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Jan 16, 2018, 03:01 AM
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FT Alpha


16 hours, 92 sheets of paper, three rolls of tape, 6 sheets of foam board, 3 #11 surgical blades. Generating 2+ trash
bags of scrap, and I have all the parts cut out for my 150% Flitetest Alpha.

36" span. I have a couple 400W motors, and one needs a home. Some 12g metal digital servos,


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Jan 16, 2018, 06:51 AM
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1Generating 2+ trash
bags of scrap,
That's not really doing material management, is it?
Jan 16, 2018, 11:31 AM
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The waste is mainly from the patterns. There was also a lot of scraps for the scrap box. I learned
long ago that saving small pieces of foam is not practical. If it's not a foot by something, it goes.

And enlarging plans also is waste generating.

Pictures are coming.
Jan 16, 2018, 11:41 AM
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Very cool. I did the same with an RCP SU-34 scaled up 150%. Came out 60" long, 4lbs AUW, needed more power.
Jan 16, 2018, 11:55 AM
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That looks great. Mine will just be, white with a bit of graphics.
Jan 16, 2018, 12:06 PM
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I only flew it once and kinda fried the motor a bit. Was gonna trash it but the wife won't let me so it hangs. Have video if you don't mind me polluting your thread.
Jan 16, 2018, 12:07 PM
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I only flew it once and kinda fried the motor a bit. Was gonna trash it but the wife won't let me so it hangs. Have video if you don't mind me polluting your thread.
Go for it, love to see it.
Jan 16, 2018, 12:08 PM
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Big Bird maiden flight (7 min 48 sec)
Last edited by Granted; Jan 16, 2018 at 12:14 PM.
Jan 16, 2018, 12:49 PM
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Sweet! You got comfortable with it fast! Turns on a dime and slows down nicely. Doesn't look heavy in the air. Does have more presence than the smaller ones.
Jan 16, 2018, 01:44 PM
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That is great, I see a bit more kick would add to the fun, Get a bigger motor and fly it.

Awesome!

Thanks for posting.
Jan 16, 2018, 01:51 PM
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Doing a lot of dry fitting. Some things change when you go bigger. Slots and tabs mostly.

Flitetest planes are a blast, nothing against their designs. A lot of people don't have room for,
and larger models cost more. And making and selling larger kits adds to the shipping cost.

But the ones I have enlarged are some of the best flying planes I own.

This is probably the best of the best. 150% F-22

Jan 16, 2018, 01:54 PM
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BTW, The trash bags are 13gal, tall kitchen bags. Not yard bags....
Jan 17, 2018, 01:13 PM
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Still doing a lot of dry fitting and trimming. Angles don't enlarge properly sometimes. Just a
matter of time. I am not doing the interchangeable wing thing, Mine will be glued down. I
may do one of the other versions later. I am also installing a CF spar in the wing, due to the
size.

Jan 17, 2018, 03:27 PM
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she is looking good
Jan 17, 2018, 06:11 PM
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Agreed. Are you going to use rudders?


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