or comments.

P.S. If anyone can come up with a better name than "Boxjet" let me know...
Feb 21, 2015, 09:42 AM
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Boxjet Progress 2/21/15

Here's some pictures of the progress on the scratchbuilt. The nose is starting to look more like an airplane than a boat now. Pretty much the same layout I used for the Migstick. All open in front to allow lots of air to flow through the fuselage.

Check out the batteries. Thanks to Gary Rife for turning me on to the Glacier Lipos. Both of the batteries in the picture are 5000mAh, 6 cell batteries. Check out how much smaller the Glacier is than the Zippy. I haven't actually weighed them but the Glacier feels to be a couple of ounces lighter than the Zippy although it is about an inch longer than the Zippy. They are both 45C discharge but the Glacier claims a 5C charge rate...if I understand it correctly, that would be 25 amps???? That really seems like a lot.

The second picture shows what the Glacier looks like laying in the battery tray.

The third picture shows the wire tunnel and vertical stab support. The trapazoid shaped things are mounts for the horizontal stabs that will raise the elevators out of the wing's wind shadow(??? turbulence from the shoulder mounted wing) and give them a good bit of positive dihedral. It will also serve as a space to mount the rudder servo.

The last picture shows the unfinished side air intakes.

Anyone think of a better name than "Boxjet" yet? I'm still open to suggestions but Boxjet is growing on me.
Mar 05, 2015, 08:41 AM
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03/03/15 Boxjet Progress

Starting to look like an airplane...sorta
Last edited by Sunbyrd; Mar 05, 2015 at 08:58 AM.
Mar 06, 2015, 02:26 AM
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Very nice. Are you going to paint it or cover it?
Mar 06, 2015, 07:56 AM
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I'm planning on covering it with Ultracote or similar light weight covering in a splinter camo pattern. (something like in the pictures) I've never done a camo job in film and with the all solid structure it should be fairly easy. Also, since this plane is all angles, I think the splinter pattern camo is more fitting. Just from Googling images, it looks like the U.S., Russia and many European aircraft sport this sort of pattern.
Mar 06, 2015, 04:31 PM
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That will look very cool.
I don't know if my old eyes could track that camo in flight. I have trouble with the ME 262 on a cloudy day.
Apr 24, 2015, 11:05 AM
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Boxjet 4/24/15

I think it's ready to fly. Hope I haven't forgotten anything. The final weight ended up being 7.9 lbs. Wing loading should be 33oz/SqFt. That should give me about 221Watts/lbs at full throttle.

Just need a favorable weather day now.

Update: Maidened the Boxjet Saturday nooonish, May 2nd. Winds were about 8-10 mph from the south, right down the runway. Taxied out and throttled up gently. About a third of the runway pulled it up gently and it lifted off easily. Gentle climbing turn to the left, then at altitude a couple of clicks up and a couple of clicks of left trim and it was flying hands-off. Airplane was very stable and predictable. Able to cruise at half throttle easily without losing altitude. Tried out a roll on that first flight. The way it flies, it's hard to believe it's an eight pound airplane with a 33oz/sqft wing loading. Had the timer set for three minutes for the first flight. Landed without incident and checked the battery. Cells were down to about 3.82 volts per cell.

For the second flight, went high rate for the ailerons and the roll was a bit more crisp. It pulls up through a loop from level flight with no problem. Did a split S, also without any problem. Second flight lasted three and half minutes and battery was down to 3.7 volts per cell.

I couldn't be happier with the way this airplane flies and lands. It pretty much proves that 200 watts/pound works well for an EDF.

Thanks to Roddy Lowrie for the moral support and extra hands in case it was a handful on the maiden flight.
Last edited by Sunbyrd; May 03, 2015 at 10:39 PM. Reason: Maidened the Boxjet
Apr 25, 2015, 06:23 PM
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Looks good. I see you gave it a bit of attitude. You were right about the "camo" scheme. It does break up the angles very well.
Don't forget to post a flight review and a video would be great.

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