Grasshopper version 2 is in the works. I have almost all of the design details nailed down at this point. Now that I have a handle on using FreeCAD, I can start drawing out the individual pieces in preparation to building the physical plane. That build process should be easier this time (for one, I cut the total number of pieces from 20+ to ~11). I know that the profile view that I included here is mostly unintelligible, nevertheless as I post more pictures it will all become clearer. The general look is very similar to version one. The biggest changes include: smaller overall dimensions (45cm L x 55cm W x 18cm H), increased AOA, larger control surfaces, elevons now extend off of the upper winglets instead of the T-tail and the servos to these elevons are mounted down in the outer aft corners of the main wing, and the power pod is completely rearranged (battery moves up into the wing, the ESC down below, and the receiver gets its own slot behind the spar). Between the narrower fuselage/keel and the increased AOA twice as much of the prop wash is directed under the main wing unobstructed; combine this with the greater maximum thrust (on paper) and this plane should have little difficulty doing takeoffs from water.
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