If you have ever been to a multi rotor race (some times called a heat) there is a vast array of custom built racing drones all with there own selection of components. The top competitors and YouTube freestyle stars like Skitzo and Mr Steel are almost fully custom builds and not turn key “consumer grade” machines
Usually pilots are in full competition mode and deciphering what makes up a given machine can be a challenge.
I found the Rotor Builds web site on the rotor riot Facebook page.
On this web site multiple custom multi rotor builds are listed all with component list and links where you can buy the components.
While my old trusty and still flying ZMR 250 is still flying it’s 2014 technology. Like “dog years” this is down right medieval level.
I found the rotor builds web site to be quite informative
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After going to major airshows like Oshkosh & Sun N Fun since the early 90’s the one ultralight that really stood out to me as a “solid aircraft” is the Aerolite 103. The design is extremely clean with only the bare basics needed for flight.
Brand new fully complete fly away cost are $20 – 25K (circa 2019)
Kits minus engine start at under $14K (circa 2019)
The web site for the 103 is:
The main distributor is located in DeLand Florida @ KDED
Engine options range from 30 HP Kawasaki’s to 50 HP Hirth’s
at one point Hobby King produced an electric powered RC model of the aerolite 103 cleverly called the aerosport 103.
Model aviation magazine did a write up in 2015:
You may be able to find one on eBay. With the open frame structure this would be tricky to scratch build as an RC aircraft
Found a great Model Aircraft covering article in AMA’s model aviation magazine that may give the old school balsa builder some pointers.
This should get you directly to the article. Content & photo from the AMA.
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Film Covering is still my favorite way to finish an RC plane. learning the craft is the quickest, lightest and most durable method I have seen. Some of my handy work from back in the day:
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The J-1B was one of those home built planes growing up that seemed to be very realistic to build. I’ve always been a fan of this plane, I think more RC models exist of this plane then the real thing.
The design was from the early 70’s & Poland
The simple but classic lines of this airplane still look good to me today.
The Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janowski_Don_Kichot
& an interesting web pages full of pictures
In the mid 90’s I got a Plan for a RC 52″ span electric version from RCM, they went belly up years ago, Fortunately the Outerzone project in England has gathered RC plans that are no longer available where you can get a free pdf & building info.
1995 plan: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6971
1985 plan: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=6811