Thursday, February 5, 2015


Oh, man, this is cool!

Radio-Controlled Millenium Falcon
First step, the design, tricky part is to have the whole setup balanced. It will be carried by one of my quadcopter (some call it a "drone", they are wrong, that's a RC helicopter that happens to have 4 motors).

Main material is this insulant, expanded polystyrene, in 20 and 30mm thickness. It's heavier than classic EPP, but also much stronger, and easy to cut clean. Also, it's almost the proper color of the spaceship.
Just look at it:

(Pic from link)

Man, but that is cool, and from the looks of the instructions, not horrifically difficult to do. I've got a good friend ({cough}{cough}SCI-FI{cough}{cough}) that's a fair hand with 3D printing and modeling. I'll bet he could whip something like this together in his sleep.

Heck, I used to be fairly good with modeling glue and rockets. I'd wager given a quadrocopter frame and some foam I could pull something together as well. Of course, I'm far more of a Trekkie than a Star Wars fan (the Star Trek universe would kick the CRAP out of the Star Wars universe), so I'd have to go old school classic and make the body into the NCC-1701...

Oh, I could envision sinking a LOT of money in something like this...

That is all.


Ted said...

Primary design issue....... Quadrarotors need the rotors at the corners of a square since they use speed differential between the rotors for control instead of tilt blades and a cyclic control. The roughly round shape of the Falcon works for that. But a Federation starship is basically oblong. You could just use the main "dish ". But body and the warp drive nacelle would be too heavy and cause an imbalance.

So the Falcon is really the only workable canidtae

Roy said...

"the Star Trek universe would kick the CRAP out of the Star Wars universe"

Really? You really believe that? Of course, it's all fun speculating about fiction, but still.
The Star Trek universe is all 1960's liberalism writ large. There wasn't a warrior in the bunch - including Captain Kirk. Here you had this huge space battleship wondering the universe getting into all kinds of mischief. It mostly got it's ass kicked until some "Deux ex machina" occurred to pull their chestnuts out. I think I can count on one hand the number of times they got into a real toe-to-toe battle on equal footing with another starship and won straight up.
And don't even get me started on that stupid last movie. Any starfleet that puts a right-out-of-the-academy ensign in charge of a star battleship - even if it happens to be James Tiberius Kirk - is simply not long for the universe. It wouldn't even take the death star to do away with NCC-1701. Any of those little Imperial destroyers could do it in a cinch. Sheesh, Princess Leia could probably do it on a scooter with a light saber.

lordjim said...

"Proof" that Trek would beat Wars.

Will said...

There was a smaller vessel that might be doable. Remember the one that turned up in Khan! (movie #2)? Looked like just the Command dish with a couple warp engines on stalks. Figure out how to make those warp engines and stalks as light as possible.

The other option would be to mount the rear rotors on the Enterprise's warp engines without guards. Then again, maybe you could mount some ducted fans in the main body, and use the stalks to duct the outlet air to the warp engines for tail support. The interesting question there would be if you really needed to do any complicated control of the output to balance or turn the ship.

Tim D said...

Maybe a Defiant quadcopter?

Jay G said...

I wonder if you offset the weight of the warp nacelles by weighting the leading edge of the dish if that would work?

Make the nacelles hollow/really light and add a thin layer of lead on the outside edge or something?

I'll bet it could be made to work...

Roy said...

Oh, it could be made to work. After all, you can fly a brick if you have enough power and airspeed.

DJ9 said...

"Oh, it could be made to work. After all, you can fly a brick if you have enough power and airspeed."

That's what my father-in-law used to say about the F4 Phantom -- it was proof that a brick could fly if you put large enough engines on it.

As for the Falcon, what it needs is some ultralight mesh with some thickness, like the stuff they use on scope Anti-Reflection Devices (like the KillFlash). Put it over the intakes, and it would still allow airflow through the top while appearing solid when viewed from the sides or at an angle. Add some lightly painted details, and you'd be cookin'!

Ted said...

Adding weight to edges to fix the balance problem increases the polar moment and makes control worse not better.

That's why the payload on a heilo is always hung from the center of mass

With enough power.......... Yes , but you also need to be able to change direction. See also F"4

Shrimp said...

@ Will:
It's called the USS Reliant. That's the one I was thinking of, too. It has the best chance of working as it is the least off-balance in design.

Get to work, Jay. I want to see the Reliant fly.

Anonymous said...

Are the kids even slightly interested in making models, Star Wars, or Star Trek?

If so, this might be a fun project with them. You'll need some patience and the ability to let them make mistakes, but you can teach them a lot.