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Old Jul 08, 2004, 11:07 AM
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A New 2.4gr 1/72nd Scale 3ch SE-5 Biplane

Just finished test flying this new model, so I thought I'd share it with the group. I built a 1/72nd scale SE-5 sport scale model from sheet balsa. It's total weight is 2.4gr, span is a bit over 4 inches. It uses muscle wire for rudder and elevator control, about 60 position resolution. A 2.5V regulator drives the actuator to keep the travel and current down. The motor is the 4x8mm pager, low resistance, from Didel. Pretty much everything is custom/scratch from the radio to the gears to the prop. Radio is UHF frequency. Battery is the 20 mahr Kokam. Basically similar setup as my Ryan, but this is smaller overall and has a smaller motor. It flies wonderfully, very responsive, lots of climb, don't have a endurance time yet, should be a few minutes at least. The wing loading is around 2 oz/sq ft.
Hope you find it interesting, thanks. -Matt Keennon
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Old Jul 08, 2004, 11:17 AM
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Congratulation !
This is the coooolest model I have seen.
Love to take a closer look at it at NEAT.
Old Jul 08, 2004, 11:19 AM
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That is the coolest model I have ever seen.
Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:03 PM
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Matt, you're the master!

This is indeed one of the niciest planes I've ever seen. Do you have anything to share about the UHF radio? Do you have a custom Tx as well, or do you hijack the output of a standard RC Tx (master-student port?) and feed the data into a custom transmitter? I tink I can see an Rx module in the model (the metallic canister), does it run on 433MHz? The antenna length seems to indicate something around that ...

Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:11 PM
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Very cool Matt! Very cool indeed!!

Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:22 PM
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Awesome. It seems you have found a way to make the KBA look big! How thin did you mill the wing surfaces?
Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:28 PM
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Wow! Matt, each one of your planes is better than the rest!! Excellent SE-5 Bipe!

Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:35 PM
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Wow! is right, that is a great piece of work. Thank you for sharing it with us.

[scratches head...UHF radio...range must be global]

Please tell us all about the radio.

Old Jul 08, 2004, 12:43 PM
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Awesome... SE-5,great work
any videos?

Old Jul 08, 2004, 02:07 PM
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Had to be done, Se5's are great!!! This one is not great, even better, small!!!

Cool as usual Matt.

Q: Gear ratio and prop diameter? Look like watch gears?

Old Jul 08, 2004, 02:14 PM
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Real Good Show, Matt. It looks like you are putting a logo on your props now ??

Old Jul 08, 2004, 02:14 PM
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WOW! Awesome!! Do you have a weight breakdown??? That thinks kicks ass.
Old Jul 08, 2004, 03:19 PM
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absolutely *beautiful*
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Old Jul 08, 2004, 03:44 PM
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superb plane,
thats ur trademark
would love to see a video
Old Jul 08, 2004, 03:48 PM
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I'm with Mike on this one. This plane makes a 4mm pager motor look huge. Great job. Now if you can get your friend to do the companion Fokker you could re-create your dogfights, but this time with palm-sized planes.


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