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Jan 05, 2006, 03:15 AM
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A hovering machine Pics and vids

The First design has the motor mount in the wing. In the second model I moved the mount to the fuse and added a cf leading edge spar. I cut my surfaces out at an angle then flip them over and cut an opposite angle. Tape holds them and acts as a joint. I only apply tape on one side. Enjoy the videos.

The hovering machine is so stable in a hover it's possible to land on the top of lamp poles. Watch the videos. 14 - 16 oz ready to fly.

The float's Velcro on to the wing. Water takeoff in only a few feet. Throw in some rudder with the floats on and it drops like a brick. Yaw causes the floats to stop all forward motion. It's amusing to watch... sorry I don't think I have any water vid's of this plane. Check out my twin for those.

Bp-12 or BP-21
1320 3 cell TP pack
CC 25 or TB 18
3 15 oz torque servos
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Jan 05, 2006, 03:25 AM
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Blocking bike traffic

low and slow
Jan 05, 2006, 03:36 AM
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Lamp post attempted landing 2

Tricky but fun. Before someone asks I've never hit a car or person while flying. I've been trying really hard to get the neighbors cat though. j\k
Jan 05, 2006, 03:40 AM
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Lamp post takeoff, street lamp

This lamp it the most difficult to land on. The semi round top makes it really difficult to completely stop on. As you can see it can be done.
Jan 05, 2006, 03:43 AM
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One way to land

Slow flight into my hand.
Jan 05, 2006, 03:52 AM
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Lamp post takeoff, park lamp

There is a very large top to this lamp. It's easy to land on but very hard to get down if the prop is not able to spin. With the brushless motor the controller can't start the motor if the prop is resting on something. I've had it happen. I had to knock my plane off with another plane. Have you ever tried to fly two planes at once? I don't recommend it My ego was damaged more then the chipped prop.
Jan 05, 2006, 03:55 AM
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Slow flight

Last vid for now, enjoy. There are more with an 8 oz camera strapped to the top of the plane. Another time perhaps.
Jan 05, 2006, 11:23 AM
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That's quality mate,

Thoroughly enjoyed.

Jan 05, 2006, 04:44 PM
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The videos are great!

Looks like a cheap/simple design. Why did you make so many? Are they all prototypes?

Jan 05, 2006, 08:53 PM
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Combat Damage

Funny you should ask "why so many"

My friend Anthony and I do combat with props. Believe it or not both planes in these photos were still able to fly. The rules are no rules lol. A roll of tape is all you need for a whole day of combat. I also build and sell these. Enjoy!
Jan 05, 2006, 10:54 PM
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Fromthe condition of those planes, it looks like you and Anthony had a lot of fun with them. I'm a big fan of simple designs and quick builds. This is going on my "to build" list. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 06, 2006, 02:52 AM
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Anytime, thanks.
Jan 06, 2006, 11:02 AM
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I can't believe this. I've been looking for a quick build fun to fly plane. And this looks like the one!!! THanks Ray
Jan 06, 2006, 05:43 PM
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Ain't this one cool?!
Jan 06, 2006, 10:36 PM
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A few more vids

Just a little too low.

Highly recommend adding a full-length leading edge carbon fiber tube. Either
1\8" or .25 " Without this the plane is uncontrollable at high speeds or in wind. It also protects the plane a lot from lamp pole attacks.

On my current plane I use a .25 " tube for the main spar and
1\8 " on the leading edge. This seems to be the best combo.

Initially I had trouble with the brass motor mount heating up. The heat would cause the tape to lose its grip. Slowly the mount would work its way loose after 10 flights or so. I completely solved this problem by using A few drops of gorilla glue around the brass tube. Then wrapping bi-fi tape around it. It's possible to use a much shorter brass tube if you use the glue. This saves a bit of weight.

I've changed the position of my battery too. In AZ the heat during the summer was killing my lipo packs. I cut a rectangular hole in the fuse and made a strap out of tape and Velcro. The pack is still protected and stays cool. If you are flying in cool weather the safest place for the pack is inside the fuse. With this method I used Velcro around the front of the fuse to hold it in.

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