This is the project I should have done before my A-10. I had no experience with ducted fans, but jumped right in. I lost an engine and nearly lost a plane (the A-10, that is). So, while the A-10 is in the hangar for repairs, I've checked myself into ducted fan rehab and am taking DF 101. Long before I started my A-10, and when I was just looking into ducted fans in general, I came across the Sunspot. It's a modified version of the Balsa USA Force One, which is a delta-wing pusher. The Sunspot coversion turns the Force One into a ducted fan jet. I decided to build the Sunspot and gain much needed experience with ducted fan engines before flying the A-10 again. However, I have rechristened the Sunspot as the A-9½ Piglet (corny, I know, but I can't help myself).

Entry No. 1 - November 20, 2008

This is the Sunspot built by the designer. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery to see more of my build.

Entry No. 2 - November 21, 2008

The first step was to buy the conversion plans, which I did a few months ago. They are available from Flying Models magazine. Click HERE to go to their plans directory. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery for more photos and details of my build.

Entry No. 3 - November 22, 2008

Things are coming along well. The fuselage is complete and has already been joined with the wing section. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery to see more of my build.

Entry No. 4 - December 6, 2008

Things are coming along nicely and, as you can see by the thumbnail image, I have started to cover the model. Click on that image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery to see more of the progress.

Entry No. 5 - July 24, 2011

This project sat idle for quite some time. A job change, a move and other personal things have all contributed to my being away from the hobby for over two years. I started work on the Piglet again a little while ago and it's nearly complete. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery to see more of my build.

Entry No. 6 - July 31, 2011

All that's left is to balance the airframe, secure the battery and add magnets to the nacelle hatch cover, then it's on to the maiden flight! I also added a few photos of the history of this model. It almost didn't make it onto the van during our last move. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery to see the progress.

Entry No. 7 - August 20, 2011

I attempted to do the maiden flight today, but no joy. Nothing is broken, but I have some work to do. Click on the thumbnail image to go to the A-9½ Piglet gallery for more photos and details.







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