Towel 1.2 plans

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Plans for the coroplast and fan fold foam are below. Build video hopefully later today.
Enjoy your building.

Airframe Plans

The airframe cut from fan fold or other light stiff material. Click for larger version.

Vertical Stab

The vertical stab template, make 2. Click to get larger image.

The coroplast deck that holds the electronics.

The coroplast deck where all all the electronics are mounted. Click on for larger version.


This photo shows the alignment of components on the coroplast deck. Note the taping down of the wiring to the servo motors. Further, the speed controller is cable tied to the deck in a front to back orientation. This keeps the speed controller stable during rough nose landings. The receiver is mounted with the thinner part of the receiver towards the front of the deck to allow the cable tie to hold the receiver in during rough landings.

34 Responses to “Towel 1.2 plans”

  1. Faça você mesmo – Avião de 100 dólares. - Tempestade Vetorial Says:

    […] ir direto ao ponto, abaixo seguem os links: – Peças necessárias: Hobby King – Medidas do modelo: Esquema Towel 1.2 – Montagem do Deck: Vídeos do […]

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      My Portuguese is pretty bad (I think it is Portugese). I can help more if you ask in English.

      Breck

  2. Farmer Jim Says:

    Add me please…

  3. ASAD Says:

    Hey,
    What kind ov motor is this?Is it that motor which rotates and is normally present in the toy cars to rotate the wheels.Secondly,how much voltage does this motor require?Would the 12volt battery would be enough to spin it.
    Looking forward for your co-operation and quick reply too

  4. peppsalt Says:

    Im having trouble finding the 1/4 foam for the airframe and vertical stabilizers. will 1/2 in styrofoam serve as a decent replacement?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      I have made them out of pink fan fold that is around 1/2″ thick, they fly ok. You will have to experiment. Towels have been
      made out of cardboard, coroplast, foam core mounting board. Best though is the 1/4″ fan fold.

      Breck

  5. designbot Says:

    Hi, i just saw yr both at the NY makers fair. totally awesome!!! i am going to embark on building one. i was wondering if you have ever tried converting a cheap harbor fright RC plane kit to fit one of you truly awesome designs. some of them sell very cheap complete with a controller and arrive very quickly. i would love to talk more about this. Cheers and keep up the good work!!!

    Thanks

  6. designbot Says:

    I think i jumped the gun. after further research on your site it seems very obvious to me to use your parts list from hobby king. thanks

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      If money is a concern then the parts list is what you want. Just be careful about the HKT6a v2 radio is a hassle to program.

  7. Andrew Says:

    would this work if it was made to look like the paper aeroplanes people make as kids?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Sounds like a fun project. Just fold the fan fold to be the shape you want. Would probably fly pretty well.

      Brck

  8. joe Says:

    My son and I have built one! The build is much easier than the flying. Any tips for flying? One we repair all the damage we would really like to get some better flying time.

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Great to see that you have it built. Are you using the Splinter method of fight training? Launch at about 50% throttle and just keep the
      wingtips and nose level and go about 50 feet, cut throttle and land. Do that until you have control. I’ll shoot an instructional video
      tomorrow hopefully.

      Breck

  9. s p e x Says:

    There is a small discrepancy between these plans and the plans in the magazine article, namely the “window” in the airframe is 12″ from the nose in this diagram, but 11″ in the magazine.

    Could you comment on this? Does one or the other provide some slight benefit or difficulty?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      I change the geometry of the Towel to reflect enhancements. In this case the batteries are a little lighter than they used to be so I moved the motor forward so the battery doesn’t have to be so forward.

      Breck

  10. Jim Says:

    As the materials trickle in, I’m starting to look at the instructions. The first thing that struck me as odd is the deck. The template shows a “bridge” across the middle of the opening but I can’t see how the prop would spin with that bridge in place. The photos I’ve seen don’t seem to show this bridge so I’m assuming that the diagram is incorrect?

    Jim

  11. Harris Brancazio Says:

    i bought the kit at the maker fair in new york on sunday (i think) i made it and it flyed grate but i was doing very fast 3d stunts and i noticed the the foam air frame was flexing from the force in rolls, loops, and quick exits from inverted flying and im wondering, besides the safty isue whats wrong with a corogated plastic air frame?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Congrats on getting in the air. The biggest problem is corpolast being heavy. It also may need a spar to keep it from flexing too much which can then make the elevons unable to move because the flex curves the elevon hinge line making it mechanically impossible to move. If you want to stiffen the airframe cover it in packing tape and it will firm right up. Good luck Breck

      • Harris Brancazio Says:

        Where could I get some more of that foam so I can do some experiments with rudder (oh and NOT in bulk)

      • brooklynaerodrome Says:

        You may be able to get away with coroplast or foam core for stabilizers. Heavy but if you can keep the CG the same by moving the battery forward you should be fine. I do send out foam by mail as well but it is expensive with shipping or you can swing by the studio in williamsburg brooklyn.

  12. Harris Brancazio Says:

    Are there any hard ware stores that sell foam that thin

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Depends on where you live. People have reported success with the 3/8th inch dow (blue) and owen’s corning (pink) and it might even be better. Sometimes they will sell just a few sheets. Breck

      • Harris Brancazio Says:

        Ok but what I’m wondering is where do you get it from

      • brooklynaerodrome Says:

        Home Depot, Lowes, most any building supply but it is hard to find. You have the material name off of the parts list blog post off the blog. BB

  13. steve Says:

    can it be made completely out of card?

  14. steve Says:

    (corrugated)

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      We have had some success with cardboard (corrugated paper). It makes the plane tail heavy and a bigger motor is generally required. A research project is needed in this direction–anyone want to volunteer and report? Breck

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