Released the new Orion Starliner kit using MPF
Evaluating model plane foam (MPF) as an alternative to depron which would still be white and not require painting.
Beta testers are building and testing Orion Starliner kits using flite test foam wings this month. If no issues are found this will be offered as a kit.
I’ve built and flown an upscale of the Orion Starliner using 3″ tubing that is 55″ long with a 37″ wingspan designed for 32mm G-12 rocket motors, plans are now published on the plans pulldown with wing/tail tracings, parts list and instruction sheet. This is not a beginner build or flying airplane but is very docile if you have aileron experience. Weight is critical in this model so attention must be payed during the build process.
I currently have a prototype called Orion Starliner, it is the lightest model I’ve done using tubing at under 10 ounces. It boosts to 600-700 feet. I’ve finished mine in a shuttle like pattern and will add TWA logos. The wing planform is inspired by the 2001 space oddesey Orion III shuttle, with an added tail for stability. Flight tests of two prototypes, one using depron and one using flite test foam were perfect and rtf weight was almost identical.
I’m experimenting with flite test foam board which has a waterproof paper covering and it stiffer than depron foam, but since it is brown will require painting. However you should be able to use many types of paints and not damage the foam. It will require the use of bob smith foam cure or beacons foam tac glue for assembly since foam safe CA and epoxies don’t stick well to the coated paper surface. Stay tuned for more! I’ve currently got enough depron cut for 27 more hypersonic/stratodart kits and that will be it for those designs unless I can apply the new flite test foam to replace it.
I’ve added two sets of templates with instructions for building a Mig 19 or A-7 corsair II using estes PS-II tubing and depron foam. Hover over the plans tab above and click on the Mig 19/A7 pulldown. There is a sheet for instructions which applies to both and a template pdf you can download along with some photos to help show how it goes together. These are more advanced models for people with more flying/building experience.