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Shihao Cao

Shihao Cao

Remote Control F-86

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Current Version: MK2

I designed, built and flew a remote control F-86 since I wanted to fly this at the RC scale. It is a 3-channel 64mm EDF aircraft. It flies with a 4S power system. (More details below) The Mk2 is a heavier and faster version of the original Mk1.


Here are the plans for my foam board EDF F86.

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Extra Details

It's got a removable wing that is rubber-banded on. The hatch is now magnetic which is an upgrade from the first version.

It weighs 670g with the battery. It has approximately 670g of static thrust and can sustain that for 2-3 minutes. Peak static thrust is 880g, but this is only maintained for the first 10 seconds of flight, enough for a take off. In the air, I suspect the thrust climbs higher due to a >0 intake airspeed. The thrust tube is still ~1 foot long with ~85% fan swept area at the exhaust.


Here are the parts I used. If you can't find these exact parts, you should try to purchase similar parts with similar performances.





How to Build It

I'll be posting more information soon! If you're in a hurry, don't hesitate to contact me. :)

Why I Built It

I used Fusion 360 to design the entire aircraft. I then used a bit of AutoCAD to help export my designs for laser cutting. If you're interested in the details of the design work or would like to make your own, check out my YouTube Channel!


In Flight

Here is a picture of it in flight shortly after launch.

F-86 Mk2 in flight

On Landing Final

It lands very fast, and has a long smooth final approach.

F-86 Mk2 on final

Helping Hands

I want to give a shout out to Mike Marr who helped me launch the Mk2, and also had supplies on hand so that I could repair it at the field.

Myself and Mike Marr

Paint Scheme

The paint scheme is modelled after the Japanese Blue Impulse Demo team, which used F86-F40s.

Paint Scheme

A Bottom Glance

A glance at the bottom, giving a better look at the rubber bands holding the wing on.

Bottom Glance

Power System Comparison

The old Mk1 3s System on the left, the current Mk2 4s system on the right.

Power Systems

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