Archive for the ‘rcFoamFighters Emails’ Category
Here’s a quick email and some cool pictures Daren Holder sent us about some of the rcFoamFighters planes he’s made.
Hello Paul and others,
After watching many of your test videos, I kind of feel like starting by saying, “Hey Guys, lets take a look at ….it’s pretty much dialed in!” LOL That is soooo Midwestern dialect! I enjoy it a lot. Anyway I built a couple of your FF-22’s both flew super, the second one was better than the first due to learning somethingfrom the first one. Then I went for the FF-15, and WOW, I could not get that one dialed in before destroying it. I always wanted to fly an F-15!
I got an idea about taking the FF-22, pretty much as designed, and modifying the planform to look like an F-15, hoping to get the nice and smooth flying characteristics of your FF-22, but the looks of an F-15. I basically left the wing sweep alone, fuselage the same, cut the trailing edge of wing and wing tips to look more like the F-15, trimmed the twin vertical stabilizers, set them at 90 degrees to wing surface, and reshaped the elevator to look a little more f-15ish. Got it done! Maiden flight was last evening, and the result is exactly as I thought. It looks kind of like an F-15, sort of, but handles like the FF-22, maybe slightly less drag. I’ll attach a picture, top view so you can see the differences. Anyway that’s about it for now, just thought you guys might be interested.
Hey Paul why is the FF-15 design so twitchy? Does it require speed to be stable? The FF-22 causes me no problem at all. One thing I noticed with the FF-15 was at times it might roll right, I would counter with left, sometimes full left and it would continue banking right. I was flying it with ailerons’, and elevato,r no mixing of elevons at all. Is that possibly the problem?
Thanks Guys, keep up the interesting work. For once I can fly RC without months of building, followed by seconds of terror, and not learning a whole lot!
Hi Paul Petty,
I feel the Aurora is your best work to date “nice work”, watched the YouTube videos and quickly decided I had to build one with my spin on. So just finished and thought you might be interested in seeing how I interpreted your plans for the Aurora. I always build with Depron 6mm white but this time used 6mm black. The black depron is lighter, less brittle and sands nicely but not as strong, so with the KF2 and a CF spar the wing turned out light and strong. I will use it more now.
Wing Span 30 5/8″
Flying Wt. W Battery 22.5 oz
Battery,Sky Lipo 30c 4s 14.8 Volts
ESC 50 Amp
Motor LX 2600 KV 18.5Volts
EDF Hercules 6 blade
EDF thrust @ 14.5 v=40oz (17.5oz + thrust on model)
A friend and viewer of rcFoamFighters, Derrick Rose, sent us some pictures and information for a cool speed plane he has designed. He wanted to share his plane design with everyone and provided the information and pictures below. Nice work on the plane Derrick and thanks too for sharing your design with all of us.
(Below is email from Derrick)
Hi Frank, Paul and friend,
Here’s a blue print for a 3 or (4) cell speed airplane by Derrick Rose. Nose to tail 1 feet 11 inches, wing to wing 2 feet 6 inches. You will need one sheet of 1/4 inch foam board from Wal-Mart & 1/2 inch & 1 inch foam from Home Depot. This wing design is a KF-2
1- Cut total shape of plane from 1/4 foam board
2- Cut the KF-2 wing design which includes the 2 inch middle. (one hole sheet) Lay in arrow shafts or carbon rods.
3- Sand front & back edges 1 inch about 45% (shape the wing)
4- Cut 1 inch foam 2 feet 6 inches long & 2 inches wide. Lay down the middle of the KF-2 foam
5- Cut a 2 inch sq. from the 1/4 foam board epoxy on the back for motor mount
6- The battery is on the edge, so you will to cut a 1/2 foam about half way down from the nose, so the the battery will lay flat
7- Shape nose, make 1 or 2 fins, tap on elev ect…
With a 4 cell plane you can use= (Hobby King) Turnigy 60 AMP speed controller; Zippy flight-max 2650 mah 4 cell; Turnigy SK series 35-36 1400 kv/550w; 8×6 or 8×7 propeller. Note the 8×7 flying time is 5min. or less. This is a very fast airplane, have fun!
—————————————-Daan’s Email Below————————————————-
I charged the battery and it has definitely more power.
