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FTFC20 - Build-Ruary (Build Challenge)

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
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February is FT-Build-Ruary Month!

Hi All, Lets welcome another flying season, ready to go!
I challenge all here to turn February into FT-Build-Ruary

So Many Planes So Little Time:
I, like most folk in this community, have a LONG build list of planes I would LOVE to build. In the last couple years and late 2018 there has been in incredible influx of new Classic Balsa designs turned Foam, fantasy Planes, Plans, builds and ideas/inspiration with the Bloody WWII Baby! forum thread and and the FTFC WWII Design & Build Challenge, and the FTFC Fantasy Aircraft Design & Build Challenge the FTFC Classic to Modern Challenge, as well as any plans listed by SPONZ and other forum members.



Challenge: Spend February building at least 4 functioning RC Foam planes. Make a list and Build-log for each plane on the list. This will be scored out of 100 pts. (5 pts for entry, and 24 pts for each Build)

TO ENTER:
Be sure to post your entry below:
Must have a Declaration of participation with a link to your Build Thread
a list of your four(4) planes.

Build Thread Summary (5 pts):
Start a Thread - "FTFC19: Build-ruary by (Builder)" with your linked build list. Include your estimated Build Skill and Piloting Skill (1=New, 5=Expert)

Example:
FTFC20: Build-ruary by FoamyDM (Build Skill: 4 Skilled, Pilot SKill: 3 Novice)
  1. FT-Storch Kit
  2. 445mm Micro Wing -For the kids
  3. FT-SeaDuck Kit
  4. FTFC - Fantasy Design & Build:
Extras:
  • FT Explorer (lit)
*Extra Planes beyond the submitted four(4) will be counted for 30% value (round up)*
For this entry I would earn - 13pts. Most of these are at or above my build and piloting skill level, the delta is well below.

BUILD POSTS: (24pts each)
Set aside Posts 2 - 5 and title them "FT-Build-Ruary: (plane) Build by (builder)"
Each build post will be scored as follows:
  1. 1pts Picture of the plane
  2. 2pts Plans link and/or Forum link (for other community memmbers to find them)
  3. 2pts Reason for choosing this plane
  4. 6pts Build-log: A brief explanation of your build process, and note difficulties, changes and tips along the way. Be sure include your build pics and a estimated build time.
  5. 2pts Build Rating (1 Simple -5 Complex), Use These Icons:
  6. 3pts Color Scheme - A decorated plane is more fun!
  7. 4pts Maiden Video *Due before March 15th*
  8. 2pts Fly rating (1 Easy - 5 Sketchy) Use These Icons:
  9. 2pts Post-project reflective statement. (Summary of Do's, Don't and tips)
*Planes started prior to Febraury 1st will take a 5 pt. deduction.*

I will keep a running tally in a post below for easy reference!

The Build Challenge Begins February 1st and Ends on the 1st of March 2018!
Maiden Videos must be posted before March 15th.
*That means You will have 2 additional weeks to get your maiden flight*

The Winner will receive (Supplied by FoamyDM):
  • Bragging Rights!
  • I plan set cut from DTFB*
  • Trophy (maybe)
Runner Up will receive
  • Full Size Printed Plans*
*plans must be supplied by the winner.

Good Luck FT Community, Get your plans ready and Happy Building!

-FoamyDM
 
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FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
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1) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @FoamyDM (Build Skill: 4 Skilled, Pilot Skill: 3 Amatuer)
1. FT - Arrow​
2. Mehve​
3. FT-P-38 Master Series​
4. FT-Corsair Master Series​
2) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @Hondo76251 (Build-3/Pilot-3)
1. Sea Duck​
2. Custom Mini DH.88​
3. Tiny Trainer​
4. Bushwacker​

3) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @mach1 rc (Build-4/pilot-4)
1. mini zero​
2. su-26​
3. pitts model 12​
4. vampire​

4) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @The Hangar (build skill: 4 skilled, pilot skill: 4 skilled)
1. Ft Nutball​
2. Ft Flyer​
3. Ft Delta​
4. Ft Pietenpol​
5) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @ScratchBuildMast (Build Skill: 4 Pilot Skill: :sick: )
1. Edge 540​
2. ME262 (mine..)​
3. Mighty mini master series spit by @Grifflyer
4. mighty mini Hurricane by @mach1 rc

6) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @mayan (Build Skill: 4, Pilot SKill: 3 Novice)
  1. Hurricane
  2. Racer
  3. LongEZ
  4. Bloody Baron
7) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @DutchRoll (Build Skill: 2, Pilot Skill: 0.5)
  1. FT-Mini Tiny Trainer
  2. FT-Mini Corsair
  3. FT-Bloody Wonder
  4. FT-Bravo STEM
8) FTFC20 - Build-ruary by @Grifflyer (2019 Champion) Build Skill: 5 Pilot Skill: 4
1. Dehavilland Mosquito​
2. Mini Scout (long time since I've flown one)​
3. Vampire​
4. SNS2 Guppy​
9) FTFC20 - Buid-ruary by @kilroy07 (Build skill: 3, Pilot Skill: 3.5)
  1. SR-71
  2. Luscombe Silvaire
  3. @sundown57 's SOG
  4. Foam Concept Jet's Dark Wing
10) FTFC20 - Buid-ruary by @FishHawk (Build Skill: 2, Pilot Skill: 1)

