RCU Review: Darrol Cady FoamtanaS


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    Contributed by: Dan Landis | Published: August 2005 | Views: 13296 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon

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    Manufacturer Info



    Darrol Cady
    PO Box 14273
    Portland, OR 97293 USA
    Ph: 360-903-3520
    email: dcady@pacifier.com



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    Out of the Box
    The kit consists of:
    • The Fuselage
    • The Wing and Ailerons
    • The Rudder
    • The Elevator
    • The Horizontal Cross Members
    • The Motor Mount as well as braces
    • The Control Horns
    • Pre-installed carbon tubes for strength



    Introduction

    The FoamtanaS- 3D Profile Electric


    The FoamtanaS is a new 3D aircraft based on the Funtana design. Its bright yellow color was the first thing I noticed upon opening the box. One of the nice things about this model was the few parts needed to assemble it. Included in the kit was the motor mount for an Axi brushless motor and balsa sheets that reinforce the motor mount as well as nice laser cut control horns.




    Specifications


    Wingspan: 39 in
    Wing Area: 394 sq in
    Length: 39 in
    Weight: 14 to16 oz
    Radio: 4 to 6 Channel Micro Rx

    Items Purchased Separately:

    • Foam Safe CA
    • Foam Safe Accelerator
    • Velcro
    • Hinge Tape
    • Axi 2212-34
    • Castle Creations Phoenix 25 ESC
    • 4x JR 241 Servos
    • 1x JR610UL Receiver
    • Heat Shrink Tubing
    • Apogee LiPo 3slp 1050 ma
    • Deans Micro Pins
    • APC Prop 10x3.8
    • Carbon Fiber for Pushrods


    Assembly

    The kit includes an instruction booklet with pictures but the directions were unclear and the pictures were difficult to follow. The kit was still easy to build. Foam Safe CA is used when gluing all surfaces. The approximate build time is 4 hours.

    Attaching the horizontal sides of the fuselage to the main center section of the fuselage is the first step. To make sure the sides are perpendicular I used two squares to get the correct angles.

    The next step is to assemble the wing. The carbon fiber spar was pre-assembled and the ailerons are already beveled to a 45 degree angle. All that is needed to finish the wing is to attach the ailerons to the trailing edge of the wing using 3M clear tape. The trailing edge center section is then glued into place. This completes construction of the wing.

    The wing is slid into the pre-cut slot in the fuselage. Since we have already made sure the fuselage was square, this ensures that the wing will be square to the fuselage as well.

    The stab is then slid into place exactly like the wing. Two triangular braces of balsa are used to stiffen both sides of the fuselage.

    Motor and Speed Controller

    The plans call for an Axi 2212/34. This motor is more than adequate to fly the plane but if extra performance is wanted, the next larger motor would be recommended.

    I used a Castle Creation Phoenix 25 controller with an Apogee 3s1p1050 battery pack. The motor was affixed to the airframe with a precut firewall. The firewall is braced to the airframe with triangular balsa stock that is supplied with the kit.

    Installation of Radio Gear

    I find the easiest way to install servos is to glue them directly to the fuselage with Foam Safe CA. This technique is simple and lightweight.

    Graphics

    The FoamtanaS does not require any graphics as the pieces supplied in the kit are bright yellow.

     

    Flight Time


    Once at the field I did a final CG check. I plugged the battery in and a quick toss was all it took for the FoamtanaS to take to the air. It only took a few clicks of trim and the plane was ready to play. I started with some rolls and loops and was pleased at how well it handled. The vertical was not what I would have liked but a slightly larger Axi would have taken care of that. This is an easy airplane to hover as well as harrier. However with the rolling harriers I did not feel that there were enough ailerons.

    This airplane requires very little rudder elevator mix for knife-edge flight; even when doing a high alpha knife-edge. This airplane performs this as well as many other maneuvers with precision and ease. The Foamtana is one of those airplanes that should be in everyone's hanger; ready to go by just adding a battery.


    Summary


    This plane is ideal for someone looking for their first foamy since it can be flown outdoors at the field, in a schoolyard or even one's backyard. If you are lucky enough to find a large enough arena, you could even fly this foamy indoors. Another great feature of this airplane is that it is made out of slightly thicker depron giving it a little more strength and durability which is perfect for a beginner. Because it weighs slightly more than the average foamy it can also handle a bit more wind.




    Manufacturer Information



    Darrol Cady
    PO Box 14273
    Portland, OR 97293 USA
    Ph: 360-903-3520
    email: dcady@pacifier.com
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