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Building with my eyes closed.

#1
Plan this, measure that, cut strait, bla bla bla!
I felt the need to build a biplane the other day, but wanted it NOW! And didn’t want to plan it out for days. So I grabbed some blue core, and started cutting. When it was said and done I ended up with this.



I put an 1800kv 3536 motor in it, and an 80amp ESC. Tossed on a prop that looked right, and painted it just enough to look different on top than from the bottom.


Then it was off to the field! I was first greeted with laughter and playful jeering. (this isn’t the first bashed together Frankenstein plane I’ve brought out there.) The moment of truth came quick; I throttled up and rolled out, as I picked up speed the tail came up, then as I started running out of runway, I grit my teeth and pulled back….
SUCSESS!







The flight was anticlimactic and I was beaming with pride as I landed. When I brought it back to the pits I was greeted with nothing but positive comments and back patting.
Anyone else enjoy building a plane with no plans?
 

Foam Addict

Squirrel member
#3
I followed your RC groups thread, and I must say very nice!
It really looks great with paint on it.

To answer your question, until the FT Spitfire, All of mine.:p
 

earthsciteach

Moderator
Moderator
#4
I typically draw the plans on the foam board as I go. I start with a rough sketch and dimensions, draw and cut. If I peel the paper off of the foam, I'm left with templates for parts or additional planes. I've never built the same plane twice, though.
 
#9
The last flight of this plane last year ended with the motor shaking loose while trying to taxi it in after a flight. The big 10" prop made short work of the nose and the motor wires ripped loose from the motor.
I tossed it in the garage and didn't give it another thought till just now.
I rebuilt the nose, changed the shape, then added some "BLING" with metal duct tape.(it needed a bit more nose weight.)
I also put a torquier motor in it, a bigger prop, and a bigger battery. I'll remaiden her in the morning.
 
#10
I only just started scratch building, and even tho I know I should start with some plans, for some reason I want to go blind as well.
my 1st delta failed. 2nd delta did fly, but my flight skills proved to be a bit rusty.
build a slow stick and went to fly it last night. way tail heavy, landing gear sucked, prop might have been a bit small as well.
Have modded the slow stick and im hoping tonight that it will fly.

building a plane from plans is rewarding....but not as rewarding I think, as a plane you came up with all on your own taking into the air.

once my building skills are better the 2 types of planes I want to make most is a biplane and a twin boom/engine plane.
 
#11
I totally agree Ghost. I am working on my second design right now, and I think it's right up your ally!

It's going to be a twin engine super heavy bomber. It will be "FPV ready" with a flush mount for the camera in the nose. It's about 80" tip to tip, and it will be 3D capable too, lol.
 

Ron B

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#12
4bamgen
Way to go man
Yrs. ago I did a couple and had just fair success and I am just about done with what started out as the smash drone but had to do a number of mods to it. I still have to get 2 servos and push rods to complete it. You have done a few full scratch jobs so you are probably more used to it than I am. It has taken me a lot longer to build this one than it took to build both of the previous planes from plans. I am working with $tree foam.