The FT Bloody Wonder was the first plane I really learned to fly RC on. It was not my first plane, but it was the first plane I had success with. For that reason it will always have a special place in my hangar. I can't think of a better way to honor that than by trying to make an already great design even better.
Some of the things that I thought needed a little tweaking were the vertical stabilizers, the fuselage, and the build process (particularly attaching the wing and horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage).
I set out to improve on the original FT Bloody Wonder V1/V2 designed by Josh Bixler. The goals I set for this were as follows:
- Maintain as much of the look and flight characteristics of the original FT Bloody Wonder as possible
- Design a new and stronger fuselage taking some styling queues from its namesake, the Bloody Micks FunBat
- Make the build process easier by using tabbed construction for easier alignment and positioning of wing and tail to the fuselage
- Make a new (optional) tail configuration to prevent the vertical stabilizers from being damaged during landings
Wing Span: 28 inches
Length: 24 inches
Wing Area: 221.2 sq. inches
CG: 1.75 inches from leading edge
Controls: Throttle, Aileron, Elevator
Model Type: Combat / Stunt
Build Level: Intermediate
Pilot Level: Beginner (Basic Setup) / Intermediate (Advanced Setup)
Prop: 9 X 4.7 Slow FLy
Motor: 1300 kv 24 gram hexTronik
ESC: 10-12 amp
Battery: 1000 mah 3S 11.1V 20C
Weight (AUW): 13 oz.
Wing Loading: 8.46 oz./sq. ft.
Prop: APC 8 X 6
Motor: 1200 kv NTM PropDrive 2826
ESC: 25-30 amp
Battery: 2200 mah 3S 11.1V 30C
Weight (AUW): 19.2 oz
Wing Loading: 12.5 oz/ft^2
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Maiden Flight (Vertical Tail Configuration)
The latest and most up-to-date Instructions for building the BW MkIII are available in my build thread on the Flite Test forums: Bloody Wonder MkIII - Build
If you build one, please post a picture or video in the build thread. I'd love to see it. And, if you have suggestions for improvements, let me know. Who knows, maybe they'll show up on the Bloody Wonder MkIV.
Special thanks to Josh Bixler for the original design of the FT Bloody Wonder.