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Icon A5 build

#1
Hello all!
Having built a few Flite Test planes, I decided to take a shot at designing my own. Seaplanes seem to work well on the snow so I decided to build something modeled after the Icon A5. It is a cool modern light sport seaplane.

After watching several tutorials on Youtube I quickly threw together a design in Sketchup. It has a 27 inch wingspan and I plan to but a 2205 motor in it.
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Soon I had the rough plans printed and I started hacking into some foam.

First up is the wing.
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Then the Fuselage and canopy
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The curves in the fuselage are kind of rough and crinkly but oh well. :oops:

I attached the servos on the underside of the main fuselage piece where they will get covered by the hull. It is going to a be a four channel.
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Even if it is not the prettiest I am still satisfied with my work so far, as am a noob to designing. I will post more as the build progresses.
 
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#7
Did a little more work and I finished the hull. :)
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All I have left is too mount the motor and wing and it will be ready to maiden. Unfortunately the weather doesn't look too promising. If you have any tips for me that might make this more likely to fly let me know :D.
 

AkimboGlueGuns

Biplane Guy
Mentor
#11
Looks excellent. A little bit of refinement on the nose for V.2 and you'll have a great looking (and hopefully flying) little bird. Keep us updated for the maiden, I'l love to build one of these little guys for a snow bird.
 
#12
It flew!!!!!! :) Maidened it today. I did crash it though. Was a little too windy for that size of an airplane and my skills, but I was impatient to take it out. Some hot glue should fix it up though. The flight wasn't long enough for me to say really how well it flew. I want to fly it again but it's going to be really cold the next couple days, with a high of -15 degrees (that's in Fahrenheit) tomorrow. After I fly this one I am planning to make a V2 and make any changes that seem necessary.
 

AkimboGlueGuns

Biplane Guy
Mentor
#14
It flew!!!!!! :) Maidened it today. I did crash it though. Was a little too windy for that size of an airplane and my skills, but I was impatient to take it out. Some hot glue should fix it up though. The flight wasn't long enough for me to say really how well it flew. I want to fly it again but it's going to be really cold the next couple days, with a high of -15 degrees (that's in Fahrenheit) tomorrow. After I fly this one I am planning to make a V2 and make any changes that seem necessary.
Awesome! I'm dealing with the same arctic blast here. We're expecting windchills down to -60* tomorrow.
 
#18
Very cool! (y)(y)
The icon is one of my answers to "if I had a million dollars..." (I'd need 2 Mil for a Mustang!!) :ROFLMAO:
Yes I am saving up so I can buy and fly the Howard Hughes spruce goose. :p:ROFLMAO:

Totally fixable right?
Sure... but I do think I want to build a V2 but I decided I am going to wait until the lakes thaw and see if I can fly it off water. That will be a new challenge (making it not sink).