Planes 101 to 150: Foamflyer's Project History
101 Surfer Sep-2003

Another delta of EPS foam, with the wing encapsulated in packing tape. Expected it to fly as well as "Vector", but it didn't. Ended up cutting off the non-functional canards, that didn't help. Still not sure what was wrong with this plane.

102 Flying Saucer 4 Sep-2003

My fourth flying saucer, this one was underpowered. Would have done better with a gearbox and larger prop. The "wing" was 1/2" EPS foam with strapping tape spars.

103 GWS Slow Stick Oct-2003

My first kit in about two years, this one was given to me by a friend (so how could I refuse?). Since he already had the stock version (red with iron crosses), I painted mine with acrylic craft paint so we could tell them apart in a dogfight. One of the more successful planes I've ever owned, powered by the EP-300C motor. Flies indoors and out with ease.

104 Aardvark Nov-2003

My first attempt at an indoor flyer, this one actually made a flight outdoors first. Powered by a highly-geared GWS motor, it swung a 13" prop with authority on a little 7-cell NiCd pack. It didn't fly very well, and never did fly indoors.

105 So.18 Nov-2003

But yet another twin-boom foamie pusher, and another excellent flyer. Had a nice 432 square inch wing.

106 F5 Nov-2003

A friend was nice enough to share some of his fan fold foam bundle, so I made this little one as my First Fan Fold Foam Flyer (F5). Used a GWS IPS-A unit and flew great. Total weight 10.6 ounces. Acrylic craft paint airbrushed.

107 Fokker Fiction Jan-2004

To thank my friend for all he had done for me (even though it was me who got him hooked on RC planes), I made him this plane as a Christmas present. All fan fold foam with balsa struts. Also had hand-made spoked wheels. Used a GWS EP-300c motor. Once a lot of lead was added to the nose, and the incidence of the top wing adjusted, this turned out to be a great flying plane with good looks too.

108 Langsamflieger Jan-2004

My first plane built from plans in over four years, this one was made of a balsa stick and de-papered Sturdiboard. Used a GWS IPS-A unit and flew good. Total weight 10.2 ounces.

109 Circular Reference Jan-2004

Essentially a flying saucer with a tail, the fuselage was a balsa stick, the wing and tail surfaces were fan fold foam. Flew really good on a GWS EP-300c. Had most of the good characteristics of a pure flying saucer. Some people said it was just plain "wrong" to have a smiley face that big, I say "get over it, and be happy!"

110 Goose Pusher Feb-2004

This was a foamie electric version of a plan out of RC Modeler. The original glow version had the engine on the front, this one has a motor on the back. All other measurements, including CG was taken from the plan. This plane flew poorly.

111 Bamboozle Mar-2004

A flying wing made of folded-up fan fold foam with an EPS foam fuselage pod, this plane flew marginally.

112 So.17 Mar-2004

An excellent plane with a Speed 400. All EPS foam with acrylic craft paint. Had paper covering the top part of the fuselage for strength.

113 Breeze May-2004

A purpose-built slope soarer, it was EPS foam encapsulated with packing tape. Flies great.

114 Flying Saucer 5 Aug-2004

My fifth flying saucer. Did not do well.

115 Goose Puller Aug-2004

Almost the same as the "Goose Pusher", except with the motor on the front, like the original glow-powered design. Crashed on it's first flight.

116 P-51 Mustang Sep-2004

A semi-scale foamie, did not fly very good. Entirely covered in clear packing tape and spraypainted chrome silver.

117 Brat Sep-2004

My first ducted-fan plane! Constructed from a combination of hollowed-out EPS foam and de-papered Sturdyboard, painted with acrylic craft paint. Used a GWS EDF-50.

118 Fusion Sep-2004

Built from a combination of balsa, Coroplast, and EPS foam, with a paper-covered foam wing. Speed 400 pusher. Intended for catapult launch.

119 So.19 Sep-2004

An original design to experiment with a fin integrated into the fuselage. Built entirely from EPS foam with some paper covering to strengthen the booms. Speed 400 pusher.

120 Flying Saucer 6 Oct-2004

My sixth flying saucer. Made of fan fold foam, flies great and has hovering capability.

121 So.20 Oct-2004

Twentieth in my "So" series, this plane is EPS foam finished with acrylic craft paint. Speed 400, flies great.

122 So.21 Dec-2004

How-wired from EPS foam with a GWS A drive pushing, 8.5 ounces AUW. Controls are elevator and single aileron, flies good with it's cambered airfoil, but has a nasty stall at full aileron deflection. Flies very slow.

123 So.22 Dec-2004

The 22nd "So" plane. This one has a GWS 350C pushing. Climb rate is good, and overall performance is good. Very fun to fly. Features a single aileron on a Modified Clark Y airfoil.

124 Rocky Dec-2004

Constructed from a combination of fan fold foam and EPS foam, this plane actually has two ailerons as most planes do. Used a borrowed Eflight 370 brushless motor. Canopy was molded from a soda bottle. Plane flew OK but was damaged due to a motor cut-out. Will be repaired and tried again.

125 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hein Dec-2004

A sloper made from EPP foam. Mostly covered with Ultracote and Monokote trim sheets, but some paint too.

126 Predator Jan-2005

A copy of the U.S. military drone, this plane was built from fan-fold foam. It originally had a GWS EP400 motor and a 2-cell lipo battery, but this was insufficient power. When the Predator finally flew, it had the Nippy brushless motor on the back with an 8-cell NiMH pack. This plane flew extremely well and was very stable.

127 Mednat Feb-2005

An experiment with a tandem wing design, this plane glided well to estimate the center of gravity position, but then flew very poorly with a motor.

128 Hawk Feb-2005

The Hawk was made from foam board with the paper removed. Made to resemble one of the Hawk biplanes from the 1930's, this plane flew very well despite my streak of relative bad luck with biplanes.

129 Gunship Apr-2005

Gunship was an "So" design, but did not carry the "So" designation. This plane was built from EPS foam and featured a "tiperon", or an aileron that consisted of the entire outboard wing panel that pivoted. The tiperon functioned very well. The plane also had several machine gun turrets.

130 Observer Jun-2005

Observer was built from foam board with the paper removed, and was intended to resemble an observation plane from the 1940's or 1950's. Flew very well. The wing was hot-wired from EPS foam with a camber shape.

131 So.23 Jun-2005

So.23 was built from EPS foam and featured "tailerons", or elevators on each of the stabilizer surfaces mixed to function as elevators and ailerons. The tail booms were reinforced with tape and the plane flew and handled very well.

132 Corporate Jet Aug-2005

This one did not fly well. Made from EPS foam.

133 Back in the USSR Sep-2005

This one didn't fly well either.

134 Blockhead Oct-2005

This plane was an experiment to see how much drag I could create. It was made from EPS foam, and the wing was a flat plate reinforced with a carbon spar. Needless to say it was very draggy, but it did fly.

135 So.24 Nov-2005

This plane flew very well. It had a motor cowling made from a peanut butter container.

136 Defiant Dec-2005

Another great flying plane. I felt I wanted to try a different paint pattern on this one, it was all hand-painted.

137 So.25 Jan-2006

An experiment with three tail booms instead of two. Excellent flying plane.

138 So.26 Jan-2006

An experiment with a very short-coupled airplane. It did have two tailbooms, but both were very short. This plane flew marginally well.

139 So.27 Mar-2006

This plane's tail booms were not connected to the wing, but rather extended from a pair of sponsons or small wings on the fuselage sides. generous amounts of tape reinforced the structure, and it did fly good.

140 Slope Jet Apr-2006

A slope glider with an EPS foam wing, EPP foam fuselage, coroplast tail surfaces, and Monokote covering. It flew OK.

141 LCD Jun-2006

Another twin-boom pusher. It didn't fly well, later the wingtips were clipped off which improved it a little. This plane had tailerons like the So.23.

142 Little Kid Oct-2006

A very small plane made from EPS foam with a GWS motor. The cowling was a plastic juice bottle, the canopy was made from a soda bottle. The tail surfaces were depapered foam board.

143 Micron Nov-2006

Another small plane with a GWS fan mounted on the top. It flew OK, but was underpowered with a 2-cell lipo battery.

144 Miss Swiss Dec-2006

Made from EPS foam with a plastic bottle as the cowling. GWS motor and 2-cell lipo pack. The nose was too short, resulting in lead counterweight for balance, which made the overall weight too high to fly well.

145 Paranoia Dec-2006

EPS foam with a GWS fan mounted at the back of the fuselage. This plane had tailerons which did not have enough surface area to turn the plane effectively. This plane flew marginally well.

146 Parasitic Adventure Jan-2007

Built from EPS foam specifically to piggy-back a glider. A servo controlled the glider release. Flew very will by itself and with the glider attached. Resembled a Pilatus PC-6, but didn't notice until after construction.

147 Adventurous Parasite Jan-2007

The glider to go with "Parasitic Adventure". EPS foam and depapered foam board tail surfaces. Flew well.

148 Membrane Apr-2007

An EPP foam slope glider. Flew very well.

149 Nipster Jun-2007

A plane built specifically to test the Uberall Nippy Black 2410/103 brushless motor. Excellent plane.

150 RPG (Red Powered Glider) Jul-2009

This plane represented my return to RC after university studies, it was also my first plane built entirely in Tehachapi. Constructed from EPS foam covered with paper, Nippy motor. The elevator and rudder servos were mounted in the tail, resulting in the nose being extended to get the 3-cell lipo pack farther out in the nose to achieve the proper balance. Very good flying plane. The battery was housed under the canopy which was attached to the plane with magnets.

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