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FTFC19-Build-ruary by basslord1124

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Build Skill: 3.5 to 4 ....done plenty of scratchbuilds and know the FT techniques, also done a few kits. Although it never fails, usually something is a "little off" when I build. :rolleyes:
Pilot Skill: 3 to 3.5 ....good with basic flying and a few maneuvers. Don't do any 3D maneuvers. Do pretty good on a sim with everything from high wing cubs to warbirds (don't normally crash that much). However, sometimes on maidens, I can be a shaky nervous mess. :eek:

Planes (all of these will be scratchbuilt from Adams foamboard):
FT Mini Scout
The Nasty: Custom slim profile 3D-type
FT Bloody Baron
FT Tiny Trainer (for wife and daughter)

Optional/Bonus
FT Spitfire speedbuild kit
 
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FT-Build-ruary: FT Mini Scout by basslord1124

Plans: https://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-mini-scout-build-mighty-minis
Build Rating: 1...definitely a simple build

I had managed to start on the Mini Scout back in mid December and as of now, she is about ready for a maiden. I picked the plane as it was praised highly on the forums and it looked like a super quick build. For a while I had avoided the smaller planes due to being knocked around by the wind (I started flying using the Hobbyzone micros like the Champ and Sport Cub S and got tired of fighting the wind) but I have slowly started checking them out, especially since these micros operate on 2S and 3S power. Plus they may prove to be good little flyers to take to my wife's aunts house...which is a place we frequent.

I would say total build time, this includes printing and cutting plans, might be 3-4 hours for the plane so far. Worked on it off and on for the past few months. Also, I am deviating from the original design and turning the Scout into a 4 channel instead of a 3 channel. The only issues I ran into were:

1) a later decision to ditch linkage stoppers for just straight wire with Z bends on both ends (I can be bad for making last minute changes lol)
2) I somehow got the rudder and elevator servos reversed. Thought they were installed in the correct orientation but apparently not. This has been fixed by changing the settings in my radio.

Here is some progress of the build:

mini-scout-fuse.jpg

scout3.jpg

scout9.jpg

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Video of the extremely short maiden...

 
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FT-Build-ruary: The Nasty: Custom slim profile 3D-type by basslord1124

Plans: No plans, although sorta basing it from this guy (yes it is called "The Nasty"): https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=38834966&postcount=1551
Build Rating: TBA (probably a 1 since not a lot of pieces are involved)

After seeing a youtube video of a guy doing some maneuvers with a slim profile 3D RC plane, I thought it'd be a cool thing to check out. It's been on my list for a little while. So it's a slim profile plane which means the fuse, wing, elevator, and rudder are going to be as thick as piece of foamboard. The plans listed above use depron (I think), but I'm going to try a scaled down conversion with foamboard. Figured it'd be good to have a cheap durable 3D plane I can practice advanced maneuvers with.

Update: 2/12/19: Running some calculations to scale it down just a little to fit foamboard. Basically taking off a total length of 8 inches from the fuse and wingspan to accommodate foamboard size. Using this small version of the "Nasty" plans to figure out where my wing slot will be located, etc. Haven't done this kind of math in a while :p (of course I am converting to decimal too). Oh and you get to see my extremely nice handwriting.
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Oh yeah, I found out that the person doing the video of a similar designed plane is none other than @Bayboos !! Here is the link to his video that I watched:


His was more based from the FT3D.

Also, I think I have come to the conclusion I really don't want to call mine "Nasty". Open to suggestions for a name. :D:p

More to come with it as it gets developed...
 
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FT-Build-ruary: FT Bloody Baron by basslord1124

Plans: https://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-bloody-baron-build
Build Rating: TBA

I was looking for recommendations for a next build, and the wonderful folks here had good recommendations for this one, so here it is.

Update: 2/12/19. Plans printed and almost taped all the way together.
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Update: 2/17/19 - Hey more Baron progress! Pictured is the wing ready to be cut out of foamboard. Since the pic I have cut the wing out, glued the spar in, cut/beveled ailerons, and about to do the fold over.
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More to come with it as it gets developed...
 
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FT-Build-ruary: FT Tiny Trainer by basslord1124

Plans: https://www.flitetest.com/articles/flite-test-tiny-trainer
Build Rating: TBA

Figured this might also be a good time to get this one going. Not so much for myself (although I love building and will be the one building it), but more for my wife and daughter. My wife always has had a bad experience when she tries to fly one of my planes and I would like to take those bad experiences and turn them into good experiences. At this stage, I think she has sort of sworn off of RC planes due to those bad experiences. And really she's been so tied up with our daughter that RC is the last thing on her mind. Really she hasn't flown her drone in a while too. BUT I plan to keep this here for her and our daughter when she gets old enough to try flying. I will more than likely just leave it foamboard white so they can personalize it however they want when the time is right for them to try flying.

Update: 2/12/19: Plans printed, not taped yet.

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Update: 2/17/19 - A stack of Tiny Trainer parts taped to foamboard ready to be cut.
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More to come with it as it gets developed...
 
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Love the Vid. what do you think happened?
Not sure if its the real cause but the left aileron was not neutral enough. I went through and recentered everything as best as I could. Probably try some glide tests when the weather gets better (getting a lot of rain now). After that I'll try a relaunch.
 
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More electronics goodies...got some receivers today. Been trying the Headsup Hobby PowerUp DSMX Spektrum compatible receivers. Only used it briefly on the Mini Scout and so far it's doing fine. I just realized I hadn't ordered the motor/ESC for the Tiny Trainer. Crap! May put in an order for those today.
 
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Updates to the Baron and Trainer. Man I need to get cracking, er I mean cutting, on the profile plane. :eek: I'll be honest I'm a little scared to because it'll be the only plane that I have no plans for. It is a straight off the cuff cut and build. No plans to follow for it. Just some basic measurements and hope it turns out ok. Sometimes you get so dependent on those plans.