FT CAD Gremlin
This is my first attempt at scaling down a plane. I randomly chose to start at 60% scale of the Bloody Baron. I fully expected to end up having to scale up slightly, especially after building the prototype...it's so TINY! Well, the results were better than I ever imagined. This thing performs a lot like it's big bloody brother! Another happy accident!
15 1/2 in
Aileron, Elevator, Throttle
Emax MT 1804
Turnigy Plush 12amp
450-800 mah 2S
6 X 5 SF (GWS EP 6050)
2 X 5g (hekTronix HXT500)
Elevator : 40% Expo : 50%
This is my second flight with the prototype Baby Baron. My cameraman was off taking flying lessons so I got no video of the maiden flight.
Flight video of Keegan stress testing his backpackable (could be a word, who knows?) prototype (removable wing and vertical stabilizer). More details on his buld will be coming soon. I'm happy to report that it performed incredibly well. As you will see in this video, Keegan is a much better pilot than I am.
Extra background commentary from my brother-in-law and nephew.
Maiden flight for version 1.1
[*=1]1 Sheet Adams Readi-Board
[*=1]1 FT Mighty Mini Firewall
[*=1]3 FT Mighty Mini Control Horns
[*=1]1 BBQ Skewer
[*=1]3 Push Rods 18 GA Music Wire (.040"/1 mm)
[*=1]2 Servos 5 gram (HXT 500 / ES9051)
[*=1]3 Linkage Stoppers (optional)
<03> Fuselage Doubler X2
We'll start by assembling the fuselage, part number <02> on your plans. If you've built any of my swappable sized combat planes (Bloody Baron, Ugly Wonder, or Bloody Wonder MkIII), then this fuselage construction will already be very familiar to you.
STEP 1) Glue the C-Fold at the nose of the Fuselage. Make sure everything is squared up so the fuselage sides fold up perpendicular to the top plate.
STEP 2) Glue the B-Folds for the fuselage sides one at-a-time. I like to use the edge of the table to square up the fuselage with the tabs that will protrude from the top. Make sure that your sides are perpendicular to the top plate.
STEP 3) Repeat for other side.
Verify that the mini power pod fits snugly in the fuselage.
<07> Wing Spar
STEP 1) Cut the double 45° bevel along the score cut in the center of the wing, part number <06> on your plans.
STEP 2) Cut the single 45° bevels for each of the ailerons.
STEP 3) Remove the foam from the inside of the cavities for the spar tabs leaving the paper on the outside surface of the bottom of the wing. Note, you can choose to cut the openings all the way through, I just prefer the cleaner look you get by making the cavity.
STEP 4) Crease at the indicated crease lines.
Your wing should look similar to the following image at this point.
STEP 6) Apply glue to the inside of the fold and glue the two halves together.
STEP 9) Once you are happy with the wing shape, open the wing back up and apply glue along the double bevel groove, the top of the spar, and the trailing edge of the bottom plate. Then carefully fold your wing and apply pressure for 1-2 minutes let the hot glue properly cool.
Horizontal & Vertical Stabilizers
<04> Horizontal Stabilizer
STEP 1) Remove foam for cavities in the horizontal stabilizer, part number <04> on your plans.
STEP 2) Cut the single 45° bevel for the elevator in the horizontal stabilizer.
STEP 3) Remove foam for the cavities in the horizontal stabilizer.
STEP 3) Add servos, control horns, linkage stoppers and push rods. This process is similar to many of the Flite Test builds. If you are new to building, refer to one of the Flite Test build videos for instructions.
STEP 4) Attach the exhaust manifolds to the fuselage.
STEP 5) Add your power pod with electronics using the same procedure as the FT Mini Scout build. Ensure the back of the power pod touches the top plate of the fuselage to obtain the proper amount of down thrust. Inset the dowels through the power pod.