5 Tips To Make Absolutely Anything Fly

by FliteTest | April 19, 2019 | (6) Posted in Tips

Looking to build something wildly ambitious or slightly outlandish? Well, we're rather experienced in these matters.

From mail boxes to pigs, we've been there, made it fly, got the T-Shirt. Sometimes these crazy build projects don't always go to plan and can involve a number of, *ahem*, "hiccups"  (remember when David Windestål almost burned down Chad's garage?). To help you through your own potential hiccups when attempting something a little different, here's a concise article. First, though, check out our latest project to make a real-life flying pig - who'd have thought it would work as well as it did! 


Tip 1. Research 

Before jumping headlong into a new build, its always a good idea to sit down and look at how you're going to accomplish your goals. The best way to do this is to start by looking at what others have done. This is true for many things in life, but especially true for DIY aerospace engineering! You want to build on what others have learned. You might see a new wing type or completely novel way of getting something up in the air that you hadn't previously considered. A while back, we featured a project on the Flite Test Forum of a guy who is making a Paramotor drone for carrying a heavy DSLR - now that's a new take on aerial filming! 

Always research. Josh found out the hard way that Alex's RC Crawler wouldn't fit the first RC drop plane! 


Tip 2. Experiment  

Glide tests are super important. Throw a first airframe together and "play catch" by throwing the prototype across a room. Find some long grass and launch it to see how well it tracks. Change things up and don't get too attached to your first airframe. Spend little time on it and move onto something better with the knowledge you've gained.

An episode that involves a fair amount of "catch".


Tip 3. Don't expect it to work right away

It's very rare that you'll find true success on a maiden flight or first test glide. It's more likely you'll get a sense of promise, or, on the flip side, the sense that something drastic needs to change. Assess what worked and what area needs more work. For example, if your airplane seems a little pitch sensitive, add some expo, switch down the rates, consider increasing the distance between the wing and horizontal stabiliser. It's all about taking it one problem at a time, ironing them out, and developing something that flies better

"I have a bad feeling about this"


Tip 4. Make changes

Everything can be changed! Here are some ideas:

  • Move the battery
  • Try a different motor
  • Build a better wing
  • Change the airfoil
  • Add more stabilising surfaces 
  • Use canards
  • Go back to the research phase
  • Add more motors! 
  • Completely rebuild
  • Ask a friend for help
  • Change the concept
  • Try something new

Here's a video where we had to alter a few things.


Tip 5. Try, try again.

Keep building things, keep experimenting, and keep sharing what you learn. One of the best ways to get feedback on your creations and to work with the FT community as a whole is to share through this very website, along with the FT Forum and Flite Test Fans Facebook group. Check out the links below.

Write an article for Flite Test

Explore the Flite Test Forum 

Interact with others in the Flite Test community through the Facebook Group

Get inspiration from our Instagram (updated regularly)

To close, here's a project that didn't exactly work straight off the bat. Sometimes, you've just gotta' keep on trying! 


What's your most crazy RC project? Give us some inspiration for our next build by posting a comment down below this article! 


Article by James Whomsley

FliteTest.com Editor

www.youtube.com/projectairaviation

www.projectair.co.uk

Instagram @jameswhomsley

COMMENTS

Williamp on April 25, 2019
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spdxdmn on April 25, 2019
You should add a little detail to the pig and put the eyes on an offset pivot point and tie in a servo to have the eyes move R-L when you change direction!!
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Rcmaster on April 25, 2019
You should make an egg carton fly or a quadcopter from post it notes
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Fred2510 on April 27, 2019
Welll you made it fly Was there ever any doubt? Beyond thatr you are into the Flying Lawnmowers, Witches and stop signs area of RC.
Clear evidence of Not knowing What? to do next.... as the inexorable demands of "producing anything" takes control. Please spare me (us ?) I've seen this quality deterioration several times in my 4 decades of RC involvement.
You Can .. and have.. done better.
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Epic Dude on May 3, 2019
A little help on building a rocket boosted rc plane for freshman science project, I build a ground launched one but still need to figure out the midair launch, so any advice on motors esc and midair launch system also should i fpv to make it easier to land within a 60ft max course and not crash into a neabry bussiness or house?... I got 150 bucks?
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farmer on June 21, 2019
Peter Sirpol and David from Sweden have done many episodes on flitetest, if you go through the playlist you can find exactly what you're looking for. I know I've seen him do it a few times. Like the Punjet. Good luck I hope you get it figured out and succeed.

Rob
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farmer on June 21, 2019
Peter Sirpol and David from Sweden have done many episodes on flitetest, if you go through the playlist you can find exactly what you're looking for. I know I've seen him do it a few times. Like the Punjet. Good luck I hope you get it figured out and succeed.

Rob
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farmer on June 21, 2019
Peter Sirpol and David from Sweden have done many episodes on flitetest, if you go through the playlist you can find exactly what you're looking for. I know I've seen him do it a few times. Like the Punjet. Good luck I hope you get it figured out and succeed.

Rob
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farmer on June 21, 2019
Peter Sirpol and David from Sweden have done many episodes on flitetest, if you go through the playlist you can find exactly what you're looking for. I know I've seen him do it a few times. Like the Punjet. Good luck I hope you get it figured out and succeed.

Rob
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farmer on June 21, 2019
My craziest project was a Kawasaki 750 sxi Pro foamboard stand up jet ski, it was ridiculously tall compared to the width took quite a while to get it up in the air, actually turned out very easy to fly like a 3D plane. Eventually I got it to work on water. Since you have that pond doing a stand-up jetski with the monkey or gorilla whatever it is and a foam board having it go on water and take off from water would be awesome to see you guys do it. If you want I can post mine not sure if we're allowed to post it on here.

Look forward to your next project

Farmer Fpv
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5 Tips To Make Absolutely Anything Fly