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100 MPH Under $100

fliteadmin

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#1

This week we have something a little different. No reviews, no events, no tips, just a small bet between friends. Is it possible to build a foam airplane, for under a hundred dollars, that can fly faster than a hundred miles an hour? Josh Bixler is sure that his wrinkled tape covered foam box with wings can succeed with speed. Josh Scott weighs the options and looks at the red flying brick with doubt. The challenge has been set, rules have been drafted, and the consequences have been decided. Who wins, who loses, and who will be looking a little different in the next episode? Watch and find out.

“Speed Wing”

APC style propeller 8x6-E [$1.00]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=5438&a…

TowerPro Brushless Outrunner TP2409_12D [$13.81]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=4899&a…

2 X HXT900 9g / 1.6kg / .12sec Micro Servo [$5.38]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=662&af…

TURNIGY Plush 30amp Speed Controller [$11.54]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=2164&a…

Turnigy 1800mAh 4S 20C Lipo Pack [$13.99]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9761&a…

Shaft adapter to suit 3.0mm motor shaft (collet) [$1.99]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=5677&a…

Hobby King 2.4Ghz 4Ch Tx & Rx V2 (Mode 2) [$22.99]
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=8338&a…

Foam Board [$1.00]

Packing Tape [$2.69]

Control Horns [$1.00]

TOTAL: $75.39




 
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JimCR120

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#2
Josh S., of course you know from this episode something really valuable to you... that you could mess with Josh B. (take his controller) and he couldn't catch you. Not that I'm trying to entice or instigate any mischief, well... not much anyway.
 

colorex

Rotor Riot!
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#3
LOL Scott is like "Yeah we did a review on this, and this is like $400" And then Bixler kindly snatches it away from him... HAHAHA
 

raj09ec

Junior Member
#5
Josh........... Hats off 2 U. :applause:
I m a newbie in this field. but wants to know the spec of accessories u hv used. so i cn follow ur path to achieve that challenge.

Waiting 4 a generous reply
Thanx a lot:D
 

nibnobsam

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#6
This is a great challenge, but you could get much more speed by using a balsa wood construction. I managed about 130 to 150mph for under $100, I used a balsa wood F15 with a heli motor pusher prop on the back, running on 2200mah 3 cell nano-tech. It pulled 55 amps and flew for about 3 minutes on full throttle. Great little toy, unfortunately it died when the elevator tor off (too fast I think:p). Plus the motors only lasted for 10 flights before they usually blew up or something like that
 
#8
Hi flightTest
Love the show and the forum! Great work. I am an art director and can appreciate the graphic style, production value and look to the FlightTest brand. That along with great, useful and entertaining content, make it a very cool thing to be a part of.

I am building this Speed Wing and wanted to run by you the set up and hopefully you can let me know if I am on the right path.
Built the frame with fiberglass arrows running down the leading edge of the wing. Bamboo skewers around the back and along the joint of the fuse. 2200kv Grayson Hobby supersonic v2 motor/30 amp ESC. 6x4 prop and 1600mAh 3S. But I need help with the CG. Right now it is at 9 in. Back from the nose and your plans look like it should be between 4-6in. Do I just add a ton of weight to the front to get that CG up? It seems like a lot of weight. Almost like another battery of even more to get the CG that far up.

Please advise I would love to hear your thoughts.
Here are a few pics.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/38152863@N05/6306185249
 

ananas1301

Crazy flyer/crasher :D
#10
Why not try seeing how slow you could get a scratch build to fly!
You could get one to fly 0 mph ground speed, as in just hovering, which is pretty easy to get to in terms of ability. But your control ability is something completely different and in this I assumed that you can hover for very slow also torque.

Look at the Ghool video (latest one out) and look how slow and creepy that flies. Pretty darn slow I think.
 
#13
Hi guys !
I've 1 question before starting to build one : did you really use a 4 Cells battery with this motor ? (its specification shows 2~3 cells...)
Thanks for your videos ;)
 

Ron_RC

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#14
My scratch built F-22
1 x sheet depron $10
2 x HTX 900 Servos, $7.50
1 x Orange 6ch RX $6
1 x package of control horns $2
1 x piano wire for control rods $1
1 x 6x5.5 prop $3
1 x Turnigh 2836 3200kv motor $19
1 x Birdie 50A ESC $14
1 x package of 3.5mm connectors (ESC to Motor) $2
1 x package of Tconnectors (battery to ESC) $3
1 x 1/8" plywood for motor firewall $3
1 x 6mm carbon fiber half round $5
Cutting out, assembling, and putting it in the air for a maiden flight? PRICELESS!
Uhh.. $75.50?
This video shows my original build with an 18A ESC and the FC28-05 2840kv motor. Very docile and flies like it's on rails at a clip of 55 - 60mph.

http://youtu.be/EOk5XqPxL50
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#15
My scratch built F-22
1 x sheet depron $10
2 x HTX 900 Servos, $7.50
1 x Orange 6ch RX $6
1 x package of control horns $2
1 x piano wire for control rods $1
1 x 6x5.5 prop $3
1 x Turnigh 2836 3200kv motor $19
1 x Birdie 50A ESC $14
1 x package of 3.5mm connectors (ESC to Motor) $2
1 x package of Tconnectors (battery to ESC) $3
1 x 1/8" plywood for motor firewall $3
1 x 6mm carbon fiber half round $5
Cutting out, assembling, and putting it in the air for a maiden flight? PRICELESS!
Uhh.. $75.50?
This video shows my original build with an 18A ESC and the FC28-05 2840kv motor. Very docile and flies like it's on rails at a clip of 55 - 60mph.

http://youtu.be/EOk5XqPxL50
Post your setup and video over on the F-22 thread
http://forum.flitetest.com/showthread.php?2085.0000
I'm sure folks there would love to see it.
 
#17
nibnobsam
You posted:
"This is a great challenge, but you could get much more speed by using a balsa wood construction."

An interesting point but I would be really useful if you could explain why this might be so.
 

earthsciteach

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#19
Balsa construction can be lighter and more rigid. I have no doubt that I could exceed 100 mph with my Assassin combat wing, but it starts to flutter like crazy above a certain speed. Its really fun to do, though. I like to take it up a couple of hundred feet and nose down into a full power dive. About 1/2 way down, she starts to shake like a big girl in a mega earthquake. Sounds really cool, too!
 

jetpackninja

More combat please...
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#20
The Assassin is good in it's stock configuration for about a 100
Any faster and you will want to get more creative with carbon fiber reinforcement :)