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Pod and boom designs?

Turbojoe

Active member
#1
I have piles of balsa kits waiting to be built and many other balsa planes done and just waiting for maiden. I'm Jonesing for something really different though. I've progressed way beyond trainers but I kinda like the looks and simplicity of Pod and Boom type aircraft. No interest in FPV video so that's out! I have a bunch of CF tube as well as a forest of balsa wood. I have ZERO desire to use any foam of ANY type so that's out. I haven't found many good Pod and Boom plans even on Aerofred.com etc... I have my daughters 3D printer so can make some parts as needed as long as I have an idea.... Because most pod and boom are pusher configuration I'm hesitant to just throw something together and spend crash after crash trying to get the thrust angle and COG right. I'd prefer to work with a proven design and modify from there if needed.

Anyone have plan files or links for BALSA pod and boom that are .25-.40 size?

Joe
 

Paracodespoder

Well-known member
#2
You could do something like this, with a carbon fiber tail boom, or you could modify this to be a powered glider (I have built one of these and I gotta say, it’s a pretty nice glider except when you don’t mount the wings very well and they fly away by themselves on launch :rolleyes:)
 

Turbojoe

Active member
#3
That's kinda/sorta close but not exactly what I'm looking for. There are a ton of cheap plastic pod and boom planes out there but maybe nothing good enough to warrant a full on balsa build?

I remember about 10+ years ago doing a maiden on a pod and boom (don't remember the name but was very well known) for a newbie. To me it was crappy, cheap plastic junk but the bloody thing flew well once I got the CG right! I flew two "test" packs before I finally turned it over to the owner. I just like the "pod" idea. Nice and clean with everything in one place and the rest of the bird as light as possible.

Joe
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#4
Pod and Boom is a very very broad category indeed.
They can be tractor, pusher, separate power pod, EDF, Single engine, Twin engine or even three engine designs.
Also they can have a single boom, twin boom, or even an open multi element boom/cage.
There is also the fact that they could be monoplane or biplane.
Landing gear could be absent or either taildragger or tricycle.

If you could refine your requirements then perhaps someone could point you to where you could find the correct set of plans!

Have fun!
 

Turbojoe

Active member
#5
Wow! You tossed a LOT of options out there. It seriously doesn't have to be that complicated. Pod and Boom. That's all. Pretty simple. I'm open to just about anything. Just need a "POD" that houses all the servos/RX/ESC/ etc. Motor? Who knows where it will be mounted. Tractor/pusher/wing mounted etc.....

I simply want a slow/fun/trainer type fun 4 channel airplane.

Joe
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#8
Wow! You tossed a LOT of options out there. It seriously doesn't have to be that complicated. Pod and Boom. That's all. Pretty simple. I'm open to just about anything. Just need a "POD" that houses all the servos/RX/ESC/ etc. Motor? Who knows where it will be mounted. Tractor/pusher/wing mounted etc.....

I simply want a slow/fun/trainer type fun 4 channel airplane.

Joe
This plane has free plans and can use a "40" is it close to your ideal?

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Have fun!
 

Turbojoe

Active member
#9
This is the design type I'm mainly interested in. LINK. It's long discontinued but I wouldn't buy it anyway. I'd like to build it from balsa rather than blow molded plastic. Heck, I even took a look at all the 450 size helicopters I have laying around and I'm starting to think one of them could be the starting point of a build. I could replace all the heavy aluminum bits with uncomplicated 3D printed structural parts and keep the carbon fiber frame. Hmmmm........

Joe
 

Merv

Well-known member
#11
Not to be disagreeable but you are making a mistake by not using foam board. FB is far more resilient than balsa. A FB plane will survive a crash that would destroy a balsa plane.
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#13
This sounds like a good opportunity to go full scratch build and work up your own design to meet the specs you're looking for :D