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scratch build

  1. A

    Piper J3 Cub scratch build

    I started building a 100cm wing span j3 cub based on FT simple cub plans but modified . I used HK 5mm modeling foam (similar to depron) , recycled polystyrene sheets, some balsa wood, 3mm plywood, kraft paper (brown) , as main building materiel. I mainly used polyurethane glue to bond things...
  2. AeroEngineer20

    1:21 Scale Boeing B-29 Foam Board Build

    Hello all! A while ago, I built a 44" B-29 using Emax 1806 motors with 5x4 props on it. I was a more inexperienced builder and pilot at the time, so I didn't design the spar to be sturdy enough for its speed and wing loading. However, I crashed due to losing orientation long before the spar...
  3. N

    3D Printed Boeing Secret Stealth *PROJECT*

    This is my most ambitious project yet... I have had a 3D printer for about a year and a half and have had many attempts to create a 3D printable aircraft with little success to date. UNTILL NOW. I have been working on this model for a little over a week and it is to a point now where I am...
  4. Rplaine1

    1s Damage Resistant Wooden Cub (finished project)

    A little while back I had the idea to turn a crashed T-28 S into a new plane. The T-28 was turned into packing foam after meeting with a brick wall. So I stripped the electrics and bought a new gear box (old one was in 3 peices) I soon decided on a damage resistant cub. Easy to build from...
  5. Chuppster

    The scratch-built twin-EDF CH-F14

    The F-14 has some of my favorite curves of any jet, and I would love to scratch build one out of foam. So, I'm here to begin my efforts! I'm still in the process of drawing the plans and I am totally looking for any advice anyone has. This is also my first build without anyone's plans to hold...
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  11. fliteadmin

    Plane FliteTest Nutball (demo post) 2018-04-24

    [Resource Demo Post] The FT Nutball is an extremely easy to build air frame designed specifically for our 'swappable fuselage' series (airplanes with a swappable powerpod). Click the download button to get the plans! 3D Preview Specs Weight without battery - 7.5 oz (212 grams) Wingspan -...
  12. Power_Broker

    Arduino RC Plane Flight!

    Hey guys, Check out this video of my most recent Arduino based scratch built RC airplane! Right now it is manually flown (with a scratch built Arduino transmitter), but I plan on developing autopilot modes and eventually make it fully autonomous - including takeoff and landing. The main...
  13. kpixels

    450 Quadcopter Frame From PolyFlex Pressure Pipe

    This $4 frame has no screws, is very rigid and weighs less than the flamewheel. The ESCs are inside the 1" arms/tubes which is more durable and reduces the drag. Illuminati flight controller with on screen display, Xiaomi Yi camera, 600 mw video transmitter, 2212/920 KV motors, SimonK 30 amp...
  14. C

    Oversized props?

    So I currently have a Hobby Zone Super Cub W/SAFE and the airframe is pretty broken and damaged, but however still very repairable. But since I've been wanting to build my own plane for a while now, I was thinking about using the parts in the Cub and using them in my new plane. I also lost my...
  15. menachg

    need advice on choosing diy plans for quad frame

    hey guys its great coming back here after a few years without serious building in the hobby for me i have a lot expirience in fixed wing and scratch builds and i like this aspect of how flitetest used to be all about taking day to day materials and construcing them into a working flying frame. i...
  16. Lancenlink

    Scratch build Su-47 ideas?

    Ok so here goes my 3rd post on this amazing website. To summarize this thread, This is going to be my first scratch build without plans and I was wondering if you had any suggestions. Now that the summary is over here's my idea. The Russian Su-47 has been a favorite of mine for many reasons...
  17. R

    3D printing is more affordable so....

    I wish some talented FT fan would bridge the gap between 3D printing and FT scratch builds. I would love to see, for example. The FT Explorer, 3d printed Cockpit and rudder\elevator section. Leaving the wing and fuselage still made out of dollar tree foam.. I'm sure many FT scratch builds could...
  18. Y

    Just need some help with the math.

    Hello! I am trying to design my first aircraft, and I am having problems with using the wing loading. I have decided that the plane will be 1600 grams and have a wing area of 300 dm^2. The wings will have 225 dm^2 with an aspect ratio of ten. ________________________________...
  19. M

    Prototype: Foam Board/3D printed Trainer

    Introduction About a year and a half ago I designed my first RC aircraft. A smaller high wing with a 28 inch wingspan. It was built with the intention to be a slower flying and stable trainer capable of most acrobatics. That was easily constructed with a minimum of foam board and 3D printed...
  20. R

    Roughly 1/10 scale Heinkel 111 : 2.25m (7' 4") wing span

    So a few days ago I started pondering over the concept of building an RC heinkel 111. I've always had a strong fondness for this plane, and found its smooth curves and eliptical wings very aesthetically pleasing. I then thought about building it to the same scale as the FT spitfire, realising...