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Old 10-12-2017, 05:16 PM
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So taking what I've learned from the recent MiG-21, F-100 and Su-22m Fitter builds I've begun a design of the F-104 STARFIGHTER. She is 48" long with an anhedral wingspan of 24" (just a bit longer than the prototype) She will be powered with a SMJv2 spinning a 6x5.5 "Prop-Inna-Box" and be controlled with ailerons and a flying 'T' elevator.
It's the same size and power system as my MiG-21 model so it should fly similarly. I think though that it may be faster because it is more streamlined than the MiG-21.
Also, I want to revisit the F-101 VOODOO with the same 'T' tail solution I'm using for the Starfighter. I found a 3/8" dia. nylon plumbing 'T' which just snuggly accepts a 5.3mm CR. for the control surface pivot and another perpendicular to it to imbed in the rudder. My previous attempts at a "T" tail failed.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:38 PM
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Old 10-15-2017, 05:08 PM
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Old 10-22-2017, 11:05 PM
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:47 AM
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Now if I can just get the hang of flying her
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Old 10-24-2017, 03:02 AM
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Notes on flying the "5EZP" F-104 Starfighter:
1. Speed. She loves to go fast. I was trying to trim her at half throttle and realized that it wasn't that her trim was off it was that her stubby wings were nearly tip-stalling at the lower speed. So I throttled up and her twitchy roll quieted right down.
2. Just like the prototype you have to think way out ahead of her.
She is an intense 4-5 minutes of flight. This is not a plane that you can take a thumb break with. You have to stay on her and ahead of her or you will lose it. She is most unforgiving.
3. Once you get the feel of her, She is a blast to fly.
4. I may try scaling her up 1.15% so I can fit a 7x5 prop in the tail box for more thrust.This worked well with my F-100. So well I have now crashed both of my 1.15% versions. Or scale her down to fit a 70mm EDF on one of my 4S Li-Pos.
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Fixed the droopy fuse:
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Old 10-16-2019, 05:23 AM
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You have incredible talent and perseverance Mr. Daeronort. To design , build and fly an f104 starfighter with no gyro is about as good as it gets, especially knowing how hard you've worked to perfect the design over years. You're an inspiration
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Originally Posted by ROCKETCHRIS View Post
You have incredible talent and perseverance Mr. Daeronort. To design , build and fly an f104 starfighter with no gyro is about as good as it gets, especially knowing how hard you've worked to perfect the design over years. You're an inspiration
Thanks Chris!
It was sure a challenge.
Once she is dialed in though she is fun to fly.
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