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ICON A5 Wing Folding

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Old 09-09-2013, 04:30 AM
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I'm working on a scratch-build ICON A5 (1:5 scale) and would like some ideas on how I can make the wings fold electronically the way they do in the real thing (see video here http://iconaircraft.com/video-wingfold.html). We have RC VTOLs like the Osprey that can rotate their wings and we have RC planes like the Corsair that can fold its wings but doing both at the same time is a bit of a trick, especially since it needs to be able to hold the plane's weight in the air. Ideas?
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:34 PM
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Obviously you're going to have to make or adapt stuff to perform this function.

Also on a 1/5 size model I would not trust the actual fold and rotation system to hold the wings against the fight loads. Not even on a bet. The full size wing folds do not work that way either. Instead the last function of the wing fold is to push a locking pin through a set of interlaced joiner eyes that tie the center spar to the outer panel spar very solidly. I'd suggest that you will want to duplicate that idea. It may be a pin that locks together your spars or it may be a rod or blade style joiner that extends out from the center section once the panels are in place.
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