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Willy Nillies Falcon 250 Twin!

rockyboy

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#1
I don't see anyone else on the forums that's opened their Falcon kit yet, so let me help ya'll out with some inspiration :D

If you didn't buy one yet, you can get one over here ==> Willy Nillie's Falcon 250

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And yes, I did say twin! Why you might ask? Well, because I am tired of this little quad thing sitting around for two years gathering dust without a single flight since the maiden day. And I think a pair of 1104 4000kv motors would do just fine on one of these 250 gram kits :D I'll be twinning the Skylark with the other two motors from this quad too! :D

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So let's start building! First I'm setting aside all of the parts I recognize as "wing stuff", which leaves some things that are obviously fuselage shaped. Since the formers are numbered I'm pretty confident I've got this much going together right!

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Time to put the other side on and use some right angles to keep things aligned nicely.

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Now here's a great example of why I like to use slow drying glue instead of CA - as I was looking at this and wondering why the things I thought were braces stuck up to far I realized they also didn't have cut out for the stringers and there was a much better looking piece to use there! So I swapped them in before the glue dried :D

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Time for a dinner break, and to see if there are landing gear patterns to print out.
 
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rockyboy

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Thanks guys - if anyone finds a source for ultra cheap quads in clearance sales please share - the one I'm using only cost $90 new 2 years ago and has enough parts for two twin engine motor and ESC. We might be able to find some real cheap deals...

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Back on the Falcon, time to add the stringers
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And the front sheeting sections. This picture also shows where I installed the front firewall backwards. I did this on purpose because I wanted to install the landing gear after I put the fuselage together, but if someone is building a single motor falcon it needs to be the other way around.
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Here I'm taking a scrap of the fuselage knockout and adding it to the hatch lid for extra strength and to lip.
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rockyboy

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#16
I used the TLAR method to make up the landing gear.
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Clamped and hanging up so the epoxy doesn't run down the legs...
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And she sits pretty well! A little final bendy when the wheels are on that it'll be good.
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Time to make some wings.
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And a second wing half.
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Glued together with some dihedral and a pair of the 1104 motors hanging off it for sizing.

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I think I like that spacing, but I either need to find some different color props or get ready for some wacky paint job!
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So let's try to mock up some nacelle short ribs using the remainder sprue as a template
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They fit ok.
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Hmm... looks interesting, but that center rib is right in the way of the esc - and if I made those short ribs with square front ends I could use it for the motor mount too... I think I'll move it over and square it off.. that way I can keep the ESC right next to the motor and not need to rewire that part.
 

Turbojoe

Well-known member
#17
Heck yeah. Reason I say so is I had my Eaglet sitting next to my Kadet and noticed they're actually really similar airplanes, just the Eaglet is about a quarter of the size. And people have kitbashed Kadets into Skymasters before...

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OMG! I have an early Kadet MK II kit that I've been wondering what to do with for the longest time. Guess I'll have to go looking for a thread with the pictured build.

Joe
 

Turbojoe

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#18
I used the TLAR method to make up the landing gear.
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Clamped and hanging up so the epoxy doesn't run down the legs...
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And she sits pretty well! A little final bendy when the wheels are on that it'll be good.
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Time to make some wings.
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And a second wing half.
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Glued together with some dihedral and a pair of the 1104 motors hanging off it for sizing.

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I think I like that spacing, but I either need to find some different color props or get ready for some wacky paint job!
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So let's try to mock up some nacelle short ribs using the remainder sprue as a template
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They fit ok.
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Hmm... looks interesting, but that center rib is right in the way of the esc - and if I made those short ribs with square front ends I could use it for the motor mount too... I think I'll move it over and square it off.. that way I can keep the ESC right next to the motor and not need to rewire that part.
Oh, this is looking SO cool already! (y)

Joe