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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 28, 2012 @ 08:28 PM | 26,294 Views
This month, Evelyn and I became proud members of the "World Famous" Apollo Field B-17 Squadron. The Squadron Commander is Jim Christopherson (pilot40874). Jim is a great pilot and leader who has inspired many local pilots to join the Squadron. To join is easy, if you own an RC B-17, you're a member! The Squadron has more the 15 B-17s manufactured by Hobby King, Freewing and Starmax.

Evelyn and I happen to stop by the field one day while in LA and watched Jim fly his Hobby King B-17, which looked to be a very nice flying aircraft. After inquiring about the model and a brief introduction, Jim gave me the opportunity to fly his aircraft. He literally installed two batteries and handed me his transmitter. Yes...he knew I was an RC pilot and we had seen each others posts on RC Groups...but talk about trust and encouragement. What an honor and privilege it was for me to fly Jim's aircraft. Jim has more than 600 flights on his B-17. Talk about pressure on me.... I was very impressed with the B-17 and shortly thereafter, I purchased the Hobby King and Starmax B-17s. With the my Hobby King B-17 getting a complete re-paint, the first to fly with the Squadron was my Starmax B-17. Formation flying with 5 other B-17s last weekend was a blast and we are so honored to be associated with this great group of pilots.

Below is a collection of photos by several members of the Squadron's fleet.

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 21, 2012 @ 06:46 PM | 12,687 Views
Back in 2003, I had an opportunity to be a Crew Chief on an Air Force Block 10 Global Hawk (Ship 6). Several years ago, Ship 6 went to the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center here at Edwards AFB, CA , so... I couldn't resist the new 64mm NASA Global Hawk from Hobby King.

Assembly was easy with the two issues being: no manual included and the main gear installation. The main gear plastic mount plate holes need to be slightly enlarged to prevent cracking when installing the mount screws. An option is to replace the plastic mount plates with light ply, coated with epoxy. I painted all the hardware white and added pitot tubes to the verticals. Planning to fly the maiden this weekend. I'm using the 1/3 rule back from the leading edge for the initial CG. Once I get it fine tuned, I'll post my CG with a 14.8v 2200mAh battery.

Here's the specs and some photos:

Specs:
Wingspan: 2360mm (92.9 inches)
Length: 850mm
Wing Area: 23.6dm2
Wing Loading: 42.4g/dm2
Flying Weight: 1000g
EDF: 64mm with Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 50A w/BEC
Servo: 9g x 5

Requires:
Your own 4~6 Channel TX/RX
1800mAh 4s Lipoly Battery

Best,
Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 03:50 PM | 11,731 Views
Here's a few photos of the 79" span Starmax B-17. Needless to say, this is an impressive size foamy B-17. The Flying Fortress features E-retracts with metal trunions, flaps, landing lights and working bomb bay doors.

Unfortunately, it has it's issues which need to be resolved during assembly. The major issue is all the servos with the exception of the tail wheel steering servo had to be pulled out with pliers and repositioned to allow the servo covers to fit otherwise you can leave the covers off but it doesn't look good. Also the plywood spar was sanded using a small finishing sander to allow easy installation and removal into the wing. The plywood mount for the four ESCs was broken in two places which required strengthening with crafts sticks and epoxy. I didn't like the look of the engine cowling, so...I painted the front of each with flat black paint to give them a more scale appearance. I'm currently airbrushing weathering and painting details. I plan to maiden it this coming week. I'll be flying mine on two 4S 3300 mAh batteries. It should be fun!

This thread is for our good friend Steve Wells, a WWII B-17 Radio Operator. His B-17 (43-37599) "Moonlight Serenade" which looked similar to this Starmax Fortress, was brought down by heavy flak damage and crashed in France on 5 Sep 1944. Steve evaded capture with the help of a French family for six weeks.

Steve, I salute your service to our great nation!

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Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 16, 2012 @ 03:12 PM | 11,176 Views
Here's a few photos of the new FMS ASK-23 Powered Sailplane. Assembly is quick and painless. The wing is attached with four screws for easy removal. The ASK-23 uses a 3S 1800 mAh battery. Another sweet sailplane from FMS.

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Tony
Posted by xplaneguy | Jun 06, 2012 @ 03:26 PM | 10,416 Views
Here's photos from another great CVRC Float Fly. Great weather and great pilots!

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