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Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to share an email I recieved a while back from a cool Friend of FoamFighters, Noel Soudent from the Netherlands.  Noel is a cool and talented person learning CAD Design. He sent me a PDF of an awesome plan for a FoamBoard SU-37. Please see his email and Free PDF plans below.

Many thanks to Noel for shareing his talents with all of us!

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Email from Noel:

Hi Paul

I have tried to make a ff sukhoi 37 plan

As this is my first try with a cad program and it is your dayjob I would like you to see what you think of it. and maybe some hints and tips I used a very simple program I could download for free from the internet I haven’t built it yet because Im just in the beginning stage of the plan. And I have not a lot of time left when I finish my dayjob. So have a look and if you like it and you can use it for the foam fighters just do. I would like that very much After this one I will try a mig 29 ff and maybe a mig 21 but that might be a problem cause of the round fuselage maybe foamboard wing surfaces and another foam fuselage

I really enjoy your youtube films. 

Regards

Noel Soudant

 

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Click Link for Free PDF Plans

http://rcfoamfighters.com/FF-Friends-Plans/Noels-SU-37.pdf

Noels Free SU-37 Plans (Click Image)

 

Hey everyone,

We just wanted to share another cool story of a fellow FoamFighter Pilot, Nadia.  We wanted to share her cool story and Pictures of her plane.She is another great example of the variety of fun people who love this hobby!  Big thanks to Nadia!

Frank and Paul

Nadia's FB-28

 

> Hi there Folks,
>
> I’m a 16 year old girl at college and I love flying my 4 channel trainer.
> Recently I came across your site with all these great looking foam jets.
> My Dad flies RC too and he is willing to help me build a jet from your
> collection however, I need to ask for a little advise.
> Which 3 planes are the easiest to fly ?
> Please nominate these in order from easiest to hardest
> I can’t wait to fly your Fantastic jets.
> Wow, I love ’em 🙂
>
> Thanks guys.
>
> Nadia

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> Nadia

> Thanks for your intrest in rcFoamFighters planes and for your support by watching our videos and visiting our Blog. Here are the three plane you should build in the order from easiest to fly to more difficult.

> FB-28 (slow version)
> http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/FB-28/FB-28.htm

> FF-22
> http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/FF-22.htm

> FF-117
> http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/FF-117/FF-117.htm

> Tell your dad to build this one for himself for a real treat:
> FF-SuperNova (130mph+)
> http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/FF-SuperNova/FF-SuperNova.htm

> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsk7jI0kjzo

> Thanks again for your support and sorry for the delay in writing back to you.
> Good luck with your builds and be sure to have fun!

> Frank

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Hi Frank,

We built the FB-28 on your recommendation.
Here are a few photos of the plan.
Constructed with 6mm corflute (main wing) and 3mm corflute for everything else. (Estate Agent signs)
We increased the wingspan by 80mm. ( everything else remains the same)
Weighs in at under 800 gram. (AUW)
We used an RCTimer 2212-6  Brushless (2200 Kv) and a 3S liPo (2200mah Turnigy) battery.
40 Amp ESC (Tower-pro) and Hextronic 9 gram servos.
It flies just great.
At the beginning it was a little twitchy because CG was about 6mm too far back
but now we got that all sorted and also backed off the rates a little.

You know, I’d love to see you Guys do a version of the B2 Stealth bomber.
That would be Awesome.
PLEASE Guys, design one and upload the plans  🙂
Will you be doing a B2 Stealth soon ?

Thanks, Nadia

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More Pics

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Do you have a cool Foam Fighter of your own you want to show off? Please send us some pictures and brief story and we would be glad to share it with the rcFoamFighters community. Please send an email to admin@rcfoamfighters.com with your Pictures and story!

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to share a cool email I got from a viewer , Radek Stus, of the Czech Republic. He made an EPP version of the FF-117. Many thanks to Radek for sharing his story.

Paul

Below is his email:

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Hi Paul,

first of all let me introduce myself. My name si Radek Stus, I´m from the Czech Republic.
I found your web sites a few weeks ago and after seeing some videos I decided to built the FF-117 according to your plans, because it looked so good!

I bought 8mm EPP board and started working.
After several days I finished the work. The plane didn´t look as good as yours, but it was my first attempt to do something like that, so I was quite satisfied.:-)
But to be honest, I didn´t believe I could fly this plane with my beginner skills (I started flying models at Christmas 2009).

Nevertheless, I was too curious and had to know whether I would keep it in the air for at least a few seconds!:-)
What a surprise was it for me, when my friend threw it in the air and I was able to control it… after a small changes in trimming it flew quite well.

I was using motor Turnigy 28-12 (some 1500 kV), 7″ prop, 1300mAh 3S battery…
The motor sound was noisier than a herd of buffalos:-), but it looked and sounded great in the air!:-)

I just wanted to thank you for your plans. I woudn´t have been able to build it without them!
And I´m also sending some pictures and videos of that FF-117.
I hope, you wouldn´t mind some small changes in the construction!:-)

Thank you once more, Paul!:-)
And I wish you just the best for the future!:-)

Radek Stus,
Czech Republic

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For this month of June 2010 The prize will be one of the fastest motors we have found yet!! The same 1600watt motor that was originally used in my FunJet to hit 146mph and later was used in Paul’s SuperNova Jet to hit 143mph both on 5s lipos. If speed is not your thing the you can drp down to 4s or 3s an turn a huge prop for those larger planes. Here is the prize listed below.

 

Prize: Tunigy 3648-1450kv brushless motor

  • One Turnigy 3648-1450kv motor (rated to 1600watts)
  • Prop adapter
  • X style motormount and screws
  • Bullet connectors and heat shrink tubes

 

Pictures of prize:

Good luck to everyone who enters!!! 

Update 6/30/2010 – Winner of this prize is “my2cents0“, Congrats!

MX-1 Wolverine

MX-1 Wolverine

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to write up a quick announcement to let you all know there are some new plans posted on the “Planes” tab. This is an original plane designed, built and tested by our Colorado Connection, Jake Marshall. Jake really did a wonderful job on bringing this plane to life right out of his own mind. He wanted it to be a plane with an aggressive stance like a real Wolverine! I think Jake did a good job. He was excited and happy to have his plane added to the rcFoamFighters growing list of free plan downloads. Jake was a big help in that he drew most of the plans on his own in AutoCAD.  I only had to help with the final details and formatting. I was happy to have the help these busy days, LOL.  So I hope you all will enjoy the free plans and plane design Jake made and graciously wanted to share with all of us in the RC community. We look forward to more cool designs coming from Jake and his MESA school team in the future.



Here is a link to the Wolverines plans and info page:

http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/MX-1Wolverine/MX-1-Wolverine.htm


Here is a video of the Wolverine in action:

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Sorry for the late post on the information for this April 2010 drawing. For this month of April 2010 there will be one prize which is listed below.

 

Prize: Tunigy 2836-2350kv brushless motor / 40A TowerPro esc

  • One Turnigy 2836-2350kv motor (rated to 480watts)
  • Prop adapter
  • X style motormount and screws
  • Bullet connectors and heat shrink tubes
  • One TowerPro 40A esc ( connectors not included)

 

Pictures of prize:

 

 

Drawing Winner Update: The WINNER of the April 2010 drawing is nkdurret!! Congratulations!!

Hey everyone,  just wanted to add a cool blog post from Jacques, our awesome rcFoamFighters Dutch Connection. Here it is:

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FF-Pro V2 picture

Hello there Fellow Scratch Builders, RC Maniacs and Friends

First of all Id like like to thank Frank & Paul Petty for Making this all come true! These guys did a wonderful job and are supporting me all the way….

