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Old 05-13-2017, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Don Quixote modernization

Looking to build something a little different. Searching Outerzone (one of my favorite 'idea' sites) led me to the Don Quixote, a model of a full scale kit plane featured in the September 1995 RCM magazine.

Obviously, there are a few aspects that could use some updating. First and foremost is the power package. An RC buggy motor and 7 sub-C cells are just not going to make it. A redesign of the motor mount is needed in order to replace that with a brushless outrunner. Doing some research to find something that will provide the necessary thrust, while still keeping prop size within design parameters to keep it from slicing the rear of the fuselage off in flight (I hate when that happens )

I also intend to add aileron control (4ch instead of the 3ch design), which may or may not be part of the full size plane, but then again, this will be a 'sort of' scale.

Still doing some sketches to come up with a few design ideas before I sit down with the CAD program and get serious. Should be fun. Yes, I do intend to document the build this time, I promise!

p.s.: No, I did not steal Bald Paul's avatar. I had a computer issue, forgot my password, could not get a reset sent when I tried to log in as BP, so I just registered as a new user under the same name I use on a different forum.


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I might think about modifying it to a seaplane.

Looks like build in a step just slightly behind the GC and add some tip floats.

Presto! You have a seaplane!!

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Old 05-16-2017, 10:20 PM   #3
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Default My completion plan

CAD work has begun.

My plan is to have the upper fuselage section (cockpit area forward of F1) as a removable hatch for access to the elevator and rudder servos, and the flight battery.

The upper area between F1 and F3 will become part of the wing structure, and will contain the ESC, as well as provide an area to mount the single aileron servo.

Attaching the wing will require connecting the aileron servo lead, ESC lead, and the flight battery, which will have an arming switch in line so the wing can be secured (two wing bolts in the rear) without worrying about an accidental throttle on situation resulting in partially severed fingers.

I'm considering adding an additional former in the nose (both upper and lower parts) as the nose tapers inward forward of F1

Still lots of things to consider, and lots more CAD work to be done, but I'm in no particular hurry. To be honest, I'm running short of room to store my planes. I may just have to purge my control line models.


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