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This is a link post Project Sausage Drone Stage 1 I made this!
I'm building an airborne drone to deliver a sausage at 100mph. Stage 1 is complete.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:32, Reply)
This is a normal post Stage 1 of the project is to build and test fly the airframe.
I downloaded a free plan from rcgroups.com - this one is the DS2 wing designed by the user forlack, here:


This plan is for a 36" version but I scale it up to fill a whole A0 sheet when printed, giving me a wingspan of 46"

I bought EPP foam sheet from www.flying-dog.co.uk/shop/ - this plane uses 3 sheets of 7mm thickness EPP with 1.9# density (this is the dense, strong but heavier weight). It also has a sheet of 20mm thickness 1.3# density EPP sheet cut out to form the fuselage sections, which I will hollow out to fit the electronics as I fit more to it.

The plane is glued together with UHU Por (this is not normal UHU, it's a special one glue for foam) and I have used double-sided carpet tape as the main adhesive to laminate the sheets together, as it adds strength.

I opted to put balsa leading and trailing edges on the wing for stiffnes and strength but this is not strictly necessary.

I put a 7mm x 8mm square section carbon spar in the central sheet so it is very strong and stiff.

Elevons are balsa. The plane and elevons have strips of fibreglass - reinforced strapping tape for added strength.

The plane was painted and then covered in a layer of laminating film for added toughness.

I added electronics to get it flying as an RC plane. Initial setup is a Turnigy 2836 motor at 2350kv, powered by 2 x 2200 mah 4-cell Lipo batteires connected in parallel to act as a single 4400 mah 4-cell, and a 60 amp ESC (Electronic Speed Controller)

I have a cheapo Orange reveiver, wired to 2 carbon-geared mini servos, one for each elevon. you really want metal or carbon gears for these things, cheap resin gears will strip on the first hard landing.

Wing tips are made from Coroplast signs I found lying around and cut to shape.

The flight characteristics were very surprisingly good- I maidened it on a very windy day - too windy for a maiden flight really- and it completely ignored the wind. It flew straight and rock steady. I'm confident the wing will take the extra equipment I'm going to be adding to it with no problems.

It will definitely handle more power, so I am planning on uprating the motor at some point soonish.

Next stage will be to set up the wing for FPV- First Person View flying. This is something I have wanted to try for ages.

I am going to add a video camera and a video transmitter to the plane. I will then have a pair of video goggles receivng the video signal, so I can fly as if I was in the plane myself.

I will post an update once this has been given a go!
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:32, Reply)
This is a normal post the goggles bit sounds especially amazing!

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:47, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah i'm really looking forward to getting that going!

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:04, Reply)
This is a normal post That made me cry, Keep up the good work....
....anyone taking steps towards the Bill Hicks "Stealth Banana" is all good in my book.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:51, Reply)
This is a normal post ooh i'm not familiar with the stealth banana
by the way did it make you cry with sadness or gladness?
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:04, Reply)
This is a normal post stealth banana
Hicks suggested using the technologyu to fire death-dealing missiles with pinpoint accuracy could be used to feed the world. Smart fruit.
Excellent first stage plane BT. We ar eall waiting with bated breath for the next step.
(, Sat 21 Apr 2012, 10:25, Reply)
This is a normal post Love the dead simple wing.
Some of the machine gun shoots I participated in would feature an r/c aircraft for some aerial target practice. The standard "tube and wing" stuff was far too fragile and would drop out of the sky from minor hits. About 8 years ago the builders began using a simple flying wing design made from that plastic material which looks like corrugated cardboard. They were incredibly robust and would keep flying with dozens of direct hits, only dropping when a round actually contacted a control rod, servo motor or - in the case of 2 very well placed shots from a Lewis - the engine itself. Those basic wings are tough.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:53, Reply)
This is a normal post now THAT sounds AWESOME
I'd love to have a go at that. And the material you mean is coroplast- people make signs out of it so after the mayoral election there'll be loads of it sitting around. The wing tips on this wing are made from coroplast signs I found lying around.

It's very strong, but also much heavier than foam
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:06, Reply)
This is a normal post this is amazing!
I hope you are going to use it for chasing vegetarians!
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:11, Reply)
This is a normal post that would be an ideal use
a squadron of them whizzing down and bombarding vegans with bits of pork product
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:39, Reply)
This is a normal post Dive bombing vegans with aerial sausage!
Years ago I explained to a slightly confused friend the difference between normal vegetarians and the vegan philosophy, which takes an absolute anti-protein stance, thus ensuring you couldn't even enjoy those wonderful Hellenic veggie platters served at a favorite local downtown restaurant.