1. AP Mini Argus (mostly cut out beginning of Jan)​
2. SloFly 22 (modded for DTFB)​
3. AP Kwak (for the Grands)​
4. Hai-Lee's Kulula glider​
11) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @herbertjalarcon (Build Skill: 3, Pilot Skill: 3 )
1. Ft Fokker DR1​
2. SE5​
3. Master Series Spitfire​
4. Self-designed Albatross​
12) FTFC20: Build-Rurary by @K3V0 (buildskill: 3; pilot skill: 2)
1. @BATTLEAXE ’s Kitfox​
2. Ft Storch​
3. Ft sea duck​
4.Ft versa​
13) FTFC20: Build-ruary by @Vimana89 (Build Skill: Pilot Skill: )
1. Custom Tandem Wing 4ch Trainer​
2. FT Vector(Speed Build Kit)​
3. Custom Four Wing Plane V2​
4. Custom 4ch Canard Plane​
14) YOU
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FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
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Let me be the first to Enter...
FTFC20: Build-ruary by FoamyDM (Build Skill: 4 Skilled, Pilot Skill: 3 Amatuer)
1. FT - Arrow
2. Mehve
3. FT-P-38 Master Series
4. FT-Corsair Master Series
 
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Hondo76251

Well-known member
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Sounds like a good one to me, count me in!

Build-3/Pilot-3

1.) Sea Duck
2.) Custom Mini DH.88
3.) Tiny Trainer
4.) Bushwacker
 
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Hondo76251

Well-known member
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Build Videos:

Build 1
Micro DH.88 Comet "Black Magic"


I've always been an aviation nerd and I like interesting stories. The DH.88 Comet, built specifically for the 1934 MacRobertson air race, definitely has an interesting story. This particular comet, G-ACSP "Black Magic" is one of two surviving original planes. Though not as famous as "Grosvenor House," (the red one) Black Magic holds several records of her own: England-Karachi during the 1934 MacRoberston air race, and later as "Salazar" after being sold, set and then broke her own record for London-Lisbon in 5hrs 27min in 1937.

This build was made up as I went, no plan other than a picture of the plane. I wanted to use old toy quad motors so I knew roughly the size and weight I'd be limited to. I used the rolled foam (mater series) technique mostly which is fairly tricky on something this small. (The fuse is only 1" wide) The electronics are quite small and delicate. It required a lot of soldering on components like the ESC's which are about the size of my pinky fingernail. Because of the size, I'd rate this build:

Build: 4.5

I did the maiden before paint because if any shifting of the CG was required I would have to do surgery. Luckily it came out about right. It flew surprisingly well for such a small and light plane and also proved to be reasonably durable. With a little trimming I think I could get her some better low speed manners and if I had it to do again I would go with an As3x receiver. Due to the small size and its affinity to quickly enter a tip stall at low speeds, particularly when trying to land I'd rate the flying experience:

Flight Characteristics: 4

All in all I'm pleased with how she turned out. Its a nice piece to add to my fleet, an homage to an early pioneering airplane. I do plan to do this build again a bit larger with some brushless motors, a bit more like a Mini Master series build and shoot for sub 250 to make a fun FPV platform. Since this was a scratch build with no real plans, I don't have a lot to offer in tips and tricks other than any time you build something this small, even the simple stuff gets exponentially harder!

Here is the video:
 
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The Hangar

Well-known member
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Hmm, I want to join as well. @FoamyDM how much does “started” count? Definitly not already cut out cause you wouldn’t get docked for a speed build kit. I have a pietenpol that would work - all I did was pop out the foam cavities and test-form the engine. I don’t think that would count either as I never even glued anything, and also you don’t even need the engine - it’s optional I believe. The ultra stick wing is done and the fuse is partly completed - I know I would lose 5 points for that, but is that going too far?
 

mach1 rc

Well-known member
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Ok not sure how all of this will work so I'll try to do what the others did😉

Build-4/pilot-4

1: mini zero
2: su-26
3: pitts model 12
4: vampire

(Everything is master series)
 
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Hondo76251

Well-known member
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Hmm, I want to join as well. @FoamyDM how much does “started” count? Definitly not already cut out cause you wouldn’t get docked for a speed build kit. I have a pietenpol that would work - all I did was pop out the foam cavities and test-form the engine. I don’t think that would count either as I never even glued anything, and also you don’t even need the engine - it’s optional I believe. The ultra stick wing is done and the fuse is partly completed - I know I would lose 5 points for that, but is that going too far?
I dont feel like anyone would complain about that, at least I sure dont care! Like you said, I'm going for mostly speed build kits!
 

