Kraken Color Assault

by FliteTest | June 9, 2014 | (24) Posted in Just Fun

We don't get to paint most of our speed build planes. So today we decided to change that with the Kraken! 

With summer weather rolling in, we thought we'd put some water guns to good use and paint the Kraken.

The Kraken is a giant foam board airplane with a wingspan of 71 inches! 186% larger than our FT Versa Wing.

We decided to use food coloring (a lot of food coloring) to the motors wouldn't get gummed up. 

Equipped with a newly designed FPV pod the Kraken captures some great fly by footage!

Alex is equipped with some squirt guns and has a GoPro 3 strapped to his chest for more great footage!

The squirt guns were fun, but throwing the whole bucket of color just gets the job done faster!

In most cases, water and foamboard don't mix. But our giant flying wing held up great as it was splashed.

I posted this screen shot because I thought it was funny. :)

Alex has pretty good aim with his water guns, he hit the Kraken almost every fly by!

Who would have thought a few buckets of colored water and a giant wing could be so much fun!

We were able to get some great slow motion shooting on a GoPro 3+ Black at 120fps.

We were able to attach a standard lens to the GoPro using the Ribcage from Back Bone.

The Ribcage mod is a custom add-on for the GoPro that allows for interchangeable lenses to be attached! 

With a full selection of lenses available from Back Bone along with built in tripod mounting points, the Rib cage gives you much more control of the GoPro. 

With an additional C-Mount attachment you can attach standard DSLR lenses.

The Ribcage can support M12, CS-Mount or C-Mount lenses.

We got some fantastic shots from our GoPro shooting handheld!  And we were able to get high-speed video from the GoPro without the typical fisheye look and the ability focus the tiny camera.

Check out to learn more about this cool GoPro interchangeable lens mod!

Thanks again for all of your support!  Stay tuned for the Kraken build!


maximaal on June 9, 2014

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iflyoften on June 9, 2014
You guys have too much time on your hands. Wish i had thought of this.
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Reed Bazen on June 11, 2014
I want a kraken so bad it's is the most versatile rc plane you guys have please post on the home page when released and are you coming to joe nall in 2015

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waytooslow on June 9, 2014
I want the plans sooooooooooooooo bad!!!!!!!!!
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1959cutter on June 9, 2014
I got tired if waiting and printed and built a 180% versa wing with the middle section.
it has a wingspan of 1/2" short of 7 feet.
its really easy! also I put a single powerpod in the center with a landing gear on each side of the center section.
just fill the wing joints with spray foam for strength and rigidity(let it cure for a week) and you have a huge compartment for electrics
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monterx7 on June 9, 2014
how are you making the plans bigger? i am interested in making a bigger versa wing and a smaller one too.

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TEAJR66 on June 10, 2014
In your print settings, set to the percentage you desire. Print poster and it will fit the original plans on as many sheets as it takes to complete the picture. I did a versa at 200% and each regular sheet was spread over four sheets. I joined the wings just like the regular sized versa and used a pusher configuration with a 10x7 APC Style prop. A little slow but not under powered.
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monterx7 on June 11, 2014
thank you for the help. it worked :)
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jrvalentin62 on June 11, 2014
Wednesday almost done still no Kraken. Hmmmm.
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Rhudson1960 on June 10, 2014
Bravo! You have invented Fly-Dyeing! It will be a real hit with the Deadheads. I wonder if RIT dye would work better than food color?

Props to the cameraman and his gear. Really pro-looking shots with modest equipment. We live in a new age of wonders!
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Paulshort on June 10, 2014
I want the plans how many sheets is it

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scottdnc on June 11, 2014
How did you get the marshmallow monster from Ghostbusters to help you with this video?
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MentalWhiplash on June 9, 2014
Josh, it looks like you've been flying a lot of UHF? Are you using it all the time or just leaving it on the radio?
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GBDIVER on June 10, 2014
I LIKE IT! Can't wait to meet you guys at Flite Fest. Keep up the good work.
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MentalWhiplash on June 9, 2014
Too much fun!
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rallekralle11 on November 18, 2014
I like how the lens is bigger than the GoPro in some of the pictures.
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Kraken Color Assault