Phil Scott, a serious pilot in his own right, did a writeup about our educational programs at Brooklyn Artisan.
Again, please let us know about your failing, flying and trying. All planes must fly.
Got the following missive via the intertubes….great looking builds.
First the pix, then the story from George and his sons out of Stamford, Ct.
George from Stamford , Ct wrote:
“Hey Breck, wanted to share my experiences and some pictures with you. We saw you and Karen at the Mini-Maker Faire in Westport. My imagination was fired up but I wanted to build but I also wanted to build with my two boys 18 and 20. In June school was out and I said to my wife I wanted to start getting the stuff together for a build. She said you can’t do that, we are already getting everything together to surprise you on fathers day.
I had a 4′x8′ sheet of art board so we built the first few planes with that. The first ones flew ok and we learned why they were called the towel. It turns out the boys are incredibly good at flying. I guess from all that video gaming. I am not as good but have a good feel for launching the planes. Next we tried the art board and removed the paper. That was too flexible. Next we went with the pink 5/8″ foam. It works very well and is available. We covered one side with an iridescent gift bag. That was a very successful airframe. Now we built a Bat Signal airframe. This flies very well. We saw you at The World Maker Faire at Flushing Meadow and picked up some blue foam. Can’t wait to use it. We have some ideas we want to try. Thanks for the inspiration and hours of fun. “
Hats off to Darin from Queens for detailing his experience with the kit. He’s given us great photos and narration and I want to include all of it so keep scrolling!
Now, here’s Darin:
Hey Breck and friends!
I wanted to check in Towel #168 and share some build details with the group. This is the first RC plane I’ve built, and I’m very excited. Saw you guys at last year’s Maker Faire but there was no kit at the time. After seeing the kit at this year’s Faire, I couldn’t resist.
Being that I live in a tiny apartment in NYC, I had some concerns about the portability and storability of an RC aircraft. The biggest change I made to the design was giving the towel the ability to be broken down for transport, taking advantage of the removable deck. A hinge was created at the centerline of the airframe with tape so that the whole thing can be folded in half. In addition to the deck with zip ties, Velcro strips are used to lock the airframe open for flight. Quite strong. The process of breakdown will cost me 12 zip ties, but oh well. Next build I may attach the entire deck with Velcro. The whole kit can now be bundled up in/on a backpack for fly days.
Also used some wide drinking straws to build a leading edge, for aerodynamics and strength.
Went with a red color scheme, as this matched the components and leading edge reinforcement, and adds visibility against blue skies. I figure spray paint won’t add much weight.
- The included double-stick tape did not work – the wax paper side did not come off at all. Luckily I had some extra of my own.
- Had to build my own 12V power supply for the charger. A bit disappointing that this doesn’t come with the kit, considering its completeness otherwise.
- Found that the control wires rubbed up against the airframe on full extension. Had to cut some ugly slots.
- Can’t tell from either the videos (which are great) or documentation what my flight time or range is with the Optic 5.
Every new successful build post makes me happy. We have 2 of 99 accounted for from the first set of kits. I want them all to fly. Let us know how we can help. BTW we never publicize names or planes without permission.
And I quote:
Hello Brooklyn Aerodrome,
Just wanted to let you know that kit #145 has been built and flies great! I bought the kit at the Detroit Maker Faire and used your videos to build it. Thank you for putting together a great kit.
Thanks to all who came out to see us!
Props to Eddie and Kevin who put in serious work at our exhibit – much appreciated!
We are hard at work on that Mailing List for those who signed up, but if you are already here then no need to wait. Check out classes here: http://brooklynaerodrome.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/october-classes-at-brooklyn-aerodrome
Video of the flapping manta ray, striped heart flyer and banana plane coming up!
Brooklyn Aerodrome will be holding it down in Zone D at the Maker Faire.
This year we decided to go big or go home (!) – behold our swanky sketch-up of Camp BA:
Note there are TWO runways surrounding our silver hangar.
One of these is the “New Pilot Runway” where some former students and DIYers will show their planes and talk about their experience with the build.
Hope to see you there!
NEW MERCH. We have it. This pleases me. I want to share.
Props to Bushwick Print Lab (Kirsten standing in for Ray) for letting us pester them with requests and thanks to Matt for doing brilliant work on our new totes.
We are offering these to the Maker Faire crowd first (Sept. 29th- 30th), then all new tees, totes and hoodies will be in our etsy shop here: