After seeing this plane at SEFF on an Orange Rx (with 400+pilots), I knew I had to buy this plane before it met its demise.... here is the history I know and what I have learned after a thorough going over.
What I know:
The original builder passed away before it was completed. He recovered the entire plane in fabric; a set of J-3 plans and 2 views (top and profile) was used as a guide for the rib detailing and stitch work. The stitching was a rather clever DIY method I will share in the H9 J-3 Review thread by Michael Heer later (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=698597).
The original builder tediously recovered ever square inch of the interior in expert fashion and I was told did the majority of the rib-work. I am not sure if these seats were recovered, but they are different than the seats pictured in the review. Mine are white leather with black piping. Also all hardware is heavy-duty quality stuff and beefier hinges with metal pins were used
The gentleman who completed the plane is who I bought it from. I was told it has around 15 flights.
What I discovered and assume:
There is a significant mix of high quality and dogpoop electronics- the guy I bought it from flew it on Orange Rx's. There is an E-Flite Power 110 with a CC HV ESC up front,...Continue Reading
Well I picked up this ol Guillow F-15 forever ago on RC Groups. After being build the original builder was scared to fly it. It needed recovering and after removing the previous tissue, revealed it was not the most accomplished builder. Different size ducting and exhaust for each EDF unit, and a few bits of missing wood here and there were replaced, but not all of them. These were some of the "irks" I discovered but I got tired of this little guy sitting on the bench and went ahead and started to recover without fixing some of what I felt were non-crucial areas
In the future, when covering a model of this scale, I will not use a shrink film but a tissue and dope. I have only covered the bottom so far, but there where areas that when shrunk, removed some of the classic lines of the F-15. Like the little dip between the turbines, and in spots between the wing and fuse has more curves than it should.
This was a Build n Show model display kit No. 1401, converted to rc with twin 30mm EDF motor and fan units.
Bottom of fuse and wings have been covered, I also covered the the full flying stabs. (not pictured) More pics will be posted once she is buttoned up.
Overall, I am somewhat dissatisfied by the original builder's build, but do believe it will fly and hopefully fly somewhat well. I do not typically video maidens, but as there have not been many of this particular model flying (none that I know of at least; if this model has been converted before please do send me some information) I will try to get it on film.
Weighing over 75lbs and just under the 77lb limit at which one needs an Experimental waiver, this Fly Eagle F-18 has all the bells and whistles. The twin turbines produce approximately 60lbs of thrust (30lbs each). Truly a spectacular creation.
Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to the RC Mafia. Do you know what I'm talking about?
There is a great group of pilots that have secured an excellent indoor venue for this winter's season in the Greater Atlanta Area. Unfortunately, as temps have risen over the last several weeks, we have seen a large decline in pilots attending our events.
I strongly encourage anyone that is even remotely interested in indoor flying in GA to come check us out...
if we do not get about 5-10 more pilots soon, we will loose our gym
So in a last ditch effort, I am posting here in my blog in the hopes that some new folks may read this in the blog section and join us if interested.
I am hoping this will last me many years... at least until the technology changes
It came with 4 balancing adapter boards for 2-7s batteries, 2 sets of battery charge leads (one set for output 1 and one set for output 2), all appropriate cables, leads and USB for the computer monitoring and loging to be used with the free program that is available for download at hyperion-world.com
I will add, it came with simple but thorough instructions and great flow charts to help navigate through menus. I will post more later, at this point I have not even put power through it yet!