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May 29, 2008, 06:16 PM
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The Empire Invades!!! Tie Fighter Interceptor

Ok I think I have a problem.

I just can't stop designing spacecraft!!!!!!!

Here it is.. the Tie Interceptor

Same motor and setup as the others. Should come out with an AUW of about 10-12 oz. with a 23 oz thrust! woot.

As i mentioned in my other post about the Klingon i think i have a solution to my end swapping problem.

Anyhow, Elevons plus rudder control. Should be awesome to see flying!

I wonder what the Rebels are going to do about this problem... hehehe

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May 29, 2008, 06:31 PM
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SGT , Awesome Dude, but we think you'll find that cowl better off in the rear of the plane ..that forward area thing, just from experience... Good luck!!! It is COOL !!!
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May 29, 2008, 09:20 PM
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Yeah i mentioned that problem in the Klingon Bird of Prey thread.

I am thinking that i can counteract the forward area thing with adding something at the back of the plane that adds drag to keep the plane going the right way.

I am thinking like the drag plates the F3A people use. I have a ton of extra thrust and i am really not interested in high speed with these designs, just coolness!

Here is a picture of what i am talking about. Will it work? Not sure. I am going to test it with the Bird of Prey this weekend and see what happens.
May 29, 2008, 11:44 PM
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these plates should (in my theory) not give u much yaw-stabilizing effect.

you could give the side plates (you already designed) a little angle to. point the forward tips to the center line a bit. this would stabalize it a little (and give you more drag)
May 30, 2008, 02:33 PM
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Actually that is exactly my thought. I am going to make up some 1" wide wedges to put on either side of my verticals in the event of problems with the first flight

Just going to tape them on to try them out.
May 31, 2008, 11:13 PM
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I never did get my TIE Advanced to fly. It seemed like I couldn't get the CG far enough forward. The longest I ever had it in the air was 5-6 seconds. I look forward seeing your results
Jun 02, 2008, 04:45 PM
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Good luck - I hope it flies well

Jun 04, 2008, 12:29 AM
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The model looks good. Good luck, hope to see it flying soon.
Jun 07, 2008, 06:38 PM
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Construction Underway!
Jun 07, 2008, 08:45 PM
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Thought i would actually show some of the build process....

Overall there are very few parts to this thing. The hardest part is the Vertical Wings. I wanted to make sure that I had my angles identical for both and
each side.

So what I did was put a piece of tape on the inside edge, of both pieces. Then i bent is over and put my Gorilla Glue in the seam and set it on a 3/4" masking tap spool and taped it down to the table. Then i covers the outside seam with tape.

When it dried i pulled off the tape and i ended up with a perfect angled wing and a nice glue joint too.

Joining the wing to the horizontal wing was another issue since they are so big. I usually just tape my verticals to the horizontals to keep them square.

As you can see i found a use for my 1965 Encylopedia Britannica set. You can see the 1969 Supplement book on top... Kinda ironic considering it has the moon landing on it!!!!
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Jun 07, 2008, 11:05 PM
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Looking good so far
Jun 08, 2008, 09:29 PM
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Maiden Flight!!!

OK I am definitely addicted.

Second Maiden in a weekend!!

First try was less than successful. Hard to control in the wind. It was basically doing a yaw thing all over the sky.

I was able to do a few changes and get it back in the sky. It definitely needs to have coordinated turns. Rudder is a total must. It makes VERY flat turns!!!

I need a bit more throw on the ailerons but overall i think it flies pretty good for something never intended for atmospheric flight!

I think that moving the CG forward a bit more may help stabilize it too. I am going to add some reinforcement to the nose points that should bring it forward a bit.

Anyhow Take a look at my video. It has a bit of comedy in it too

Plans are here if anyone wants to try one!

Now on to make the competition!!!

Millenium Falcon? X-Wing? Y-Wing? A-Wing? B-Wing? The possibilities!!!

Gotta buy some more foam and servos though! Oh and a couple of RX crystals

Anyhow... Video...

RC Star Wars Tie Interceptor Maiden Flight (4 min 3 sec)
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Jun 08, 2008, 09:59 PM
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Initiate hyperspace jump....

My prototype X-wing years ago, crash into the asteroid field..

X-wing prototype (0 min 24 sec)
Jun 08, 2008, 10:26 PM
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Thats Fantastic It looks like it flys really well. Your recent Sci-fi builds have inspired me to revisit my TIE Advanced. Question, when you're flying your Interceptor, how much are you using the rudder?
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Jun 08, 2008, 10:52 PM
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Dennis - Great video. Your daughter was a hoot - 'I can't believe the battery fell out.'


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