Sky Eye Mini (oz11605)
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Sky Eye Mini. Radio control camera plane. For electric power with E-Flite 480 brushless outrunner motor. Wingspan 46 in.
Note this plan is a free download, available from the Park Pilot site at https://www.theparkpilot.org/skyeye-mini where it appears along with the full build text, full bill of materials, and some great build pics. Also a free download of the plan in tiled format.
Quote: "Fifteen years ago, my original SkyCrawler design was published in Model Aviation magazine. At that time, LiPo batteries and brushless outrunner motors were unavailable and video cameras were still big and bulky. As the new batteries and brushless outrunner motors became accessible, and HD (high-definition) video became available in small point-and-shoot cameras, I decided that my old SkyCrawler design needed an update.
I changed to a lower landing gear position on the model, so a camera wouldn’t hit the ground if I installed one. This also allows takeoffs from grass fields that might not have been mowed for a while.
In my updated SkyEye design, I use a brushless outrunner motor, and a 3S 1,300 mAh LiPo battery. This airplane has been a lot of fun to fly, and hand launching is unnecessary because of the model’s big wheels and high stance.
The video camera that I carry on the SkyEye is a 1.5-ounce Polaroid Cube (see https://www.polaroid.com/products/cube-action-camera for more details) camera that records the flight in 1080p HD. I thought some of you might enjoy doing what I have been doing - shooting aerial video. This videography is just for fun, and AMA rules need to be followed at all times.
The SkyEye is fun to fly, even without an attached camera. It will take off from any larger grass field and lands nicely on the same. Let’s build the SkyEye.
First, cut out all of the pieces for the entire airplane. The oak suspension mounts should have the holes drilled in them before they are cut to shape. As noted on the drawing, some of the parts require two, four, or even 16 of the same parts to be built. Stack balsa or light plywood, and carefully glue around the edges, then cut out the multiple parts as noted. I used a glue stick to put the patterns on the wood.
The horizontal and vertical stabilizers can be glued and pinned to the building board or a piece of drywall and then allowed to dry. Waxed paper should be laid over the plans so the pieces don’t stick to the plans. When the pieces have been removed, slot the edges for the hinges after you mark the centerline in the balsa using a T-pin. Test fit the hinges into the slots.
The ribs of both wings are glued to the LE (leading edge) and TE (trailing edge) wooden dowels. Pinning the front dowel to the plans before gluing and pinning the front of each rib to the dowel works well. Then, lay the rear dowel up against the rear of all of the ribs. Put a dab of glue into each spot where it will contact a rib, and then roll the rear dowel forward to glue it to all of the ribs at the same time. Also in this step, add in the diagonal ribs. When the wings have dried, add the wingtip support pieces to the outer three ribs..."
Note for reasons unclear, the plan file available for download on the page https://www.theparkpilot.org/skyeye-mini has enormous filesize, over 40MB. Here we have reduced the filesize slightly, to a total 0.5MB for both sheets. It's still the same quality, 2 colour bitmap, 300 dpi.
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