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    2010 - 04.16

    For the past 3 weeks I have been working on Scout.   I want to build a small helicopter that uses tilt-rotors.  I am on the 3rd revision of Scout.  I have hit some roads block such as burnt motors and ESC.  The helicopter’s frame fought me tooth and nail.  I had my moments of disappear thinking I would never get Scout to work,  but I kept at it and have had moments of elation that I will persevere. I learned a lot from the whole process.  This design is straight from my head and I am ecstatic to see my ideas in a tangible form.  I am currently on prototype 4 of Scout.  This version of Scout is fully running yet is a Spruce Goose when come to flying.  In my first test flight, I could only get Scout to hop in the air.  The helicopter is simply too heavy to fly.  Before I even ordered a single part I did do my calculation to see if Scout would fly with the motors I chosen.   I arrived with a power to weight ratio of 1.31:1.  This is too close for comfort in terms of getting Scout off the ground.  It does however go like hell on the ground.  I will have to reduce the weight of the aircraft in my fifth revision.  Stay tuned.  Enjoy the video!

    Scout’s First Test from Russell de la Torre on Vimeo.

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