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Swappable Lockheed Vega Scratch Build!!!

#1
Hey guys!

I've been working on my first Foam Board Design the Lockheed Vega. I was looking around on Wikipedia searching for different planes to design that I haven't seen anyone else do before. I then came to Lockheed Vega. The name sounded familiar so I started researching. I later found out that it was the model that Amelia Eaheart flew to become the first woman to solo across the Atlantic! Here is the picture of her Vega:

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Here is another picture of the Lockheed Vega but with Amelia Earheart:
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It's a pretty cool looking plane and I really want to design it. In future posts, I will update everyone with my build progress.
 
#2
I later found a pretty good 3 view for the vega. There aren't many detailed 3 views out there, unfortunately, but this one will suffice:

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I developed my first set of plans using a free software called Inkscape.

Here are some pictures of my first set of plans:

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I based the design a lot from other Flite Test planes such as the FT Simple Scout and FT Simple Cub. There are a lot of formers due to the "can" like shape the Vega has. This could cause some flying issues but let's see what happens. ;)

The formers in the middle of the fuselage are doubled to hopefully add some strength to where it would belly land. I will cut out everything and see what happens in the build process. I hope that this can be a successful build so others can copy my plans and also have a fun experience with a scratch built Lockheed Vega.
 
#3
Hey guys!

I've been working on my first Foam Board Design the Lockheed Vega. I was looking around on Wikipedia searching for different planes to design that I haven't seen anyone else do before. I then came to Lockheed Vega. The name sounded familiar so I started researching. I later found out that it was the model that Amelia Eaheart flew to become the first woman to solo across the Atlantic! Here is the picture of her Vega:

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Here is another picture of the Lockheed Vega but with Amelia Earheart:
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It's a pretty cool looking plane and I really want to design it. In future posts, I will update everyone with my build progress.
That would be an exciting plane to build and fly!
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
Mentor
#7
This plane would be a great candidate for the techniques used by FT for their "Master Series Corsair". Maybe next time!

Great job!

Have fun!
 
#8
Yeah, I already finished my plans before I learned about their Master Series. I'll try to incorporate the Master Series techniques on my next project! Thanks for the support!
 
#9
I finally cut out all my parts and began building the V1 of my Vega! I finished with the wing and fuselage:
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I messed up the wing a little but I think it should be ok. I just need to work on the poster paper and wrap it around the formers. Then we should be good for a test glide!
 
#10
The Vega is done! I went for a simple glide test and works perfectly! Don't mind the two batteries in the pictures, they were the nose weight. ;) The poster paper was rushed because I just wanted to see it's glide test so don't mind that either. :cool:
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The build looks real sketch but I'll fix it in V2. I learned that I needed to change a ton of edits to the plans after building it. I also need to extend the tail farther back because it looks too close to the wing and will give me some bad flying characteristics.
 
#12
Thanks! I'm going to build a V2 and add the electronics in it for the maiden. I just built the V1 with no electronics to see if it even will fly because I doubted my designing abilities. I will post my results soon!