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Nov 17, 2014, 07:43 PM
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Post Your Best Scratch-Build for 2014

samwei1950 did this year before last and I havent see another one for this year, so here goes! With 2014 winding down nicely, why not show your best scratchbuilt foamie for the year?

The only rules are:

1) Build MUST be from scratch
2) Build must have been completed in 2014

AND.... with still a few months left, why not finish that one build you lost some steam on? Get 'er Done 'fore the year runs out!


I'll go first though I think this might be the ONLY one I built this year (Summer had me enrolledin bathroom remodel) Nonetheless, its just a taped up version of the tried and true Pink Tank: Aileron Trainer, bu thanks to inspirational words of Whiskers:

Originally Posted by Whiskers
It does fly well considering that it doesn't really have wings. Just two thick slabs of foam. It makes me want to grab it and carve and sand an airfoil section into it.
I did just that... and ya know what? it wasnt really that hard. I think I kind of enjoyed it!

The Original:

...and speaking of finishing that half-completed project laying around, maybe I'll even get around to finishing up the Pink 51 sitting on my workbench!
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Nov 17, 2014, 08:07 PM
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Earlier this year I was obsessed with slow flight , this is a result :

Lightweight 40" wingspan FT Old Fogey-ish (2 min 58 sec)
Nov 17, 2014, 08:17 PM
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Hmmmm.... ?

I have several builds that are turning out nice, but I guess I would have to pick my PBY Catalina... Mudman1959
Nov 17, 2014, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by balsa or carbon
Earlier this year I was obsessed with slow flight , this is a result :
I know the feeling! My original Pink Tank, with square/slab wings and drag off every corner used to just "float" like no other. This new version above with foiled wings and extra weight still flies great, but nothing like it used to...

I love the way those kind of planes can do slow-mo flybys!
Nov 17, 2014, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by mudman1959
I have several builds that are turning out nice, but I guess I would have to pick my PBY Catalina... Mudman1959
Nice! Any snow-sled flights in her future? Looks like she'd love some white fluff to play in!
Nov 17, 2014, 09:45 PM
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My Favorite Scratch build

My own design of a trainer!
40 inch KFM3 wing with flaps.
DTFB and painted with Krylon Fussion for plastic.
Has about 30 flights this year and it was built at the end of July.
The pattern is in .PNG format from windows 7 paint.
Nov 17, 2014, 10:43 PM
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I cant get enough of this plane heres a like to it
Nov 18, 2014, 06:22 AM
RIP Azarr - "Old age is not for sissies"
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I've built quite a few this year, but this one is my favorite (at the moment ) Not a competitive F3P plane, but done in that acrobatic style. Twin motors coupled to the rudder with asymmetrical thrust on a switch.

Nov 18, 2014, 08:04 AM
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Not the best, but the most fun. The flying witch
Also an Avro Arrow using the guts from the micro Mig 15. Not done yet.
In the works is Wylie Coyote. Modified for better aerodynamics.

Nov 18, 2014, 11:43 AM
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Built a bunch, but this could be the pick of the litter. Pinkus Special, modded with a kfm wing and ailerons, built with FFF, cheap acrylic paint. A zippy flyer
Nov 18, 2014, 12:59 PM
yank and bank!!
Originally Posted by balsa or carbon
Earlier this year I was obsessed with slow flight , this is a result :
I still think that must be the most relaxing plane ever.....
Nov 18, 2014, 01:23 PM
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Real Thing

Wing Span 38", 11 oz. Cut down 8X4.3. It flys great. Better than the Full size wooden one.
Nov 18, 2014, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by failboat
I still think that must be the most relaxing plane ever.....
RC soap bubble comes to mind ....
Nov 18, 2014, 05:45 PM
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A few of my recent best builds:

Random, off-topic moment, before I showcase them... I didn't realize Azarr was on the forums until just recently. I was able to catch him at this year's club picnic (after my long hiatus from the SMAC field).

Alright, I'm not sure if this is going to violate the rules for this thread by doing this, but I have three favorites to showcase here (two of which are the same model):

First up, the Striker:

This was originally an absurd attempt at achieving supersonic propeller tip speeds.
Gentle, yet nimble when necessary. No issues with tip stalls, bank & yank @125% servo throw.
Powered by an 8500kv brushless turning a GWS DD 3.25x2, on a 2s 1ah lipo.
29.5" Wingspan
Area: 219inē
AUW: 7oz

As well as a video of its maiden flight:

After the success of the first striker, I decided that, maybe, I should go a step further.
The Ultimate Striker/SuperStriker/Twin Striker/Whatever else I may have called it at the time:

Powered by a pair of generic 1000kv brushless motors turning two 9x6 folding propellers, this monster is a 200% scale replica of the original.
Weighing in at a hefty 58oz.
59.75" Wingspan
Area: 892inē
I was actually surprised by the performance of this beast. The maiden flight lasted about 45 minutes before I became tired and had to bring it in.
In spite of the heft, it's just as gentle as the smaller scale one at low speeds.
The majority of the weight is in the 3s 10ah lipo.
It will run for approximately 30 minutes at full throttle.

And finally, the Shrike II/Shuriken:

This one has a bit of backstory behind it. I designed it as a sort of a "spiritual successor" to the Lanier Shrike, if anyone is familiar with it.
I wanted to keep the overall demeanor of the Shrike, yet breathe new life into it by (not so) subtly changing a few features.
Wingspan: 24"
Area: 178inē (horizontal stab included, subtract 24inē )
AUW of 11.7oz
2600kv brushless, turning a 4.5x4.5 propeller, on a 3s 1500mah lipo.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a video of its maiden flight, but I will tell you, it flies as if it's on rails, and has the high top speed to match.
It handles surprisingly well at lower speeds too.

And, one honorable mention. An ode to the original Shrike. And also the reason I had to build a foam cutter. Long story. >_>

If anyone is interested, I posted more detailed specs HERE.

Alright, I'm done. Apologies for the ridiculously long post...
One more thing, If anyone knows the proper code to embed videos, could you send me a pm? It's been driving me mad, as normal BBcode doesn't seem to work. Thanks :P
Last edited by FoamieNinja; Nov 18, 2014 at 06:11 PM.
Nov 19, 2014, 05:20 AM
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L24D cool designs and builds.

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