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Jul 22, 2007, 11:11 PM
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"Use the force J!" A-Wing build (maybe...)

Ok, so I'm in the middle of a project and I got a build idea keeping me up at night. I saw the build thread on R/C Star Wars fighters on the forum and it sparked me for some reason. So what if I'm a big Star Wars nut (kinda), to me this would be kick azz to build and fly. The cards are stacked against me though. 1) I've never scratch built a EDF plane before. 2) My idea on this plane is to use 2 ducted fans, never done that either. So I would like to ask you all for your input on this. Is it possible? I think so, but I would like you all to throw in your proffesional opinion please. Here are some good views to get the juices flowing. Thanks ahead of time guys.
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Jul 22, 2007, 11:45 PM
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I have no experiece building, but looking at those "thurst vector control" at the end of the thrusters gave me the idea of using them as elevons. You can use independent thrust vectors to roll or pitch the A wing. I have no idea if that will work at all but it sure would be really cool if it does.
Jul 23, 2007, 12:08 AM
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I agree with you boosted. Here are my ideas so far.
Jul 23, 2007, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Big J
I agree with you boosted. Here are my ideas so far.
Hmm, actually I was thinking making the fan point up and down for aileron or elevator control. So instead of an actual aileron, you make one fan point up and the other point down and you roll the a-wing that way. Not sure if that's possible though. Same with the elevator control, you point both fans up or down. Keep us posted of your progress!
Jul 23, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Ducts will need to be a lot bigger than that. They need to be able to get enough air into them to match the cross section of the output.
Jul 23, 2007, 10:54 PM
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I think this picture, or one VERY similar was what gpw based his 'vector x' model on...

Pretty neat stuff, and I'm following along!

Jul 24, 2007, 08:40 AM
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put some cheater intakes on the bottom


the thrust vectoring ring at the extreme rear of the engines could be a ducted fan in open air; that coupled with your smaller intake idea would provide plenty of airflow


with a 2-3 foot span, ducted fans to fill those engine pods diameters might be very large. if you use brushless fans then you might be able to use smaller diameter units for the same power levels as larger brushed fans. the advantage to that would be that you wouldnt need such large amounts of cross-sectional airflow to the fans, and the scale intakes at the leading edge would be large enough most likely.


last one; promise

get 2 of those little screamers high KV parkjets motors and put those in the rear thrust vectoring rings...

ill definitely be watching

Jul 24, 2007, 08:19 PM
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All very good food for thought, keep the ideas coming I really appriciate it. Since I would be using some sort of light weight depron for frame and body, could I go with a pair of these? The cost is right. I found some tubing that would house them very nicely and it's very light as well.
Jul 24, 2007, 09:36 PM
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Im Watching You,,,,,,lol
Jul 25, 2007, 09:25 AM
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the only problem I see is CG location your going to need a truck battery up front. or get all your radio parts ahead of cg as far as possable. just my 2 cents worth
Jul 25, 2007, 11:26 AM
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how big is you duct intake seen from the front..?
you might have to cheat a litte to make it work
Jul 25, 2007, 11:40 AM
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Yeah I'm either going to make the slot in the front a bit larger or have the intake come in from the bottom or top. The tubing used to house the motors are a hair over 2" in diameter so they are not that big.

I guess my question now is what is the best LiPo battery set-up for this. The fans are rated 9.6v -> 10.8v and I sent GWS an email to ask them. sorry a little new to EDF like I said.
Last edited by Big J; Jul 25, 2007 at 11:50 AM.
Jul 25, 2007, 04:18 PM
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Ask and ye shall recieve

I just wanted to say I just had a very nice conversation with a rep from GWS (wish I got his name). Here is what we discussed. He felt that the EDF50 would not be enough power for this model and to upswing to the EDF55 w/ 300 Motor. To keep it all under control use a 30 - 40amp ESC, small and light-weight of course. Finish it all off with a 3cell LiPo 1300-1500mAh and now we're cookin with grease. Keep the flying weight under 19oz and the wing area under 216 sq. inches and it should perform fine.

Thanks masked GWS guy, lmao. Next time I'll get your name dude.
Last edited by Big J; Jul 25, 2007 at 04:59 PM.

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