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Feb 03, 2013, 12:43 AM
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Simplest VTOL with full forward flight

Tri-copter with 5 motors..

no separate controllers... 8 channel radio... APM 2.5...with 2.8.1...
with front motors on a switch with a dial
left elev ch7.... right elev ch8... with a mix.. from motors on ch6


Full VTOL with transition and back (1 min 26 sec)
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Feb 17, 2013, 06:15 AM
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Hi Eddie.
I like your work, incorporating the tricopter function of vertical take off and the twin motor flying wing.
This is truly a great idea.
Opens the mind up to further design work for streamlining and efficiency.
Feb 17, 2013, 02:46 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Even simpler and with only two motors -

Addition, sorry Eddie, just realized this is one of yours, still a brilliant, and simple, design.

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Last edited by eflightray; Feb 17, 2013 at 02:50 PM. Reason: Addition.
Feb 17, 2013, 02:58 PM
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Simpler still with just one motor. There are many tail-sitter designs around. No gyros needed.

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Feb 20, 2013, 06:31 AM
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Hi Eddie & leadfeather.
I have previously devoted some considerable time and effort to the concept of the VTO aircraft .
After building several vto machines including "Stringflys" sidewinders, which I had some success with , I then built my own design "tailsitters" which worked very well....particularly outdoors in the wind.
These designs were mostly aircraft that could be hovered and then controlled to land on its tail feathers.
A great achievemant in its self and there are many designs that have achieved this given to all the designers.
IMO....Eddie's concept is simple...effective...and under full control as a airplane in forward flight and as a tricopter in the hover mode.
The final concept / design in this challenge will do exactly what Eddie has done....aircraft mode and heli mode in one model.
I am fascinated at what the final design concept will actually look like .
I have two tricopters sitting in the workshop just waiting for a purpose in life.!!!!
This video is only some history of my remaining vto machine still gathering dust in my workshop.....waiting for the next stage of "evolution".

Aussie Pete's VTOL outdoors (0 min 30 sec)

Eddie ...keep going with this has good vibe's
Feb 20, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Tail sitters are very easy (relatively speaking). Most will blow over if there is much wind; Aussie Pete's is an exception.

Transformers VTOL's (non tail sitters) are cool and challenging. They can handle wind better. So many variations. Eddies' craft is another interesting VTOL design...looking forward to more.
Last edited by leadfeather; Feb 20, 2013 at 07:53 AM.

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