2021 mini scout challenge!

Samh

Elite member
Good luck!
*Update* The ultra ultra ultra light scout flew, but the flight was only about 30 sec. The motor kept pulsing, and it was a touch tail heavy. It wasn't bad tho. I think once I get those issues figured out, I think it will fly quite well. I am working on getting the video from my mom. Final RTF weight with battery was 46g. I think I did very well in this competition, but probably wont do this one again lol
Best of luck to everyone.
Sam
 

Samh

Elite member
Here is flight footage of the maiden

Before yalls call me out for not using a turtle deck, I forgot to put it on, so I just added 3g to the final weight. 3g is probably a lot more then the turtle deck weight, but it was to be fair for others. So final weight is 49g which was under my 50g goal.

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Intashu

Elite member
So final weight is 49g which was under my 50g goal.
I had a few distractions this week to prevent me from finishing my plane.. but knowing that you were under 50g means I really gotta take a close look at the weight of my own plane now! That's going to be hard to beat! I have to re-cut my wings and they were going to be done the same way as yours, a border and where the bend is, with tissue over that. I tried it with a wooden strip first but it didn't stay taunt when inserted into the plane.

I may need to cut out some of the wood supports in my fuse to shed weight if I intend to beat your weigh in! Basswood and glue it seems.. doesn't save any weight over foam sheets with plenty of holes cut into them! :ROFLMAO:

Well done! even with it being a bit tail heavy it clearly did manage to fly around a bit!

I am nearly out of days to finish and film it, and wind/weather here in MN disagrees with ultra-light flight.. I may need to attempt to fly it indoor once before taking to the park just in case it ends in a crash from even gentle breeze!
 

Joe Carpino

Well-known member
Sorry, Snoopy would just be unnecessary weight right now, and might increase the chance of my Scout being shot down by the Red Baron. ;) But I might put him in the cockpit after the challenge!
Considering all the paper on your plane, adding a paperless snoopy will add virtually no weight. Maybe .2 g at most
 

Joe Carpino

Well-known member
Ok, finally! I finished mine. I removed all the paper so it’s just raw foam, surprisingly strong still. The electronics I used were from the umx Timber. I modified it for 3ch and it works great. My all up weight WITH THE BATTERY is 76g I’ll try to get flight footage as soon as I can but as for now here’s some pictures.
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I also made a Bernie pilot cause why not😂
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The Hangar

Fly harder!
Mentor
Ok, finally! I finished mine. I removed all the paper so it’s just raw foam, surprisingly strong still. The electronics I used were from the umx Timber. I modified it for 3ch and it works great. My all up weight WITH THE BATTERY is 76g I’ll try to get flight footage as soon as I can but as for now here’s some pictures.
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That looks fantastic, I love it! Good luck on the maiden!
 

Stress Test

Well-known member
Maiden will have to wait for the rain to stop.

I goofed, I put the servos forward to help balance it out, to get it to balance, I had to stuff the battery under the cockpit area. The dowels are holding the swap-able (?) pod until the the glue dries, of course then it won't be swap-able. The weight of the dowels will be replaced with tissue paper so I think it will be the same weight.

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I'm going to put the turtle deck on before I fly, after I charge the battery, so this will be a one hit wonder.

Looks like 152 grams with all FT hardware and a 450 3s battery. Is the same weight as a stock one without the battery.

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mastermalpass

Elite member
Here is flight footage of the maiden

Before yalls call me out for not using a turtle deck, I forgot to put it on, so I just added 3g to the final weight. 3g is probably a lot more then the turtle deck weight, but it was to be fair for others. So final weight is 49g which was under my 50g goal.

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49g?! That's incredible! The flight doesn't seem too bad, from what you were describing I was expecting it to be a lot shorter and a lot more chaotic, but it actually went quite smoothly, in spite of the visible tail-heavyness. Think you managed to work those stall recoveries to get the most you could from it when the power started dropping as well. Nicely done!
 

Intashu

Elite member
My grandmother passed away this week which put a halt to my scout mid week. Unfortunatly weather isn't looking good enough to fly it now before the deadline and I had to cut some corners and gain some weight to at least get a completed plane by today.

I have finished and weighed it. I know it CAN fly.. The issue is it cannot handle the light wind today and it snowed last night, So my first two attempts to maiden in the yard ended in the snow. For fear of moisture ruining the plane permamantly (its mostly made with water soluble glue and tissue paper) I cannot submit a demonstration flight by the deadline. :(

When weather allows I will still try to fly, record, and post it here. But I guess that disqualifies me from meeting the deadline.

Final weigh in is at ~54g however.(scale jumped between 53-54) I ended up having to use heavier servos than I intended to try to finish the plane in time. I have some linear servos and originally planned to use basswood instead of metal wires for the push rods which may have gotten me to 50g. But I did manage to get it to run on a 100mah 1s with a tiny boost converter put in to give me 5v.

Even though I couldn't get a flight in on time I still enjoyed the challenge as this isn't something I would have tried to make otherwise.
 

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