Sporty Little Plane - Blue fanfold foam scratch build
I actually started this build a couple of months ago and have worked on it on and off between other projects. This design is heavily influenced by/inspired by/stolen from StevensAero’s adorable SkyBoy model, and Dereck’s Very Short Plane.
I started out on a 3D package I use called modo, tweaking the design around until I liked the way it looked.
Bamboo skewers run thru blocks of foam inside the fuselage to provide anchor points for the rubber bands. I've got a sort of 'monoblock' arrangement up front, made from two pieces of dense white foam from a box somewhere, and a single thickness of blue FFF to get the correct width. The motor is screwed to some aircraft ply which is Gorilla Glued to the front of the block.
Gluing the horizontal stab in place, nice and level.
The wheels are rescued from a Tower Hobbies P-51. The gear is bent piano wire, run through some aluminum tubing and then epoxied to some thin plywood. The tubing keeps it from moving it two directions; the little bent bit on the end keeps it from moving in the third direction.
The plywood is glued beneath the wing, with some balsa glued on top to help hold everything in place.
The tail wheel is stolen from an old Air Hogs F-14.
The original monoblock got cut up quite a bit. Fortunately, I didn't glue it in place until the very end and could easily remove and mod it. The HURC 22A ESC sits to one side. The top was removed to make way for the battery, which Velcros to a piece of plywood.
The battery hatch stays in place with the help of a bit of tongue depressor and some rare earth magnets.
Great job that's a little cutie neat name also. I remember reading you bought a rubber duck in another thread I guess this must be it i like it.
So how did your scratch build fly it looks great in the air.
Thanks, Gramps. Yeah, I don't remember the thread but if I mentioned the rubber duck, then this is the plane. (The duck now has a name and an entire backstory. )
It seems to fly pretty darn nicely. It was gray and cold and gusty today, so I didn't fly too long or try anything fancy. Still trying to get the balance right, etc. I'll post some video of the maiden, though. Stay tuned.
Have no idea how I missed this one. Guess it really is four years since I drew up, built and flew 'VSP' - which is still around and flying fine. Had her out last week, when Chicago's winds fell below 'breezy' (which translates as 'be careful not to stand up when walking outside ) and though one Futaba aileron servo has developed an overshoot to full stick movement at times, she still flies fine.
I prefer your wing shape too - but it's easier to achieve that in foam than balsa, especially when life's easier if you cut all your balsa wing ribs out to the same shape
Nigel - there is no bigger kick in aeromodelling than standing out on the runway, to make the first flight of a model that's uniquely yours from design to flight. Sure beats waving your credit card in a Chinese-ish direction for a big shiny box toy. What that new design is made of is immaterial - that its all yours is the big bit.