His eloquent response, uttered in a thoroughly bewildered tone of voice: "militant vegetarians...?"
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 14:08, Reply)
This is a normal post YES!!!! :D

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 15:01, Reply)
This is a normal post Will the method of delivery actually be to DROP the sausage?
The idea of something flying across the morning sunndappled fields, to my farmhouse and flopping a sausage into my waiting upraised hands fills me with joy and awe in equal measure.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 12:58, Reply)
This is a normal post You have a future in homoerotic literature...

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:00, Reply)
This is a normal post yes it will
i envision a sausage strapped to a small parachute.

It may get blown a way from the drop point so i may have to add an LED or a buzzer or something to make it easier to find, but that problem is a way off yet, got lots of other stuff to get working first.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:03, Reply)
This is a normal post can't you utitilise a bacon rocket for targeted delivery?
some pork obsessed genius invented one in the last few years if i recall correctly.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:06, Reply)
This is a normal post ah yes! the bacon rocket!
although it would be a simple matter to fire the sausages with rockets i worry they might be a bit dangerous to be honest, i'm planning on actually dropping the sausage to somone who can then eat it as the culmination of the project, i don;t really want to risk hurting them (or me if it's me)
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:12, Reply)
This is a normal post true.
it was window smashingly powerful.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:23, Reply)
This is a normal post It would however
allow the simultaneous cooking and delivery of the sausage, thereby becoming a more efficient system.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:27, Reply)
This is a normal post true! :D
i felt bad that i called you a cunt the other day, even if it was a quote.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:34, Reply)
This is a normal post Someone clicked that comment
That person may have been me.

In fact I'm disappointed no-one else called me that.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:35, Reply)
This is a normal post stop whining you cunt.

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:42, Reply)
This is a normal post ha! i didn't see that.
all better now.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:46, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah i'm still basically banned from doing anything with rockets
my wife simply doesn't understand the critical importance of my rocket science work
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:28, Reply)
This is a normal post ha! i was going to say i thought you might be banned but i didn't want to presume
that mrs explosion was a sensible person full of care for her family/kill joy.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:35, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah i've tried explaining how the future of humanity may rest on my research
but she doesn;t give a fuck
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:40, Reply)
This is a normal post if the method of delivery fails with a normal sausage
you could develop a boucing meatball ala Barnes Wallis
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 19:44, Reply)
This is a normal post oh yes that's a lovely idea

(, Sun 22 Apr 2012, 8:33, Reply)
This is a normal post Yay!
...and with Quorn sausages widely available, even pasty veggies needn't feel left out.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:56, Reply)
This is a normal post ahah!
yes, that is true
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 13:58, Reply)
This is a normal post ridiculous
bombs for the veggies
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 22:04, Reply)
This is a normal post This is top ace
I can't wait for the first person view flight goggles experience. And sausages.
(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 14:47, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah it's going to be SUPERAWESOMES!

(, Thu 19 Apr 2012, 15:07, Reply)
This is a normal post I never knew
you were a fellow RCer. This makes me love you even more.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 15:47, Reply)
This is a normal post wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
yeah i've taken to messing about with these things on hackney marshes. lots of fun.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 16:03, Reply)
This is a normal post I await this
with as much expectation as the planes from space that was never updated.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 17:03, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah we did a roundup of that one at the time innit
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 17:40, Reply)
This is a normal post mmmmmm
just "reports" of cards. No evidence, no list of any confirmed landings.
No real results.
I was very disappointed.

Your bacon rocket was however superb.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 17:58, Reply)
This is a normal post yeah i was really disappointed noone sent us any bleedin photos
it really would have been a much better result if they had. as it is i coudn't tell you 100% that any one of them was legit, which really is a pain.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 18:50, Reply)
This is a normal post Thanks for clearing that up.
My faith in your work has been reborn and I now look forward to updates of the 100mph sausage.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 19:18, Reply)
This is a normal post FPV
Yes I'm an RC flyer and have been wanting to get into FPV. Check out chicken or black sheep on youtube for the most awesome FPV stuff.
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 17:19, Reply)
This is a normal post Team black sheep are awesome aren't they
really inspiring stuff
(, Fri 20 Apr 2012, 23:11, Reply)
This is a normal post Complete
(, Sun 22 Apr 2012, 5:08, Reply)
This is a normal post only partial wank
i am having no luck whatsoever in applying this technology to wanking
(, Sun 22 Apr 2012, 8:34, Reply)
This is a normal post Needed
- midair sausage refuelling
- sausagecraft carrier
(, Mon 23 Apr 2012, 13:23, Reply)