Build a giant RC Paper plane

3/22/2015 - Do you remember your first airplane? It was likely a scratch built affair without plans. The maiden flight probably looked something like the boy pictured to the right. Remember the excitement when it flew? How long did it take you to add elevons and a rudder to make it circle or loop? How long before you started altering the basic design to make it more aerobatic? Those days have long past, but I have had a hankering to build a radio controlled paper airplane. 

I was listening to The CrashCast podcast the other day and the subject came up. The hosts have all planned to build and fly radio controlled planes styled after paper planes specifically to fly together at SEFF in April. The build material is foam board or Dollar Tree foam depending on the scale of the plane.

Another thing that has been appealing to me recently has been to build a giant scale foam StarWars Star Destroyer. I can’t help but note the similarity between the two designs. My initial thoughts were that it would fly too fast and not have that cool look of a slow menacing hang in the air unless it was built not as an airplane but as a multi-rotor. I didn’t really want to make a big investment in the electronics to  build a tri-copter or quad. I wanted to build this thing on the CHEAP using motors, ESC’s and batteries I already have laying around.

While looking around to see if anybody had any videos of a giant paper plane flying I came across this video on YouTube. Two things became readily apparent. One: Look at how that thing is handling the wind! The second was how slow and majestic it flies even downwind on the breezy day the pilot took it up. The gears started turning and I started thinking that I would be able to use this design to be the base design for a giant Star Destroyer as well as have a nice floaty RC paper plane.

There is a lengthy build thread on RC Groups to create the RC paper plane in the video. Its in two parts. Part 1 of the build is here. You can find Part 2 here. This has massive potential as a night flyer as well! 

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