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The first plane I built.

510thousandths

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#1
I fly little helicopters, mostly a Genius CP, so I had a thought...why not build an Airplane!

I looked through the internet for an .049 rc airplane plan. I already had a Cox Black Widow ready to use from the 80s. Found some plans for a Kyosho plane called the Papillon, a simple trainer, 2ch., highwing that I could scratch build from balsa.

The original thought was that I would build that, then build a second wing with ailerons, then make another into a low wing configuration when I got some more experience.

So, a pic of the completed plane!
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Took it out to my cousin's, he has alot more space than I do...and taller hay for "landing"...and it flew!

I posted in the FT Flyer forum, that I had my first Real RC flight with the FT Flyer, but I guess this qualifies as flight even though it was mostly accident avoidance with a lucky glide slope!

I plan on getting more confortable with the fomies before I get this plane back out again, and I have nearly completed the second wing with ailerons...keep getting sidetracked with the electric foamboard planes though...and the wind here in ohio!

So...Let's see everyones first scratch builds!
 
#3
That's pretty cool! My first plane that I ever really got any stick time with at all was a Craft Air Piece O' Cake with a Black Widow 0.049. I actually just found that engine the other day. I now have my old OS Max .10 and my 049 that need to have planes put on them. There's a Super Decathlon that would be great for my .10 and I am really tempted to build another Piece O' Cake for the 049. However, now that I have seen your plane, that is pretty tempting as well!

Your plane looks pretty quick! I am guessing that the time with the foam board planes has been nearly invaluable when flying that for first time! I remember how distressing it was for me the first time I flew my Piece O' Cake. My dad really didn't know how to fly RC either, so there was no buddy box. I flew the Piece O' Cake for quite a while, until it wasn't repairable anymore! The wing kicked around in my parents basement for about 20 years, but I have not seen it in a decade or so, so I am guessing it's gone.
 
#4
Looks really good. I taught myself to fly RC with a Gentle Lady and a high start and a power pod. How many Cox piston/sleeves did I wear out? what fun.

It's nice that now you can buy a battery, esc and motor that is just plug and play but fooling around with the half A is pretty fun too.

Good job