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Apr 27, 2008, 09:04 PM
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The Federation Responds to the Klingon Threat - USS Reliant Build...AND IT FLIES!!

So i started building a Reliant a few years ago. I was pretty new to the whole foamy thing and was more concerned about scale looks than flyability.

The link is in the wrong forum though. -

So after seeing Kwinters Bird of Prey i decided i needed to resurrect it.

So I slapped this together this weekend.

22" Span
AUW is about 17 oz.

My motor puts out 22 oz thrust. I ran out of servo extensions so i could not test fly it.

I went with a total profile look this time. I used the Manta as my template for construction and CG.

I think it will fly... better than the original for sure.
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Apr 28, 2008, 02:59 AM
My plans are in my blog
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"The quest continues." GPW says.
Apr 28, 2008, 06:17 AM
“There’s no place like Foam”
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That does look really COOL !!!!
Latest blog entry: Lost plans
Apr 28, 2008, 07:16 AM
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You shall not win this arms race, pink-skin. Klingon technology is far superior...Today is a good day to die...err, cut foam.

Apr 28, 2008, 08:59 AM
SG Talon... Super Genius.
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It is too bad you live in NC. The Battle is here in Detroit!

Got my Servo Extension and i will be ready to fly as soon as it stops raining.

It looks like the CG data that came from the Manta is going to work perfectly. I did a little hover test last night. Turned on the motor, held it straight up, a bit of trim and it was very stable with tons of lift.

You need to get that BOP perfected so i can make one. I need to get a video of the Klingon-Federation War!!
Apr 28, 2008, 08:13 PM
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It Flies!!!!!

No one is more suprised than me!

So the winds were less than favorable for a first flight. 10 mph with gusts to 15. But it was nice and sunny.

Flew pretty good. Not a ton of control i think i need to change my thrust line a bit because it climbs a bit too much with power on.

I used my digital video camera i picked up for about $80 and it makes some pretty crappy video. I just found a few settings i change though.

So as i was watching it my wife suggested that i put the Star Trek theme music to it. I went one better =)

Check it out. Very funny!!

Sorry about the dog too. She goes nuts when i fly.

Here ya go.
RC USS Reliant Foamy (3 min 17 sec)
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Apr 28, 2008, 11:58 PM
SG Talon... Super Genius.
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Sorry Kwinters but i can't resist....

Where's your superior intellect now Kahn?

Hahahahaha I kill myself!
Apr 30, 2008, 01:18 PM
SG Talon... Super Genius.
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Ok so this design has been finalized. Going to put some paint on it and the decorations and i think i am going to put wheels on it.

Bury a wheel in each Nacelle and change my nose skid to a nose wheel.

I am also working on a different design for the Klingon Bird of Prey that Kwinters designed.

Since i am on this space kick i think when i finish the Star Trek designs that i am going to work on a few Star Wars designs!

X-wing, Tie Fighter, Millenium Falcon, Star Destroyer.

Man i am going to need to buy more foam!!!
Apr 30, 2008, 07:51 PM
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Got a second flight in with a lot less wind and the camera on the higher resolution so you can see it...

Also my impulse engines are no longer making those annoying sounds.

RC USS Reliant Foamy Flight 2 (0 min 46 sec)

Couple things i found:

It is a bit tail heavy still. I adjusted the plans to move the motor forward a bit more.

My motor thrust line needs some adjustment. It climbs too much under power.

It seems to not quite have enough control. I increased the size of the control surfaces a bit to make up for it. But it may need the Vectored Thrust treatment like some of those jets that people are making.

Starting design work on my Klingon Tonight!!!
May 03, 2008, 02:51 AM
If it flys,I can crash it
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What happened to the vids? When I tried to check them out it said they are no longer available.

NM.. they work now
May 03, 2008, 04:49 PM
SG Talon... Super Genius.
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It's not looking good for the Federation..

I have completed my Bird of Prey.

11 oz AUW - 23oz. thrust....

I think the Reliant needs to call in re-inforcements.
May 03, 2008, 07:46 PM
"It's a Quad" :O
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Yes but.....does the BoP actually fly?
May 04, 2008, 06:31 AM
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I've seen Performance tests of this latest incarnation of the Bird of Prey at a secret location in the far reaches of the Galaxy (Le-Noxmi) and can say that the Federation is in serious trouble!
May 04, 2008, 08:25 AM
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Federation Sources have learned of a new threat to the Peaceful people of the Earth.

Maiden on the Klingon this morning.

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