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  1. Raptortech

    Optimizing flying wing design

    My question is fairly simple: how does one decide on the ideal dimensions and ratios for a flying wing given the target cruising speed and payload or other relevant flight characteristics. For a more conventional aircraft, I feel like I have a fairly good intuition as far as changing the wing...
  2. D

    Multi-part wings - strengthening query for 2M Sailplane (SIG Riser Replicant)

    Hello Everybody, My name is Martin, and and I am based in Auckland, New Zealand. I am self-confessed 'slope trash' in that I fly gliders almost exclusively (the exclusion being a HK Spitfire Mk. 24), and slope gliders in exclusion to almost everything else. In Auckland we are very lucky in...
  3. N

    Scratch build help

    I am trying to figure out the best way to go about making scratch builds similar to the way the gang at Test Flight do it. Currently i am attempting this in blender, however i realize there is no way to "un-fold" my project and receive dimensions for printing what is/are the best ways that you...
  4. SP0NZ

    Mighty Mini MkIII

    Mighty Mini MkIII - Build MIGHTY MINI MkIII Mighty Mini Sized Bloody Wonder MkIII Baby Baron next to the Mighty Mini MkIII DETAILS This is my second Mighty Mini sized plane. It uses the same power setup as the FT Mighty Mini series, and can use the same power pod as the Mini Scout and...
  5. E

    Redesigning the Blunt nose Versa to fit my Turnigy 3s 2200mah batteries

    The plans : !!!! *note the black line at the front hatch. This should be a red score line 6/17/2015 The maiden went beautifully yesterday! I may need to adjust the CG marks or remove some weight. I trimmed a lot of elevator into it to keep the nose up. I slid the battery to the rear a...
  6. Snarls

    Mini Racing Quad Frame Design - Opinions

    Hi all, I've decided that my next multirotor build will be a mini racing quad. I may purchase a carbon fiber frame, but traditionally I design and cut my own frames out of plywood. The issue is that I have no idea what makes a good racing frame, and I need your opinions. Here are my current...
  7. R

    What would be a good airfoil for a FPV flying wing

    Hi everyone. I am designing a flying wing. It is going to be 1m wingspan and I'm thinking that eventually I will add a small FPV system and use to teach myself FPV. I have designed it to be similar to the raptor 100 which I saw in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W7Zz4YVEqM I'm...
  8. G

    Re: Circle Plane Challenge

    Re: Circle Plane Challenge Hi FliteTest community. I came up with a new design for the Circle Plane that was featured here, http://flitetest.com/articles/circle-plane-challenge-w-qav250. Here is a rough Google Sketchup design This is mostly just a design/concept if anyone wants to...
  9. airplayn

    1940 BC-65 Taylorcraft,1951 Bellanca 14/19 Cruisemaster,1959 Piper PA24-180 Comanche

    I've found that nothing beats getting your hands on an example of the actual full scale aircraft to get a good start at designing and building a great scale model. So, If you're interested in modelling or flying antique Classic aircraft getting that one great design built and flying I have a...
  10. Techno

    Foamboard Shrike

    Hello. I'm building a Shrike from out of an free-bee issue of Flying Models Magazine but out of foam. So far the scaling up from an Ultra-Micro setup has been great. However, I have one Question: <<<:confused:This is a speed plane, Should I build it with a full airfoil, or would a flat foil...
  11. A

    Clever designs

    Not sure if this is the correct area for this stuff, so forgive me if it's not :-) Festo is an amazing German engineering company. They make production items that are based on organic things, like muscles etc. Anyway, this is an RC craft that looks like and flys like a bird. No props or jets...
  12. G

    Cross-Platform Landing Gear

    As part of an engineering project for school, I've decided to try to design a set of landing gear that can be used for planes, helis, and multirotors designed for beginners or early intermediate pilots. I have ~2 years experience in RC, and I would like to get opinions from those with more time...
  13. A

    A new hexacopter configuration?

    Am am thinking about my next multirotor project. And as always, when I want to build something I start by drawing and experimenting in Google Sketchup. I want to build something that is different and stands out from the rest of the multirotors out there. A want a steady and yet manoeuvrable...
  14. T

    Sharpied my FT_Flyer - plane art

    I wanted to make my FT_Flyer less susceptible to wetness, so I decided to polyurethane the plane. Before doing that, however, I decorated it a bit to make the plane less plain and to help me see it's orientation better in flight. I didn't want to do simple stripes, though. This is what I came up...
  15. H

    Basic Scratch Build Design

    I'd love to see an episode describing the basics of actual aircraft design. The FT scratch builds are truly fun and the level of detail put into each design is amazing. It seems that each design gets better than the last in terms the build process and overall refinement. The next logical step...
  16. G

    My Take on the 100 MPH for <$100 Challenge

    Hello, This is my first post on this forum, and I'd like to share a project I just began last night. I am relatively new to electric models, so take everything below with a grain of salt! I was inspired by the Flight Test video "100 MPH for under $100.00", and the concept of a cheap speed...
  17. B

    Proposed Tricopter

    Hello Everyone This is a proposed Tricopter frame that I have come up with, built towards stability in flight more than aerobatic flight.. of which I have a Tcopter in mind that I will render up later depending on the response from this Currently its "Super Simple" as I'm tacking it onto...
  18. T

    Silk screening EPP Foam!

    Ok Group has anyone tried to SilkScreen EPP Foam? I was thinking for doing Names and logos a basic screen print would make stuff faster.. Please post in here.