Then I’d like to Inform u Guys I feel real good to tell u that one of my airplane designs is there for download for U for free*!! Paul Petty has helped me out Major times in converting this plane to downloadable plans just for u. The FoamFighterPro V2 is a Real fun Plane to fly and have flown this bird many a time giving me great satisfaction. For its power setup ur the one to choose…either on 3S or 4S or for real speed freaks 5S….this plane will fly perfectly slow and Superfast!! Even had the 1600 Watt 3648 Turnigy motor on there with a 5S and a 7×5!! Though it was a bit on the heavy side then but flew perfect! It weighed around 1100 grams with that setup.. Once again guys… have great fun with it and I like to see a lot of vids with people flying it!..that be sooo cool !

hope you’ll have fun with it and it will rock for ya!
rcFoamFighters For The Win!!

Jacques

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Link to free plans for the FF-Pro V2:

http://rcfoamfighters.com/Models/FF-Pro/FF-PRO.htm

FF-Pro Videos:




After using this system in my FunJet to hit 146mph I have to believe this is the ultimate low cost 1600watt power system for under $90.  I will definitely be using this system in more of my upcoming builds as I think there is more to be squizzed out of it!! If you haven’t seen the FunJet video please check it out below. I have also included direct links to the seperate components to this system for those who dare to go this fast!!!! The complete setup for under $90 includes the following (Click on the pictures to go to Hobby City’s Website for even more information) :
Turnigy 3648 1450kv 1600watt Brushless Motor

Turnigy 3648 1450kv 1600watt Brushless Motor

 

HobbyKing 90-100amp esc rated for 2s-7s LiPo Cells

HobbyKing 90-100amp esc rated for 2s-7s LiPo Cells

 

Turnigy 3-5amp UBEC rated for 2s-5s LiPo Cells

Turnigy 3-5amp UBEC rated for 2s-5s LiPo CellsZippy Flightmax 2200mAh 40c 5s1p Lipo

 

Zippy Flightmax 2200mAh 40c 5s1p Lipo

Zippy Flightmax 2200mAh 40c 5s1p Lipo

 

 

1600watt FunJet video – Hitting 146mph at Hermann Airport. Check it out!!!!

 

Ok Everyone, sorry for the delay, but here is the information for the December 2009 Drawing Giveaway. one luck person will win the prizes listed below.
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  2. Send an email to admin@rcfoamfighters.com
  3. In email include your YouTube Name
  4. Make Email Subject “December 2009 Drawing”

Hey guys here is the info for this months prize.  For the month of December the Prize will be the following:

  1. Turnigy Watt Meter and Power Analyzer
  2. Turnigy 2409-1600 Brushless Motor

Here are some pictures (Click on pictures to see more information on HobbyKings Website)

Turnigy Watt Meter and Power Analyzer
Turnigy Watt Metter and Power Analyzer
Turnigy 2409-1600 Brushless Motor
Turnigy 2409-1600 Brushless Motor

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Good Luck To All!

UPDATE, VIENNA3109 IS THE WINNER OF DEC. 2009 PRIZE.

Hey everyone I finally put a 5 cell setup in my FunJet and man is it fast!!!! Below is the video of the installation and first test flights along with a list of the components and prices. I got all this from HobbyKing .com for under $90 so this is a very affordable and powerful setup (1600watts) Check it out!!

  • Turnigy 3648 1450kv brushless motor (rated @ 1600watts) $19.89
  • HobbyKing 90-100amp esc $29.99
  • Turnigy 3-5amp ubec (rated for 2-5 cell LiPo) $7.83
  • Zippy Flightmax 2200mAh 5S1P 40C LiPo Battery $32.17
  • Total cost (89.88)

Link to HobbyKing.com!

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store/uh_index.asp

How to Enter the Drawings.

