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May 08, 2012, 12:31 AM
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Hello worleytech

message sent, but my plans are in CADstd, I hope that is OK for you.

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May 08, 2012, 08:54 AM
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I have already converted them to AutoCAD so I can print on my large format plotter.
May 28, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Just completed this one. Might not be a genuine "SPAD" as some could argue that the "Simple" part has not been fully honoured! Unashamedly based on Dave Philpotts very detailed S600 balsa plan (with several dimensional changes) as well as David West's classic Mig7. Approx 115cm span, AUW of ~1350g with a KDA 36-12XL08 motor and 3300mAh lipo. Flies like a dream - maiden required almost no trim, very stable and rolls/ loops are very scale like. Tons of power too.
May 28, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Very nice!
May 28, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Here is a couple of pics of the new SPAD I just finished. Its been very windy so I haven't flown it yet.

It weighs 5 pounds on the money. Has a 48" wingspan with 600 inches of wing area and a 19oz wingloading. Its a Spadstik without the triangle wing tips and round rudder. It has a new LA 46 on the nose. I replaced the plastic spinner with an aluminum one from Fox.
May 29, 2012, 09:16 AM
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I bet that's going to be a sweet flyer, Burlesontom!
May 30, 2012, 07:22 AM
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If you live anywhere near KC, I could use me one of those Burlesontom.

No need to make another, just drop that one off.
Jun 13, 2012, 06:31 PM
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MrClean I live in Burleson Tx just south of Ft Worth. Kelly Clarkson is from Burleson. She sorta put us on the map. My son went to school with her. I don't think I will be dropping it off but thanks for the compliment.

After getting my Spad adjusted it flys very well. Far better than my first Spad. At first it wanted to climb like crazy. I checked the incidence and found that the wing had about 2.5 degrees of positive. I cut the wing saddle and now the wing has about 3/4 degrees of positive incidence. Plus I shimmed the motor down about 3 degrees. Now power changes have very little effect on the pitch.

Its rock solid and the funnest plane I have to fly. Its all I want to fly. I fly it at about 70-75% power. Its not fast at full power but will climb steeply for a long time. The rudder/fin needs to be bigger. It refuses to spin. This would make a great trainer. I can fly it just over the runway and feed in up elevator till it just drops because the wing is stalled. It never drops a wing. Just settles straight down.

Most folks at the field have never seen a spad. Some have heard of them but I have the only one. You don't even see kit built planes very much. What a shame.
Jun 14, 2012, 01:21 PM
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AUW 1180 gms
wingspan 1.3M

build post & pics here

more photos here
Jun 21, 2012, 09:48 PM

My first coroplast

The local primary season littered the roadside with coroplast. I delittered it a bit and put together what I started to call the Political Pusher, but now I think I will just call it the Pushy Politician.

It is a pusher with KFm4 airfoils, dual booms (fiber arrow shafts), twin rudders. The wings are reinforced with aluminum arrow shafts and carbon fiber rods. The rudder and elevator servos are under the main wings and control rods go down the center of each boom to control horns at the rear.

I have a contra rotating dual brushless motor setup to be installed next. Add landing gear and I am ready to turn it loose.
Jun 27, 2012, 01:38 AM
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Hello all

The last construction of a member of our club
Wingspan 1400mm
Weight + - 2 Kgs
Engine .46

Little vidéo


Jun 29, 2012, 08:53 AM
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SPAD park fly trainer

About a year ago I started flying RC after about a 25 year absence, primarily under duress from my young nephews, one of whom had spent his hard earned savings on a flashy foam plane that was anything but easy to fly. I was immediately attracted to the SPAD concept – tough but cheap and simple to build and repair. However, I wanted to keep to the park fly category, both for its convenience and accessibility for youngsters. However, SPADS generally suited .25 and up size motors – the only really proven park fly design I could find was the Mugi, and that’s a bit of a handful for a 12 year old.

Consequently, I had them build and do their initial flying on foam Nutballs, but kept the aspiration to develop parkfly SPAD trainer, with the following characteristics:
1) As near to indestructible as possible, and field repairable with epoxy and duct tape, even after a major mishap. Electronic components (esp motor) must be protected in a crash.
2) Built from non-specialist materials, where possible available from the local hardware store.
3) Very cheap, quick and simple to build – lets face it, the modern youth’s attention span seldom matches the time required to construct a conventional balsa and film plane!
4) Extremely simple and quick to repair/ rebuild.
5) Flight characteristics similar to, or better than the 1/2A trainers of my youth.

I started with a common 1/2 A basic trainer from my youth – the Airtronics Q-Tee, but converted it to a pusher design (hence the name “P-Tee”). It’s taken quite a bit of experimentation, but prototype number 3, built this week, seems to have resolved the overweight and thrust angle issues that prevented the first two versions having the flight characteristics of a true trainer. Using a standard Q-Tee wing, version 3 now weighs only 10-30g more than my conventional Q-Tee (depending on LiPo and motor choice; version 2 was about 150g heavier) and its flying characteristics are so similar that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. If anything the P-Tee feels slightly more ‘solid’. Stalls are benign and spin recovery is instantaneous. Flight testing this week has settled the motor choice – a 2200Kv Suppo 2212/06 swinging a 6” prop enabled the thrust line to be lowered to below the wing, which has totally eliminated the pitching moment on throttle changes that plagued the first prototype. The Suppo provides way more power than needed (read near vertical climb on ¾ throttle), but as it’s the only high KV motor I have, it will have to do. The E-Max 2812 works, but its best matched with a 7” prop....which raises the thrust line.

In addition, I have done one test flight with a correx wing – but given that a correx wing is at least 50% heavier than a balsa one, I extended the wing by about 25% to compensate. Flight remains docile, but AUW increased by ~100g,so the plane now does need the extra power of the Suppo to haul the excess weight!

Apart from an extended nose, all dimensions are identical to the Q-Tee. Fuselage consists of a 20mm aluminium U section ‘spine’, 2mm ply formers, a 2mm correx skin and a foam nose. The tail feathers are 3mm foam board that are simply taped onto the fuselage (more than strong enough for flight and will hopefully ‘unstick’ if the plane should cartwheel on landing). Wing is a light correx design – the underside behind the spar is kept open.
Last edited by Extreme Sports; Jun 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM.
Jul 01, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Here's mine! A modified SPAD Gnat I call the SPAD Wasp...
Jul 01, 2012, 12:17 PM
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Great Spads, guys! Love 'em all!
Jul 01, 2012, 02:03 PM
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The pusher is a great design for training as the motor is protected on the big bump landings. I always thought the Q Tee was a nice design, almost like a seaplane.

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