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  1. 2jujube7

    Project ideas?

    Hi everyone, I've been building and flying Flite Test planes for about 6 months now, and I'm currently lucky enough to be in school, not online. I feel pretty confident in both my flying and designing abilities. I have a study hall currently planned for my second semester in high school (10th...
  2. FoamyDM

    Papercraft - Trying a new source of inspiration

    Cessna A/T-37 - Papercraft Method Lately I've been looking into different methods of design design inspiration and final product outcomes. I'm referring to tape colored tape color printed skins spray painting and other covering methods for planes as well as design methods for the Master series...
  3. Jack Eugene

    Desinging an rc plane from scratch

    Hey there! I'm new to this forum. Ive purchased and built some FliteTest trainers and some other rc planes. Now I want to design an rc plane of my own and not buy it. How should I go about this, and are there any videos on how to do this? Thanks and I can't wait to become part of the FliteTest...
  4. Jonny Gum

    XA (3D) with Foam Board Design Challenge

    This should be an interesting build off to see what is possible with foam board. Personally, I find 3d and XA to be very fun, but extremely expensive. Even a ~50" airframe can run you up to 200$- not including electronics. Wouldn't it be great if we could build our own airframes for less than...
  5. jhitesma

    Experimenting with Resin printing (MSLA) for detailed parts

    I've been interested in resin based printing almost as long as I've been interested in FDM (filament based) printing. In fact before I got my first printer when I was researching cheap ways to build my own I considered a DLP resin printer design a few times and backed the failed Peachy printer...
  6. G

    Designing for 3D printers

    I'd love to see an article or get some guidance on designing planes for print on 3D printers. Even to just design parts for existing planes. What are people using? What are the pitfalls of free compared to 'for purchase' software? What about learning curves? Ease of use? (this list can probably...
  7. J

    New Fixed Wing Design Project

    I am looking to try my hand at foam board aircraft design so I can fly it over the summer and gain some experience. I have built a few of the FliteTest aircraft in the past so have some experience in building, but have never designed one myself, and am looking for interesting project ideas...
  8. L

    Does anyone know the design process that FliteTest goes through for new planes?

    I am in the process of making some custom designs using a mix of CorelDRAW, Sketchup, and Fusion 360 however, I was curious if anyone knew what Flitetest uses? I'm not necessarily interested in copying their methods but I would be curious to see how they approach taking a 3d design into a 2d...
  9. Scooter The White Rabbit

    Help! 4 TAIL SURFACE/SERVO EDF SR-71 DTFB?

    Anyone attempt it? I have a Testors hard plastic model to build for me other half (The Black Bird is her baby!). Suddenly in my mind I saw the long body and integrated wings and tall rudders of this bird in brown foam board. But not two, but two EDF's in each long engine pod. 1. How do you...
  10. M

    Flying wing preliminary design and XFoil pitch stability analysis

    Hello, I am relatively new to flying wing design and I am trying to understand the design process. In order to choose an airfoil, I created a small MATLAB script working with XFoil to select one between some of the NACA5 (reflex) foils. According to my requirements (very large thickness...
  11. RCBuildIdeas

    Anyone interested in a Quarterly Forum Design & Build Challenge?

    I actually posted this question in the " 2018 Flite Test Forum Challenge: WWII Design & Build" thread and thought it might get lost in there so I copied the post out into it's own thread. Here it is: I was just curious, what do other forum members think of the idea of adding quarterly design &...
  12. MiniacRC

    Hello FT community!

    Well hello! I've been watching FT videos for a while now and finally decided to get my feet wet. My first build was a mini mustang, but I soon realized it was too heavy to fly...it was made out of elmers foam board. After 6 months of waiting, the local dollar tree finally stocked white foam...
  13. R

    How much do you engineer youre builds?

    After doing quite a few builds following peoples plans, Wanting to do some full custom plane builds. Wondering how much time people put into designing put into calculations, and theory to get it flying right. Or is it mostly guess and check. Going what feels right, and trying again if it...
  14. T

    **Help** CAD design needed.

    Hello everyone! I am reaching out to this great community for some help. I am needing a knowledgeable person to design a foam insert to fit inside a Home Depot case...the Rigid Pro 22" Pro Organizer, model 222571. The inside dimensions are @ 20 3/16 L x 10 3/4 D x 3 /1/2 thick. The Dx9 would...
  15. JimCR120

    Inkscape - Making Drawings and Skins

    Greetings Forum Community, I am starting a thread about Inkscape as a place where we can share information and use it as a reference in using the application. Inkscape is a free application available for Mac, Windows, & Linux users that appears to be an excellent option for making drawings...
  16. S

    Tron Lightship(s) Design Request

    Hi, first time poster here... I tend not to sign up for other forums since Reddit has basically all I need, but Flite Test was a special case! I'd like to request the Team do a design/build of both the big and small Lightships from the Tron: Legacy motion picture film. I thought the designs...
  17. A

    RC designing

    I think that flite test does an awesome job of making topics understandable for the newbie. That said I would love to see a video or post on how to design your own scratch build. I've looked through a lot of different you-tube videos and google search results and am having trouble understanding it.
  18. C

    Hey everyone! My first FPV wing design: Any tips?

    Hey guys, I've been watching Flite test for a long long time now and have ALWAYS wanted to try design one of my own planes out of the materials they use. I've come up with this: This is called the CV-18 and is my first original design. It is meant to be the platform to get me into FPV...
  19. D

    Can I fly with upside down motors?

    Hello, I am thinking about trying to make a 3D printed quadcopter frame thats small and thought, why don't I make the motors mount upsidedown but with the props rightside up? I looked around a bit on google but I'm not sure if others were saying what I was thinking. So what would propblems be...