Hondo76251

Well-known member
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Awe.... I want to go to a build party! :LOL:

like I said, I'm not a big stickler for rules, if we're all doing a build it sure doesn't seem like it alters the spirit of the competition to use the build month to finish up a build that got put on the back burner. Often it seems that stepping back into an old project is harder than starting fresh anyway so I see no particular advantage to having completed step 2 of 399 ahead of the "official" start date... Thats my vote on this issue at least
 

The Hangar

Well-known member
#17
Awe.... I want to go to a build party! :LOL:

like I said, I'm not a big stickler for rules, if we're all doing a build it sure doesn't seem like it alters the spirit of the competition to use the build month to finish up a build that got put on the back burner. Often it seems that stepping back into an old project is harder than starting fresh anyway so I see no particular advantage to having completed step 2 of 399 ahead of the "official" start date... Thats my vote on this issue at least
Ok, that's what I'm thinking, cause there are several builds I've started and haven't had a reason to finish, and this gets me excited about it. I'm looking forward to getting these things in the air!
 

Hondo76251

Well-known member
#18
Ok, that's what I'm thinking, cause there are several builds I've started and haven't had a reason to finish, and this gets me excited about it. I'm looking forward to getting these things in the air!
Same for me, and I would guess most of us in this hobby! We're probably all wired about the same, so many projects, so little time!

I purchased a Bushwhacker speed build kit a while ago for another competition (C-pack lifting challenge) but I got busy with work and haven't even started it. I figure I'll build it for both challenges! Heck, I might even put it up against my Timber in the challenge I started, "How many landings can you get on a single battery?"

I built a tiny trainer into an RC glider a while ago to help teach my youngest to fly. did a little slope soaring with it myself a time or two. I bought two kits at the time with the thoughts that I'd build the second for my other kiddo. Now they're both ready for powered flight so the 2nd Tiny trainer will be built as part of this challenge as its a project I've been meaning to get done so my kids can keep progressing. Like you said, this is good way to get some incentive going!

I just put together another ultra micro DH.88 (version 3.2 :unsure:) using old brushed quadcopter parts but wasn't pleased with the results. I plan to start that again, this time using maker foam now that I got my hands on some. What better place to post that than here?

And lastly, the sea duck. Probably one of my favorite planes but I built my first one from DT foam. Even though I only landed on the water with it a couple times it didn't really like it. :LOL: I thought it would fair better in the snow, and it did to some extent but I ultimately had to retire the airframe. I purchased the speed build kit but its been setting on my shelf collecting dust FOREVER... I want to try my hand at something other than a down and dirty rattle can paint job so I figured that'd be a great plane to try it on.

I'd love to hear the back stories on the planes you guys are choosing!
 

The Hangar

Well-known member
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Same for me, and I would guess most of us in this hobby! We're probably all wired about the same, so many projects, so little time!

I purchased a Bushwhacker speed build kit a while ago for another competition (C-pack lifting challenge) but I got busy with work and haven't even started it. I figure I'll build it for both challenges! Heck, I might even put it up against my Timber in the challenge I started, "How many landings can you get on a single battery?"

I built a tiny trainer into an RC glider a while ago to help teach my youngest to fly. did a little slope soaring with it myself a time or two. I bought two kits at the time with the thoughts that I'd build the second for my other kiddo. Now they're both ready for powered flight so the 2nd Tiny trainer will be built as part of this challenge as its a project I've been meaning to get done so my kids can keep progressing. Like you said, this is good way to get some incentive going!

I just put together another ultra micro DH.88 (version 3.2 :unsure:) using old brushed quadcopter parts but wasn't pleased with the results. I plan to start that again, this time using maker foam now that I got my hands on some. What better place to post that than here?

And lastly, the sea duck. Probably one of my favorite planes but I built my first one from DT foam. Even though I only landed on the water with it a couple times it didn't really like it. :LOL: I thought it would fair better in the snow, and it did to some extent but I ultimately had to retire the airframe. I purchased the speed build kit but its been setting on my shelf collecting dust FOREVER... I want to try my hand at something other than a down and dirty rattle can paint job so I figured that'd be a great plane to try it on.

I'd love to hear the back stories on the planes you guys are choosing!
Now we're talking! I think that's what this challenge is all about!
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
#20
Awe.... I want to go to a build party! :LOL:

like I said, I'm not a big stickler for rules, if we're all doing a build it sure doesn't seem like it alters the spirit of the competition to use the build month to finish up a build that got put on the back burner. Often it seems that stepping back into an old project is harder than starting fresh anyway so I see no particular advantage to having completed step 2 of 399 ahead of the "official" start date... Thats my vote on this issue at least
Maybe we could set up a buildruary Discord. Community build night party.

Cut out is ok... Assembly reduces points.