To enter the Drawings, you will need to do the following:

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  2. Send an email to admin@rcfoamfighters.com
  3. In email include your YouTube Name
  4. Make Email Subject “November 2009 Drawing” 

Hey guys sorry for not posting this information sooner. For the month of November we will be having a Double Drawing. The first one is because of the mix up with the October 2009 drawing where a few names were accidentally left out so we will be giving away the same exact motor / esc combo we gave away last month (Suppo 2217/6 & 40amp esc ). The other drawing for November will be the mystery Prize I announced in a recent video as a GRAB Bag Prize!!! This prize could be anything!! It might be something really good or ? The grab bag prize will be revealed on the night of the drawing after the winner is announced. Everyone who enters the November 2009 Giveaway will automatically be put into both drawings so please don’t miss out!!!

 

Prize#1 (Suppo 2217/6 Matched Combo)     

  • One Suppo (BL-2217/6) 1500kv Brushless Motor (rated at 300w)
  • Prop Adapter
  • Bullet Connectors
  • “X” Style Motor Mount Plate
  • Suppo 40A ESC

 

Oct09prize-2217-6sm-b      

 

 

Prize#2 (Mystery Grab Bag)

  • Might be something really good or ?
  • Could be anything!
  • Will be revealed after winner is anounced

 

MysteryBox 400

 

Thanks for watching rcFoamFighters videos and visiting the Blog. We appeciate all the support we have been getting from everyone!! Good luck to you all in this months Giveaways!!!

Frank

 

Update, Drawing entries received as of 11/29/09:

Please check and verify your name is on the list.

(Click on picture for a larger view)

 

Drawing names Received.

Drawing names Received.

Hey Everyone,

I was just filming the video for Veterans Day and it reminded me of my old days back when I was in the military. I was in an Air Defense Unit  in the US Army. Back in those military days I used to study from an aircraft manual to get familiar with different aircraft from many nations. I remembered these manuals to be pretty basic, but packed with some really good information. The manuals had the 3-Views of each aircraft, great to help in rc plane designs. Also good methods for identifying aircraft in the sky. So anyway,  I decided to do some searching on the internet and found a military site that had a more recent copy of the manual available for free to the public downloads. I figured I would post it here for download too. Take a look I think you will find that it has some cool information.

Click on picture to download or right click and select “save target as”.

 

 

 

FM44-80 VACR Manual

FM44-80 VACR Manual

 

 

 

 

Well hope the manual will come in handy for you.

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  3. In email include your YouTube Name
  4. Make Email Subject “October 2009 Drawing”

That’s it, do this and you will have a chance to win this months prize.

Prize For October 2009 Drawing:

For this Drawing/Giveaway, for the Month of October 2009, the prize will be:

  • One Suppo (BL-2217/6) 1500kv Brushless Motor (rated at 300w)
  • Prop Adapter
  • Bullet Connectors
  • “X” Style Motor Mount Plate
  • Suppo 40A ESC
October 2009 Prize!!

October 2009 Prize!!

This is a great, affordable Park Jet Brushless Motor and ESC Combo. Typically sells for $29.99 on our affiliate rcHotDeals.com. This Motor and ESC Combo was previously the mainstay of most of both Frank’s Planes and my Planes. We have had great results considering the low price of these parts. The motor seems to give the best performance with a 6×4 prop and a battery of 25C or better. The only issues Frank or I ever had with the many of these motors we have used are, one started to slip a magnet after repeated hard use. And Also one or two had the shaft retaining bolt start to loosen. Both easy to fix or become non issues if you do scheduled checks.
Here is a list of planes we have used this Motor and ESC Combo on with good results:
  • FoamFighter 15 (FF-15)
  • FoamFighter 22 (FF-22) Foamboard version
  • FoamFighter 23 (FF-23)
  • FB-28 (Sport Version)
  • Bullet Plane
  • Bulletproof plane
  • Novajet (Clocked at 97mph!)
  • Wild Wing
  • And Various others.

Last, if anyone would like to obtain one of these Motor and ESC combos for themselves without being the drawing winner can visit our affiliate at the Link below. (Click on the link and once the page is loaded select “Combo Packages” from the pull down menu. Look for “A2217/6” motor and esc package, pricesd at $34.99)


Link to rcHotDeals
Link to rcHotDeals

 Update 10/31/09

Congratulations JackmanPilot! You are the Winner for October!

