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Jul 28, 2020, 02:58 PM
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XF-85 Goblin, 64mm EDF, "The Flying Egg"

Resurrected this 12 year old project. 1/11th scale XF-85 Goblin. I need something entertaining. I have never seen a scale version fly successfully. Maybe Petronio had success? I decided stability could be enhanced by using a flying wing airfoil. The Selig 5010. Placed it on the fuse at +1.7 deg. Power will be a 64mm EDF on 3S 1300 mah. Going for elevons like a Zagi. Just stationary fins on the fuse. We will see!
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Jul 28, 2020, 03:06 PM
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XF-85 EDF Mounted

XF-85 Progress. Glued wing halves together and mounted EDF at 0 deg., wing is +1.7 deg. X tail surfaces are at 40 deg. angles. So strange! Everything on this "Flying Egg" is odd. The 4.7 deg. anhederal just seems like a bad idea. Why would they do that? It is madness.
Jul 28, 2020, 03:08 PM
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XF-85 Vac Formed Fuse, 1st attempt

XF-85. Did some quick vac-form pulls as a quick trial. I need to get my styrene sheet hotter and space the plug up so the radii on the split line disappear. It is a Goblin! Ordered a new AURA 8. My son Zach is doing the programming and first test flights. Hmm, balance point calculations are coming soon.
Jul 28, 2020, 03:18 PM
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Cool project. Seen a vid of a glow powered version , seemed pitch sensitive. Good luck
Jul 28, 2020, 03:52 PM
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John Boren Comments on XF-85

Air Sally, That YouTube Video was of the ducted fan version of the XF-85 that John Boren built and attempted to fly back in about 2005. Here are his comments regarding it:

You can see a video of mine flying and crashing here. I believe the reason it didn't fly is because I only used to two upper ruddervators for pitch control. The real one used the bottom control surfaces for pitch control as well. I believe at any angle of attack the upper surfaces were being planketed by the fuselage. Turning it into basically a flying wing should work for you.
Jul 28, 2020, 05:29 PM
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Cool project...lots of technical challenges to over come
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Jul 28, 2020, 06:32 PM
Onward and Upward.
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Neat project. How will it be recovered? Belly landing?
Jul 28, 2020, 11:39 PM
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Great subject and good to see you taking it on. Researched it for hours as a potential build subject in recent times. Johns build/video showed that it certainly is doable.
Jul 29, 2020, 11:20 AM
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Jul 31, 2020, 05:41 AM
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XF-85 Goblin Fin Location on Plugs

XF-85 Project. Located all the tail feathers on the Egg at 0 deg. incidence. Not easy as everything is curved. I had to think about it for a while. I sacrificed a vac formed shell to use as a template. Then transferred raised areas to the vac form plugs to locate the fins. Built a canopy plug. Added 3/8" spacers behind the plugs to get a good straight edge on center line. Should be able to pull some new parts today.

Yes, it will be belly landed. Just like the real one when it didn't successfully re-hook the trapeze.
Aug 07, 2020, 11:17 PM
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Very cool. Watching with interest!
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Aug 15, 2020, 10:27 PM
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Oh, I’m definitely subscribing for this one!
Aug 18, 2020, 06:01 AM
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XF-85 Goblin

I have been struggling to get the tail fins on the egg shaped plug at 0 degrees incidence. I did not have them right. It finally dawned on me that I could mount the plug on a spit located through the centerline and rotate it in front of a laser level. Ahh, I now have them located with confidence. I don't need those tail feathers driving me up or down.
Aug 18, 2020, 05:00 PM
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Great idea....might as well use technology when you can. They use it for fullscale stuff. Theoitlite amazing how accurate those are and the operters are like mathematical wizards
Sep 20, 2020, 08:00 AM
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XF-85 Goblin Gets a Canopy and Aura 8

XF-85 Goblin update. I vac formed some new fuse sides with confidence the empennage fins are now at 0 deg. Vac formed a canopy. Now working on the guts which will be all based around an Aura 8.

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