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Nov 30, 2016, 09:25 AM
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Kwik Fli 180


Anyone interested in an ultra-micro size version of the Phil Kraft Kwik Fli?

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Description: The prototype Kwik Fli 180 features an ultra-micro E-flite 180BL, 3000Kv motor, 2S 200mAh LiPo battery and Spektrum radio gear out of an old UMX aircraft. Flying weight is 95 grams (85 grams possible). The finish is Hangar 9 ParkLite covering.

FREE plans would be available for download. The availability of a professional laser-cut short kit and canopy for purchase (not from me) is pending. I'll post photos with captions along with a step-by-step build list, materials list, construction tips, finishing tips and a flight video. I even have a full article written if there is interest.

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Description: The color scheme was inspired by this ad for the TopFlite version of the original.
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Nov 30, 2016, 11:01 AM
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Sweet! Looks cute. Can't wait to watch along!
Gerry
Nov 30, 2016, 11:32 AM
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I always loved the Kwik Fli too so will be watching. I built a Sun Fli 420 years ago glow powered but interested in building this small one....
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Nov 30, 2016, 11:37 AM
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Thanks Gerry and Dennis!

The winds were not ideal, but putting the Kwik Fli 180 up for a quick video hop was kind'a fun.

KwikFli180 TestHop 01 (2 min 21 sec)
Nov 30, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Sumner
I always loved the Kwick Fli too so will be watching. I built a Sun Fli 420 years ago glow powered but interested in building this small one....
I built a modified Sun Fli 4 as my first 60-size pattern airplane. Loved it!
Nov 30, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Looks like lots of fun. I can see it now a whole new avenue of planes based on the old pattern ships.
Nov 30, 2016, 12:10 PM
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Looks like lots of fun. I can see it now a whole new avenue of planes based on the old pattern ships.
I'd like to think that this is the start of that sort of thing.

I'm up for doing more.
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Nov 30, 2016, 12:14 PM
Keep 'em flying!
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Some of Joe Bridie's planes would be cool to see at this scale!
Nov 30, 2016, 12:14 PM
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Michael,

Are you using a Spektrum brick with two aileron servos? Maybe harvested from some UMX airplane.

Maybe supply details on equipment used.

Thnx,

Denny
Nov 30, 2016, 12:17 PM
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Michael,

Are you using a Spektrum brick with two aileron servos? Maybe harvested from some UMX airplane.

Maybe supply details on equipment used.

Thnx,

Denny
Short answer: Yes!

The caption with the Kwik Fli photo has those details.
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Nov 30, 2016, 12:23 PM
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The caption with the Kwik Fli photo has those details.
Perfect!

I only looked at the pix and didn't open to see the caption.....
Nov 30, 2016, 12:28 PM
Terrain! Terrain!
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Really impressive, especially considering the windy conditions. Those "old" pattern plane designs are still aerodynamically sound, with excellent penetration and rock-solid handling. I've subscribed.
Nov 30, 2016, 12:49 PM
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Some of Joe Bridie's planes would be cool to see at this scale!
I'm going to put the Sun Fly 4 on my short list.
Nov 30, 2016, 12:53 PM
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Looks like lots of fun. I can see it now a whole new avenue of planes based on the old pattern ships.
I've done a number of them this size, all built around the same formula, and all great flyers - Kaos, Bridi T-20, UFO, Neo (original design based on the numbers), and Ugly Stick. The KF3 fits right in there.

Andy
Nov 30, 2016, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by MichaelR.
I'm going to put the Sun Fly 4 on my short list.
I built a New Era III (electric) a couple of years ago.....wonderful little airplane.

Love building and flying airplanes from back in the day...I just finished a RCM Acrostar Biplane.

Sorry....back on topic!....


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