FRCFoamies Highlander STOL Plane

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

  1. Airflow

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    ...As I mentioned earlier in the thread, my Master;)
     
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  2. Airflow

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    Done!
    OK time to leave home for four days of work again, but I was able to finish the plane!:) Now it's just the pontoons to go before the maiden.

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    ...And, the pontoons will be next weekend's challenge.:cool:
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  3. TomMonton

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    ... I for one look forward to that.
     
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  4. whatmovesyou

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    You guys should have a contest to see who not only takeoff say on a 6-8 ft table, but who can land it and someone catch it so it doesn't roll off.
     
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  5. Airflow

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    Friday and weekend :) back in the workshop. The Landing gear.

    E-max motor is removed as you can see, got another idea...

    Materials For my super lightweight LG's.
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    Balsa, 6mm
    Carbon strip 0.4 x 3mm
    cable ties.
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    Sewing thread, wives tend to have stuff like that...
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  6. Very cool looking, I have one thought though if the threads break on a little harder landing the cf strip is going to make it do the splits aside from the force of the landing.
     
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  7. Airflow

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    Yes, I share your thoughts on this. They are likely to get fractures immediately, especially the way I usually fly. Haha!:D
     
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  8. Airflow

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    OK time to fix the axles and wheels.:)

    Material,

    2 x 3mm bamboo skewers.
    3mm EPP
    3mm Depron
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    360 wheel diameter jig.

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    Next, The new Motor and ESC...:)
     
  9. TomMonton

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    Very clever work Lar's !! ... nicely done. I like your work. Ouch

    I think the wheels may take a little abuse but everything looks rigid and well balanced as you've put it together.
     
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  10. Airflow

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    Motor and ESC,
    I will use one of two sets that were supposed to be used to my Puddle Star... So I have to take an extra round to the shop to buy a replacement motor and ESC during next week's journey back home from work...


    Motor, 12A ESC before soldering.
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    Soldering finished, ready to install. 37g:)
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    The aircraft's weight so far... With servos, pushrods and rudder horns = 6.4 oz

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    Rx, motor and ESC to be fitted.
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  11. Nicely done! Is that a clear canopy you formed there?
     
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  12. Airflow

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    Thanks. yep, that's correct.
     
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  13. Airflow

    Airflow Top Gun

    Certainly, they will;)
     
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  14. dangermouse650

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    As an experiment i'd say it was a success, i did get it to fly, but with the weight, as soon as i slowed down or got a bit of angle in the turns it wanted to drop like a rock. Last half of the flight i had flaps down a 1/4 just flying around, still had to keep the speed up to keep it in the sky. Of the 3 flights i made with it i used up 6 propellers and reglue the motor mount and wheels twice. Like i say, as an experiment, success, overall as a plane, i call it a rock.:) Now to build a lighter version.
     
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  15. F1wanabe

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    Awesomeness looking plane, Lars, good luck!

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  16. Airflow

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    Thanks Greg, It has been a true pleasure to build it. A long way to go... Will add ailerons, flaps, LE slats and floats, step by step.

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    Highlander's new powertrain installed. Weight ready to fly with a 3s Gens Ace only 11.3oz.


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    The 12Ae Turnigy/HobbyWing FlyFun ESC
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    Next to come. Taxiing/Testing without wing...
    (In case it takes off, very windy today)
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  17. WHAT, no 6S :D
     
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  18. F1wanabe

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    Wow, awesome flying dangermouse! It ended abruptly but I really loved watching it!

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  19. Airflow

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    FRC HighLander, the first video...
    Wheels and suspension Approved.:)

    A smooth ride! suspension in the same style as my old cruiser!:cool:
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    1080pHD Ground test of wheels/suspension.
     
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  20. TomMonton

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    .... I did the same thing and you even commented once. "I thought you were going to fly it".

    Very cool Lars.... now let's see it fly

    It looks like you're well set and your wheels as far forward as reason allows. It was the only way to thwart that tumble when landing on grass.

    Just remember to come in under power when touching down. I had to break that habit of a throttle chop after flying belly landers for too long.
     
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