Category Archives: Flying Things

Bush Beast 3 electronics

Here is a video of me assembling the main electronics board used in my Bush Beast 3 RC airplane.

A Teensy microcontroller is used to read a decode an S-bus signal from the receiver and make all the servo signals. It manages servo mixing and gyro stabilization, as well as controlling LED lights on the plane.

More info about this, including schematics and code can be found on the Bush Beast 3 page here: Bush Beast 3 page

There you can also find some build-images

Two new airplanes

I got myself two new airplanes this summer at an RC plane auction that was organized at my local RC flying club FK Gamen.

The first one is a J3 Cub ARF model by Thunder Tiger with a wingspan of about 2.2 meters. The model came with a 4-stroke nitro engine that I have replaced with an electric power system. I will make a new landing gear with suspension and fix the motor cowling. I will probably add some kind of gyro stabilization also, this plane is surprisingly unstable in windy conditions.

The second plane is a Flair Magnatilla. The wingspan is about 1.6 meters. This is my first airplane with a nitro engine. A 4-stroke Saito. I will probably add a steerable tailwheel and make a few other adjustments over the winter.

Video: Bush Beast 3

Bush Beast 3 is an RC bush plane that I have designed and built during this winter. The plane is built using balsa wood and covered with Oracover. The design of this airplane a combination of Trent Palmer’s Kitfox, the Pilatus Porter, and various Cub planes.

I have made a custom electronics system on this plane. A Teensy 3.2 microcontroller reads the S-bus signal from the RC receiver and controls all the servos, it also applies 3 axis gyro stabilization and manages all servo mixing and a custom lighting system. More about that in a future video.

Li-Ion Batteries for flying RC models

I fly my RC Airplanes and quadcopters on LiPo batteries like most other people. But LiPo batteries have several disadvantages. The biggest problem is that their life is pretty short. They usually don’t last more than 100 cycles. Therefore I wanted to explore the possibility of using 18650 cells to power my RC models instead. I while ago I got myself a cheap battery spot welder from China and a couple of genuine LG HG2 cells.

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Paramotor test flight

A short video of a DIY paramotor trike that I have built using the Hobbyking parafoil. This video was shot during the first successful test flight. I made a few unsuccessful attempts before I got it working. It still needs a few adjustments. The tricky part is to get all the lines of the parafoil to the correct lengths relative to each other. This is important because it needs to have the correct shape, as well as the correct angle of attack. I will probably write more about it and make a better video when I am more satisfied with how it flies.

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