The Depron Depdart I went heli flying on a local field where I met Michael & Ray who were flying a small, swallow-a-like, highly maneuverable and rather fast foamy. In a few minutes I was introduced to Depron & the DepDart. It is a small (wingspan 72cm) plane with a 1400KV motor, 10A ESC, 2 5gr/9gr servo’s & 800MAh HBFP V2 LiPo’s. The Depdart comes from the hands of Willem Bravenboer.
My Depdarts My first depdart was not the really beautiful and due to a faulty mixing it crashed at the first throw. Time to make a better one.
After many crashes and repairs it was time to build Depdart #3. Cutting the depron goes better and better and this became my first good looking Depdart. The elevons are still attached to the wings by a thin layer of Depron.
The Depdart Factory
Learning to fly a rc plane is hard enough. I asume starting out with a Depdart will be even harder. Well nothing beats a good challenge. Besides practicing on the SIM it is also a good idea to cut some extra Depdarts. At least those were my thoughts.
First Real Flight
Today (4 September 2010) I finally flew Depdart #3. It was a great experience seeing the black plane in the sky flying figure 8’s, doing some circles and a few loops & rolls having my heart beating 180 bpm. I also practiced 5 landings as Michael, who came along, could talk me trough. I am 100% positive, that practicing on the sim helped a lot to bring the Depdart home in one piece. Having 10 successful flights with it, I started to prepare Depdart #4.
As the take off’s & landings become better it is time to add some art to the Dep. I used a small piece of carbon plate to make a motor mount which seems to work great. I also experimented with paperclips iron for the servo pushrods. Depdart#4 is the heaviest I have build. Almost 195 grams including 800MAh LiPo.
I also rounded the leading edges of the wing and tail which improved the flight. The extra reinforcements in the nose work great. Over 30 flight, a high altitude crash and a few minor crashes the Depdart still looks as new. Thumbs up for the nose job!
Depdart #5 Enjoying a rainy Sunday afternoon by building and painting a new Depdart. This time I used transparant packing tape for the elevons which worked out great. As the elevons are completely covered with tape the are quite stiff. I like the star design very much (used a cookie form to create them).
I glued a black zip ti (180mm * 4.5mm) on to the bottom of the lower body for some protection on landings. I also changed from hot glue to “knutsel lijm”. This stuff is cheaper and lighter and works great for the most connections. For the motor mount is still use hot glue.
I also used the transparent packing tape to tape the lower part of the fuselage on both sides. This way it is stronger and should have less inspiration to break on a hard landing. Test will determine if the tape does a good job! Just looking for different ways to make a Depdart.
The motor mount I will support like I did with my Extra 330. When coming in nose down the support can help to keep the motor in place without breaking the nose.
The final Depdart #6
Number 6 will carry all my previous Depdart experience. As #4 is still flying great it will take some time until this one is needed. So come back in a few months or so to see how #6 developed. Below a preview.
– Nice paintjob for better orientation & giving it the X-Factor
– I used transparent packing tape as hinges
– Hot glue, construction glue & a little UhuPor
– 2 x 5gr servo + Turnigy 1400KV motor + 10A Speed Controller
– A carbon fiber motor mount attached with hot melting glue
– APC-Style 7×6-E prop
– Added 3mm Depron nose reinforcements
– black zip ti (180mm * 4.5mm) as landing gear
Thanks to Willem, RCEFlyer(In Memory), Ray & Michael for their share in this nice project!
I really liked your videos as I said before, but I have a question, does your wings smaller, or it just looks like that? I searched for other depdarts, cuz maybe I’ll make one, I see that others has longer wings.
My Depdart is 100% with a wing span of approx 72cm. So I gues it is optical.
Man I am fan of my own vids too, just do not have a cam anymore.
Spend my last bucks on a new key cam from HK and that one did not work at all😦
Maybe next month I order a new one. Just need a few spare bucks🙂
Taha most foams melt when using straight paint, thats why I use paint on water base or acrylic based paint. They are very cheap and come in many descent colors. Before applying always do a test run on a useless piece of foam.
The depdart(s) are still operational, I just used the channel on the transmitter for my glider, so it is not a direct P&P. As it is such a small plane its easy to bring it along.
Bedankt voor je reactie. Willem heeft ook hele gave combat modellen op zijn site geplaatst. Als je van lekker en simpel knutselen houd🙂
Ik ga deze winter weer lekker knutselen iig en uiteraard lekker vliegen met blauwe vingers.
Wie weet tot op een meeting ofzo.