But when i showed my plane to a neighbour (who is also in the rc world) he said: i think you have the prop backwards.
I thought: huh?? i turned the prop around and i gave it some “gas”…. and FOOOOT!!! now it has more power than weight!
haha i never had thought that i made a mistake with the prop LOL.
and in case you can’t see the components well here’s a list:
Motor: BL 2212/6
Battery: 2200mAh 3s1p
Receiver: Airtronics 8ch (i know it’s overkill :P)
Servo’s: Right out of the box of the transmitter (sanwa SRW-102)
transmitter: Airtronics RDS8000
Weight of plane (unwrapped) :837grams
Yet again THANKS,
Here are some pictures and a small video from my foamfighter.
Just wanted to post a cool email about a plane Noel Soudant from the Netherlands made. So below I just shared his email and pictures of his cool plane. You did a good job Noel!
Hi Paul and frank
Here is a new design of mine
a blom & voss AE 605 a german x plane that never left the drawing board
just made it, it is a proto no plans yet. the actual maybe a bit lighter (more out of one piece = less glue)
its wingspan is 66 cm
weight around 600 grams + 21-22 ounces
super mega jet engine and a 3s 2200 lipo
it is a hand full but lots of fun.
hope you like it.
We received the above Decals and below Email from Ferra17. He wanted to share with everyone the decals he made for the FF-21 Blackjack. Below is his email and also a link to the PDF Decal Plan Ferra17 made.
Hi… I’m Ferra17… I’m a new User of your blog… I think that this file can
be usefull for other people… if you want… take a look! bye!…
Link to PDF:
Just wanted to share another cool Build from Oneill out of New Jersy. He decided to put his own original take and modify the FF-15. It came out pretty cool looking and original. Props to Oneill for sharing his cool plane!
Hello foam fighters just a look at my new but old plane this is actually a FF-15 but when tracing out the template I decided to add some of my own edges and angels let my imagination go and this was the end result I call it the FF-15 RMX (REMIX) did my maiden flight and flew on the first toss I’ll put up video on youtube soon just an example of what you can do with the planes if you already made that plane or any other have fun.
Oneill from NJ,
Here is a cool Cockpit decal for the FF-22 made by Nasir Subhan. He was kind enough to email his creation to me to share with the rest of us RC Scratch Builders.
******* Nasir’s Original Email:********
Please find attached a new and better cockpit for ff22.
Here’s another cool email from a fellow Foam Fighter scratch builder, Eric van ES. He decideded to take on Ken “Wildhover’s” FF-21 Build. He decided though to use Depron instead of foamboard. It appears to have turned out pretty amazing. From what I hear Eric and Ken emailed back and forth and got all the details for the plane worked out.
For anyone interested, Eric has a cool blog write-up about this build on his own blog. Please see his email below for the link.
Big thanks to Eric for sharing his awesome build.
Greetings from The Netherlands
Here’s Eric’s Maiden Flight!
Just thought I’d share an email with you all about a SuperNova Build by Vince Matarazzo. He gives a few details about the plane and how he altered it a bit, but still flew great. Big thanks to Vince for sharing his story of his SuperNova.
Hey Paul and Frank!
Just thought id share with you my latest creation from the wonderful minds of RcFoamFighters.
As you can see from the pictures, i have made a few couple of modifications. Firstly, i designed the canopy to resemble that of a modern fighter jet. Secondly i removed the thrust plate (I’ll explain why). Lastly, i put the vertical stabilizers on an angle – just a personal liking. The wing is built with 2 layers of 9mm EPP foam and fiberglass weave. Then finally covered with colored sealing tape. It uses the Turnigy 3648 – 1450kV motor, with the HobbyKing 90-100amp ESC, with a 3-5 amp Turnigy UBEC, all powered by a 2650mAH 5s Flightmax Zippy Lipo.
I originally flew with the thrust plate, but i found that i had made it too thin. Therefore under hard acceleration it would flutter and cause the plane to pitch up and down (more so up though). I then changed it to a thicker plate of wood, and that flew well without any of the fluttering or adverse affects. It flew with that wicked ‘roar’ just like your supernova Paul. However, curiosity got the better of me, and i removed the plate. To my surprise, i found it flew with the exact same characteristics as if it had the thrust plate installed. Except only faster, but without the ‘roar’…. that i can live without.
