FRCFoamies Highlander STOL Plane

Discussion in 'FRCFoamies Plans' started by F1wanabe, May 23, 2016.

  1. It also does feel a lot smoother in air too, and less work to do with filling-in with spackling to make it look good :)
     
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  2. F1wanabe

    F1wanabe Administrator

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    Wow, Malukk, glad to see you are starting the highlander! You've been very busy lately!

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  3. Thanks Greg! :) Yes! Very very busy but now am back!! Loving the build so far, really enjoying it!
    My wife says this plane looks cute, lol...

    Anyways, got the elevator done, hopefully will be able to finish it by tonight.. :)

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  4. F1wanabe

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    Haha, tell your wife that my wife said the same thing! That's the cute plane.

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  5. whatmovesyou

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    Have you look at the "discontinuous outboard wing" where you create an artificial wing fence of airflow which reduces risk of stall. Now being used on STOL type planes that do missionary aid in Africa. Takeoff and landing speeds are reduced.
     
  6. Airflow

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    The HL has got a windshield.


    Cockpit view.:)
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    :cool:...
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  7. They need goggles... :D
     
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  8. The second picture is a great click!
     
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  9. Airflow

    Airflow Top Gun

    ;-) Guys!
     
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  10. Ok, finally completed the build...
    Here is how it looks overall:

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    I changed the way ailerons and flaps were mounted...
    I hinged them all the way using the top wing plate which not only gives it airfoil all the way but also provides under-camber at the trailing edge too! I have used similar setup on my cargo and know it works extremely well!
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    You may not be able to see the undercamber on bottom very well here:
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    Next, for landing gear I simply used basswood as its easy to cut and make grooves with utility knife/blade...
    First I made a groove so that the landing gear wire can fit in...
    Then I simply used the nylon plates from my dubro control horns and secured using the 5g servo mounting screws...
    Turned out really nice!

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    Finally, I did not go with the tail wheel, instead i attached foam triangles on top of which I glued pre-bent barbecue skewers (you can bend them without breaking by boiling in hot water for 10-15min and hold to shape until it cools)... The best part is they take a lot of abuse as they do flex a little yet very very sturdy!
    Here is how it looks:

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    Will maiden it soon!
     
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  11. TomMonton

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    Ha !!
    .. I like it
     
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  12. pileit1

    pileit1 Ace Pilot

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    The stance of the gear looks a little narrow.Might be tippy in a cross breeze. Nice clean build. I like the ailerons hinged on the top surface
     
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  13. TomMonton

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    Kk you're opentx right ? Did you want an eepe of what I did ?
     
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  14. Looks good. :) I did roughly the same thing for the non back wheel but I used 3mm cf strip and sanded it to a knife edge on the one end and slowly cut a hole into the plane at basically the same angle, filled up the little hole with epoxy and inserted the strip.
     
  15. TomMonton

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    You guys took a short cut

    I did the back wheel thing and it does call for some reinforcement back there to keep the hinge from coming apart when the foam starts to soften.

    I will be eager to hear your take on the flight envelope next.
     
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  16. Yes, I purposely set them up like that... Easy to extend than the other way around...
    Plus overtime they do extend anyways...
     
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  17. Haha, I use Futaba... Thanks though...

    I have done some fancy mixing just like my F22, will post a video tonite..
     
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  18. Airflow

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    Wow, Malukk!
    The whole thing looks fantastic, "clinically" well-built, almost a shame to paint it!!
     
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  19. Airflow

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    The wing.



    Began to play with the wing structure today, new material for me,
    EPP 3mm. Very stiff...:p

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    ...The wing is 1000mm long, the EPP sheet 900. So I had to splice two separate pieces.:mad:!
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    The main wing spar. 6mm Balsa.
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    In place, no need for CA rods.:)
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  20. Nice! That wing would be indestructible!
     
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