Scratch-Built Turbo Commander

The (Gulfstream? Rockwell?) Turbo Commander airplane has always had a special place in my heart; it was the plane my dad and his pilot friends used to fly. Its a twin-engine, pressurized, jet-prop 10-passenger airplane, better known as Bob Hoover’s acrobatic plane (his was a Shrike, a piston-powered Aero Commander variant).


Over the holiday season, my friend Mateo and I decided to build a scale version of this plane, using a blown-up 3-view picture I found online.


It was built using a combination of Adam’s Readi-board and pink 1″ insulation foam. The whole process took about 4 nights.

Additional specs:

  • 60″ Wingspan
  • 55″ Fuselage length
  • 2 x Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV
  • 2 x 9 x 6 APC props (CW & CCW)
  • 6 9G servos (1 for stearing, 1 for rudder, 2 for ailerons and 2 for elevators).
  • 2 x 50A Hking ESCs
  • 3,000mah 4S Turnigy Lipo
  • FrSky X8R receiver.

Check out the gallery below which shows the build process. Stay tuned for the maiden flight video.

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Warbler UAV – Scratch-built FPV Platform

They say imitation is the sincerest for of flattery, and in this case, the creators of the Talon UAV should be extremely flattered. Introducing my latest FPV platform, the Warbler UAV. Needless to say, it was heavily inspired by the Talon UAV. After some sketching and planning, I decided my try building a similar plane, a pusher V-tail type specifically for FPV. Build time was around 10 hours.

It was built using Adams Readi-board, or Dollar Tree foamboard, a carbon fiber rod as a wing spar, plywood, balsa for the ailerons, hot glue and reinforced packing tape. Here are some additional specs:

  • Motor:¬†Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • ESC: 50 AMP Hobbyking Blue
  • 4 9g metal gear servos
  • 9 x 5 APC Props
  • 3,000 4S Turnigy LiPo

The overall dimensions are:

  • Wingspan: 50″
  • Wing chord: 8″
  • Fuselage length: 30″
  • Weight: [TBD]

The next step is to install a flight controller and the rest of the FPV equipment. Stay tuned for more FPV videos using the Warbler!

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