Randall Maas 9/24/2011 2:02:39 PM
Recently its been too rainy or windy to fly my conventional RC planes.
So - purely for fun of it - I made a tiny plane from one of those cheap wind up balsa wound airplanes, plus a microplane receiver-servo pair and micro motor.
My brother quickly found that someone else aready did it. Kill joy.
So how did it turn out?
The short version: it worked.
- The receiver worked
- The servos worked
- My control rod scheme, hand made (light weight) clevis worked.
- The plane, motor, receiver, and battery actually flew with an acceptable glid path
What took a bit to get right
- Not sure which transmitter module I should get for my Aurora 9, I modified a Futaba compatible module. I could probably have used the Hitec compatible module
- It took me a bit to figure out the instructions for the receiver and how to have this sensibly work with my transmitter. I may have burned out my motor do this.
- My first attempt at a rudder was too small. It didn't deflect enough air to steer.
- My main motor and propeller pair had too little thrust for the batteries to generate significant lift, or with stand the wind. It meant that the plane mostly glided in my big backyard.
What didn't work?
- * Actually, nothing. It all worked pretty easily.
Where to next?
I'm planning on going a few steps up in larger balsa wood planes and styrofoam gliders. And only on rainy days.