If any has any plans, drawings, ideas, or other for airframes that they wish to make public please post them. To further drop the cost of home made UAVs and to make airframes that are better suited for UAVs that the basic RC plane.
I've got one but I wouldn't consider it a good candidate for autonomous flight. Too squirrely and easily buffeted by wind. I agree that it's easy to hang things off it, but there are other sticks with better wings that fly better and would be a better candidate.
I have one home designed airframe that I would be happy to post, but it isn't as complete as it showed to be. More over i don't know format to post it in. Can I just post hand sketches and photographs of what I've got?
If you are look ing for stable and cheap airframes, head over to the scratchbuilt foamies section at rcgroups. the best thing would be to go for a trainer-like plane, but with a full fuselage to stuff the gear in. The blue-baby springs to mind, but others might be suitable too. If you don't mind stuff hanging in the breeze, a upsized Trainer1 might work too.
I agree with the Blue Baby. In particular the Blue Baby AP1 with a 60 inch KFM3 wing. It is easy to build, strong, and provides plenty of room and carrying capacity for hardware. I can attest to the KFM3 wing's stability, load carrying capability, and stall capability.
Here are some PDFs. THere are more to be had at the site.
Thanks to innovations in the tech field because of the need to improve computers (especially laptops), the electric motors and batteries (Lion and LiPo) of today are equalls in many ways to combustion engines.
After 30 yeras of flying with alcohol and gasoline based engines (and regarding electrics as "toys"), I now fly exclusively with electric motors.
that is not that hard if you use the watts per pound rule:
50 watts/pound for sedate flying, 100 for 'sporty' flying, 150 and up for acrobatics and 3D.
There is a correlation between the weight of the motor and the amount of watts it can absorb, but I forgot the rule of thumb for it.