Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FT Simple Scout Snoopy Edition

When I saw this plane on FliteTest page I have said to myself that I have to make one.

Awesome looking plane, just like some WWI fighters. And of course, I had to add something....

I am not an FPV guy, I prefer watching the plane while it flays.

Whole plane is made from white depron boards and it was finished quite fast, within 4 afternoons of easy work. Since I use white depron, I have multiple choices of painting this nice bird. This time I have used standard red covering film (non transparent) to cover the wings and almost whole fuselage.

Procedure on how to cover depron with standard covering film is explained in one of my previous articles.

As I have mentioned , I am not an FPV fan, and that space is great for adding a pilot. Which one should I choose ?

Friend of mine has borrowed me his 3D printer and decision was made. Snoopy. And of course, Snoopy needs a machine gun too. Vickers machine gun from WW1 suits him just fine.

Nose of the airplane was a bit ugly for me, so i had to cover it with something. Measured everything and drew radiator cover for the nose to print on 3D printer. Also, tail skid is 3D printed and there is no need for additional bamboo stick.

Dummy engines are 3D printed as well and hot glued on fuselage covering.

And final touch, Xenon LED strobes + red and green LED strip at wing tips (no photos of that, sorry).

Those strobes are excellent, highly visible during daylight, and I would recommend them for all types of flying vehicles. They are a little bit bigger than standard LEDs but if you have space put them on.

And finally, my setup (all links are from Banggood):

Motor: D2830 1000KV: https://goo.gl/pydA3z

ESC 20A: https://goo.gl/69pNzf

4x TowePro 9g servo: https://goo.gl/uSV9fb

propeller 9x6: https://goo.gl/KJiP8Z

Xenon strobes: https://goo.gl/V6NkZb

Battery 1300 mAh 3S 35C

For 3D printing:

Front radiator, tail skid and dummy engine: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2658206

Vickers machine gun (scale it to 30 - 50 % as you like it best): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1499433

Snoopy (scale it down for your needs): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2406162

Maiden flight was great on very cold and foggy day:

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