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DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Oct 26 2017 10:38pm
by spinningmagnets

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Oct 27 2017 12:37am
by melodious
The propellors to airplane ratio behaves curiously like hubmotor to wheel diameter ratio. At first, I doubted the propellers weren't sized appropriately until he gunned the throttle to 75%. :lol:

If for some reason, she won't fly, it should be a simple swap out of one or more of the battery, controller, motor, propellor variables. :wink:

But why wood vs. a lightweight metal :?: Will it withstand the test of time? Or maybe, it's a prototype proof of concept build? :idea:

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Oct 27 2017 7:34pm
by helno
He doesn't have enough power with those engines stock wind.

The same ones were used a while back on a Lazair ultralight and they were marginal even after being rewound for more power. The Lazair is a really light aircraft with a huge wing area so it has very low power requirements.

It is an interesting read.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthr ... ric-Lazair

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Oct 31 2017 3:50am
by PizzaWizard
helno wrote:He doesn't have enough power with those engines stock wind.

The same ones were used a while back on a Lazair ultralight and they were marginal even after being rewound for more power. The Lazair is a really light aircraft with a huge wing area so it has very low power requirements.

It is an interesting read.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthr ... ric-Lazair
He actually did a quick test the other night and live streamed it on youtube. He was able to successfully take off and fly briefly, but I think he mentioned it was underpowered and he was going to add more motors (or something). He also had a pretty rough landing and damaged the fiberglass on the nose of the plane. He took the video down mostly likely because he did the test after sunset which is illegal for ultralights.

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Oct 31 2017 5:28pm
by melodious
It flies! So far, he's using non lethal heights of 15-20 feet. It also steers, as he ran out of runway and had to turn back to find his home field. :lol: His battery's capacity really isn't enough to get anywhere. Not only will he need to increase his battery capacity, but will probably need to change to a more powerful engine setup as well.

What's funny is that battery could probably give my Ebike 50+ miles vs. his ~1 mile trial flight. But the plane wins the "best view" award for sure. :P


Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Nov 14 2017 5:46pm
by melodious
Motors & propellers are the same. Added more batteries. He flies it higher & longer. Checks battery capacity after the flight. Informs viewers about ultralight protocol/regulation. I'm sure I've missed some other key points. :mrgreen:


Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Nov 14 2017 9:07pm
by helno
It will be interesting to see his in flight power measurements once he adds the instrumentation.

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Nov 25 2017 11:24am
by E-Chopper
Nice !!!!

I think i have a new DIY project 8)


Greetings Martin

Re: DIY ultralight, Retro biplane style, twinprop

Posted: Nov 26 2017 1:14pm
by craneplaneguy
The kid is bad ass! He will go far in life.