Dang, 3:11, impressive time and a coincidence because I believe that is the exact same time that won the nationals helicopter event in 2012!Thanks. They responded well to difficulty, borne out by much testing. The primary heli hit the wall and went to the corner on the first flight, the dreaded 1-minute wall slide. They both immediately said to each other "heli 2". The backup heli was 15 seconds off the primary, but goes up very straight. That got them the 3:11. The primary was doing 3:15 in the hotel room, landing on the bed, but the rise was a bit of a risk, which did happen.
I am proud of my kids. They worked hard, built 10 sets of rotors with various changes, and at least 6 fuselages (more, depending on where you draw the line between repair and build). They tested a LOT of rubber combos, pitch changes (by heating the blade slightly) and other factors. We logged several hundred flights with about 18 columns in our log book. We totally destroyed both Nats fuselages Monday night before Nats, and they built new ones (well, 1-1/2, one motor stick survived) in 3 hours on Wednesday before we left Thursday morning. We test flew at the hotel!
Man, I'm glad its over!
Congrats to you and your team! Was it a triple rotor Chinook by any chance? I was hoping to see one of those at the tournament, but it seems like everyone in my time block just had the kit. Are your students willing to post a picture of their helicopter on the Best of 2018 builds page after the trip? Hope you all have fun!It was our own design. But we are on the road for a week. Yellowstone, then college visits. I'll see what I can do after that
Here you go: https://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/The_Best_of_2018Two rotor. Lots of carbon features to get under 3g
Can you send a link to that best of page?
Construction used the same principles as the 2 rotor as in we needed to keep the rotors on the bottom so the center of mass would be lower (more stability) and of course we had to use some sort of stability vane in order to keep the flight variance down. My thinking process behind this design was that it would be more efficient to use a triangle stabilizer instead of the "X" shaped one with 2 rotors as we could get the weight lower per rotor (3g for 2 rotors = 1.5 g/rotor, but with 3 rotors we could try getting the overall weight down past 4.5g, reducing the weight per rotor). As for the rotors 2 were spinning clockwise and one spins counter clockwise - we never had any issues with this configuration and our flights were stable meaning that even over the approx. 100' height ceiling at state the helicopter would remain only a few horizontal feet from where we launched.I love that three rotor design. I wish I had tried something like that. How did you pull that off (with winding, construction, etc.)?
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