Anyways Cheers from Australia, and God Bless
P.S. Goo Manny Pacquiao!
Just wanted to share another cool email I got from Vince about his cool EPP PAK-FA RC Plane.
And to answer Vince’s question, yes Frank and I are half Filipino. our Mom is Filipino and Dad is a mix of Irish, German, Austrian and English. Pretty much we are Mutts, LOL. Heinz 57 baby… But I identify myself as American, born, raised and lived all my life here.
Hey Paul and Frank.
I just wanted to share a cool email I just got from Kel Bartlett. He’s 70 years young and from Sandstone Point, located in Queensland, Australia. Kel shares his cool story about getting back into RC modeling after 30 years! I would like to send Kel a BIG Thank you for sending us his story and pictures of his awesome planes. I am just blown away at how nice his Mig-29 looks! great job Kel!
Happy Flying Kel,
( Kel’s Awesome Story from his email to us)
My story is just a little bit different to most that you might hear about and I hope you find it interesting.
I started aero-modelling when I was just 14years of age. I am now 70 years young but I have not built a plane for at least the last 30 odd years. I have about 5 models in various stages of building or repair and I have packed and unpacked those planes so many times in my changes of address. Anyway, I have retired from the workforce now and moved again with my wife to a delightful part of Queensland , Australia called Sandstone Point.
Now, here is the intriguing part. About 3 months ago I received a parcel in the post addressed to a guy down the street a bit. It looked like a model gas engine so I told my wife that I would take it down to him a see what “he was up to” Chris showed me what he was doing with models and we ended up being good friends. He was so excited to have another modeller so close to him that he showed me some websites, RCFoamFighters.com being one of the sites. —- thanks Chris!
I had built pllanes using foam for wing cores but I had not contemplated using foam for a complete plane.Chris suggested that I build one of your Foam Fighters and it didn’t take much coaxing. I decided that I would build the FF-15 pretty much as per your plan but I used Coreflute (Real Estate signs) again on Chris’s persistance. That plane is a little beauty and I have it ready for the skies again after putting it into the deck 4 times. (although all of those years in Aeromodelling I never did get to the stage of being a proficient pilot before giving it a way ( 3 of those prangs it literally bounced but the fourth effort made it necessary to replace a section of the nose and rebuild the battery case. This coreflute is just something else!
After experiencing first hand the results of my first attempt at a Foam Fighter I decided to build another one. I have been facinated with the Mig-29 and I managed to get a plan that is very similar in concept to yours so I was underway again.
The plan suggested using 6mm.Depron but I now build with 3mm. Corflute so I decided to laminate all surfaces to achieve 6mm. required thickness and gaining some strength along the way at the expense of very small amount of weight gain. There is no need to bore you with details of the building because it is the same process that FoamFighters use but after seeing the Mig-29 almost finished I decided to add some strength to the fuselage and give the Mig some of it’s inherent lines of beauty by sculpting and shaping some foam. (Pictures will explain the detail) In building this Jet, I have incorporsted wings with the KFm-4 Airfoil section, substituted laminated 3mm.Corflute for 6mm. Foamboard, used your now very popular method of making silhoutte model planes and used my modelling skills in shaping foam inserts to achieve a very sleek and streamlined model which should fly fast and stable.
Specifications of my Mig-29
AUW. 47 oz./1332gms.
Motor Turnigy 3530B 1400Kv. Outrunner
ESC Exceed 65/70 Amp.
Battery Rhino 2150mAh 3S 11.1v 30C Lipo
Servo x 2 Turnigy MG90S 1.8Kg./13.4gr. Metal Gear Servo
Elevons & Ailerons are linked to the one servo.
The Biplane is what I’m continuing my flight training on.
I have also added 2 pics of the FF-15
Paul, thanks for a great resource in your website and keep ‘em coming man!
Hope you enjoy my story and pics.
(More of Kel’s Pics)
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!
Email from Noel:
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.
Click Link for Free PDF Plans
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
> 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.
> 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)
> Tell your dad to build this one for himself for a real treat:
> FF-SuperNova (130mph+)
> 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!
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 ?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your Pictures and story!