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Prototype: Foam Board/3D printed Trainer

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About a year and a half ago I designed my first RC aircraft. A smaller high wing with a 28 inch wingspan. It was built with the intention to be a slower flying and stable trainer capable of most acrobatics. That was easily constructed with a minimum of foam board and 3D printed parts. It fell short in two categories. Firstly it was too fast, secondly it was a bit unstable. This instability resulted from its small size which I later learned is the reason most RC trainers are rather large. The solution was to scale it up by 70% to 48 inches. The result was a slower flying and rather stable airplane that is decently capable of acrobatics. Keep in mind this is a first prototype, as such it has a number of flaws to be addressed. I will post build plans, STL files and a build guide at some point after I finish the second prototype. That is if anyone is interested. At this point I will apologize for any spelling and grammar errors I have never been very eloquent with words. With that out of the way below are some pictures, videos and specifications.


Maiden Flight
I was a little too enthusiastic to maiden it as a result I flew in 15-25mph winds. I realized my mistake almost immediately as a result I spent the rest of the flight trying to land.

Fourth Flight
The only flight in relatively calm conditions to date.


Pictures of the plane
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Pictures of The Parts

Firewall, motor mount and cowling.
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Skewer reinforcement disks, rubber band retainers and control horns.
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Main gear receiver block.
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Wing edge protectors.
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Foam board parts.
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Wing span: 48in
Wing coord: 8in
Wing area: 384in2
Empty weight 20.23oz
Takeoff weight 26.4oz
Wing loading: 9.9oz./sq.ft
Max thrust: 34oz
Thrust to weight ratio: 1.28
Thrust angle: 3° down, 3° right
Dihedral: 3° total, 1.5° per wing

Motor: Leopard Power 2830/12T 980KV Outrunner(I intend to make moter mounts for other brands.)
ESC: Sky Power 30A ESC with Switchmode BEC(Most 20+ amp ESCs with BEC should work.)
Battery: Venom 2200mah 3s 30c lipo
Propeller: APC 10x4.7SF
Receiver: Power Up RD710 2.4GHz DSM2 & DSMX Compatible 7 Channel Receiver(Any old 4 channel receiver should work.)
Servos: Emax 8g ES08D Digital Sub-Micro Servo

Build Guide and Downloads
Coming soonTM
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