Posted by Cphipps0826 |
May 27, 2013 @ 05:05 PM | 2,946 Views
So one of the owners at the local hobby shop proposed to me that we build a new plane together. We both decided we wanted to build a twin, but none of the available kits caught our eye. We tossed about doing a twin Formosa, or a twin mustang. One day Sandy calls and says he can get GWS P-40 kits for a great price. Instantly we both knew that is what we had been looking for. Here are a couple photos from the build and a video of the maiden. The thing flies amazingly. We opted to belly land it as there was no easy way to mount the gear, we found that out on the first take off when we sheared the gear off. All that is left to do is add a rudder.
So I crashed my parkzone archer after 100 flights I made a rookie mistake and put in a pack that was already discharged about half way. I had forgotten my system in my battery box on where I put used batteries and it caused a nice wreck.
So the rebuild wasn't as straight forward as I had hoped after ordering a new fuselage because the break point was right behind the nose wheel on this particular plane you tend to get a lot of force right there with a perfect landing due to the nose wheel being longer than the mains. The rebuild took a couple hours but is well worth it, I don't have current pictures of the newly built archer but I think it looks good as new.
I have had a GWS C-47 kit sitting in my garage for about 4 months and finally put it together over the last two weeks. The kit itself went together nicely. I decided to forgo the brushed motors and go with 2 firepower Speed 400 1300 KV motors a tractor and a pusher prop from windsor prop co. in the 6x4x3 variety and two Hobby Wing 30 Amp ESC's I know those are over kill but they were on sale and 30 amps get more use around here than 18 - 20 amps.
I had to add some extensions to the motor wires to connect the ESC's, I went with 14 gauge 12 inch wires with bullet connectors soldered on and then covered each joint with shrink wrap to keep them connected. This proved to be over kill but I'm happy with it. I planned on using my...Continue Reading