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VTOL RC aircraft concepts, designs and links


If you guys are like me, you enjoy seeing all the great designs and ideas for VTOL. I thought it might be a good idea to make it easier to do this for all by gathering and organizing the many designs into this thread. I'll do my best to include everyone's work...just give me some time to put this together and getting the organization right. Also, any help in getting all the VTOL work and builds included is greatly appreciated.

I'll try to post the designs in each category in chronological order as best I can.

The VTOL wheel below came from this web site: http://www.vstol.org

Tilt rotor
Scale or semi scale
EDF (as primary lift fan(s) )
Tricopter
Quadcopter
Bicopter
Single Fan

Tilt wing
Scale or semi scale
Tricopter
Quadcopter
Bicopter

Tail Sitter
Scale or semi scale
Single rotor
Two rotor
Tricopter
Quadcopter

Tilt Craft
Tricopter
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Tilt Rotor Designs


Scale:

Googleplex's V-22 Osprey; note use of flybars. circa 2009

V-22's Full fuse build of Rotormasters V-22 Osprey; circa 2011

f35vertical's F-35 circa 2012

Tom Stanton's V-22 Osprey Tilt Rotor 2nd version added to thread 2014

MrJan's "Valor V-280" circa 2014

Hoiberg's Semi Scale V-22 VTOL tilt rotor circa 2016

Xane X-22 fairly scale circa 2016

Single Fan:
Tom Hunt's design, Vertigo ... Video of the Vertigo circa 1994

Singapore Poytechnic Project's Thrust Vectoring Mechanism Circa 2010

Co-axial Rotors

Tilitrotorcoaxial's Coaxial rotor tilt wing circa 2010

Baldwin Technology's Mono Tiltrotor circa 2010

Dual Fan:

Yellow-BL dual fan tilt rotor circa circa 2009

Andreas's modified Minimag tiltrotor circa 2010

BleskCZ's Eso-x1 VTOL circa 2011

PaulB's "Osprey Like Bi-Copter Test Bed - Nemo" circa 2016


TriCopter:

Cyber Defence System's Cyber Scout circa 2005

taileron's rc edf vtol circa 2007

leadfeather's F-35b Wii Jet circa 2011

leadfeather's Hover-EZ circa 2011

leadfeather's Flying Monkey circa 2012

foam and tapes' Chimera circa 2013


Stephen Carlson's Orange Hawk circa 2013

BirdsEyeView Aerobotics' FireFly6 circa 2014

David Chiu's Coolb3 VTOL , Circa 2016

HACK's SR-71 "BlackBird EDF VTOL" ,circa 2016

Simon Ki's VTOL RC Tricopter Drone , circa 2016

Kasra's Stryker VTOL tricopter, circa 2016

E-flight's Convergence VTOL, plug and play model, circa 2016

plorks445's "Lambda Space Shuttle" , circa 2016

zazsigi's 3 Imp VTOL , All Terrain Skipper converted to VTOL, circa 2017

Multiplex's Trinity, all 3 fans tilt, circa 2017

Quadcopter:

sergiot78's Verti VTOL circa 2008

foam and tape's Quad Tilt Rotor circa 2011

Jonathan Hesselbarth's Wingcopter circa 2012

Ran D. St. Clair's Quad Tilt Rotor Bixler circa 2013

leadfeather's Jump Jet , no control surface experiment. circa 2012

ComQuest Ventures' Quad pusher tilt rotor Vertex. circa 2014

leadfeather's Quad Otter circa 2015

crazyj's Twins Cargo tilt rotor VTOL circa 2013

Graupner X44 tandem tiltwing VTOL circa 2015

Aimdroix Xray Quad, VTOL Hybrid circa 2016
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Tilt Wing Designs


Scale

Ran D. ST. Clair's Xc-142 circa 2013

Unique Model's CL-84 circa 2014

Unique Model's LTV XC-42 circa 2015

RCScopes' Ducted fan X-35B circa 2015

Single Fan:

Co-axial Rotors

Tilitrotorcoaxial's Coaxial rotors tilt wing circa 2010

Tilitrotorcoaxial's Coaxial rotors free wing Circa 2010

Dual Fan:

Air Hog's Osprey; flybar stabilized circa 2010

foam and tape's Twins Cargo Plane circa 2010

TriCopter:

Greg Covey's Multiplex Magister converted tilt wing circa 2008

RWTH-Aachen University Tilt-Wing Tricopter circa 2011

Quadcopter:



