FlyCat EDF kit This little kit takes around 4hrs to build and will satisfy the throttle jocky in all of us! The flycat comes with 56mm EDF and you will need a 25A ESC & 4800kv inrunner. This plane is extremely fast, (over 100mph!), however still stable at slow flight.
Required. Motor & ESC 3 x 9g Servo 5 or 10min Epoxy (Araldite) 1 x Servo Y lead 1 x Servo Extention lead 12AWG Silicon wire (20cm For motor to ESC) 1300mah 11.1v 20C lipo battery Your own receiver and transmitter
Our flight report. Kit fits together well, light sanding of leading and trailing edges required to remove extra foam. We chose to not strengthen the wing with CF tubing, which didnt prove to be an issue, even at full speed high G turns. We opted to mount the BESC being the battery area, in case the battery needed to be moved forward to adjust CofG, however this wasnt necessary. EDF was mounted on the stick mount. Stick mount was shortened, with the extra piece used to raise the EDF off the stick to clear the EDF shroud. 2 bolts held the fan unit to the stick, one before and one after the fan blades. First flight. We kept CofG 9.5cm from the apex of the winds leading edge. The flycat was hand launched at 3/4 throttle, accellerating quickly. To our surprise no trimming was required. The flycat is an extremely fast kit to fly, and required a lot of elevator in turns. We suggest putting the elevator on maximum throws. It needs HUGE amounts of elevator during turns! Overall an excellent plane which flys smoothly, even on windy days. We suggest a good lipo pack, as this little hotty will chew through a 1500mAh in only 5 minutes. We used the ZIPPY-R 1800mAh 22C 3S1P pack for around 8 minute flights. As compared to the ZIPPY-Q pack which brought us short at about 7 minutes.
I bought this plane and was came, but I am not excited to flying because I think the fuselage is too small I can not put all electronics inside. I plan use Rhino 1750 mah 3S and redbrick 50 amp. I am very confuse how to put Receiver,ESC also battery without modify anything, any one have suggest how to manage the all electronic equipment inside?
check out the video above I have a 1800mah in mine the esc on bottom wing the receiver in front of battery bay and I had to cut some foam away to sccot it back far enough. then I used a magnet to a magnet to make sure the hatch did not blow off. hope that helps
Could someone explain to me how the EDF unit mounts on this plane? I've never used a stick mount before, and the manual is not exactly useful.
I gather that the plywood bit gets glued to the plane and the balsa stick goes through the square hole on the collar that holds the EDF unit. The problems I've had are:
- The collar seems weak* is it really sufficient?
- How is the collar held onto the balsa stick? Just friction? Glue? Should I run a screw through there to be safe?
- If I push the balsa stick forward (so the EDF is back, to balance a LiPo in the nose) then it interferes with the lip on the EDF. Do I just cut the lip away there?
- If I move the balsa stick back (to around the position shown in the Ally-Cat instructions) then the plastic collar prevents it sitting flat on the plywood.
Any suggestions from people who (unlike me) know what they're doing would be great.
I figured out one way to do it. Here's what I did:
(1) Wrap a big cable tie around the front of the EDF unit and glue it in place. This provides a second point of attachment.
(2) Cut about 4cm off the balsa stick. This goes through the square hole in the collar and gets glued to the collar, the EDF unit, and the cable tie.
(3) The rest of the balsa stick gets glued and screwed underneath that one. This holds the EDF unit above the stick (so the intake lip doesn't get in the way) and should be strong enough to hold the fan.
(4) The plywood stick gets glued to the plane, lined up with the trailing edge of the wing. I had to sand away a bit of the foam block on the back of the wing, so that the plywood could sit flat.
(5) The balsa stick gets screwed and glued to the plywood stick. It can be positioned wherever makes it puts the CoG in the right spot. With a 2200mAh 3S pack, I've put it as far back as possible (roughly a 4cm overlap between the balsa and plywood).
I've got no idea if that's how it's meant to be, but it feels pretty solid.
I suspect a manufacturing defect in that one. I've got a burnt MOSFET and splashes of solder over both sides of the PCB.
News from today: yes, it flies. No, I can't fly it. I got about 50m and then flew into the ground. It turns out that putting the ailerons on maximum throws with zero exponential is not a good idea. The nose broke off and I dented a wing, but it's nothing that glue can't fix.
_Evan I like you. You are very honest. It is a very hard to find that in this world. So have you visited the Members Forum (Blue tab at top of Page). In the forum is a Topic: Grave Yard Forum (Your Crashes, Cusses). So you could put pic of your bird in there!
I'll take a photo of the FlyCat before the next attempted flight just in case I really do kill it then.
The reviews for the RB 50A are not exactly good. I should probably have read those before buying. It's a pity, since in other respects it's a fairly nice ESC (ATMega8, programming pads accessible, external oscillator to keep the frequency from changing too much).
