F-22 Raptor Scratch-built

A 36-inch wingspan F-22 made entirely of dollar-store foamboard. Powered by a Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV Brushless Outrunner Motor running on a 3-cell 2200 maH LiPo and pushing a 10 x 7 APC-style prop. I decided to build one after seeing it featured on FliteTest.com here. I flew it a couple times with DT-700 motor and an 11-inch prop, but that made the plane very sluggish and a nightmare to fly. With the new motor it flies very fast and stable, although I do need to get bigger/stronger servos, the small 9-gram ones it has are too weak to push those huge control surfaces when going fast. Stay tuned for a flight video.



Julian Melo

Julian Melo has been around the R/C hobby since 2001. His first plane was PT-40 trainer from Great Planes he built as a kit, powered by an O.S. 40 engine. Nowadays you can find him flying fast EDFs or FPV multirotors. Professionally, he's an L.A-based web developer, Wordpress ninja & SEO Analyst. He is quite fond of good coffee, gadgets and loud garage rock. Check out his site/portfolio at JJMelo.com or read his technology blog. He also recently started a new site/podcast titled UAV not Drone. Check it out!