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Posted by Lance Nordby | Feb 23, 2006 @ 05:07 PM | 4,779 Views
I went to finally add some content to my gallery but found I can't.

I'll admit that my initial response to this blog thing was hey, why'd they drop the gallery? But, I don't want to be one of those people who are irrationally resistant to changes, so I'll give it a try.

I'll start with my latest project:


House of Balsa kit (vastly modified) finished 2006

Wingspan 36”
Length 28.5”
Weight (flying) 24 oz. (approx.)
Motor Multiplex BL-480/8D brushless direct drive (to be replaced)
Prop APC 8x4E (at the moment)
ESC Castle Creations Phoenix-25
Battery Maxamps 3S2P 1500mah
Rx Hitec 555
Servos 4 Hitec HS-55’s (2 for ailerons), 1 HS-81MG for landing gear/flaps
Landing gear Robart #123’s (man these things are finicky)
Duration Should be over 10 minutes easy.

This one took a looong time. The landing gear installation took as long as the rest of the plane. By the time I finished it I wished I had built a bigger plane. Had to finish it or suffer recriminations from the wife for not completing another project.

The “Snowbird” flies sweet. The landing gear coupled to the flaps works great. There is virtually no elevator trim changes needed when raising/lowering. I have yet to wring it out because of retract issues.

The “dirty snow” camo has yet to be applied and the pilot needs to be painted. I guess this project is not really done. It has had two flights though.

The motor will be swapped for something less powerful and draws less amps.

Anybody know where I can get a 1-1/2” three blade spinner?