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Posted by davidterrell80 | Jan 27, 2015 @ 04:15 PM | 915 Views
This is a prototype thread for me to work out the preparations for the next contest.


"BBCC 6" -- 6th Balsa Builders Conversion Contest Thread

The Goal: Build yourself a flying model, constructed predominantly of balsa and derived from an existing model, kit or plans, changing your model's "mode of control" from that used by the prototype (i.e. FF, CL, RC) to a different mode. Examples include: FF to RC, CL to RC, RC to FF, etc.

Notice: The dates associated with this contest are two months later than previous contests. I am changing the dates to allow a better chance of getting a first flight opportunity before winter sets in, in the respective hemispheres.

See the answers to Frequently Asked Questions in Post #3, below, for additional information.

Significant Dates:

Contest Start:............01 FEB 2015 (This date is in line with the previous schedule, to allow those wanting to roll previous projects to do so. Build Threads should be started)
Entries Close:............30 JUN 2015 (No entries accepted after this date)
Primary Build period:.....01 JUL 2015 to 30 SEP 2015
Contest Ends:.............30 SEP 2015
------ Aircraft must have proof of flight posted by this date to be considered for judging in BBCC 6

Polling Begins:...........01 OCT 2015
Polling Ends:.............31 OCT 2015

All deadlines are at at the end of the specified day, at midnight UTC.
Judging Criteria:
Best Build – this title will be voted on by
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Posted by davidterrell80 | Jan 16, 2015 @ 09:13 PM | 5,098 Views
GREEN shading indicates a plan is available in the RCMPlans Thread at RCGroups. The number indicates the Post number.

ORANGE shading indicates a plan is available in the Outerzone (OZ) website. The number indicates the OZ ID Number.

BLUE shading indicates a plan is available in the 1/2A Sources Thread at RCGroups. The number indicates the Post number.

YELLOW shading indicates the possibility of error.
Some plans appeared in the magazine without becoming part of the products offered by the plans service. Those plans have artificial plan numbers, beginning with 9000. When known, the issue month and year are recorded in the notes field.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jan 10, 2015 @ 08:55 AM | 1,627 Views
I publish an update of this list on the RCM Plans Thread at the beginning of each month.

As I just finished going through the 1/2A Sources Thread, listing the RCM plans, I thought to issue an update.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jan 05, 2015 @ 06:50 PM | 1,658 Views
1965 Flight International Magazine....

"Following a six-month study... the Convair Division of General Dynamics has determined that a submersible flying boat is 'feasable, practical and wee within the state of the art.'"

Brushless motors will run underwater...
Posted by davidterrell80 | Dec 21, 2014 @ 04:50 PM | 1,864 Views
Vulcan of the Sky shared a nice hand toss Vulcan.

"Your own home-sized flying Vulcan in antiflash white. Simply click the link, print and fly with your friends and family, thanks to the design talents of Mark Freshney."
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 13, 2014 @ 12:17 AM | 2,488 Views
The Balsa Builders Conversion Contest (BBCC) in in its fifth iterations so far.

Through the start of BBCC 6, there have been 91 build threads started and 24 aircraft flown.

I thought I would start recording the results for future reference.

BBCC 1 - The Kitbash (17 build threads. 5 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
01. RMCCOR7737 Sopwith Camel - WINNER
02. davidterrell80 Blackburn Skua
03. Sopwith Mike TA-152
04. XeCutor Piper J-3C
05. bogbeagle PeeWee Pal

BBCC 2 (20 build threads. 8 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
06. PETERRAKE Another Knight - WINNER
07. davidterrell80 One Knight
08. Deanoseadog Frog Vespa
09. pburress Pitcairn Fleetwing
10. Ken USA Twelve
11. JohnAV8R Dallaire Sportster
12. payne9999 Piper PA-18
13. Jim_the_Sane Lysander

BBCC 3 (22 build threads. 3 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
14. Smokin' Beaver B-29 - WINNER
15. Tucci AT-6
16. Ronald L Cessna 180

BBCC 4 (9 build threads. 4 aircraft flown.) - Contest Thread
17. scataolgical Supermarine S6B - WINNER
18. Jim_the_Sane Bachem Natter
19. Old_Pilot Hawker Tempest
20. davidterrell80 Stinson 125 Voyager

BBCC 5 (23 Build Threads, 4 aircraft flown) - Contest Thread
21. xp533d Control Line Stunt T-38 to RC
22. builderdude Baby Gryphon
23. Old_Pilot 55 Special
24. victapilot Westland Lysander
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 10:09 PM | 2,708 Views
The wind was constant and allowed me for have almost zero ground speed.
I could put down the transmitter and take 3 or 4 photos, before having to pick it up again....Continue Reading
Posted by davidterrell80 | Aug 03, 2014 @ 11:02 AM | 2,532 Views
Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Some historians mark it as the beginning of the first campaign of a global war that continues to this day.

In the UK, people are being invited to turn out their lights, except for a single candle in the window, from 10pm to 11pm tonight, and to gather in churches to memorialize the event.

Although I am a quarter world away... tonight, I will douse my lights, set a candle in the window, and, by its light, thumb through my books of historical WW1 photos, pondering the faces in them and the generations lost; praying for them, those they left behind, and all of us.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 23, 2014 @ 07:35 AM | 3,106 Views

"The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, Mass., has established the Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR. This applied systems approach seeks to develop a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device that will augment over-the-hill ISR capabilities for soldiers in challenging battlefield environments. This platform will support the Army Capabilities Integration Center's Manned Unmanned Teaming (Ground) Limited Objective Experiment, or LOE."
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 21, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 2,908 Views
The Curtiss-Wright CW-1 Junior has been visible in the NASM Udvar-Hazy restoration hangar for a good while. She was recently moved to the exhibit area.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Jul 20, 2014 @ 02:20 AM | 2,820 Views
Finished the BBCC 4 build.

stinson voyager first flight (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by davidterrell80 | Jun 09, 2014 @ 01:57 AM | 3,303 Views
Over in the 3-views forum, I have a project where I'm documenting all the 3-views and photos that might interest scale modelers.

The thread is HERE

In this post I'm going to back up my files.