Multi Fan:

Auroroa Fight Science's Subscale X-Plane Aircraft Circa 2016
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Tail Sitters


Scale

Ed Couch's Convair XFY-1 Pogo circa 2003

Transforming

Ran D. St. Clair's M-Tol; M hover to plank wing transformer circa 2017

Ran D. St. Clairs Z-Tol, Z Hover to plank wing transformer circa 2017


Single Fan:

STRINGFLY's Flying Sidewinder Missile circa 2006

mlbco's Tail Sitter VTOL UAV aka V-Bat, circa 2007


Great Planes VFO
circa 2009

Sky Technology's VTOL UAV Circa 2009

TRDI Hoverbot aka Japanese Ball Drone ... video circa 2011

Electrifly UMX Hypertaxi circa 2011

Jeff Pages VTOL UAV Sky Tech circa 2012

Aerovel's Flexrotor prototype circa 2013
Aerovel's Production Flexrotor with split tail, circa 2017

Delf University's Delftacopter circa 2016


Dual Fan:

EddieWeeks' Twin Motor Tail Sitter circa 2010

Arkbird EPP tailsitter kit circa 2017

X-Vert by Horizon Hobby circa 2017

TriCopter:

Quadcopter or more:

Delft University of Technology Student's ATMOS ; video

Transition Robotics' Quadshot ; Kickstarter Page circa 2011

University of Leuven's VertiKUL no control surface VTOL craft Circa 2014

Ran D. St. Clair's VTOL Ring Wing circa 2015

Parrot's Swing VTOL X wing

Z84 VTOL FPV wing by nabakou circa 2016

Ran D. St. Clair's + Size VTOL circa 2017
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Tilt Craft, Separate lift/thrust, Stop Rotor, Free Wing and other designs


Tilt Craft

PatOg's POGL018 VTOL circa 2013

QuadPlane's Zero Transiton VTOL ... video circa 2013

Ran D. St. Clair's Flite Test Logo VTOL circa 2015

University of Leuven's VertiKUL-2 Circa 2015


Quadcopter or Tricopter lift, separate motor(s) for forward flight.

Drew Blair's Dual tails VTOL Jet Plane, Tricopter stabilized tilting turbine engine. circa 2007

RidiculousMJM's VTOL edf jet 4 lift edfs + pusher prop. circa 2010

Marcus Peter and Wolferl's VTOL-Nuri 4 lift fans + pusher fan. circa 2010

EddieWeeks' Tricopter + dual thruster wing circa 2013

Ran D. St. Clair's Fun Cub VTOL circa 2013

Siniger's Siniger One VTL

AJWoods' Micro VTOL Vapor circa 2014

AJWoods' Quad Harrier Hybrid circa 2014

ARCTURUS UAV JUMP15 Circa 2014

3D Robotic's SLT VTOL UAV Circa 2014

Serg Alexandrov's Region Angel, quad rotor lift + pusher airplane

Serg Alexandrov's AL-107 "Cyberlarus" quad rotor + pusher.

Serg Alexandrov's " AL-105 " quad rotor + pusher

Ran D. St. Clair's W.U.V. , winged utility vehicle. Circa 2015

DroneLab's DeltaQuad Autonomous VTOL Circa 2016

Tron, Quantum Systems' Transition UAV, Drone circa 2016

Dronetech's AV1 Albatross Circa 2016

Airnamic's Hybrid FPV Racer Circa 2016

UNSW Canberra UAV Team's Medical Express D2

Serg Alexandrov's Ал -103 Рикор II circa 2016

Serg Alexandrov's АЛ-103М circa 2017

gema's RC Delta Wing VTOL circa 2016

Ran D. St. Clair's FPVTOL Explorer circa 2016

SUAVX's Nano VTOL UAV autonomous vtol craft circa 2016

XUAV-10's " Electric hybrid VTOL fixed-wing UAV "

Krossblade-SkyProwler-VTOL-Tranformer circa 2016

Alti UAS's "Alti Transition", SLT quad/pusher VTOL craft, circa 2017


Stop Rotor

Stop Rotor Technologies Hybrid RotorWing circa 2013

Free Wing


Colugo System's Arcopter free wing / quadcopter
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Other non-hobby VTOLs concepts and cool ideas,


