- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (June 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071810048
- ISBN-13: 978-0071810043
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #792,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch: The Brooklyn Aerodrome Bible for Hacking the Skies 1st Edition
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About the Author
Breck Baldwin has been building and flying model aircraft since he was a child. He founded the Brooklyn Aerodrome in 2005 to support flying art, education, and technology developments around remote-controlled aircraft. Baldwin authored a cover story for Make magazine, Volume 30, featuring the Towel, a delta-wing aircraft that can be built in an afternoon and for less than $100. He does professional flying engagements featuring custom-built art planes for festivals and corporate events. Baldwin also teaches adults and children how to build aircraft out of his studio. He has a PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and is the president and founder of LingPipe.
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Most of the book is about building their one single dirt cheap design that you can crash, repair and learn from. While the steps are explained well enough at first glance, the model and their construction methods in the book are very crude. While that's understandable from their stated budget goal, there is no suggested step up if you wanted to do better. The book could have at least said that the top of the wing (2/3 of the lift) is more important than the bottom, yet their explanation would have you think the opposite. What modifications to their model that are suggested in the book don't show any aerodynamic focus. While you might learn how to fly an RC plane with their design, you will not learn much about aerodynamic basics and how to build and design something better. A better title for this book would be DIY RC Airplane from Scratch.
The build instructions walk you through every step of the process, and head off all potential mistakes that a reader/builder could make. It covers parts availability, alternatives, and suggestions for purchasing. This isn't like the instruction manual for a pre-fab RC kit - you can easily succeed even without every part and every tool. Anyone who has access to items like wire hangers and packing tape can end up with a very flyable plane.
In a way, the book also promotes making mistakes. Nothing that's worth doing in life isn't without making mistakes. The book (and the flack) show how easy it is to recover from a mistake and improve from it. This is a better alternative than being intimidated away from a project for fear of screwing it up.
I find it hard to write this review on only the book and not the design of the flack airplane - but both exert the same idea: doing a lot with just a little. Sometimes people just need to be shown that it's possible, in order for them to be inspired to try. This is the basis of the maker movement.
I first saw the flack (or the "towel" back then) at Maker Faire 2011. When I saw the kit available at the Faire in 2012, I immediately purchased the kit, and am glad that I did. Fun to build, fun to fly, and recovers easily from crashes. The plane travels well and I know that it's good for plenty of flying for years to come.
Keep up the good work Breck!
and is highly adaptable to experimental designs if you want to take it to the next level.
Early on my kids and I had a chance to test drive an early draft of the book. The step by step instructions, complete with detailed photographs, made the process fun and educational.
Now that the book is complete, it raises the bar in delivering clear, concise and detailed information in a fun and inspiring way.
We first saw Breck Baldwin's Brooklyn Aerodrome at the Maker Faire, where creative and innovative designs are showcased.
His demonstrations were drawing huge crowds and rave reviews.
The design, the precision flying capabilities, the off the shelf components and his description immediately inspired us and we knew that we had to build our own "Flack" (a Flying Hack).
The innovative design is well thought out. The design of the plane is unique in its ability to bring together stability, high performance acrobatics with an interchangeable components platform.
It is very light and has a large wingspan with significant power to dive, spin and loop. The soft frame has the components set further back on its own removable platform.
This innovative feature is not only safer, but allows for a quick change to another frame or design.
The modular approach, combined with inexpensive foam board, allows for quick experimentation with many design and decorating options.
This unique approach sets this book apart and will hopefully do its part in inspiring another generation of life long learners and help bring out the scientist in each of us.
Not only is it a great book for DIY enthusiasts, RC builders and model makers, but I would highly recommend this to parents, student groups and schools as a project that is fun to build and fly,
demonstrates the principles of physics, aerodynamics, electronics and brings out the creativity and passion for learning.