A few weeks ago I was looking for a topic with pictures of the Project RQ-11 Raven in its entirety along with some close up shots of the fuselage but couldn't find one. To help you guys out, especially anyone here thinking of buying this model, I've decided to post some pictures of my almost finished Raven. 


A few comments about it:

+ there is barely enough wire provided so when you build, don't use more of it than you actually need (after using every single bit of it I ended up with only about 3 inches left over)

+ when you install the wires to the servos and the back, make them as tight as you can because if they're loose, you'll lose the ability to do some precise movements

+ the back pieces look like they might slide out, but they won't as long as you use a decent amount of epoxy on each side (not too much either because the wires will rub against it)

+ the two black screws holding the wing attached to the fuselage aren't enough, you might want to add a bit of epoxy under the wing (sure you lose the ability to detach the wing but there is no other way to reinforce the wing's attachment)

+ be careful when putting screws through the fuselage because it can crack if you put too much pressure when making the hole (I have a small 1 inch crack near the cover for the servos on the bottom)

+ this thing looks really nice and is quite strong, I think it can go through a rough landing without breaking or cracking

+ there is no paint job like others have commented, it's just a very light plastic film over the entire body and wings that is very delicate and is easy to peel off accidentally

+ there is a ton of room inside (measurements are 19 inches long, 5.5 inches wide, 3 inches height) and it is just empty space for the most part (I have a 4000mAh 3S battery, I think I can fit 4 of them inside easily along with all the other required parts)

Showing the entire plane (the bottle of water is there just for the size comparison):


Showing the propeller attached to the motor (it doesn't work as I'd like it to so I'll be changing it a bit):


Showing the amount of space in the front:


Showing the amount of space in the back:

Showing the servos installed:


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Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on January 15, 2011 at 9:53pm
Thanks for the hints and the photos . I just got mine today.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 15, 2011 at 10:53pm
Turning the prop round would be a start Robert ;-)
Comment by Andrew Van Der Plaats on January 16, 2011 at 10:43am


  Glad to see someone else posting pictures of their build.  There's already a whole series from

another builder already posted here on this site and if anyone has any trouble locating them

please let me know and I'll post a link to a photobucket album which shows them all. 

Comment by Robert Godlewski on January 16, 2011 at 11:00am

Gary - what do you mean? The problem that I'm having with it, and correct me if I am mistaken, is that the motor that I got, the Exceed RC Alpha 480, is meant to be installed the other way around with the adaptor and spinner attached to the other side of the motor. But the thing is that if I do it that way, the motor will be hanging outside of the plane which I don't want. So right now I'm trying to figure out how to attach the propeller so that it won't skid around the shaft (epoxy maybe?).


Johann - Yeah, I saw that, along with the other videos that NitroPlanes posted but I was hoping for something a bit more - maybe of the process of putting it together. As for the right tools, I used used a nail with a sharp end and punctured a hole in the fuselage where I wanted the screw and it worked. You see, I don't own a garage nor do I have the plethora of tools that you might have ;) As for the paint job - I don't see any spray paint anywhere. Maybe the foil itself is painted... I don't know.


Heh, thing is that I don't know if this will ever get off the ground. I'm located dead center of New York City (Google Map: Brooklyn, NY, 11211) and I don't own a car to get this to Long Island or Upstate. I'll have to figure something out =/

Comment by Sebastian Gralla on January 16, 2011 at 11:41am
your prop is placed the wrong way, turn it around, the round surface should point to the plane's nose, it's pointing to it's tail right now
Comment by evilmacaw on January 16, 2011 at 11:53am


you will need a collet prop adapter like this one   http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXMWK7 that fits over the 4mm shaft  and will have to ream your prop hub to fit the size of the adapter in my case i will have to ream it to 1/4" to fit the adapter  unless you have an EMP prop  which uses inserts for shaft fit size .

i have exactly the same motor and was disappointed to find that it did not come with the collet adapter but the case mount instead the Optima EceedRC  motor http://www.nitroplanes.com/75m21-optima480-3010-1020kv.html  does come with the collet prop adapter  too bad they are out of stock as is the EMP 8x7e prop  Nitro suggests you use with the airframe and the 480 -1024Kv  motor .

Comment by evilmacaw on January 16, 2011 at 12:12pm
I am also going to change to the tail boom mounted servo configuration that uses only one control horn on each surface and push rods  like they have done on their facebook page  ,yes it adds 18+ gr to the tail and changes the CG  but consider that you have to add 6oz  to the nose to get it to CG in the stock configuration  a small price to pay for a better setup in my estimation (i hate pull-pull systems ) and it eliminates the need for a tail skid to protect the bottom elevator control horn from damage and elevator damage from stressing the bottom control horn .
Comment by Andrew Van Der Plaats on January 16, 2011 at 12:36pm


  Would appreciate it if you shared some photos and details on those mods you mentioned.

Comment by evilmacaw on January 16, 2011 at 12:50pm

Andrew ,

i believe you posted the pic`s from there at my request from Facebook  here on another thread  here http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/nitroplane-rq11-fiberglass-arf?id...

Comment by evilmacaw on January 16, 2011 at 12:56pm
i got the same servos pictured and am waiting on servo extension cable parts ,Dubro 2-56 all thread , control horns and Dubro kwik lock clevises from Towerhobby, as for pics  no camera sorry


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