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Freedom Flight Kit

Post by bjt4888 » November 12th, 2017, 12:12 pm

The teams I coach are close to completing six of this year's Chinook kit helis. I can attest that they are excellent quality and have a number of clever design elements. The extensive directions are great, as always. It's looking like the lightest will be a little less than 3.5 grams overall.

I would attach pictures but I don't see that the wiki has that capability anymore.

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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by daydreamer0023 » November 12th, 2017, 3:20 pm

I think if you use "[img,]" and "[/img]" you can attach images on here (removing the "," in the first thing). For the wiki, though I'm not sure how exactly to attach images, I'm sure you can attach images.

That being said, I like the new design as well, but I'm so scared I'll break it...(but that's me every year). How big of a space would we need to test the design in do you think?
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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by bjt4888 » November 12th, 2017, 3:41 pm

Daydreamer,

My teams did quite a bit of testing in the finished part of a basement with an 8 ft. ceiling. The clear area of this basement is about 14 ft. by 12 ft. and the helicopters only typically wandered around a few feet. I'm hoping that this area will work for this year's helis too. We'll start with a low number of turns and see how it goes. We should have the first set of helis done tomorrow.

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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by JasperKota » November 12th, 2017, 4:01 pm

I preordered the kit a week ago, but I've never built a helicopter before, and it will likely arrive a week before an invitational. I'm still planning on building a helicopter from scratch (not chinook though), but I was wondering how long did it take your students to build it?
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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by bjt4888 » November 12th, 2017, 5:17 pm

Jasperkota,

It's difficult to say how long one person would take to build one helicopter based upon my experience. With four to six students working on three helicopters at once we are taking about 10 hours to build the three. The rotors are the same amount of work as last year's FF kit. The carbon attach to the fuselage is something I've done many times before and my demo fuselage was quick for me to build. My students were not familiar with attaching carbon tow with CA and it took them longer. The fuselage framework went together pretty quick, except there are two "vertical stablizer" surfaces to cover with ultrafilm that take a little extra time.

Good luck.

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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by ScottMaurer19 » November 15th, 2017, 1:01 pm

Has anyone figured out what rubber dimensions to use?
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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by DrDaveV » November 17th, 2017, 7:39 pm

When did you all order yours?

I still haven't gotten mine placed the pre-order in October.

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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by Nano1llus10n » November 17th, 2017, 8:35 pm

DrDaveV wrote:When did you all order yours?

I still haven't gotten mine placed the pre-order in October.
I ordered mine a little bit after pre-orders were available and I received it about 3 weeks ago.
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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by bjt4888 » November 23rd, 2017, 8:25 am

First test flights last night with one of my teams went great! Duration is considerably higher than mentioned in other posts on this wiki to date.

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Re: Freedom Flight Kit

Post by ScottMaurer19 » November 23rd, 2017, 8:34 am

bjt4888 wrote:First test flights last night with one of my teams went great! Duration is considerably higher than mentioned in other posts on this wiki to date.

Brian T.
Have you been using the rubber sent with the kits or did you source it from someplace else?
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Hydro: 3/5/18
Robot Arm: na/1/1
Rocks: 1/1/1

2018 (r/s/n):
Heli: 2/1/7 
Herp: 1/4/4
Mission: 1/1/6
Rocks: 1/1/1
Eco: 6/3/9

2019 (r/s/n):
Fossils: 1/1/1
GLM: 1/1/1
Herp: 1/1/5
Mission: 1/1/3
WS: 4/1/10

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