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Old 02-05-2013, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hi All

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mark, and I have been working on a website for a while now, offering my own designs of Depron foamies intended for easy build and entry level (novice) RC enthusiasts. The designs are mostly aimed at waste efficiency and intended for the indoor flyer, so there are no replicas of 'known' aircraft (maybe some similarities). I would appreciate some feedback on the designs and how they are presented, also if anyone has any contribution on the way to add RC kit (micro), similar to the Plantraco kit that I have (micro & linear actuators). I am new to the RC scene, and would welcome positive feedback on the ideas given here. I'm currently working on the first RC version of the Learner aircraft, and will post the build document in the near future. All of the designs are available as PDF, and there are many more than are on the site, so please keep looking back. I hope you will find something you like.

Search for airlightrc on google, then please give me a visit and leave/email any feedback you may have.

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Mark, our TOS allows you to post links as long as you stay within the TOS. Here's the link to his site.

http://airlightrc.co.uk/

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Thankyou Don, this is up to now the most helpful forum I've been on
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Hi Mark. Welcome to WF! I just visited your site. I like the unique way you present the models. Very easy to see, and I like the huge and imaginative variety you have there. You designed all those yourself? Burt Rutan, watch out!

My only suggestion, if you were to make any changes, is you have so many designs there, maybe categorize them to split them into different pages of similar designs, i.e., biplanes, gliders, flying wings, etc. But that's just me.

Unfortunately, my work schedule doesn't allow me to participate in our club's indoor flying events, so I'd probably have to make a giant scale version of your planes to fly it outdoors! So I haven't built any flat foamy flyers yet, but if (When!) I do, I'll certainly browse your site for ideas!
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Hi xmech2k

Thanks for the feedback, this is just what I'm looking for. I'm looking at the site layout continuously, and the presentation is important, so I'll think about breaking the types apart to make it easier to find the various styles. I'm glad you like the designs, if you know anyone who might be interested, please give them the link.

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Old 02-06-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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Default New plans, A5JET19

Hi all

Just put this on the site. This has a v-tail configuration shown, but I wanted this to be a jet, and the option would be to simply raise the 'fins', cut them down and fix one rudder vertical. I hope this is clear, would be great to hear something back on this.

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UPDATE: I forgot to say, there are also some 2, 3 & 4 degree dihedral jigs on there now. Hope these will help with setting things up.
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Default New Plans, A5JET49

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Just uploaded this pdf to the site, it's a 2 configuration V-tail, might not be obvious, but have a look and see what you think. New format and labels should make it easier.

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Just uploaded a set of plans for a 30/60 and 40/50 degree jig pair, for setting up Vtails etc. Hope you like them.

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Just updated the pdf for A5RACER5, slightly altered some things, new format and labelling.

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Default Plan updates!

Hi

I recently posted updates to the site for the following:
A5RACER5, A5VTAIL15, A5DRONE, A5JET42, A4BIPLANE1, A5ACROBAT13, A5ACROBAT15, A5JET19, A5JET49, A5STEALTH6.

Please check out the new format and labelling, see if these versions are clearer. Hope this will stimulate some new building, please post/send pics.

Soon there will be about 10-12 new designs coming, so please keep checking back!

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Old 02-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #12
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Default Plan update! A5RACER7

Just uploaded a new format version of this to the site, some small geometry changes and wing slots added.

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Default Picture update, A5RACER7

Just uploaded the picture for this on the site. Some tiny mods to the original. Hope it helps with building.

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Old 02-20-2013, 11:07 PM   #14
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Default Build log A5LEARNER (part1)

Hi all

Just uploaded the first part of the build log for this, plus some changes to the plans page format to remove the 'wordiness'. All build logs will be shown with the blue notepad and pen icon. This is the first plan, at the top so you can't miss it.

Still working on new designs, some cool stealth stuff in the pipeline.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:34 PM   #15
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Hi All

Just uploaded a few translated document for the build tips, French, German and Spanish, I hope these will help with the builds.

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Default Build tips translations, NL and PL

Just uploaded 2 new documents for the build tips, translations for Dutch and Polish. Thanks to everyone for visiting the site, I'm hoping the new designs will be ready soon, so please keep looking for them.

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Default Plan updates, A5VTAIL4 + others

Hi All

Just uploaded the pdf to the site for a new vtail design. The first build of this was a great flyer, very stable and 'soary'. In the next few weeks, I'll be starting a 'first builds' page with photos of the ones I've done up to now, and hopefully some flight details. There are some new picture updates to check out too, make sure you keep looking, the site is changing a lot now, a new format is coming to make the plans easier to scan through. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to look, and to the few who have contacted me with feedback, this has been invaluable in forming the direction of the new look site.

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Default New plans, A4JET3

Hi All

Just uploaded a new plan to the site, this is moving into more complex builds using an A4 template for the foam. I've used a slightly different labelling system, basically line up the same letters to help with the build and orientation of the parts.

I think this one looks great, very sleek. I'm hoping that the license I used on the tailplane will pay off, you have to remember that these are a balance of form, proportions and function. I'm getting feedback now about the plans now, and there are several points to update, but the key one I think is the addition of the CG. I will try to include this where I can, but this is something I would work out on build normally, and I haven't had time to build every one of these yet, so please bear with me. I already have a long list of improvements, and I promise I'm working on them.

I hope you will like this one. Fly and enjoy!

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Default New Plan, A5JET46

Hi All

I've not been as active here recently, but I'm getting back into the swing now. Just uploaded the pdf for this to the site, usual place. As much as I would love to release the new site, it's still a bit unfinished looking, so I'll go with the old one for now. I hope you will like this.

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Default New plans, A5CANARD5, A4CANARD4, A4JET6

Hi All

Just posted 3 new plans to the site. Some more coming soon, and thanks to anyone having a go at these, I know it takes time and effort, even if they are simple foamies.

All the best.

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Default New Plan, A4ACROBAT1

Hi All

Just wanted to get this out there, I think this may be one of the best yet. For those who have given me any feedback about the plans, thankyou, I'm trying to incorporate your ideas, this one specifically about the lack of fuse stiffening on some designs. Remember though, these are meant to be ideas that you can add your own spin on, not cut and dried ABC.

I hope you will like it.

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Default New plan, A4VTAIL1

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Just completed this, it's on the site. Two configurations, vtail and fin. Look at the pic and line up the letters for part orientation etc. I hope you will like it, please send me a pic if you build it.

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Default New plan, A4GLIDER1

Hi All

Just posted a new plan, A4GLIDER1. The A4's are still supposed to be built from 2mm depron, but if you have any other thoughts please let me know.. It's intended to be ultralight, don't forget, so stick the stiffening only where needed. With this one, I'd suggest the 2 wing rods and a couple of carbon strips (or whatever), one under the fuse on the flat edge, and one buried just above the wing line.

Any pictures greatly appreciated.

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Default New plan, A4WING1

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Just uploaded a new plan to the site. Line the letters up for orientation etc. The new site is coming, but slower than I wanted, as I've decided to reformat the plans to go on the new version. I hope you will like this one, remember this is still 2mm Depron, or similar, for a super light aircraft. There are a few options on the power plant - I'd like to try embedded props on this one, but you will have to choose your own position. I think 2 edfs fore of the elevators might work, and theres always the obvious up front prop option.

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Hi Airlight! I appreciate that you are doing a lot of work with these, but for the life of me, sometimes I can't picture the plane that comes out of the plans you're showing. Could you maybe include a pic of the resulting plane with the plans?
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