(Post updated 10/6/09 with new graphic from Dick Kline. Now includes 9 KFm Airfoil Variations. See below)

 

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to post a new graphic that Dick Kline was so kind to share with me. As many of you are probably already aware, Dick Kline the inventor of the KF Airfoil is always tuned into how we in the RC community are using his cool invention.  Mr. Kline also enjoys creating computer graphics of many things. Well recently Dick Kline sent me his revised graphic that depicts the well known variations of the KF Airfoil as well as some new versions that people are experimenting with.  Dick wrote me a few brief emails below with the attached graphic. I wanted to post it here and share it with the rest of the RC Community and all that may be interested.

Here’s the Emails:

Paul…

I wanted you to have a copy of the visual I came up with showing all the different variations of the KFm Airfoil Family. They have multiplied like rabbits.

– Dick

Hi Paul…

Well, two more additions have arrived. One is an under-camber with the step on the top. So, that goes next to the under-camber with the step on the bottom. I’m told that they both work extremely well.

So, here’s the KFm Family of nine airfoils…

Take care,

– Dick

(Here’s the graphic made by Dick Kline, many thanks to him for providing it!) (updated 10/4/09)

Click on the image to Download a PDF copy.

KFm Airfoil Family with Descriptions

KFm Airfoil Family with Descriptions (click to download PDF)

Later I will try and get some written descriptions of each Airfoil and what benefits each provides.  So please stay tuned, we want to keep this blog going as a good resource for KF Airfoil information.

If anyone would like to contribute their findings on the KF airfoil please feel free to email us at admin@rcfoamfighters.com. We are hoping to help Dick Kline spread the word of his cool invention and share the collective knowledge we all have.

Happy Flying to all,

Paul

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to share a quick review of a some cool T-Shirts I recently ordered from HistoricAviation.com.  I also wanted to inform you all of the HistoricAviation website in general.

Well I’m not sure how many of you are into aviation as much as I am,  I really like to learn all I can and like to collect memorabilia. Not just about RC Planes but real planes and Jet Fighters too. Well a little while back my Dad gave me a catalog to a cool site called HistoricAviation.com. They had some really cool and unique stuff in the catalog.   From cool T-shirts, to vintage nose art, to ceiling fans that look like the front end of an aircraft!

(Here’s a link to the website, just click on the picture)



Seeing all these cool things in the catalog  promted me to see what they had online. Well I found the website and did some searching around. The website is a bit cumbersome and not very easy to find things. But after I spent a little time searching around I found some pretty cool stuff. I found it best to download the PDF catalog to view items, then once you find something cool, just search the website by the item number.

I did order a couple cool T-shirts, one of an F-22 and one of an F-35. I was a little disappointed when I ordered them because they were on back order due to popular demand. So it took about a month for me to get them. I did finally receive the shirts and found that they were pretty good quality and worth their value. The images on the back of each shirt is pretty detailed and of good quaility too. So if anyone else would like to get some cool shirts but not in a total hurry to get them (possible slow shipping), I put some links below for you.

(You can click on each of the pictures by size to follow a link to the website) 

F-22 T-Shirt LinksF-22 tshirt
Medium Large XLarge XXLarge








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F-35 T-Shirt LinksF35-tshirt
Medium Large XLarge XXLarge








Here are those cool ceiling fans I mentioned. I think I may have to get one those some day for the hobby room downstairs!

 

Cool Ceiling Fan LinksP-51fan
P-51 P-40 F4U Sopwith








Anyway, long story short, I found that they had some really cool products if you are a big Aviation fan like I am. It is a little hard to browes the site at first, but if you download the PDF catalog it helps a ton. rcFoamFighters also now is an affiliate to HistoricAviation.com. We plan on adding more product reviews for this site in the future.