HobbyKing uses a cart / checkout system. So if you want this plane and it is in stock, then all you need to do is: Login, Click on ADD TO CART, then go to VIEW CHART, at the top header. The you can follow the 3 steps, to finalize the sale. You will need a Paypal Account or a Credit Card. Once you have done it once, it is not hard.
turnigy 3200kv 1600 11.1v 25-50c setup with 30 amp esc 6x3 prop turn down expo all the way as this setup is ballistic motor doesnt even get warm and the esc i put in an opening at the rear of the fuselage giving maximum cooling great plane even in strong wind
Hey Mamba01, Im waiting for them in Aus as well but when in NZ i got 2 of them 1 crashed couldnt revive but when i came over to Aus the other one which was assembled got seriously damaged in a box which had fragile all over it. So gonna get sum more maybe 3 this time. Will be great when they get more planes in Aus cause the postage is so cheap its great. Happy flying
thinking of using an 1800mah to keep it light and a 2000kv pusher 6x4 any one else used this set up? wondering if CG will work out with this battery, the motor (Micro Parkjet) weighs in at only 34grams with a 35 gram esc (30amp), thinking a 2200mh would be a bit heavy for such a small plane?
asking because I will have to order 4 batteries be a ***mer if I ordered the wrong battery's
Hi. If you have had no luck yet to get the right motor for the Flycat, then if you have the prop driven version a brushless inrunner motor of no more than 2000kv and a 6x4 electric prop and a 30 amp speedy will see you having an aircraft that is very quick. If you have the fan version, this should have been with the kit. The fan version needs a 30amp speedy. I have both versions and the speedy on both have been mounted near the motor to keep it cool. The fan version is a bit slower than the prop version.
Hope this helps.
Hey Fischli, I know what u mean first flight came into land and reduced throttle and then nose dropped so quickly and had no elevator authority, so moved the linkage arm pushrod to max movement and had expo at 40%, seemed to turn it into an airbrake but made the landings easier and shorter. hope this helps also was flying them with Edf gonna try next one with prop. happy flying
It would be a VERY precious & great help, ( and a VERY good
commercial factor too from HK ) to GIVE THE REFERENCE OF ONE BL ENGINE WHICH COULD FIT,in the DESCRIBED AIRPLANE !
And much more when it is FOR an EDF , for the outer engine diameter is more decisive . Until now , I NEVER bought any full-knitted airplane, I use to design my own birds,and would feel ashamed to capitulate. But each time I feel temptated and nearly surrender- as today with this one - I GIVE UP BECAUSE OF THIS LACK IN THE BASIC INFORMATION..
Eventually : WHAT IS THE ENGINE OK FOR THIS SPECIFIC PLANE ? So I can buy the whole in the same order.
Thank you much.
I thought it had a bad torque roll until my mate threw it for me only a little noticed, but definitely due to short wing span it can tip stall easily at low speeds, but the flycat is made for speed. Happy flying
Hallo. I need some guidance here with the mounting of the DF unit on this plane. Thrustline is my concern, having no experience with DF. The flat area on the wing suggest a slightly upwards line with most of the blast moving underneath the elevator. If I push push the long wooden mounting flat into the channel provided for it, the thrustline will be nearly level, with the blast split roughly halveway above and below the elevator. I'd like an "educated" answer on this one, before I "split the difference" on this one. Thanks a lot in advance. Kobie
Excluding mayor frame change you can modify much the angle of the EDF.
All my EDF have a flat thrust angle, this is for optimize the top speed.
Having the EDF with his back pointing up, this will make a thrust angle that could allow slower speed without stalling the bird.
Hello, i am quite new to planes but i want to know - will the Turnigy 2815 EDF Outrunner 4800kv for 55/64mm fit this set, and if so could you please reccommend a ESC, Radio gear, Batteries and anything else i need for this to work!
The motor should fit, its the right kv for the model on 3s, I used 3s 2200mAh. A 40A ESC should do the trick dont want to go too big as that adds unnecessary weight. I placed the Esc on the underside of the plane under the EDF. My video is on the viedeo section. Can be quite fast but controllable. Low rates or lots of expo!!! Have fun, I then moved on to a 4s Stinger 64 he he he.
The reason for the inside out box is simply security. By hiding the graphics no one can know what's in the box. I do the same if I'm mailing electronics. Having a picture of say a camera on the outside is acting as a neon sign. "LOOK AT ME, COME AND TAKE ME". Simple little ploy to help stop the crims.
I know about the amps - my T45 50mm has same motor and it eats LiPo's ... but I'm a speed freak and adrenaline ****ie. I'm also looking at this for a Pusher to replace the discontinued Parkjet.... but have doubts of it's speed capability with those booms and elevator set-up. Parkjet handles over 200kph ..
Tomas Pineda Lozoyo
12 thumbs up!
Good product, but motor and speed controller doesn't work well in my kit. Checked each one separately, with another motor and speed controler, and they work but together not. I think motor is requiring too much current and speed controller can't provide it. No propeller included. I miss a more detailed instruction guide.
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10 thumbs up!
Comes complete with motor and fan. Quite an easy build. Intend to convert to pusher and paint with my own color scheme. Looking good!
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6 thumbs up!
Great plane, very complete. Robust and very fast in flight.
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6 thumbs up!
Great flight characteristics. Will need to extend the ESC wires to move the esc forward as the edf unit makes it slightly tail heavy. easily fatster than a parkzone brushless stryker when running the flycat on 3s.
kit is also nice and compact but the orange stickers make it veyr easy to see.
would recommend to any one looking for a cheap edf with big bang for buck! no trouble lauching this bird, power is easy 1:1 or more.
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6 thumbs up!
An easy plane to put together fast on an inner runner brushless motor and insane speed on ducted fan and brushless motor
defiently worth the price .a nice flying plane but does need lost off elevator in a turn or else you will lose her