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Aug 12, 2005, 10:37 PM
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STS Enterprise - Space Shuttle

In lieu of a simple profile Shuttle, I decided to go all in. Well almost, no retracts, no bay doors, no launch vehicle (yet) and no Canadarm

Full fuse Shuttle - all to scale (those wings are tiny )

Length - just shy of 3'
WS 24"
Est AUW RTF around 10 oz
Elevons and rudder
CDR SE with either 2X GWS 6030 or 1 7060 - good for between 13 and 19 oz thrust
JR micro
2 GWS naro's
1 JR micro
Kokam 3S 910 or GP 650 depending on prop.

All that remains is control installation and skinning in 1mm Dep.
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Aug 13, 2005, 12:27 AM
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do you have any plans for it yet?
Aug 13, 2005, 01:26 AM
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looking good! keep up posted.
Aug 13, 2005, 03:17 PM
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Almost ready to maiden. Paint to follow IF sucessful

AUW so far 9.2 oz. So with batt and paint around 12 to 13 oz. A little more than I wanted but still an acceptable wing loading.
Aug 13, 2005, 03:25 PM
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FordFunnyCar, why yes I do have plans for it - I plan to fly it

Sorry, couldn't resist. Unfortunately I don't build from plans. I started with a 3 view and went from there. I usually just cut to fit as I go based on the actual dimensions. Worked okay on this one for me.
Aug 13, 2005, 04:00 PM
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HD....Great looking build....You are one heck of a builder....Your full fuse models always look fantastic.

Will look forward to the maiden report.....hope all goes well...

Aug 13, 2005, 04:00 PM
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is that rocket under the shuttle to launch it?
Aug 13, 2005, 08:10 PM
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WOW, that BlackBird is so cooooool. Please post more photos or video of it if you can.
Aug 13, 2005, 09:49 PM
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Sucessful Maiden tonight. Just 1 short flight due to fading daylight - but she's a keeper CofG was too far forward - ran out of trim but it flys great. Looks very real in the air.

I only managed 1 sort of okay vid - camera is acting up I'll get more once its painted - all white is impossible to orientate at sunset anyway

Prasdl the SR vid is in my gallery with this one:

PS no that rocket will not be used as a launch vehicle - not that one anyway
Last edited by Hepdog; Aug 16, 2005 at 08:22 PM.
Aug 13, 2005, 09:56 PM
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Very nice! That looks so cool.

I've wanted to do a shuttle for a very long time. Looks like another must build.

Great work!
Aug 13, 2005, 11:05 PM
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Awesome man, I have a few questions, if you dont mind answering them....

where did you get the specs for the shuttle, and where did you get/how did you make the nose out of foam like that?
Aug 14, 2005, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by AeroEngineerWVU
Awesome man, I have a few questions, if you dont mind answering them....

where did you get the specs for the shuttle, and where did you get/how did you make the nose out of foam like that?
would like to know that, too
Aug 14, 2005, 10:12 AM
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where did you get the specs for the shuttle, and where did you get/how did you make the nose out of foam like that?
Can't speak for Hepdog and his VERY cool flying shuttle, but my son built this static shuttle for a school project over a year ago.

I cut out the basic shape, which was a chunk of blue foam for the fuse, and 1" slab of blue foam for the wing. I glued it together and he did all the sanding, including the nose, with only advice from his old man It looks nicer than my sanding attempts. It took him HEAPS of time, but he was real proud of the end result, as was I

I have a big .Gif version of the 4 view I posted, I can stick it in the gallery if anyones wants it

Paul, who is really trying to find GOOD landing shots of the full size, all I seem to find is crappy home "instamatic" versions, surely some serious planespotters have posted some shuttle photos SOMEWHERE on the web?
Aug 14, 2005, 10:17 AM
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Hepdog-you build some fantastic models.The flying boat really caught my attention.And the SR-71 is a real keeper.Keep up the good work!!!
Aug 14, 2005, 12:12 PM
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Thanks for the kind words from all. Once I get it painted she should look really nice in the air.

The nose is 4 peices of 1.5" thich foam glued together then hot wire cut to a close shape. Then just like Gouch's Son, its sand sand sand......

I like it because its quick and very VERY durable. I was half expecting the maiden to test the nose, but it didn't...yet. The finished nose weighed less than 3/4's of an ounce so its comparable to built up - but quicker. I only took 1 day to build this! (so far )

Now a question for you all:

Q: Do any of you have any experience running 2 RX's on the same channel at the same time about 1' apart???? I'm thinking of 2 separate vehicles each with their own ESC motor etc off just one TX so that full throttle is full on both. I can't use a Y connector because I need "other" functions to work when they separate at apogee.


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