Introduction to the Plantraco Microflight Video Podcast. The First 7 episodes cover the assembly of the MicroScout Kit - a great 16 gram 3 Channel R/C model aircraft.
How to Cut a Bevel on the Hinge Line for a magnetic actuator installation. Fuselage strengthening. Good techniques to learn here for MicroScout AND MicroRacers build.
Build up a composite assembly with 1/64'' plywood soaked in CA glue. Align the tail parts of the MicroScout, and Glue the wing up. Good techniques here to learn
Add centering magnets to magnet actuators and understand their function and setup.
Install Magnetic Actuators - MiniAct and MicroAct are quite similar. How to use Z-bends. How to use a Figure-4 clevis part. Everything you want to see about control linkage with Plantraco magnetic actuators that do the job of the traditional servo on our Micro Models
Install the GB03 or GB04 gearbox and 100X80 Propeller. Use Reamers (jewellers broach) to bore holes larger on the gearbox mount to get the correct downthrust (thrustline)
Install the Micro9 0.9g 3-Channel receiver on the MicroScout. See how the actuators and motor plugs right in. Plug-N-Play plugnplay plug and play all the way! Also put the wheels on the axle of the landing gear.
The MicroScout is complete! Let's take it out for a spin and see how this Micro RC model performs! Loops in the gym, and outdoor flying too.
Get ready for some fantastic performance in a 12 gram Micro R/C model kit you can build up and fly by radio control in about an hour. The next several episodes show you exactly how to build the P-51 MicroRacer rc model for indoor flying and outdoor flying in high winds!
By adding a carbon strip between the depron foam we stiffen the fuselage. The fuselage becomes a composite structure in this way. By Episode 15, you'll be flying this RC model.
Prepare the rudder and elevator control surfaces. Hinge, control arms, bevel cuts. Getting this bird ready to fly!
Installing the wing. Adding some dihedral and under camber. Then glue up with foam safe CA.
Installing the Motor and Plantraco Micro9 receiver into the P-51 mustang microracers kit.
Install Plantraco MicroAct Actuators on the MicroRacers P51 Mustang kit. Magnetic actuators do the job of a servo for full proportional control.
Install control rod linkage - z-bends and figure 4 clevises, heat shrink tubing, and carbon fiber rods connect the MicroAct magnetic actuators to their respective control surfaces. This video will de-mystify some of the important bits of Micro R/C flying for you.
Flying the Carbon Butterfly and the original balsa Butterfly livingroom flyer at the iHobby Expo. Plantraco planes are allowed to fly at the show because they weigh less than a sheet of paper and represent very little risk to the crowd. It was fun flying over people's heads all day, but wow did we ever get tons of questions!