The RA Cores BluFO Review

The BlueFO is an EPP flat wing plane designed by RCG user MetroGTI. We built it, flew it and made it an FPV craft.

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The BluFO Designed by Joel "MetroGTI" Dirnberger

It didn't mind 10 MPH winds!
It didn't mind 10 MPH winds!
Wingspan: 25"
Length: 26"
Weight: 17 oz.
Servos: 2 x 9gram Servos
Prop: GWS 8x4 prop
CG: 12.20" back from the nose
Battery: 1000 to 1300 mAh 3S lipo
Motor: Emax CF-2812 (1600 Kv)
ESC: 18 amp ESC
Designer: Joel "MetroGTI" Dirnberger
Available From: RACores.com

I was at Joe Nall this year taking photos of vendor area. I stopped to chat with Jim from RA Cores and the RMRC guys were there. He had a built BluFO on the table and I said, "What is that?!" The RMRC crew gave me multiple reason why I needed one. I walked away with the kit comprised of pre-cut EPP that is unpainted ($29.95) and the completer kit (Emax CF-2812, 18 amp ESC and 2 x 9gram Servos) for $34.95. That's a pretty doable deal!

RA Cores BluFO - RCGroups.com (11 min 45 sec)

Here is some history on this bird:

Joel was inspired to come up with his design after he took some liberties with the original Blue Foam Wonder. He stylized it even more and developed a better flying aircraft to boot. The name reflects that the originals were built out of blue fanfold foam. Several additional variations have evolved including an EDF version and the float plan.

Build Photo Tour

The build is very straight forward. I kept an eye on the instructions to make sure I didn't make any huge mistakes. There is also a full build thread on this craft right here on RCGroups.

FPV Setup

I used my favorite camera from ReadyMadeRC, the Pro700N and a TS832 video transmitter. This video camera gives a great picture and can be tweaked from the back. The thing I appreciated about the TS 832 was that it showed me the exact channel I was on. I have found with my "auto search" video receivers that I never know if I'm really on the right channel. Knowing the exact channel is important (you will find that out when you get out a little ways). The TS832 tells you the exact channel.

The BluFO had lots of room. I mounted the cam up on the nose and wanted to mount the vid TX inside the canopy but the size (weight) meant I had to mount it farther back to get the CG right. In the end it all worked well and the airframe did not mind the weight at all.

Glamour and Flying Shots

Conclusion

The build on this was very straight forward and could have almost been done without the instructions. I tried to over think a few things but realized that my RC common sense was all I needed to answer my own questions. My biggest suggestion is to stick with Foamtac during the build.

The take off release was super easy, even when in the goggles. The BluFO wants to climb out. Flying was uneventful. I do think our 10 MPH winds were a little too much for this bird. It flew in that wind fine but would have been a lot more fun with less wind.

FPVing around the BluFO was low stress and fun. If you are looking for lightweight, EPP winged platform that is simple to launch check out this bird from RA Cores!

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Jun 25, 2016, 12:29 PM
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Have on of these flies great!

Planning on a fpv set up!
Jun 27, 2016, 11:18 AM
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Looks great, do they offer a complete package with motor etc. Where?
Jun 27, 2016, 12:26 PM
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It is listed in the review in the spec box at the top:
http://www.racores.com/H-Blu-O.html
Jun 27, 2016, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by lfalsetto
Looks great, do they offer a complete package with motor etc. Where?
The one Jim reviewed was the EPP version. There is a completer available as well so for about $65 you are in the air with your own battery and receiver

http://racores.com/H-Blu-O.html#BluFO


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