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The purpose of this project is to produce simple construction directions, in PDF format, on how to build a radio controlled airplane that can takeoff and land vertically. This project will attempt to make the directions for such an aircraft easy to understand for an advanced RC pilot.

The following build directions will be available depending on the reward you choose...

Build details...

Quadcopter Airplane- These directions will briefly explain how to build an airplane with four motors that can takeoff and land vertically. With a three position switch on the RC transmitter you can transition from a hover takeoff, to forward flight, and back to a hover landing. This aircraft has a total flight time of four minutes. The directions will include how to add a three position switch to a transmitter so that you can control the angle of the motors. This will be using a modified version of the 1.7 MultiWii code. You need to build your own multiwii quadcopter before attempting this project to become familiar with loading multiwii code to an arduino micro controller and all other steps associated with building a basic quadcopter and tuning it for flight. This project with assume you have already built a MultiWii quadcopter. Below are some images of the final design I will be offering build directions for, along with some images of the initial prototype...

Bicopter Airplane- These directions will briefly explain how to build an airplane with two motors that can takeoff and land vertically using a three position switch on a transmitter. This aircraft if the most difficult to fly and set up. It has a flight time of about 7 minutes. You need to build your own MultiWii quadcopter first, before attempting this project. It is also recommended that you build a MultiWii bicopter first as that will not be covered in these directions. Below are some images of the final design I will be offering along with some images of the initial prototype...

Initial prototype
Initial prototype

Swept Back Airplane- These directions will briefly explain how to build a flying wing that has swept back wings. This aircraft does not require a three position switch to be on your transmitter. A basic wiring diagram will be provided along with dimensions and CG placement. This aircraft does not takeoff or land vertically. It is a regular flying wing. Below are some images of the initial prototype. The final design will have slightly shorter wings...

Swept Forward Airplane- These directions will briefly explain how to build a flying wing that has swept forward wings. This aircraft does not require a three position switch to be on your transmitter. A basic wiring diagram will be provided along with dimensions and CG placement. This aircraft does not takeoff or land vertically. It is a regular flying wing. Below are some images of the initial prototype. The final design will have slightly shorter wings...

Risks and challenges

This is only for expert RC builders and pilots of fixed wing aircraft and quadcopters. All of these aircraft use an arduino micro controller and the ITG3200 gyro breakout board and ADXL345 accelerometer breakout board. You need to be familiar with arduino and the open source MultiWii quadcopter project before attempting these projects. You have to build your own MultiWii quadcopter before attempting this project. This project will not cover basic MulWii quadcopter construction, set up and tuning. You need to know all of that before attempting these projects. The code for these aircraft are a modification of the open source MultiWii (1.7) code base. If funded, all code will be publicly available.

You must have a laptop computer to run the MultiWii GUI software and adjust copter PID settings at the flying field. You must have a USB to Mini USB cable and FTDI programming device.

Each one of these aircraft will cost about 200$ for you to build. You will have to find your own source of materials. These directions will only give a brief description of how to use materials.

You will need to be an expert radio controlled multirotor pilot and airplane pilot.

The Quadcopter airplane project will require the use of a 3/4" thick piece of blue foam that is 4 feet wide by 8 feet long.

The Bicopter airplane project will require the use of a 3/4" thick piece of blue foam that is 2 feet wide and 4 feet long. This will be for the wing part so if you can't get foam that is this size then this project probably won't work for you.

This project is only for producing a very brief explanation of how to build these aircraft. These brief explanations will be electronically delivered in PDF format. You have to order and pay for all the parts and put it all together, improvising where necessary, all on your own. Each one of these aircraft will cost you about 200$ in parts. That means it will cost you about 800$ if you want to build all four of these aircraft at the same time.

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