Chris Good's RC Page

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I have been flying remote control planes since 1985 and have put together a large fleet of aircraft.
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The Good Air Force

All aircraft on this main page:  Glow powered planes & helicopters / Flying Wings  /  Large electric planes  / Foam electric planes / VTOL electric multi-rotors & helicopters

Gone - My planes that have passed on to higher levels of existence (firewood), along with planes I have sold or retired over the years.  The main page here only lists the aircraft I have that are flying.

Night Flyers - There are many electric aircraft scattered throughout this main page that I have made for night flying.  Three of the electric night flyers; the UFO, Night Trainer, and Bird of Time, all have unique home-made RC-controlled LED sequencers for their super bright LEDs. This page shows those night flying planes and their various LED setups. 

RC Electronics - On this page:  HK Multi-rotor 2.1 flight controller (rate gyros only) + new firmware changes, HK KK 2.0 flight controller (rate gyros + accelerometers) + new firmware, HK 401B gyros with new timing circuits and home-made mixers as 3D stabilizers, split drag rudder controllers for flying wings, PIC-based servo PWM driver, Draganfly FET Interface PIC. The schematics and programming for all these projects is on this page.

RC Aerial Photography - This is a fast growing portion of this hobby due to the low cost of small digital cams.  This page contains schematics and programming of the PIC-based camera controllers I have made for various digital cameras.


The first section shows all my glow powered planes and helicopters.


1/12 Scale Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird - Built from plans. 102 inches long, 30 pounds - (2) OS 91 VR-DF w/ tuned pipes, Dynamax fans, pneumatic retracts, seven channels [left elevator(2), right elevator(2), left aileron(2), right aileron(2), rudders(2), nose steering(1), throttle(1), retracts(1)]

The first photo to the left shows me, 6'4" tall, standing next to the 8'6" long Blackbird  for a size comparison. The second picture shows my three big wings with the Blackbird, which makes the Blackbird look small. The wings are 11', 13', and 16' across.
 


Pink Super Hots
: I recovered the wing from my old Super Hots and built a new fuselage. OS 61 SF, four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1)]   FLYING
 


Blue Super Hots : I copied the Pink Hots as I rebuilt it. OS 61 SF, four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1)] FLYING
 


Profile Hots
: Bought at our club auction, cheap. MVSS .46, four channels [ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1)] FLYING
 


X-29 Canard: Forward-swept wing with canard; this plane has taken many, many forms from the original twin .40 push-pull. OS 61 FSR, five channels (canard = elevator, main wing = elevons) [elevator(1), elevons(2), rudder(1), throttle(1)]  FLYING
 


Conniption III
: This is the third Conniption I have built from my own plans.  Take a look here to see the previous versions.   This model was previously powered by an OS 46 LA, and then an electric propulsion system; a Tower Pro 3520 outrunner and 50 amp ESC, before being converted back glow power with the pictured OS 50 SF. Five channels (mixed elevator -> ailerons) [ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1)]  FLYING
 

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Ultra Hots
: Built from plans.  SuperTigre 3000, seven channels [left aileron(1), left flap(1), right flap(1), right aileron(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1) ] crow flaps & ailerons, mixed elevator->flaps, flaps->elevator, ailerons->flaps. FLYING
 

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Hanger 9 Ultra Stick
:  This was repaired from a crashed plane found in the trash at the field. Previously powered with OS 61 SF w/ V-Tech tuned pipe, then converted to electric power with a 50-65 outrunner and 70 amp ESC, and then converted back to the original OS 61 version.  Seven channels [left aileron(1), left flap(1), right flap(1), right aileron(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)], crow flaps & ailerons, mixed elevator->flaps, flaps->elevator, ailerons->flaps.   FLYING
 


Thunder Tiger Raptor 30
- OS 37 SZ-H w/ pipe, Futaba 401 Gyro, five channels[cyclic fore-aft(1), cyclic left-right(1), rudder(1), throttle(1), collective(1)]  FLYING
 

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Thunder Tiger Raptor 60
- OS 70 SZ-H w/ pipe, Thunder Tiger TG8000 Piezo Gyro, five channels [cyclic fore-aft(1), cyclic left-right(1), rudder(1), throttle(1), collective(1)]  FLYING
 
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J-3 Piper Cub with floats
: Built from Goldberg Anniversary Edition kit, floats built from Goldberg Cub floats kit. OS 61, Four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(1)]  STATIC DISPLAY
 

Lanier Double Trouble
: Built from kit. Originally powered by a Tower Pro 3520 and 50 amp ESC, then converted to use the pictured OS 46 SF.  Five channels [ ailerons(2), rudder and nose rudder (1), elevator(1), throttle (1) ]  FLYING
 

This section shows all my flying wings. 


