Swappable Fuselage in Sketchup by smit6089

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Posted: February 2, 2013  |  4,278 views
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I've always been interested in RC flight but have had little opportunity to practice. Recently I made the leap and ordered all I needed to build my first scratch-build and get my feet wet again. Well, about half the items I ordered actually came and it was frustrating to the point I just put it all on the back burner.

 

Recently I discovered FliteTest and this great community. I placed another order for everything I needed (This time going through HobbyKing) and immediately became impatient while waiting. I threw together an FT Bloody Wonder and the swappable fuselage and was quickly board waiting on my order again. I then started modeling a swappable trainer designed after the typical Nitro Trainer style planes.

 

FliteTest user cade861 recently created a wonderful article about his own swappable trainer so I though it would be a great time to share a few of the components I've created using Google Sketchup to hopefully make it easier for other people to create their own designs.

 

If you don't have Google Sketchup, it is a free 3D design software that has a relatively low learning curve. It can be downloaded at http://www.sketchup.com/ Due to not having webspace to host the files, I'm using a website called 4shared.com to host my sketchup files to share. You have to create an account or log in with facebook to download them but it is free. These models are also available in the Sketchup Wearhouse but they are not easy to find and do not link very well.

 

 

First thing I created to model around was the FliteTest Swappable Fuselage.

It can be downloaded Here

 

 

Then to get my spacing right I needed a good model of the HXT900 Servo

It can be downloaded Here

 

 

Then just to ensure my throws would work if people wanted to use full size control horns I built a model of a 16x20mm control horn.

It can be downloaded Here

 

 

Hopefully some of these parts will come in useful to you.

 

Here's a quick peak at the trainer I'm designing.

I have the layout complete and ready to build, but I don't want to post everything until I've had a chance to testfly and fine tune the design.

 

Hope you enjoyed and everyone out there building your own designs keep up the great work and please share your designs with the community.

 

Thank you all!

 

EDIT: Build plans now available at: http://flitetest.com/articles/swappable-trainer-build-plans-and-videos

 

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cade861 February 2, 2013
amazing job i tried using sketchup to make some plans for the one I built but cant get them to turn out right size wise so I am just working on some pictures and measurments I used to help people along I should have it posted on monday and hopefully I can get a flight video of mine soon. keep up the good work ( glad you have better luck with sketchup than I did)
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smit6089 February 2, 2013
Thanks a lot. Maybe I'll do a tutorial on sizing the plans to print and how to unfold the model and all that stuff. Can't wait to see your videos. Hopefully I'll have a flying model soon.
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cade861 February 2, 2013
that would be awesome cause I watched a lot of youtube videos but I could not get it to stay correctly sized when printed. I have it all drawn up in sketch up just failing to get it to stay sized.
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sameerkm February 3, 2013
Great job. This is something which I wanted to build. Looking forward for your fight test and complete plans.
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smit6089 February 4, 2013
Thanks. Hopefully it won't be too long.
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Cyberdactyl February 3, 2013
Anyone interested in SketchUp!, I strongly recommend visiting www.sketchucation.com. It has a mountain of content. . .a vast gallery of submitted work, free and commercial pull-ins, tips, articles, etc.
I designed my first quad with it... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/Cyberdactyl/Multirotor/im1353280164.png , http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v606/Cyberdactyl/Multirotor/QUAD-COMPLETE.jpg


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smit6089 February 4, 2013
Great work. I'd have to say your skills have far exceeded mine. Will really have to check out that website.
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RCmaniac February 19, 2013
I love the swappables!

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smit6089 February 28, 2013
They're great. Just built the FT Flyer. Great lil trainer.
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RCmaniac February 19, 2013
O and great job with google sketchup I find it challenging to use.

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smit6089 February 28, 2013
Thanks. I'm still learning but it's not too bad.
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mattplaneflyer February 20, 2013
Wow, looks great! Could you do a tutorial or video tutorial on how you make plans using sketchup?
I've been wanting to make plans with google sketchup but I can't find out how to do it.
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smit6089 February 28, 2013
I'd love too. I'm currently working on editing the build videos for my swappable trainer but I'll make sketchup design my next project. :)
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Auxiliarypower February 21, 2013
You rock man!
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smit6089 February 28, 2013
Thanks. Really appreciate it.
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smit6089 February 28, 2013
Curently editing the build videos for the build of my swappable trainer. Coming soon!!!
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smit6089 March 7, 2013
Build plans now available at: http://flitetest.com/articles/swappable-trainer-build-plans-and-videos
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hbelanger June 18, 2013
Awesome work but why would you use 4share ???? terrible idea can someone located them somewhere safe like gdrive or ubuntuone
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