Israel Aerospace Industries Panther Tilt Rotor

IAI, Hankuk Carbon Panther FE Hybrid motor SLT circa 2017

Bell's Eagle Eye tilt rotor VTOL

NASA's electric Puffin

Zee Aeros 8 lifter + 2 thruster VTOL craft

NASA's Stop Rotor Samarai

Oliver Aircraft's HexPlane

Skikorsky Blown Wing

Boeing Phantom Swift

Latitude Engineerings Hybrid Quadrotor

Aurora Flight Sciences' VTOL Excalibur

Aurora Flight Sciences' "Electric VTOL Aaircraft"; all electric concept urban VTOL taxi designed for Uber circa 2017

AMV's AMV211 tilt craft circa 2003

Acuity technologies AT-10 VTOL ... youtube video

Aurora Flight Sciences Goldeneye 50, 80, and 100

Nasa's GL 10 "Greased Lightning"

Joby Aviation's S2

Joby Aviation's Lotus

X Craft's "X PlusOne"

Aurora Flight Science's Lightning Strike hybrid electric VTOL craft concept.

Sony's VTOL UAV by Aerosense tilt rotor with "in body" ducted fans for hover stability.

KARI (Korean Aerospace Research Institute) / Sikorsky VTOL SUAV circa 2011

Transition Robotic's "JumpShip " circa 2016

Karem Aircraft, Inc. JMR
Karem Aircraft, Inc. VTOL X-Plane
Karem Aircraft, Inc. AeroTrain
Karem Aircraft, Inc. JHL

Lilium Aviations"s Personal Transport

Technosys's Thresher VTOL surveillance plane

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Flight Controls and Stabilizers


KK

KK2

Multiwii very flexible fcb but very tedious programming required for VTOL use.

OpenAero2 , Derived from KK especially for VTOL

Gyros

Flybars
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Leadfeather,

I am not sure if you are looking for input or not?

Example: Quadcopter lift, separate motor(s) for forward flight.

VTOL-FunCub

Build thread located here:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1958738

Video Here:

R.D's Fun Cub VTOL (3 min 32 sec)
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Quad Tilt Rotor


Example: Quad Tilt Rotor

VTOL-Trainer

Video Here:

bobs modified Multiplex Bixler airplane hovering around sccmas (3 min 59 sec)


Build Thread Here:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1814667

Build Instructions Here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/590n4ds84u...tructions.pdf?
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Ran, Yes I'm hoping for input from anyone and everyone who can contribute.

The way you posted is perfect too, photos, videos and relevant links... one post for one craft only preferably as you have done. That way I can link the post in this thread for a particular craft. The readers can then read the post and then decide to follow any provided links to go further.

Thanks!
Dec 17, 2013, 12:04 AM
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Xc-142


XC-142, Stand-Off Scale, 5 motor Tilt wing

Build thread here:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2008164

Video here:

Scale Flying model of XC-142 VTOL (16 min 27 sec)


Video by Walter Colby Productions.

Credit to David Thompson (HappySundays) for creating the OpenAero2-VTOL Firmware.
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Thanks Ran. Hmmm so now how do we try to classify the Xc-142?

Does it fit the tricopter tilt wing category ( with redundant fans) or should we create a new slot for tilt wing many fans?
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Thanks Ran. Hmmm so now how do we try to classify the Xc-142?

Does it fit the tricopter tilt wing category ( with redundant fans) or should we create a new slot for tilt wing many fans?
Leadfeather, I assumed that it was in the Tiltwing Scale or Semi Scale category. In pracitce it is most similar to a Tri-copter except that yaw is controlled by the ailerons, not tilting the tail rotor. I am not sure that the quad or tri categories mean much for a tilt wing. Even counting rotors is problematic since they aren't all the same size. It doesn't matter much to me. No matter what categories you come up with someone will come up with something that doesn't fit.
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Originally Posted by Ran D. St. Clair
Leadfeather, I assumed that it was in the Tiltwing Scale or Semi Scale category. In pracitce it is most similar to a Tri-copter except that yaw is controlled by the ailerons, not tilting the tail rotor. I am not sure that the quad or tri categories mean much for a tilt wing. Even counting rotors is problematic since they aren't all the same size. It doesn't matter much to me. No matter what categories you come up with someone will come up with something that doesn't fit.
Dohhhh! I'm an idiot. Of course Tiltwing scale.

I think I'll be adding one more slot (for now) for some helicopter airplane hybrids I've seen.
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Good idea starting this thread Lead. Here are some new entries into the world of VTOL I have seen.

The first one is a tilt ducted fan set up from Boeing. The second one is a tail sitter that looks like a Pogo and an Osprey had a baby.


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