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RC VTOL F-35 Parkjet

Free plans, .stls, and code to build and fly your own VTOL F-35

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This is a full-VTOL F-35 radio controlled parkjet. It uses conventional miniquad/drone components and a fully custom flight controller for smooth transitions between hover, where it flies just like a regular multirotor drone, to forward flight, where it flies like a foamie parkjet. Active stabilization and aileron-mounted motors for thrust vectoring makes for impressive maneuverability and control, not to mention speed in excess of 80 mph. No RC plane in existence is as fun or as capable as this.

Full Tutorial and Flight Footage:

Flight Controller: dRehmFlight VTOL

VTOL is notoriously difficult to get working in the RC world due to flight controller limitations. But I wrote my own easy to understand flight controller code, dRehmFlight VTOL, that this project uses: https://github.com/nickrehm/dRehmFlight

Tutorials to set up your flight controller hardware and hook up your radio receiver to talk to the flight controller are available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTSCOv-lGtMax-oA4Pnq8OTxd4fTucrjQ

While the code is fairly easy to modify for this platform, I am also providing the exact same modified version of dRehmFlight that I fly on my F-35. You should only need to change some of the servo offset variables in the control mixer to level the surfaces prior to flight. Control gains have already been tuned to fly well. Available here: https://github.com/nickrehm/dRehmFlight-F-35

~~~THIS AIRPLANE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HOVER OR TAKEOFF VERTICALLY WITHOUT THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER~~~


Parts I've used and recommend: 

Motors: https://amzn.to/3qXXIU7

Propellers: https://amzn.to/3dMu52E

ESC: https://amzn.to/3wmjiD0

Battery: https://amzn.to/2TEVEEp

Servos: https://amzn.to/3hEwgGH

Teensy 4.0: https://amzn.to/3i5Zwqn

IMU: https://amzn.to/3htnU6a

VTOL_F35_plans_sheet1_FULL.pdf

Sheet 1 of the F-35 plans, full size.

Adobe Portable Document Format - 53.29 kB - 07/06/2021 at 18:24

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VTOL_F35_plans_sheet1_FULL_NOGRID.pdf

Sheet 1 of the F-35 plans, full size and without the grid for laser cutting.

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VTOL_F35_plans_sheet1_A4.pdf

Sheet 1 of the F-35 plans, ready to print on A4 paper.

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VTOL_F35_plans_sheet2_FULL.pdf

Sheet 2 of the F-35 plans, full size.

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VTOL_F35_plans_sheet2_FULL_NOGRID.pdf

Sheet 2 of the F-35 plans, full size and without the grid for laser cutting.

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Adam Hale wrote 07/09/2021 at 17:20 point

Would it be possible to upload plans without gridlines? We use a laser cutter in my aeronautics group and those tend to interfere. 

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Nick Rehm wrote 07/09/2021 at 17:59 point

Yes I'll upload a version without the grid shortly!

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Nick Rehm wrote 07/09/2021 at 18:48 point

Updated to include no grid version in files section. Cheers

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Mike Szczys wrote 07/02/2021 at 15:58 point

Looks tasty, can't wait to see the details!

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Nick Rehm wrote 07/09/2021 at 14:28 point

Thanks Mike! Everything is available now

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Mike Szczys wrote 07/09/2021 at 14:35 point

Those aileron-mounted motors are wild!

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