Fly Baby (oz7298)


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Fly Baby - Radio control scale model for electric power.

Quote: "Try this electric Fly Baby - it flies as nice as it looks. Fly Baby by Ted Davey.

The Fly Baby Sport Scale Project presented here is the result of a search for a low wing, electric powered sport flier. What I wanted was something large enough to have a reasonable wing loading so that it would not fly like a brick, but small enough to fly well on a modestly priced motor. I also wanted a model that looked like something. The Fly Baby filled the bill on all counts.

It flies as nice as it looks on an 035 Cobalt, a variety of 05 ferrites and the DSC 075, my own product, and a Master Airscrew 8 x 4 Fiberglass propeller for the larger motors. I always fly with some type of motor control whether it be a simple on-off for a sailplane or an electronic throttle for this type of sport flier. Simply turning on the motor and letting the model fly until the batteries run down not only heats up the motor and/or batteries, but it is not a very relaxing way to fly. I have used both an old Adams and an Astro Flight electronic throttle on the Fly Baby. I recommend either approach as the most enjoyable.

The easiest way to build the Fly Baby is to first make a kit by precutting all of the parts. The parts list shows the amount and type of wood you will need. The only item that is a little different is the 5/32 sheet used on the tail feathers which is made from 3/16 sheet sanded thinner once the parts are cut out. I've gone to the 5/32 rather than the more readilyu available 1/8 because it minimises the chance of flutter at high speeds..."

Here is Ted Davey's Fly Baby from RCM magazine issue 10-88.

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Hi Steve, I see you just posted the RCM plans for Ted Davey's 40in Fly Baby. I finished one early this year from these same plans [see more pics 005 & 006.] I made the top a removable hatch for battery access, added some sheeting top & bottom at the nose, but the rest is built as drawn. It's powered with a Firepower 450 Sport motor (1100kv), 30amp ESC, 1800mAh battery on an APC 9 x 4.5E prop. Sorry I don't have flight information at this time, it's still waiting to see it's first flight. Thanks again for a great website!
PaulS - 22/12/2015
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