Introduction: RC Eagle for Bird Photography

This is a project for intermediate RC builders and flyers.The RC Eagle is constructed from the included pdf plans .It flies on three channels: ailerons, throttle and elevator.Powered by a 1300 Mah Lithium Polymer Battery flight times are around 15 mins on full throttle and exceed 20 mins if flown on half throttle.Copy the plans and scale/print according to your requirements.The plans here are adapted from the free licensed plans but I have greatly modified for increased flying performance.

The video posted here was made a while back with this same RC Bird ,with me at the controls. Notice how the birds follow it. Make sure your sound is turned on ,you'd love the relaxing background music. Full marks to my flying buddy for brilliant camera work.

Please vote for this Ible if you like it.Thanks!

Step 1:

The construction is straight forward .Print plans on a white paper.Cut and paste them on a 6mm Depron / Insulation Foam / Fanfold foam sheet.I used coloured Depron white and black sheets.Cut out parts according to templates in the plans.

The wing uses kfm3 airfoil section consisting of three layers of foam slightly sanded from the leading edge.

I used a small carbon fibre rod for wing spar.Plywood can also be used.

The tail is a v tail both tail surfaces are at 110 deg angles.

Join the parts together using a foam safe glue

Electronics used

3 x 9gram servos

ESC (electronic speed controller ) rated at 15 Amp

500 kv , 25/40 g Cd rom type Brushless motor with an 8 inch narrow plastic propeller

3 channel receiver

1500 Mah Lipo Battery.

Step 2:

Install three servos one in the tail and two on the wings

The speed controller goes in the front behind the motor .

Shade the wing with crayons to give it a feathery look

Step 3:

Hand launch gently and fly slow circuits .

If there are any birds in the vicinity there will surely come to check it out.

Keep on flying in slow gentle circles and you will be able to bring the birds quite closer for photography.


Flabbydog14 made it!(author)2016-03-04

Awesome ideas! I love birds!

anthony+gutierrez made it!(author)2017-03-01

me tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GuyD made it!(author)2016-02-21

What motor are people using for this? This "500 kv , 25/40 g Cd rom type Brushless motor" is not clear, unless you are taking apart a CD-rom drive to get the motor.....

Brass made it!(author)2015-12-15

It's probably illegal to chase a bird with a model plane. Better to get a quality telephoto lens and a tripod.

fairaj made it!(author)2016-01-14

Overhear its the other way around, Birds are chasing the model bird.

oneoldram made it!(author)2015-12-15

Don't know if you have ever watched eagles fly, but I often see smaller birds chasing them around in the air.

DEEJAY642 made it!(author)2015-10-09

is the top picture actually real or did you just crop it?

fairaj made it!(author)2016-01-14

As real as it gets !

TurtleCrafterxl made it!(author)2015-11-11

dude y are your comments always so critical.?

DEEJAY642 made it!(author)2016-01-14

how dare you!!! it was a genuine question!!! #$@%^&#** you

GeorgeS4 made it!(author)2015-12-15

i thought it was a valid question

CrashnDash made it!(author)2015-12-15

Very cool build an nice pics. I want to give this a try, we've got turkey buzzards around here that I've wanted to fly with. They're ugly as sin when they're on the ground, but on the wing they posses a grace that I find beautiful. I've not been able to locate the link for the plans pdf or the video. Where do I need to be looking?

GeorgeS4 made it!(author)2015-12-15

the Andean Bolivian flutes are kind of annoying, I would jazz it up personally

TurtleCrafterxl made it!(author)2015-11-11


alexkirlian made it!(author)2015-09-24

Is there a link for me to download this plans for free?


sahirwar1 made it!(author)2015-01-25

filing kasa karaga

xXsparrowXx made it!(author)2014-10-13

Seems like hobbyking has copied this, they released this a month ago:

fairaj made it!(author)2014-07-28

Eagles and Hawks are territorial birds. They can be aggressive when defending nests or territories and frequently chase off birds they dont like.

Shantorian3d made it!(author)2014-08-17

Does this ever have trouble because of that?

Thats+really+cool made it!(author)2014-08-09

This is beyond really cool!

JackANDJude made it!(author)2014-07-27

This is fantastic! I have a lot of eagles near me, and it looks like you get to have fun with them. :)

rschack made it!(author)2014-07-26

Awesome! This is really impressive.

vak52 made it!(author)2014-07-11

Very cool idea!

fairaj made it!(author)2014-07-11

Guys! thanks a lot for your encouraging comments.

ajishyama made it!(author)2014-07-11

cool stuff

pixelfuture made it!(author)2014-07-10

haha those birds are getting trolled hard. nice work

Eunix made it!(author)2014-07-10


Sonic+the+Hedgehog made it!(author)2014-07-09

Way past cool!

Danger+is+my+middle+name made it!(author)2014-07-09

Wow, this is incredibe!

Gregbot made it!(author)2014-07-06


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