Building Fool-Flying Noob
I will use this pages to collect them all, and link the build logs.
(Designed, Built, Maiden, Complete)
Savoia Marchetti s55x (Porco-Rosso)
Baby Bloody Black Widow P-61
Maiden / Complete
Baby Bloody Vampire
Maiden - Fail
Maiden - Fail!
Foamy Bird of Time
Plan - Mid-Build
Crimson Skies: Heaven's Spade Faction - Carrier
Maiden Failure -
Crimson Skies: Devil's Dozen Faction - Big Bat
Crimson Skies: Devil's Dozen Faction - SkyScreamer
Crimson Skies: Devil's Dozen Faction - Mosquito
Maidened - Unstable
Built - Non-Flight
The post is limited to 20 pictures... hmm. I will have to rethink this.
Design Method for Clear Plans
I use AutoCAD Lt 2012.
My current design method. (mostly because Sketchup's flatten add-on feature didn't work for a while for me.)
- I import the images... scale it so the fuse matches just larger than standard pod (2" for B or C, 1.25" for A) or match Prop sizes
- I draw over the image. P(oly)line mostly, Measure arc to confirm bent edges and flat lines should match up
- Then I offset, shift change the Linetypes/layers as appropriate (sometimes I do it right and put it in correctly first.) to account for the folds and think about where I want bend, tapers, or slight bends (like on the FT wing tops). Where ever the Top and bottom layers are a flat solid piece in my mind.
- Lt Blue Scores are for slight bends, like in the tail tapers, or paper removal edges.
- Red line grooves are for bigger more defined bends, or the edge of foam removal.
- Dots/Crosses/Concrete is for paper removal.
- Long Hatched lines are for long ironed or sanded tapers
- Short Hatched lines are bevels.
- DON'T FORGET to MARK CG's a hole. You can always dot with glue if it's right.
- When I'm happy, I try to make the outlines a single piece to facilitate moving it.
- Then I arrange it to be in the inner black box. (The size of a Adams ready board 29.5" x 20"). this is set in the standard FT sheet.
Estimating model Weight. Knowing how many sheets is critical. Each sheet is 115g. on a typical layout approx. 75-65% of it is used. I go conservative at 75%, so ~85g/sheet Then I assume 1 Stick of glue 2 sheets. so that adds back ~24g. then you can look up the weights of the electronics, and Battery. A-Pack = ~100-130g, C-Pack = 300-350g.
...To be Continued