Large Scale 3D

by FliteTest | February 11, 2013 | (25) Posted in Reviews

Arron Bates stopped by to fly his Large Scale 100CC gas airplane. He showed us some impressive tricks and shared some flying tips.

We were finishing up our next swappable and Arron came out to test and help us with some final design suggestions for our FT 3D Swappable (which we'll be releasing very soon)!  

You may remember Arron from our coverage at Huckfest 2012  where we showed off his custom air brake that he setup on one of the other airplanes that he flies with the 3D Hobby Shop Team.

His 100cc gas plane features a custom paint scheme and a boxing kangaroo.

One tip with large scale gas airplanes is to be sure the person holding the aircraft does it correctly. They need to secure the airplane by straddling the tail of the plane with their legs firmly against the rear of the stabilizer, so the plane cannot move forward.  Holding the top of the canopy will add additional support.  

Despite the wind, Arron was willing to try all kinds of flying maneuvers and aerobatics. 

Arron took up Chad's challenge to try touching the tail to the nearby pine trees. 

Arron setup his radio with customized button switches that allow him to perform a wide variety of tricks.

It was exciting to see such a large airplane flown so close to the ground and controlled with such precision.

Arron is a product developer and team pilot for 3D Hobby Shop and has a wealth of flying experience and knowledge. We hope to have him back again!  You can see more of his flying at his vimeo page as well.

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Check out the additional behind the scenes video from this epsiode below! 



casehatter on February 11, 2013
Don't try that at home unless you are willing to buy a plane LOL
Good flying man and Thanks Guys we needed some 3D
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Illiop on February 11, 2013
Great plane and flying!
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Adib Vahedi on February 11, 2013
cool plane he should so come back he is awesome i love that kangorro since i just came back from Australia that remebers me about my trip with my cousin in Australia who owns about 18 electric planes and huge ones too!

Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)
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jay302 on February 11, 2013
Here's a motion sickness inducing idea... Next time Arron is visiting, throw a GoPro in the canopy!
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cloud9photos on February 11, 2013
AWESOME!!! He is an amazing pilot. Any chance we can see more video shot from David's Tri-Copter of this plane? How is the 3d Swapable coming, you guys are teasing us big time with it .
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zev on February 11, 2013
3d swappable? YESSSSS!
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Ray on February 12, 2013
I can hardly wait!
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philbx1 on February 12, 2013
FYI, A great (now also an Aussie I guess) 3D flyer has seen Aarons fine video on Flitetest and commented very nicely. Maybe worth some thumbs considering his talent also.
If you get a chance please check out Ido's channel
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Benn Gunn on February 12, 2013
This man is flying on a different level.... respect...... great footage ... got to get me one of those planes
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mickvk on February 12, 2013
I recently graduated to my first gasser. I have a lot to learn. Topics that might make for good subjects with Aaron:
- What are the options for tuning a servo gang.
- Can you test how much torque is needed to move a control surface? One option might be to measure amp draw up to servo stall, then monitor max draw during flight. Any other ideas to aid "right" sizing your servos?
- Are there servo sizing guidelines for rudder, ail, elev based on plane style and weight?
- What are optical cutoffs? What are the pros and cons to implementing one vs other options?
- When is programming differential aileron necessary? Is this relevant to giant scale more than other scales or more relevant to a particular airframe?

Thanks. -Mick
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liveyourdreamsRC on February 12, 2013
Great episode and I can't wait for the 3D swappable. I have some ideas for more on this topic:
- You should do some reviews on 3dhs planes
- How to pick and engine, and all the stuff needed to start it like in the power distribution episode, but express more choices
- I would like to see something on how to pick the right servos (torque, digital?, etc... you could branch off of this and include it in a whole episode about different servos and what they are used for/ kinds.
- Depending on how long Arron stays next time, he could do some mini episodes on how to do different maneuvers.
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tramsgar on February 13, 2013
Very entertaining, thanks a lot!
It certainly brought back a lot of memories when Arron flick-started that engine.
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yeojalviz1981 on February 13, 2013
3d swappable!
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jd7792 on February 13, 2013
Absolutely love the Aussie paint theme, both top and bottom! Would love to know why you went that way, as I didn't think I heard any Aussie accent slip out at all. Thank for the demo, loved the laid back manner that you enjoy your flying.
You've given me a few ideas for my next paint job since I come from down under. Thnx again!
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stwaller12 on February 15, 2013
When are you going to have anymore info on the FT3D? You can't let us know about a 3D foam plane build and then just leave us hangin!
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theKM on February 15, 2013
glad that everyone enjoyed the episode!... I do look forward to getting back to hang out with fliteTest again.

regarding the 3d swappable, I should be able to give it a test in calm air here soon, looking forward to it. I'll be passing and final feedback to the guys so that they can tweak the design.

jd7792 - yup, I'm Australian. the "Roo" scheme is on a few of my planes now, rather happy with it :)

I love all the ideas that everyone has posted into the thread. there's certainly some meat there that we can jump into with future episodes!
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Large Scale 3D