DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch: The Brooklyn Aerodrome Bible for Hacking the Skies

DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch: The Brooklyn Aerodrome Bible for Hacking the Skies

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By (author) Breck Baldwin

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  • Publisher: TAB Books Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 235mm x 15mm | 460g
  • Publication date: 20 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0071810048
  • ISBN 13: 9780071810043
  • Illustrations note: ill
  • Sales rank: 435,008

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A complete, step-by-step guide to building an affordable remote-controlled airplane--in an afternoon! Most people would assume that building an R/C airplane from scratch would be difficult to impossible, very expensive, and likely to take weeks. But they would be wrong on all counts! DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch demonstrates how to build a 41-inch delta wing made of housing foam, coroplast, coat hangers, and a powerful little electric motor that moves the 16-oz airframe with authority in typical gusty urban flying conditions. It can be built in an afternoon, and the parts (including radio) can be had for less than a hundred dollars. The foundational aircraft described in the book is called "The Towel," a name the author came up with when he had crashed the first one so many times it looked like a crumpled bath towel - yet kept on flying! The flyer is an excellent rapid prototyping platform that can evolve in any direction - including illuminated night flyers, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), and flying video cameras. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions for building a flying airplane for less than $100 and a day of work Guidelines for flying, repairing, and customizing an R/C flyer Technical and how-to information for creation of completely novel designs by the user-a hacker's guide to making flying objects! Example projects that show how to explore night flying, making aerial videos, and various artistic expressions The Towel is a child-friendly design that can work in science classroom settings Contains best practices, sources, and workarounds for RC aircraft

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Breck Baldwin has been building and flying model aircraft since he was a child. He founded the Brooklyn Aerodrome in 2005 to support flying art, education, and technology developments around remote-controlled aircraft. Baldwin authored a cover story for Make magazine, Volume 30, featuring the Towel, a delta-wing aircraft that can be built in an afternoon and for less than $100. He does professional flying engagements featuring custom-built art planes for festivals and corporate events. Baldwin also teaches adults and children how to build aircraft out of his studio. He has a PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and is the president and founder of LingPipe.