FRCFoamies F14 Tomcat Advanced Profile Parkjet

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  1. F1wanabe

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    The FRCFoamies F14 Tomcat Profile

    The iconic Grumman F14 Tomcat. Its variable sweep wing
    gave it excellent take off payload with the wings unswept,
    great maneuverability with partially swept wings and
    supersonic performance with fully swept wings.
    Our FRCFoamies F14 Tomcat gives you the ability to experience
    the F14 in a quick build profile parkjet without the weight and
    complexity of a scale looking build with a sweeping mechanism.

    Features of the FRC F14 Tomcat:
    • Quick profile build. You really can build this in a day!
    • Simple control set up- elevons only works.
    • Wings are adjustable: unswept, partially swept and swept.
    • Simple power systems work great.
    • Three planes in one build- We love the fully swept wings!
    • Feel the F14's flight characteristics without the complex sweeping system.
    You can choose your sweep angle and glue the wings in place,
    or use plastic screws or tape to keep the wings movable. We're sure someone will come up with a sweeping mechanism to sweep the wings on the fly, but the purpose of our Advanced Profile Series of planes is to give you great performance from a basic build with basic materials.
    Center of gravity is critical for the unswept wings. Set that
    first and it'll be fine for all other positions.
    So, choose your call sign (we'd like to hear what you come up with)
    queue up "Danger Zone" and start building!
    - Jay and Greg
    AKA: Tango and Cash :D
     
  2. F1wanabe

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    F14 Tomcat Build Instructions

    Important note when cutting parts:
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    Be sure to use a straight edge to carefully cut these angles both on the wing support and the wing itself. These straight edges align the wing in the three different sweep positions.


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    The Parts: All hinges done and CF installed

    Step 1: Assemble and glue nose pieces.

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    Make sure the top and bottom of motor mount area are aligned.

    Step 2: Assemble and glue nacelles:


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    Step 3: Assemble and glue fuselage center upper piece:

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    Top wing plate slides over bottom wing plate.

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    Add glue only on bottom plate. Do not add glue to top plate if you will be adjusting sweep!

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    Assemble before glue dries for easy positioning. Foam tac or epoxy is good for this.

    Step 4: Assemble and glue nacelles to fuselage center:

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    Fold up stabilizers and glue to fuselage center upper.

    Step 5: Add and glue Motor Mount Reinforcers:

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    Step 6: Add tail assembly and glue to stabilizers and top wing:

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    Step 7: Fit wings:

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    Note how the straight surfaces on wing and fuselage center align at each of the three wing positions.
    Step 8: Fit top surface of wings and glue:


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    Step 9: Choose your sweep and fasten in place:


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  3. F1wanabe

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  5. F1wanabe

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    Haha, yes you are, Dave! You're lucky- you have your parts labeled. I had to guess what everything is. It's a wonder my planes fly at all, Haha. Did you choose a wing configuration? Did you choose a call sign?:D
     
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  6. YES!!!! Normally, it's a pet peeve of mine to see an aviation video with any music from Top Gun... this might be exception ;) So, bare that in mind when I build one and get some video.
     
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    Because the swept back delta mode works the best - I want to play around with the wings open.
    Going to add in some ailerons and get the feel of that straight wing.
    I like the double foam thick wing. I can bevel the leading edge and make it very aerodynamic.
    Parkjet-Wild Hawk!
     
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    You got it first Dave! Wish I'm not on business trip

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    Hiiiiiigh waaaaay toooo theee daanger zoooone!

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    When you try movable wings, then you should try these configs. Yes, morphing is fun.

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    2nd then....grrr!!!!! Video loading soon...very windy today, but I am impressed with just the maiden under my belt. I fixed my wings in the swept position...I know my flying preferences and I would never fly it in another configuration. 5a8be901-0226-47a4-ac87-3d4097bf0a45.jpg

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    The speed of the build is impressive. I used foam tac, and even then, this was my fastest build ever. Large pieces and the bottom pan with the verticals attached allow it to come together quickly. A few hours, tops. 18.5 ounces with an 1800mah 3s. 2600kv motor, 6x3 emp (balanced) prop, 40 amp esc...little bit of sharpie magic for "paint".
     
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    will try to build this soon myself....i may go for a mid sweep setup....just to be different from the Chipper ;)
     
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    FIRST video!!! Other than FRC...ha-ha Dave...great build log of pics guys...I put the nose on last, as I was eager to build and less inclined to read. The plane came out right in line with my days off, so I pounced.

     
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  16. F1wanabe

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    Nice Chip! Really does take very little time especially if you are fixing wings into one position. The wind was pretty gruelling, eh? Looked like you were in total control.

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    The profile on the profile though!!! Really enjoying watching this thing come together :)


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  19. You got it, Greg! My love for the D model of the F-14 made me do it :p I just drew it on the plans before I cut the nose section of the fuselage out. Pleased w the results :) I also did a little sculpting on the top section of the fuselage behind the canopy to get it a little slimmer....
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    ...as well as to the wings... hopefully the wing shaving won't negatively affect flight characteristics.
    I've got the nylon bolts and nuts holding my wings in configuration. Switchable between flights. [​IMG][​IMG]


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    Nice job on the wings! It takes me 2 min to switch but I've got long screws. Yours may take 1:40 Those are the longest 2 minutes later... I hope it'll fly with that canopy modification. You know it took us weeks of testing to arrive at that shape, haha.

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