EDIT: Second flight:
View this video on YouTube
As some of you may be aware, a few months ago I built an FPV F-16 EDF, and for those who followed the process, it didn't turn out well
So, I'm starting over! This time with a British Aerospace Engineering Hawk Mk.128 (the T.2 version). Well, truth be told, that's not really true. It's the plane I've modelled the cockpit after, but the biggest part of the plane has a T-45 Goshawk paint scheme (US Navy carrier trainer version), which is of course slightly different. But this isn't for scale contests, so I'm fine with that! This is the plane in question:
As for the electronics, it'll feature the same power unit as the F-16, since it sustained no damage from the crash (fortunately), other than breathing in a fair portion of dust
The control RX will change however, I'll be putting an openLRS rx on it instead of going with 2.4 control (like the F-16).
The vtx will be a 500mw 2.4 instead of a 250mw 5.8, should allow for some good distance (not like I'm intending to do any long range with an EDF lol) and give me the ability to do some more fun and low flying. Flying high up is boring after all (unless in the clouds)
I'll power it using a 2.2Ah 3S lipo again.
The flight (and also record) cam will be a sony super HAD 600tvl (PZ0420), because it's quite proven itself, is cheap and just is a generally good cam
There will be no OSD on it, since a scale plane shouldn't have fuzzy numbers on the screen. Unless we're talking about some fancy modern HMD-like display, but I can't afford any OSD's like that at the moment
The cockpit has been constructed in the same manner as the F-16, but it has some more features. The most important features will be the animated flight stick and the backlighting on the LCD panels (while the F-16 panels were completely black ). The result looks like this (as seen in the fpv warbirds thread):
Well, it's nowhere near finished, but that's not the point, since we're just starting out! One of the main reasons I picked the Hawk instead of another plane such as another F-16, was the big canopy size. The cockpit will be able to fit under it once I rip off the silly decals and clean it up a little
Structurally, the Hawk is pretty decent, but it has some points that need to be addressed. First, the nose section is a piece of plastic. One not-so-nice landing and it'll shredded...
So yeah, I'll probably make a mould to make spares. Which will probably be needed ... Other than that, the ailerons are a bit warped on the tips (both ends)
Nothing a bit of heat won't fix though I presume. Another point of distaste was that the linkage rods don't really align properly, but a bit of creativity should fix that.
Other than those things, I'm very satisfied with the overall build quality. It has lots of space, for example (I'll be needing that, as the F-16 project pointed out ):