Frankenplane - was that a Baby Blender?

by alibopo | February 18, 2014 | (5) Posted in Projects

 The Frankenplane! 


Yes, this is a rebuild of my Baby Blender. I had a bad belly-flop crash and the top wing managed to push the bottom wing down, folding and breaking it where the wing was cut to inset it into the fuselage.

At the time I was having trouble with signal brown-outs and motor reliability so I went off the idea of rebuilding the Baby Blender. However when I began to think about an FPV platform I couldn’t help noticing I still had some nice lengths of ‘ready-folded’ wing and a pre-formed fuselage and tail assembly.... :) 

Time for some chopping! 


This is what I came up with – I used the ends of the bottom wing as dihedral elements and grafted them on to the top wing – this gave me the ailerons on the outer end of the wing and also dihedral for a nice steady platform for FPV. The wingspan is 1m. 

From the outset I added about 80grams of ballast on the nose to allow for the later addition of FPV gear.

As you can see the plane is flying quite well. Power comes from an EMAX CF2822 1300KV 16A motor which claims to swing props in the range 9 – 10 inches. I was a bit sceptical so I tried a couple of different props; 8x6 went a little too fast, 8x4 was anaemic and had to be kept on full throttle most of the time, 9x5 seemed just right and the plane flew comfortably at under half throttle – apparently these motors do exactly what it says on the housing.

This is now a great trainer as well.

I hate waste - it's a Scottish thing apparently... :) alibopo.


AG Pro on February 21, 2014
Frankenplane from RTF/ARF kit = nice.
Frankenplane from crashed scratch build plane = awesome!
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Frankenplane - was that a Baby Blender?