16 Foot Wingspan Flying Wing - Built from my own plans.  This wing has flown in two powered versions, originally powered by two OS 91 VR-DF ducted fan engines with tuned pipes and Dynamax fans.  I then removed the ducting, and modified the center section to accept a Super Tigre 3000 (30 cc) engine with 18" prop.  Eppler 334 airfoil. 35+ pounds total weight with ducted engines and fans, slightly less with the ST 3000.  The drag rudders are controlled by a special PIC controller. This page contains the schematic and programming for the PIC 12C508 drag rudder controller.  Six channels [elevons(2), throttle(1), nose steering(1), drag rudders(2)] FLOWN with ducted fans, FLYING with ST 3000 - it flies much better with the ST 3000
 
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13 Foot Wingspan Flying Wing - Built from my own plans. Eppler 334 airfoil. 15 pounds with 6S 5000 mah lipo batteries. 5065 brushless outrunner w/ 50A ESC. The drag rudders are controlled by a special PIC controller. This page contains the schematic and programming for the 12C508 PIC drag rudder controller.  Seven channels [ elevons(2), throttle(ESC), pneumatic retracts(1), nose steering(1), drag rudders(2)]  FLYING
 

Blue and Pink Wings
: I designed these wings to be built using 1/4" thick insulation, using either Dow blue foam or Owens-Corning pink foam.  The main strength comes from carbon fiber doublers on the foam spars and cross bracing.  I have built many copies of various sizes, and conducted a pink wing group build with my club.  I worked with 12 flyers so everyone could have their own foam flying wing.  There are 13 pink flying wings in our RC club now, all built in my garage over several build sessions.  I provided the templates and plans, carbon fiber spars, foam, tape, glue, and building instructions, and everyone paid for or brought their own electronics. The standard wing has a two meter wingspan and is powered by 480 outrunner w/ 40A ESC. Several of these wings have GoPro camera mounts and I have shot aerial video all over the US with these wings.   ALL VERSIONS FLYING

     

 

9 Foot Wingspan Blue Wing
- This is a scaled up version of the 6 foot wingspan Blue Wing, with an E-Flite 32 motor and 50A ESC.  There is a HK 401B gyro on each elevon servo, each tilted separately to allow stability on both pitch and roll axis.  It has a GoPro mount, 6 super-bright LEDs facing down, and 4 more super-bright LEDs on a removable post that illuminates the wing from above for night flying.  FLYING

Construction and flight photos for BlueWing #4:             

 

8.5 Foot Wingspan Pink Wing
- This version is powered by a 4.5" electric ducted fan drawing 45 amps @ 37.8 volts (9S) = 1700 watts at wide open throttle on a fresh battery.  It is very similar in layout to 9' Blue Wing, with one HK401B gyro on each servo for stabilization, the same 6 super-bright LEDs facing down, and 4 more super-bright LEDs facing forwards as landing lights.  I use this 60 amp high voltage ESC from HobbyKing, and re-flashed the ESC with BlHeli firmware FLYING
 

6 Foot Wingspan Blue Wing #1
- This was the first foam wing I designed.  This has a GoPro mount, and I keep this plane at my company's flight test hangar in Yuma for trips out west.  FLYING

Construction photos for BlueWing #1:     
 

6 Foot Wingspan Blue Wing #2
- I copied Blue Wing #1 and filled the inside of wing with hundreds of blue, white, green, and red LEDs that make the plane
glow at night from the inside   FLYING
 

6 Foot Wingspan Blue Wing #3
- Copy of #1, built for a friend.   FLYING

Construction photos for BlueWing #3:          
 

6 Foot Wingspan FPV Pink Wing #1 - This was built specifically for FPV flight.  This wing has a complete EagleTree system: eLogger V3, OSD Pro, airspeed & altitude sensors, GPS receiver, and stabilizer.  The LED visual displays on the altitude and airspeed sensors can be read through a clear opening just right of wing center.  The pitot tube is at the nose of the wing, and retracts into the wing for transport and storage.  More photos of the wing construction and the EagleTree system can be found on this page.  There is a camera just offset from the nose center, a Boscam 600mW 5.8Ghz video transmitter in the right wingtip, and a power filter for all the video equipment.  The video from the camera feeds through the OSD Pro with video overlays for airspeed, barometric altitude, GPS data, an artificial horizon, and motor/battery data.  Power comes from a 480 outrunner with a 50A ESC, running on a 3S lipo. Here is video recorded from the downlink during a gains adjustment flight.  Here is more video with the OSD layout updated to include GPS data.  Photo in flight here FLYING - FPV
 

6 Foot Wingspan FPV Pink Wing #2 - This was built as part of the club group build I organized with my RC club.  This wing has a GoPro mount and a 480 size outrunner with a 50A ESC, running on a 3S lipo.  I have installed electronics to make this an FPV aircraft with autopilot.  It has a Flip32 all-in-one (AIO) flight controller, which includes the standard accelerometers and gyros acting as an IMU, plus a barometric pressure sensor for altitude.  The Flip32 also has MinimOSD hardware, which comes installed with MWOSD 1.5.  I have installed iNav software to the FC and configured it for a flying wing.  I also have a uBlox GPS receiver in the left wingtip, connected to the FC, allowing navigation capabilities.  Everything gets its commands via a 6ch DSMX receiver with PPM output to the Flip32, and the video comes from a Boscam 600mW 5.8 Ghz video transmitter on the right wingtip with a 12V camera in the nose.  This wing has almost the same capabilities as the FPV wing below (PinkWing #3), but the FC + GPS + OSD costs $17 instead of > $200 for the EagleTree system installed in that flying wing. - FLYING - FPV
 





6 Foot Wingspan VTOL Pink Wing - This flying wing takes off hovering like a tricopter, the front motors tilt down slowly as the wing picks up speed, and it transitions to forward flight.  Landing is done by gliding or reversing the transition steps and hovering down.  This separate page goes into detail on the airframe and avionics development. 

- FLYING in HOVER - working - hover video @ YouTube
- FLYING in FORWARD FLIGHT - working - hover & forward flight video @ YouTube
, on-board video of forward flight @ YouTube
- TRANSITION from HOVER to FORWARD FLIGHT - in work

- front : Neo 450 880kv outrunner motor (x2)
- front : HobbyKing 30A ESC, Dynam 25A ESC
  - reflashed with SimonK via USBASP & Atmega socket tool
- rear : Turnigy 3536 910kv outrunner motor
- rear : HobbyWing Skywalker 40A ESC
  - reflashed with latest BlHeli using Arduino Nano as programmer
- KK 2.1 flight controller with Steveis 1.19 for hover flight, OpenAero VTOL for transitioning flight
- two standard servos for elevons, two high-torque servos for front and rear motor tilt mechanisms
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM

 

5 Foot Wingspan Light Blue Wing
- This was built very light, with a tractor 450 outrunner and 20A ESC.  FLYING
 





5 Foot Wingspan Night Wing #1 - I made this from a wing set for a Great Planes Slinger Flying Wing ARF.  It has an EPP center section added to hold battery, motor, ESC, receiver, and a mount to hold a GoPro.  450 outrunner w/ 40A ESC, three channels [elevons(2), throttle(ESC)] FLYING Covered with LEDs


5 Foot Wingspan Night Wing #2 - This was made from a second wing set for a Great Planes Slinger Flying Wing ARF.  It has almost the same design as #1, but the center section is slightly wider and has a compartment to hold a Sony Bloggie HD video camera that looks straight ahead.  It has an EPP center section added to hold camera, battery, motor, ESC, and receiver. 450 outrunner w/ 40A ESC,  three channels [elevons(2), throttle(ESC)] FLYING Covered with LEDs

 
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4 Foot Wingspan Razor
- EPP foam, 2410 outrunner and 18 amp ESC, three channels [ elevons(2), throttle(ESC) ] FLYING
 

This section shows all my large electric planes and gliders.




Double Trouble Electric
:  Built from plans.  This copy of the Double Trouble was built from the start to be powered by an electric motor. All power comes from a 6S 2650 mah lipo battery pack.   The second photo shows the glow and electric Double Troubles together; they fly about the same.  Turnigy 4250-410 outrunner w/ 70A ESC,  five channels [ ailerons(2), rudder and nose rudder (1), elevator(1), throttle (1) ]  FLYING
 

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ACE Hog Bipe :
Built from kit, built from start for electric power.  Tower Pro 4130 outrunner w/ 70A ESC, four channels [ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)] FLYING
 

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Balsa USA Phaeton II :
Built from kit, ailerons added to top wing. Previously powered by OS 61 SF, now converted to electric power.  Tower Pro 4130 outrunner w/ 70A ESC, four channels [ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)]  FLYING
 

Half Shadow with OS61SF


Half-size Shadow 200 - I built this from the plans of the real US Army Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV). I am a principal systems engineer and lead avionics engineer for the Shadow program. Video Downlink: CCD Camera, 909Mhz 500mw transmitter, ground plane antenna  I installed an electric propulsion system in place of the original OS 61 SF w/ V-Tech pipe; TowerPro 4130 outrunner w/ 70A ESC. Five channels [elerudders(2), ailerons(2), flaps(2), throttle(1), nose steering(1) ] FLYING
 


Night Trainer
: Built from scratch. Originally powered by OS 61 SF, then converted to electric power with a 60 size outrunner w/ 70A ESC. The original covering was stripped, and hundreds of LEDs were added inside the wings and on the fuselage.  Later, 10 super bright LEDs were installed below the wing leading edge.  Those leading edge super-bright LEDs are flashed in sequence like the NightRider car.  All the LEDs are controlled by a home-made LED sequencer that is commanded via an RC channel from the ground.  See this page for full details on the LED electronics.  Five channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1), ailerons(2), throttle(1), LED controller ]  FLYING
 


Lancair
- I bought a raw fiberglass fuselage and wing foam cores at a swap meet, and built this. The power comes from two 60 size outrunners that are joined together on a single drive shaft, turning a 18x10 prop. Dual motor photo 1, photo 2. The motors were bought on line for $30 total; the magnets had come off and the original owned did not want to fix the motors. I used JB Weld to re-glue the magnets to the cans, and they work great.  Each motor has its own identical 70 amp ESC, and everything is connected with a home-made custom wiring harness that includes dual fail-safe safety plugs, and a large BEC from the 6S 5000 lipo battery to provide power to the RC system.  Finished in white Krylon and Monokote.  This plane looks and flies great.  FLYING
 

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J-3 Piper Cub:
Built from Goldberg Anniversary Edition kit.  Tower Pro 3520 w/ 50A ESC, four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)]  FLYING
 

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Dynaflite F-4U Corsair :
Built from kit, turtle deck raised to hold internal pipe and scale ABS cowling added, and later modified for electric power. Tower Pro 3520 w/ 50A ESC.  Four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)]  FLOWN - currently set up for STATIC DISPLAY
 


Rutan Defiant
- I rarely buy ARFs, but this deal was too good to pass up. I bought this at the WRAM show in New Jersey, still in the original box, for $75. I had the right motors, ESCs, and radio gear sitting at home, which all dropped into the plane easily.   This unique plane gets a lot of attention at the field, and flies very nicely.  Two 35 size outrunners w/ Red Brick 50A ESCs provide power from a 3S 5000 lipo battery.  FLYING
 

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Mini Funtana
: A friend crashed his Hangar 9 Mini-Funtana and gave me the wings and empennage.  I built a new fuselage and bought a cowl for $6 on eBay.  Tower Pro 2908-10 outrunner w/ 40A ESC, four channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1), ailerons(2), throttle(ESC) ]  FLYING
 

Phoenix
:  Scratch built fuselage and wing, and Mini-Ultrastick tail.  Originally this plane had two electric motors; twin rewound 2410-9 outrunners w/ 18A ESCs. It is now powered by a single Turnigy 2836-1000 outrunner w/ 40A ESC.  It contains hundreds of LEDs for night flying.  Five channels [ ailerons(2), rudder(1), elevator(1), throttle(ESC) ]  FLYING
 


Paragon :
Built from kit. Three meter, originally a glider from 1988 to 2009, converted to pusher twin electric power in 2009, twin counter-rotating 2410-9 outrunners w/ 18A ESCs, four channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1), left motor(ESC), right motor(ESC) ]  FLYING
 

Bird of Time:
  I bought this kit at a hobby shop in Lake Havasu, Arizona, with the express purpose to build it as a night flyer.  It has hundreds of LEDs in the wings and on the fuselage, and 10 super-bright LEDs inside the wing leading edge.  Those leading edge LEDs are flashed in sequence like the NightRider car.  All the LEDs are controlled by a home-made LED sequencer that is commanded via an RC channel from the ground.  See this page for full details on the LED electronics.  Twin counter-rotating 2410 outrunners w/ 18A ESCs, five channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1), left motor(ESC), right motor(ESC), LED control ]  FLYING
 




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Solar Powered Electric Glider Test-beds

I am building a four meter wingspan plane to attempt to set two world records for solar powered remote control aircraft; longest straight line distance and greatest altitude gain. The two planes shown in the first two photos were the test-beds for solar testing.  The first plane had a four meter span with 48 watts of solar cells and was powered by a Speed 600 motor.  The second plane had a one meter span with 16 watts of solar cells and was powered by a GWS IPS 100.  Both planes have been cannibalized for solar cells and disassembled.  The structure of the larger plane was built too light and the smaller plane was built too heavy.   FLOWN - retired

Solar Powered Electric Glider Canard mini-size

The third photo shows the mini test version of the design I have gone to for my solar project.  It contains 16 solar cells, measured at 9.2 volts open circuit and 2.1 amps closed circuit in bright sunlight.  IPS 100 geared motor, 4 amp ESC, 3 channels [ rudder(HS-55), elevator(HS-55), throttle (ESC)]

Solar Powered Electric Glider Canard full-size

Based on the results from the test-beds and the design of the smaller solar canard, I have a new wing and fuselage setup that holds 140 watts of solar cells.  The canard section, shown to the left with solar cells installed, holds 40 watts of solar cells. The main wing, with the center section shown to the left with no solar cells,  holds 100 watts of solar cells. The final assembly will resemble the small solar canard above, but will be four times as large.
 


Olympic 650 :
This was my first kit, built in 1986.  I recovered it several years ago and it is still flying. Two meter glider, two channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1) ]  FLOWN - currently inactive, no electronics installed
 


Sagitta 900 :
Built from kit. 100" glider, three channels [ rudder(1), elevator(1), spoilers(1) ]   FLOWN - currently inactive, no electronics installed
 

This section contains the smaller electric planes built of foam.


Easystar
: I have swapped out the pictured V-Tail for a normal stab.  EPP foam, three channels [ elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle (ESC) ]  FLYING
 

Bixler :
EPP foam, small outrunner, 20A ESC, 12V camera on nose + Boscam 600mw 5.8Ghz VTx on tail, OSD, 6ch DSMX stabilized receiver, five channels (elevator(1), rudder(1), ailerons(2), throttle (ESC), stabilizer on/off)  FLYING - FPV
 


F-27 Stryker
: EPP foam, Turnigy E500 6T 4000kv outrunner w/ 40A ESC, 2S lipo, 5V camera on nose + 5V 200mw 5.8Ghz VTx on left wing + 5V uBlox GPS on right wing + 5V MinimOSD w/ MWOSD 1.6 + 7805 w/ heatsink for 5V power, 6ch DSMX stabilized receiver, three channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC) ] FLYING - FPV
 

F-27 Twin Stryker - Thrust Vectoring
:  EPP foam. Rudder is mixed into throttle for yaw thrust.  Twin counter-rotating 2208-12T outrunners w/ 18A ESCs, four channels [ left elevon and motor tilt(1), right elevon and motor tilt(1), left throttle(ESC), right throttle(ESC) ]  FLYING
 

 


UFO-Blue :
Flying disk covered with LEDs for night flying.  I built a 36" diameter version of a plane similar to this one, from this thread at RCGroups.  Check out this page to see the LEDs and how to set up LEDs.   There are total of 150 super bright LEDs on the plane, along with six super-bright LEDs and a circular LED sequencer controlled by a PIC, decode counter, and inverters.  See this page for full details on the electronics.  DSMX Rx, Dualsky XM400A outrunner w/ 30A ESC, five channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC), LED control 1 and 2] FLYING

UFO-Pink :
I copied the UFO-Blue, and am making a new set of LED flashing lights with a different flashing sequence and different colors.  DSMX Rx, 450 outrunner, 30A ESC, three channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC) ]
 

Vapor and Mini-Vapor
- RTFs.  There are fun to fly inside, and outside when there is NO wind.  FLYING
 

Switcheroo
- This was built on a dare from a friend.  I was flying the Morback 4D at the field one day and he suggested that I build a plane that could fly both directions by swapping the motor thrust around.  The final goal is a plane that can transform in the air, but this version is the first step.  It can fly in both directions, in standard configuration and as a canard.  This version does need to be swapped around on the ground by physically moving the rudder which is attached the to the fuselage with velcro. 450 size outrunner w/ 20A ESC, four channels. FLYING - BOTH WAYS
 

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Morback 4D :
Built from plans on-line.  Variable pitch prop (VPP) for reverse thrust.  Himax HC2812-1080 outrunner w/ 17A ESC, VPP, six channels [ailerons(2), VPP(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)] FLYING
 

Animal 4D
: RTF, gift from a friend who was not flying it. Variable pitch prop (VPP) for reverse thrust.  Six channels [ailerons(1), VPP(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)] FLYING
 

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Foame IIx 3D Biplane - I have built three of these from the free plans at 3DBatix.com, two at full size and the other slightly reduced at 86%.  The 86% version has been retired, but all of these are fantastic flying planes.  It hovers and torque rolls effortlessly.  The top to bottom wing aileron linkage can be made out a small piece of hinge material and a CF rod.  There is no slop and this is lighter and simpler than a clevis-based link. All three planes are covered with LEDs.  

The second 100% version is foldable, so I can take it on trips.  Here are the FOLDABLE instructions on making a transportable version.  Here is a video of it at on a night flight at the Arctic Circle in Sweden in 2011.

100% : 6mm Depron, BP12Y brushless outrunner w/ 18A ESC, four channels [ ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC) ] FLYING
100% : 6mm Depron, BP12Y brushless outrunner w/ 18A ESC, four channels [ ailerons(2), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC) ] FLYING

   


F-15 STOL/MTD - Thrust Vectoring
: The main airframe is based on JetSet44's F-15 plans at RCGroups.   I added the movable canards as they were flown on the real F-15 Short Takeoff and Landing / Maneuver Technology Demonstrator, and the thrust vectoring twin engine setup used on my SU-37, X-42, and Twin Styker.  I rewound two 2408-21 outrunner motors using 12 turns of 22 AWG wire, as detailed here at RCGroups. Twin counter-rotating 2408-12 outrunners w/ 18A ESCs, six channels [ left stab and motor tilt(1), right stab and motor tilt(1), left canard(1), right canard(1), left throttle(ESC), right throttle(ESC) ] FLYING
 
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SU-37 - Thrust Vectoring :
Built from JetSet44's SU-37 plans at RCGroups. The only control surfaces are the independent full flying horizontal stabs. The twin electric motors are throttled independently for yaw control, and are connected to the stabs for thrust vectoring.  Made from BlueCor, this plane flies amazingly well.   Rudder is mixed into throttle for yaw thrust.  Twin counter-rotating 2408-21 outrunners w/ 18A ESCs, four channels [ left stab and motor tilt(1), right stab and motor tilt(1), left throttle(ESC), right throttle(ESC) ]  FLYING
 

X-42 Deltastorm - Thrust Vectoring
: Built from plans at RC Groups, with thrust vectored motors, modified rudders, and fixed canards.  Rudder is mixed into throttle for yaw thrust.  Twin counter-rotating Donkey ST2204-1700 outrunners w/ 10A ESCs, 6ch DSMX stabilized receiver, five channels [ left elevon and motor tilt(1), right elevon and motor tilt(1), left throttle(ESC), right throttle(ESC), stabilizer on/off ]  FLYING
 
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ComBATs :
Built from plans at RC Groups.   This is from the creator of the Phlatboyz website.   I have two of these on different frequencies, and a friend at work has another one. Lunch was turned into combat time.  Bluecor foam, 2408-21 outrunner and 18 amp ESC, four channels [elevons(2), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)]  FLOWN - currently inactive, no electronics installed
 

This section shows my electric VTOL aircraft and multi-rotors, and includes links to separate pages on the avionics.


Align T-Rex 450 CDE (CCPM)
- I have three 450 size T-Rex based helicopters. Brushless motor, 40 amp ESC, Futaba GY401 gyro or HK 401B gyro, five channels[mixed cyclic/collective (3), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)]  FLYING
 






 

NightOwls, versions 4 - 5:  Same basic physical layout as versions 1-2-3, but with four control surfaces.  The layout and building instructions are at this thread at RCGoups.

Version #4 was the first fully functional version with four independent control surfaces, and counter-rotating engines.  The coordination of the four control surfaces and two motors takes elevon mixing plus all six programmable mixes in my computer radio.  Full details on this setup at RCGroups here.  Photos in flight here, and here.  Videos at YouTube here and here from 2008.  This VTOL aircraft is still flying 9 years later; here is some video from October 2017.  Originally this had twin counter-rotating Himax 2025 inrunners w/ 5:1 gearboxes & 18A ESCs. I later installed the motors from version #5 below.  Four Futaba S-133 servos control the four surfaces.  FLYING

Version #5 is a cleaned up copy of version #4, with new motors and extra bracing between the four surfaces.  I originally had twin counter-rotating KB20-40-15L brushless motors and HE20 gearboxes, but replaced those with two KD A22-20L outrunners w/ 20A ESCs, and then later with some smaller KD outrunners.  The four independent surfaces are controlled by four HXT900 servos. Video at YouTube here.  Photo in flight here FLYING

Versions 4 and 5 were upgraded with gyros for stability.  See this page for the required gyro modifications and home-made mixers.


Modern multirotor flight controllers allow much better stability and easier flight control over the old independent gyro configurations.  Acrobatics are possible with enough experience and the right settings.  I first used the HobbyKing 2.1 board with just rate gyros, and then I moved to the HobbyKing KK 2.0/2.1 boards with rate gyros and accelerometers.  My old HK 2.1 gyro-only boards (not the KK 2.1) were re-purposed as three-axis gyro stabilizers for two of my flying wings using OpenAero software.  I have also worked on home-made flight controller boards with Analog Devices accelerometer and gyros, and 16F PICs.
 
I have upgraded to newer flight controllers running BetaFlight, and several different types of FC's in my multirotors:  Naze32, Flip32 FC/PDB/OSD AIO (FC uses Naze32 software, OSD uses MWOSD), CC3D, F3 EVO + PDB/OSD (OSD uses MWOSD), KK 2.1, MultiWii Pro.  The MultiWii Pro includes gyros, accelerometers, a barometric pressure sensor, a magnetometer, GPS, and an ultrasonic sonar sensor I bought for it separately.

Speed controls have advanced from standard ESCs to custom made ESCs with special software made specifically for very fast update rates from the flight controllers.  The two main firmware packages available are SimonK and BlHeli.  I scoured through all the ESCs I had, and found a bunch that were compatible with these two firmwares.  The latest ESCs do not have BECs, so they are smaller and allowed the wiring and board layouts to be reduced.  I have a socket flashing tool used with a USBASP for Atmel based ESCs, which I have used to flash SimonK, BlHeli, and MinimOSD firmware.  I have an Arduino Nano programmed as a flashing tool for SiLabs based ESCs, which I have used to flash BlHeli firmware.  Both ESC firmware packages support OneShot, which is what I am using in my multi-rotors.
 

V-Tail Quadcopter 2212
- I have used different motors, speed controls, and flight controllers on this home-made frame.  I like the look of this frame and its flight characteristics, so I have upgraded the electronics twice, from the original February 2016 version to the July 2017 version to the pictured August 2017 version. - FLYING

- home-made carbon fiber frame
- 2212 1180kv motor (x4)
 - soft mounted on silicone pads
- HobbyKing 20A UBEC ESC (x4), BECs not connected
  - initially flashed with SimonK via USBASP & Atmega socket tool - ran well
  - reflashed with BlHeli bootloader and latest firmware via USBASP & Atmega socket tool, runs very well & supports damped light
  - reconfigured BlHeli via flight controller pass-through
- Flip32 FC/PDB/OSD AIO, BEC built in

  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM

 

V-Tail Quadcopter 2410 -  I like the above V-Tail frame, so I built another one just like it with similar electronics. FLYING


- home-made carbon fiber frame
- TowerPro 2410-9 1080kv motor (x4)
 - soft mounted on rubber o-rings
- HobbyKing 20A UBEC ESC (x4), BECs not connected
  - initially flashed with SimonK via USBASP & Atmega socket tool - ran well
  - reflashed with BlHeli bootloader and latest firmware via USBASP & Atmega socket tool, runs very well & supports damped light
  - reconfigured BlHeli via flight controller pass-through

- Flip32 FC/PDB/OSD AIO, BEC built in
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM
 

Quadcopter 2408
- FLYING

- home-made carbon fiber frame
- TowerPro 2408-21 motor (x4)
- XP-12A compatible 12A ESC, no BEC (x4)
 - reflashed with latest BlHeli using Arduino Nano as programmer, flight controller pass-through does not work
- Naze32 6-DOF flight controller
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
- 7805 power for FC and Rx
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM
 

Hexacopter 2410
FLYING - FPV

- home-made carbon fiber frame
- TowerPro 2410-9 1080kv motor (x6)
- ZTW Spider Series 18A ESC 2-4S, with SimonK, no BEC (x6)
- KK 2.1 hard-case flight controller
- 7805 power for FC and Rx
- 12V camera + OSD
- Boscam TS832 600mw video transmitter
- Redcon DSMX Satellite Rx
 



Hexacopter 2210
FLYING - FPV

- S550 frame
- Turnigy L2210 1650kv motor (x6)
  - glow in the dark props (x6)
- HobbyKing SS30A ESC, with BEC (x6)
  - initially flashed with SimonK via USBASP & Atmega socket tool - ran well
  - reflashed with BlHeli via Naze32 flight controller pass-through, ran VERY hot, does not support damped light, went back to SimonK
  - reflashed with SimonK via Naze32 flight controller pass-through
- KK 2.1 hard-case flight controller
- 12V camera on 2-axis gimbal
- Boscam TS832 600mw video transmitter
- Redcon DSMX Satellite Rx

--> MultiWii Pro flight controller to be installed
 
- accelerometers, gyros, GPS, barometer, magnetometer, sonar, MinimOSD
  - reflashed with latest MultiWii 2.3 software via USB
 




V-Tail Quadcopter 3520
- My original large tricopter was converted to this large V-tail quadcopter by adding a split tail and fourth motor and ESC.  The two rear motors are tilted out and are mixed for up/down thrust (collective) and yaw.  The forward arms can be folded back for storage and transport. This has flown with stock ESC firmware, small props, and a KK 2.0 FC.  I have upgraded to big props, SimonK ESC firmware, and a KK 2.1 FC - FLYING

- home-made carbon fiber frame, front arms fold back for storage
- TowerPro 3520 motor (x4)
  - this motor measures 45 mm x 72 mm and is rated at 1000 watts (4S x 66 amps)
  - soft mounted on rubber o-rings
- Red Brick 50A ESC, no BEC (x4)
  - reflashed with SimonK via USBASP & Atmega socket tool
- KK 2.1 hard-case flight controller
- 7805 power for FC and Rx
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM
 



Eachine Racer 130 Quadcopter
: Banggood had an incredible sale for this quadcopter; it was $64 for everything to fly except the receiver. Here is some Racer 130 airborne video from my front yard.  FLYING - FPV

- 1105 4000kv motor (x4)
  - soft mounted on rubber tape
- 10A ESC (x4), no BEC
  - reflashed with latest BlHeli and configured via flight controller pass-through
  - upgraded props
- Naze32 flight controller with built-in PDB
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
- Orange DSMX satellite Rx
- stock camera, modified for NTSC output by bridging solder pads on main camera board
- stock 200mw video transmitter
- upgraded video transmitter antenna gives much better video performace

 

Eachine Racer 250 Quadcopter
: I bought this quadcopter from someone at RCGroups, still brand new in the box.   I modified it quite a bit;  I soft-mounted the motors, moved the video transmitter to the tail, changed the flight controller from the supplied CC3D to a Flip32 with built-in OSD & PDB, updated the software in the flight controller, installed a camera with a DVR board, and installed higher capacity ESCs to allow flying on a 4S lipo.  FLYING - FPV

- BG2204 2300kv motor (x4)
  - soft mounted on rubber o-rings
- BL20A 20A ESC, no BECs (x2), ZTW Spider Series 18A ESC 2-4S, with SimonK, no BECs (x2)
  - reflashed with latest BlHeli and configured via flight controller pass-through
- Flip32 FC/PDB/OSD AIO, BEC built in
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
  - configured MSOSD 1.5 via USB
- Orange DSMX Rx via PPM
- 5V camera with DVR (from V-Tail 210 quadcopter) - FOV is a little narrow, but the video quality is very good
  - video from my front yard, video from RCMB flying field
- stock 600mw video transmitter
 

Eachine V-Tail 210 Quadcopter
: Banggood had a great sale for this quadcopter; it was $72 for everything to fly except the receiver, and that even included a 2-3-4S charger.  This flyer has several issues in its stock configuration, including the problem that the v-tail assembly breaks easily.  I made several changes, posted in detail here to RCGroups.  I removed the plastic v-tail assembly and extended the arms with carbon fiber to make a standard flat X platform without the v-tail. I removed the GPS module and the camera/DVR combo; they will go on another quad.  I swapped out the video transmitter for a higher power model.  I also bought a second frame and flight controller from someone at RCGroups for $15 and built a copy of #1, with similar motors and ESCs.  Both copies have the same flight controller, camera, and video transmitter. I bought two more sets of the FC + PDB/OSD to build versions #3 and #4 below.  ALL FLYING - FPV
 

Quadcopter 210 #1

Quadcopter 210 #2

Stock V-Tail 210 frame with home-made carbon fiber extensions for flat rear arms.
EMAX RS2205 2300kv motor (x4)
  - soft mounted on rubber o-rings 
Kingkong 2204 2300kv motor (x4)
  - soft mounted on rubber o-rings 
EMAX 20A ESC, no BEC (x4)
  - reflashed with latest BlHeli and configured via flight controller pass-through
Racerstar 22A ESC, no BEC (x4)
  - proprietary firmware (see this YouTube video)
SPRacing F3 Evo flight controller + PDB/OSD main board with baro & magnetometer
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
- configured MWOSD 1.6 via USB and flight controller serial pass-through
Orange DSMX satellite Rx
5V camera
Eachine TX526 25/200/600mw video transmitter
Quadcopter 210 #3

Quadcopter 210 #4

Home-made carbon fiber frame built to fit F3 Evo FC + PDB/OSD.
Racerstar BR2212 2450kv motor (x4)
  - soft mount on silicone pads
Racerstar BR2205 2300kv motor (x4)
 - soft mount on silicone pads
RacerStar 30A ESC, no BEC (x4)
  - reflashed with latest BlHeli and configured via flight controller pass-through
DYS XM 20A ESC, no BEC (x4)
  - configured BlHeli via flight controller pass-through
SPRacing F3 Evo flight controller + PDB/OSD main board with baro & magnetometer
  - reflashed / configured FC with latest BetaFlight via USB
 - reflashed MWOSD 1.6 via USBASP & Atmega adaptor
 - configured MWOSD 1.6 via USB and flight controller serial pass-through
Orange DSMX satellite Rx Holybro DSMX satellite Rx
5V camera
Eachine TX526 25/200/600mw video transmitter

Finally, my only remaining car.


Team Associated RC-10 :
I still have my original carbon fiber frame RC-10 that I built in 1987 and have been driving ever since.  Electric car built from kit. two channels [ steering(1), throttle (ESC) ]
 

Flying Fields - Some of the RC flying fields I have flown at over the years in Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Maryland, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, California, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Utah, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and at the AMA national flying site in Muncie, Indiana.  I have lots more photos and video from flying sites at my Aerial Photography & Video web page.

Electric Power References:  Brushless Motor Guide, Brushless Motor Rewinding Wire Calculator, Tower Pro Brushless Speed Control User Guide, Tower Pro 50 and 70 amp Brushless Speed Control Manual, Tower Pro Motor Specifications, Hobby King 401B Gyro Manual

'For What Its Worth' - Some helpful RC hints.

Setup of the Telebee 701 Heading Hold Piezo Gyro - This gyro is a capable piece of equipment, but the directions that come with it are not very helpful.  This page will help.

The $8 Remote Control Airplane - How to make your own $8 RC aircraft.

External Links :

The Complete RC Webdirectory
Every link imaginable for RC.

Tower Hobbies Home Page

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