FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
I like to look a anime planes for design inspirations as I try to dream up new things to build from foam. I think I like the "will it float" style challenges for airplanes. Ali poked around here and found something on devion2112's page. He had a build photo or two and a posting of the plan in his album. I love the look of it. I don't know if it will fly, where it's from or what. I dropped it into CAD. Drew up a one sheet wonder plan for an power pack A setup.

The goal is quick easy and cheap. As most of the work was already done for me in the plan side, the rest was a couple hours cutting and glueing. I should have the guts installed and ready for flight.
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The next contest is "Can FoamyDM fly it?" Should be fun. Stay tuned

And thanks Devion2112.

Here are some pics to make it look pretty
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Attached please find the Plans here(clickable link:
 
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Revere

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I'm thinking you'll need to add canards to make it stable in-flight.
You could make them from transparent plastic though so they are essentially invisible from a short distance.
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
You may be very Quite possible about the cannards.Thank you for the suggestions to make them invisible. I'm hoping it'll fly like a mini arrow. OK, maybe not as well as one, but at least controllable in that fashion.

I'm calling this the AF-X1 [(A)nime (F)ighter, X for it's unknown origin, and (1) for first try]
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
Yup that's It. Never really was involved in it much. It explains why it wasn't coming up in anime... Starfox.

Well I put together plans for it. If anyone wants to give this a go too.

click here for the link

Let me know what you think as this is my first plan set officially

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FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
AF-X1 (AKA-Starfox) RTF

I'm amazed at how fast a plan/plane comes together, Even with Holiday events interjecting themselves. (the cookies don't make themselves of course.)

I have updated pictures here showing the craft, hooked up and ready to fly:
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I am controlling it using a Versa Wing setup. I shoule be able to maiden this on Friday. (my videographer is off school):)

Note to Self: Taping Post-construction is WAY more time consuming.
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
Maidened

Maidened it on Friday... my CG Estimates were... off.:black_eyed: It was too far back. I had three attempted launches. First flipped over backward. The crash had bent the lower left vertical stabilizer. I thought, maybe the thrust angle. Second, fixed the vert. stab. adjust the angle. Throttled up, released. It did it again. Hmmm. CG must be off. I moved the battery up so the balance was at the front of the wing tips, returned the motor angle. Power up. Release. Better. Wobbled/Flew about 15-20 ft. then crash. This time the wings are weakend and wobbly too. Vertical stabilizers busted again, Battery's loose, and as I shift the thrust angle on the mount - pop. The Aluminum sheet metal snaped. I guess that's that. If the video is usable, I'll post it. I remember reviewing the day's footage and found it mostly N.G.

Design/Build Adjustments:
  • Double up wing thickness
  • Even out wing tips with Stabilizer and short fuselage end to put prop, just inside.
  • Add spars in build, not as an afterthought (as with this one).
  • Move servos in to ease reciever connections.
  • Add Tape PRE-construction.
 
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rockyboy

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Aha! Found the build thread! :D

I've updated the challenge post so I can keep track of this one too :sneaky:
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
@ Rockyboy - GREAT!

I noticed that I have about 6 different designs that need some level of Cutting and building (some of the most rewarding aspect IMHO), but boy it would be nice to have a laser cutter to have this easier. as these are new concepts mostly or re-builds to include improvements, I would love to just FFW to the build portion, so I can test it!

Projects:
FTFC19 Fantasy Challenge: LPL Flying Submarine, VF-9 Robotech, AF-X1 (starfox), Logan X-stream 6, Heaven's Spade Carrier.
More Traditional: The 10" Kingfisher, IAR-99, the Box wing Synergy, the (in honor of a friend). The Flying Flapjack started last Build-ruary.
Purchased : I have a Lippisch P.15 I need to setup in the transmitter, and A10- 30mm Edf to build, Reptile (800mm?, grey one) I need to setup. The four FT-Kits, the Kalinin-K-12, and

I've made my free-time stupid busy. o_O:) :coffee:
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
Uncle!... point me the way oh wise one.

Found it. Ooooh, sexy... I have to modify my plans... if only a bit. maybe an auto-feed, cam locking mechanism, and a servo
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
I bailed on the rebuild and decided after inspection of the original, that this has a number of crashes in it still - prior to a rebuild. I suspect the CG is my main issue. I re-balanced it. Hurled it. After wiggling a nickel (5g) weight around on the nose I found a balance with a yard crossing toss.
I put a mini motor on (1408) and loaded it with a 800 mAh 2 cell and now I'm ready to fail again. (I hope I'm wrong.)
Here's some photos of the CG marks and setup. (inner ones apply)
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Here is the motor mount:
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This is the successful wing reflex:
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the weather is supposed to be great for many days. until Sunday, So I better get testing and building!
 

FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
If you'll note, between the first build photos and the rebuilt cg pics and vid I have heavily reinforced the bridge section between fuse and wing
 
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FoamyDM

Building Fool-Flying Noob
Updated the 1st post to be more "New visitor"-Friendly. to include plans and the finish pics.
If the rain in SE NC region would end, (it's been Seatle-like lately, At least outside of work hours.)