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Diving in..

Zetoyoc

Well-known member
#1
I randomly found some flite test you tube videos and decided that looked pretty fun. So here I am diving in with a foam build and learning as I go. I have radio and a few servos ill try to cannibalize from an old helicopter that never really got off the ground and was a bit scary. I am hoping foam airplanes will be more my speed :) Well, I am off to the garage to see if i can make this all work. wish me luck lol

-Jesse
 

K3V0

Well-known member
#3
Welcome! It’s an addictive hobby! I started recently too and it’s been a lot of fun to build and fly. I agree with Piotrsko, don’t stress about it and have lots of fun!
 

Zetoyoc

Well-known member
#5
Thank you for the welcome and encouragement. I just started then restarted cutting some foam. I had trouble keeping square edges while using a blade . I restarted using a reciprocating saw . A lot louder Abit slower but I like my lines better now. Next to see about gluing it together. :). I am looking forward to the finish. Crash or not :)
 

Zetoyoc

Well-known member
#7
Oh right details. Lol. Well I really took many hours trying to decide on a first plane. So I may end up making them all. I printed out the tri plane and the twin sparrow I think it was. Knowing me probably not the best place to start skill wise but I really liked the look of them and at least with the sparrow I can toss it about a bit before I commit to electronics maybe. So short part of all that is the sparrow is cut out and about to be glued up :)
 

Merv

Well-known member
#8
I just started then restarted cutting some foam. I had trouble keeping square edges while using a blade . I restarted using a reciprocating saw .
I use a band saw to cut out planes. I get a stack of foam, 6 to 8 layers depending on how many copies of a plane I want to make. Pin them together and cut them all at one time on the band saw.
 

Zetoyoc

Well-known member
#13
So.. I left the sparrow alone for now and built a cub. I decided to start with a motor and battery combo that might work on more than one plane instead of the twin sparrow.

I have a few questions. I think i built it too heavy? i used foam board from craft store and it weighs without battery about 550g with batt, near 650g. the specs of the plane say it should weigh around 10oz which is just under 300g and i don't have landing gear or wheels on mine yet. so back to the question. How bad is this? What should I expect on first flight? do i need more motor or prop? I have a Radial 2212-1050kV and a 3s 1300mah battery with a 8x4.5 slow fly prop. so wow lots of questions. i was hoping to fly for the first time ever i might add, tomorrow but i could possible start another more suitable plane. i do now have the foam board used in all the build videos.

thanks for any help
cub.jpg

- Jesse


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The Hangar

Well-known member
#14
So.. I left the sparrow alone for now and built a cub. I decided to start with a motor and battery combo that might work on more than one plane instead of the twin sparrow.

I have a few questions. I think i built it too heavy? i used foam board from craft store and it weighs without battery about 550g with batt, near 650g. the specs of the plane say it should weigh around 10oz which is just under 300g and i don't have landing gear or wheels on mine yet. so back to the question. How bad is this? What should I expect on first flight? do i need more motor or prop? I have a Radial 2212-1050kV and a 3s 1300mah battery with a 8x4.5 slow fly prop. so wow lots of questions. i was hoping to fly for the first time ever i might add, tomorrow but i could possible start another more suitable plane. i do now have the foam board used in all the build videos.

thanks for any help
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- Jesse


edit: resized to smaller photo
I really think it would be ok. My cub was really heavy, but it flew. Yours looks really nice!