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AP Mini Mirage (swappable)

#1


The AP Mini Mirage is easy to build. Two sheets of Foam Board are required. You can use your existing Mini Power Pod for pusher props with A or F-Pack electronics (with an ESC extension wire) and you'll have heaps of fun chasing this plane around the sky.

RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2017

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BUILD PLAN:

DOWNLOAD FREE DIY PLAN

SPECS:
  • WINGSPAN: 520 mm | 20.47 in
  • CG: 125 mm | 4.88 in (from air intake)
  • LENGTH: 700 mm | 27.56 in
  • DRY WEIGHT: 205 g | 7.23 oz (without fuel tanks)
  • ALL UP WEIGHT: 275 g | 9.7 oz (with 3S 850 mAh | without fuel tanks)
  • EXPO: 30 %
  • CHANNELS: 3 (THR | AIL | ELV)

ELECTRONICS:
  • MOTOR: 2300 kv (1806 or 2204)
  • PROPELLER: 5x5 or 6x4
  • ESC: 12 A
  • SERVOS: 2 x 5 g
  • BATTERY: 850 mAh 3S

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And here with the optional fuel tanks:

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#3
Realy nice!

Had a look at the plans and noticed it looks like the powerpod is made with some thrust angles. So this wont work with pusher power pods then like the mini arrow which has no thrust angles (FT say pushers dont need thrust angle)
 
#4
Glad you like the Mini Mirage! :D

@bazsound:

Thank you for looking at the plans. The regular FT Mini Power Pod has two sides for gluing the Firewall. One side with a thrust angle for a tractor configuration and the other side without a thrust angle for a pusher configuration. The Mini Mirage has a pusher configuration and it needs no thrust angle. Therefore, you will find the following information in the plans (part # 15): FIREWALL ON THIS SIDE!

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#7
Glad you like the Mini Mirage! :D

@bazsound:

Thank you for looking at the plans. The regular FT Mini Power Pod has two sides for gluing the Firewall. One side with a thrust angle for a tractor configuration and the other side without a thrust angle for a pusher configuration. The Mini Mirage has a pusher configuration and it needs no thrust angle. Therefore, you will find the following information in the plans (part # 15): FIREWALL ON THIS SIDE!

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should have looked at the pictures properl to see its a pusher. So i could use my mini arrow powerpod which has no thrust angle.
 

CrashRecovery

I'm a care bear...Really?
Mentor
#9
This might just get built. Any thoughts on using an EDF as a different power setup? I've got a 64mm at home itching to be installed on something.
 
#10
@FoamyDM
With pleasure! ;)

@bazsound
Yes, the Mini Power Pod of the FT Mini Arrow fits! To prevent further misunderstandings, I will remove the Thrust Angle from part #15 in the plan. Then the Mini Power Pod of the Mini Mirage is the same as the one of the FT Mini Arrow!

@Flurburtur
That'd be fun! With this battery in the nose you need a correspondingly heavy engine at the rear. That'll give you a "fast" brick! :D

@CrashRecovery
Yes, I started this project as an EDF version. But not everyone has an EDF-unit available, so I have released the FT Power Pack A or F compatible swappable version first. I used a 50mm EDF unit and finished the necessary parts for the EDF installation! With a 4s 850mAh battery the Mirage also flies well. I will publish the EDF version as a separate build plan. Of course, I could include the EDF parts as alternatives in the current building plan, but that could lead to misunderstandings. If you print the plan with 128%, the 64mm EDF unit will fit in.

I plan to build a bigger Mirage with 700mm wingspan next summer, which fits your 64mm EDF. Why next summer?
Because I want to finish two FTFC projects first!

Time is a treasure, unfortunately I don't have as much of it as I would like to have!:(
 

lrussi750

Rogue Pilot
Mentor
#12
Excellent design AircPirateNinsei! Printed the plans and added to my ever growing list of builds. I have 1 or 2 spare "A" packs laying around which is part of what makes this perfect. Thank you for your contribution to this community!
 
#13
@CrashRecovery
I hope that you don't have to make too many adjustments to the bigger printed parts.
I have sent you the link to the EDF parts with PM. The plan is BETA.

@lrussi750
Thank you and have fun with it!
 

CrashRecovery

I'm a care bear...Really?
Mentor
#15
Dude you Rock. I can't wait to get this going. Like I said I just need to get some ink so my printer will work. Wish it would ignore the low colors if I was only printing in black and white.
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
#16
Dang - Just when I wasn't sure how this gets better... boom. - i mean Bomb. :D

Super cool thanks! I am SO eager to get my FTFC '18 WWII projects Flying... so I can get onto my other projects.

Good luck on yours
 

CrashRecovery

I'm a care bear...Really?
Mentor
#17
Ok Its printed out 128%. I think it's going to have to get a full red paint job with some "devilish" accents considering the wing span is now 666mm, according to the OP
 
#19
Optional Fuel Tanks

Thank you all very much! :D
I hope you have a lot of fun with the Mini Mirage!

The fuel tanks (or better: landing skids) are ready.

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The additional weight is 17 g. They are very simple in construction and consist of only three layers of foam board.

They can be retrofitted easily with the cutting template for the fixing holes.

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Unfortunately, it rains! :(
I'm hoping for nice flying weather.
 
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#20
The fuel tanks made of three layers of foam board are not an eye-catcher.
That's why I built fuel tanks in FT style with B Folds.

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I think they look good. One fuel tank weighs 13g. See for yourself:

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Now I have to test whether the Mirage flies well with these fuel tanks.:confused: