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    /      Large electric planes     /     Foam electric planes     /       VTOL electric multicopters & 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.


PinkSuper 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


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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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 the large electric planes, and some large 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

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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

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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. 50-65 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


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/ 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 2410-09 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 2410-09 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 (mini) Canard

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 (full) Canard

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.

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

BlueWing #1 - GoPro mount, I keep this plane at my company's flight test hangar in Yuma for trips out west.  FLYING

Construction photos for BlueWing #1   
  
BlueWing #2 - copy of #1, inside of wing is filled with hundreds of blue, white, green, and red LEDs that make the plane glow at night from the inside   FLYING

BlueWing #3 - copy of #1, built for a friend.   FLYING

Construction photos for BlueWing #3:          

BlueWing #4 - scaled up version, 3 meter wingspan, E-Flite 32 w/ 50A ESC, HK 401B gyro on each elevon servo, each tilted separately to allow stability on both pitch and roll axis, GoPro mount, 6 super-bright LEDs facing down, 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           

BlueWing #5 - reduced version, 1.5 meter wingspan, very light, 450 outrunner, 20A ESC  FLYING

PinkWing #1 - scaled up version, 3 meter wingspan, 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 BlueWing #4, and has the same 6 super-bright LEDs facing down, with 4 more super-bright LEDs facing forwards as landing lights.  It also has one HK401B gyro on each servo for stabilization, like BlueWing #4.  I use this 60 amp high voltage ESC from Hobby King, and re-flashed the ESC with BL Heli firmwareFLYING

PinkWing #2 - copy of #1, built as part of the club group build, GoPro mount, 480 size outrunner w/ 50A ESC, 6ch DSMX stabilized receiver  FLYING

PinkWing #3 - copy of #1, 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, an Immersion 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 w/ 50A ESC, and a 5200 mah 3S battery.  FLYING

PinkWing #4 -
copy of #1, this wing is a tilting tricopter and is detailed below and on this page  FLYING


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, mainly built of foam.




Easystar : I have swapped out the pictured V-Tail for a normal stab.  EPP foam, Turnigy E500 6T 4000 kv helicopter motor w/ 40A ESC, 4000 2S lipo battery, three channels [ elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle (ESC) ]  FLYING

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

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F-27 Stryker : EPP foam, 2410-09 outrunner w/ 18A ESC, three channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC) ] FLYING

 
F-27 Thrust Vectored Twin Stryker:  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.  This plane has a KK 2.0 board running OpenAero for stability and auto-level.  DSMX Rx w/ CPPM to KK 2.0 flight controller.  Dualsky XM400A outrunner w/ 30A ESC, six channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC), stability control, LED control 1 and 2] FLYING

UFO-Pink :
I copied the UFO-Blue above, and am making a new set of LED flashing lights with a different flashing sequence and different colors.  This plane has a KK 2.0 board running OpenAero for stability and auto-level. DSMX Rx w/ CPPM to KK 2.0 flight controller. 450 outrunner, 30A ESC, four channels [ elevons(2), throttle (ESC), stability control ]

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Razor : EPP foam, 2408-21 and 18 amp ESC, motor rewound to 2408-12, three channels [ elevons(2), throttle(ESC) ] FLYING

Night Wing #1: Made from wing set for Great Planes Slinger Flying Wing ARF.  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

Night Wing #2: Made from a second wing set for Great Planes Slinger Flying Wing ARF.  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.  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


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%.  This is a fantastic flying plane.  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 flight at the Arctic Circle in Sweden in 2011.

86% : 3mm Depron, Typhoon 6/20 brushless motor w/ Tsunami 10A ESC, four channels [ailerons(1), elevator(1), rudder(1), throttle(ESC)] FLOWN - retired
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 : 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 : 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 : 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 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.   Twin counter-rotating Himax 2025 inrunners w/ 5:1 gearboxes & 18A ESCs, four Futaba S-133 servos.  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 the four independent surfaces are controlled by four HXT900 servos. Video at YouTube here.  I have turned off the roll to motor mixing; it had little effect on the roll rate and the sudden changes in RPM were terrible on the gearboxes and kept trying  to twist apart the center motors mount stick.  FLYING

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

 
I was flying version 5 at SEFF a couple years ago, and this video was filmed at that event by RC Hobby Network.
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Draganfly - This indoor and outdoor flying four bladed electric helicopter is controlled completely by the on-board computer that mixes the four input channels with three axis gyro inputs, and adjusts the motors:  2 motors go clockwise, 2 go counter-clockwise.  I have upgraded my original -II to the pictured -IV configuration with a carbon-fiber airframe, a micro receiver, a micro- television camera that allows airborne video, and Thunder Power 3S lithium polymer batteries.  Video from my front yard.  Four channels [no servos - all electronically mixed] FLYING

I have also built a PIC-based board to read the PPM inputs to the FETS controlling the motors on the stock Draganfly flight controller board. The PICS convert the 0 - 5.8 ms PPM pulse to 1 - 2 ms PWM pulses, suitable for use with a brushless ESC.  Schematics and programming data for the PIC can be found on this page.






After better flight controllers became available and I started playing with building my own controllers and mixing setups, I built new variants.  The newer flight controllers allow much better stability and easier flight control over the old independent gyro configurations.  Acrobatics are even possible with enough experience and the right settings.  I first used the HK 2.1 board with rate gyros, and then I moved to the HobbyKing KK 2.0/2.1 boards with rate gyros and accelerometers.  One board I have, the MultiWii Pro, includes gyros, accelerometers, a barometric pressure sensor, a magnetometer, and GPS. The Naze32 and F3 EVO flight controllers on two of my small racing quadcopters are inexpensive and are very powerful.  I have also worked on home-made flight controller boards with Analog Devices accelerometer and gyros, and 16F PICs.  My old HobbyKing 2.1 gyro-only boards (not the KK 2.1) were re-purposed as three-axis gyro stabilizers for two of my flying wings

I scoured through all the ESCs I had, and found a bunch that were compatible with SimonK firmware, which is designed specifically for ESCs on multi-rotors. So far, I have re-flashed 13 ESCs with SimonK firmware; three for my existing Tricopter, 3 for another Tricopter under construction, six for a brand new Hexacopter, and a Mag8 70A ESC that was previously not working. The SimonK firmware actually brought the 70A ESC back to life.  The . I have also installed re-flashed ESCs onto a quadcopter and a new hexacopter under construction.   The SimonK firmware does a great job on multi-rotors.  I also bought ten new ESCs with SimonK software already flashed, and installed those ESCs to my v-tail quadcopter and first hexacopter. These new ESCs do not have BECs, so they are smaller and allowed the wiring and board layouts to be reduced. Also with those new ESCs, I was also able to double the gains on those KK 2.1 flight controllers, and these much higher gains contribute to more stable multi-rotors.




Tricopter - Three outrunners w/ SimonK reflashed 20A ESCs, three re-flashed ESCs were installed to my TriCopter, and I was able to more than double the gains on the KK 2.1 flight controller with the more responsive ESCs. KK 2.1 hard case flight controller, DSM2 sat Rx bound to KK 2.1, GoPro mount, camera + Boscam 200mw 5.8Ghz VTx  FLYING

V-Tail Quadcopter - Four outrunners w/ SimonK 20A ESCs, KK 2.1 hard case flight controller, DSM2 sat Rx bound to KK 2.1, camera + Boscam 600mw 5.8Ghz VTx   FLYING

Hexacopter #1 - Six outrunners w/ SimonK 20A ESCs, KK 2.1 hard case flight controller, DSM2 sat Rx bound to KK 2.1. camera + Boscam 600mw 5.8Ghz VTx FLYING


Hexacopter #2 - Six outrunners w/SimonK 20A ESCs, 550 frame from Banggood, DJI Naza-M flight controller, DSMX Rx.  2-axis gimbal for GoPro + camera + Boscam 600mw 5.8Ghz VTx UNDER CONSTRUCTION


Eachine Racer 130 Quadcopter : Banggood had an incredible sale for this micro racing quadcopter; it was only $64 for everything to fly except the receiver.  I use an Orange DSMX satellite receiver, and have flashed the flight controller with the latest version of BetaFlight.  Here is some Racer 130 airborne video from my front yard.  FLYING



Ready-to-Fly Quadcopter : I bought this at a swap meet with a DJI Naza-M controller installed.  I have moved the Naza-M to Hexacopter #2, which is under construction. I then installed ESCs re-flashed with SimonK firmware and a KK 2.1 hard case flight controller.  I was able to enter high gains for the quad copter with the SimonK flashed ESCs, with no ringing in the controls. DSMX Rx w/ CPPM to KK 2.1, camera + Boscam 600mw 5.8Ghz VTx  FLYING



Big V-Tail Quadcopter  - 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.  Four TowerPro 3520 outrunners w/ 50A ESCs, KK 2.0 flight controller. FLYING


Tilting Tricopter
- This is a continuing project.  I started with independent gyros with a quadcopter foam frame, with tilting motors for forward flight. I then progressed to a new tricopter frame and larger motors, with the HK KK 2.0 flight controller.  The final stage has these motors and the tilting mechanism installed to a copy of my own-designed 2 meter flying wing, which is detailed above.  This separate page goes into detail on the airframe and avionics development.  Three outrunners, three ESCs with SimonK firmware, HK KK 2.1 flight controller.  FLYING in HOVER, TRANSITION in work

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, and Indiana at the AMA national flying site in Muncie.  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.

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