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Posted by Jay Burkart | Apr 23, 2015 @ 04:50 PM | 1,539 Views
I have finally started mounting the gear in the fuselage and landing gear mounts.
Main landing gear will consist of a 5/32 front gear and 5/32 rear angle brace.
I mounted the maple hardwood slotted mounts in the fuselage and will be actually bending the wire later. I also came up with a way to easily change the motor battery without having to remove the wing each time and also keep the battery as far forward as possible. I made a battery tray that slides into the fuselage from the front under the motor and the tray allows adjusting the battery fore and aft to best adjust the CG....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Apr 08, 2015 @ 09:58 PM | 1,613 Views
I started building the fuselages for the Racers and have built 5 of the six sides so far. I found that this is slow going as I have to soak the 5/16 longerons in hot water with a little ammonia for about 6 hours or so to make the front 1/3 pliable enough to make the bends in the front section of the fuselage. There is a fairly severe curve from the top and up from the bottom and using hard balsa required a long soak. Anyhow there are No cracks and no buckling. After gluing in all the verticals and diagonal braces plus gussets I let the longerons dry thoroughly overnight to take the form. Nice thing about CA is that it glues wet balsa nicely.
the fuselage longerons are almost 5 ft. long so I had to join on extra pieces to all the longerons, so not the extended scarf joints in the pictures, I am using about a 4" long joint, I also learned to prime each piece in the joint with a little thin CA first let that cure and then do the actual joint with medium CA. I also do all joints for all the other structure with Medium CA, then I will re-glue every joint after the fuselage sides are joined.
I am fighting having an issue with this model being tail heavy so you see that I even cut the firewall to where the Lipo is even as far forward as possible....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 31, 2015 @ 08:00 PM | 6,083 Views
Next on the board is the building of the Horizontal Stab and Elevator and mounting the V.Stab onto the Horizontal to make it removable.
This H. Stab is very much different from the Airborn since this H. Stab is a lifting stab. So that makes it much thicker plus having an airfoil to it.
This stab is about 1.125 thick at it highest point. I wanted to make the slot mounting of the Vertical stab about the same as I used for the Airborns.
I digressed from the plans on part of the ways of fastening the V. Stab to the
Horizontal, the plans called for two nylon screws going up through the Horizontal and up into the bottom of the vertical. But I worked out a way to use a carbon fiber pin in the Vertical so that it just pins it at the leading edge and only one screw goes up through the Horizontal and into the base of the Vertical at the Rudder hinge line. Also I had some problems with the 5/16 thick balsa at the hinge joint.
This piece had to be 11/8 thick and the length of the H. Stab 48 inches. I had several pieces of 5/16 X 3 stock and when I ripped it to size down its length the pieces of stock would immediately warp badly. This is probably because the wood was cut too green when it was made into 3" planks. So I had to steam the pieces and warp them back straight.
One issue that comes up with the Racer is that it has a short nose moment and the
size and weight of the tail feathers may be a problem to be able to get it too balance. With it being electric...Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 24, 2015 @ 10:08 PM | 1,946 Views
This evening after finally sanding and fitting all the parts from the short kit, I started to build the Vertical Stab and Rudder.
Pretty conventional build except for my way of mounting the V. Stab. to the H. Stab.
Notice the bottom of the V.Stab that there is a sandwich of balsa and 1/16 ply base with a modified blind nut where a 8-32 nylon screw passes up through the H. Stab. The front LE of the V. Stab will have a carbon fiber pin sticking out.
More on that as I get through the build.
Been doing it this way for about the last 15 years on many Airborns.
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 18, 2015 @ 09:53 PM | 2,217 Views
With the demise of the 2316 Sq. in. Airborns being disallowed by the new SAM 2015 rule book, I've decided to build another Lanzo model that will fly as well as the former Airborns.
This Racer is actually an earlier model design by Chet Lanzo by about 2 years or so but close to the same size. The Racer is not scaled up but is being built at the original size of 144" span and 2216 flat layout or 2206 projected.
I worked with Jim O'Reilly using the original Chet Lanzo plans and made some modifications to it to allow easy disassembly and transport plus add provisions for modern RC equipment.
Since the model is very large I've made the wing disassemble into 4 sections, the H. stab removable and the V. stab also removable plus the landing gear will come off easily, The model will easily fly with either Electric or fuel with it's roomy open nose section. The models I am building will be setup for SAM Texaco event.
The full size plans with all these mods is available from Jim O'Reilly Model plans and a short kit from Bob Holman Models.
This is the first build of the model from these new plans and it'll give a pretty good step by step procedure for building the model.
As usual I'll be building 3 of the models at once since I can't ever seem to build just one of any model anymore........I guess I'm just a production line builder for some reason.
Shown in the first pictures are the two Full size Racers that got my interest from seeing them last year at Dayton and the SAM Champs. Tom Ryan and Tom Boice have been most helpful in checking measurements on the original model built by Chet Lanzo which you will see as the Red White and Blue model shown in the pictures.
Posted by Jay Burkart | Jun 24, 2013 @ 09:29 PM | 3,896 Views
Here's some pictures of our new 2316 sq. in Airborns that I built for the SAM Texaco event.
I built 5 of these during the past winter.
Now that we've flown them, they seem to do well.
Seems like the bigger we make the Airborn the better it flys.
Setup for the Texaco event with 3S 2700mah Lipos they weigh in
at 165 oz RTF and some are heavier. With that battery the minimum
weight is 162 oz. so they are quite close.
The first flight at the Ft. Wayne contest one of my buddies had his skied out
to a spec and brought it down after 38 minutes to win.
Unfortunatley I lost my motor for some reason so I didn't do well at all.
Posted by Jay Burkart | Oct 14, 2012 @ 12:22 PM | 3,551 Views
My new Airborn 1600's performed well at the 2012 SAM Champs at the AMA Muncie site this year.
I was forunate to win the Grand Championship for Electric and my buddy Hank Gullet came in second with his Airborn 1600 that I built for him over this past winter.
My LMR Airborn showed an altittude of over 4100 ft. after the second flight even at this size it was just a red speck in the sky. I attribute a lot to the color scheme I use and the fact that the transparent color back lites from the sky making it more visible at high altitudes. The red shows up against haze and clouds and the white transparent shows up against blue sky.
On the Texaco second flight, I got a total flight time of over 70 minutes on a total motor running time of 4 minutes. I got up to over 3600 ft. on that flight.

Here are a few of pictures:
Posted by Jay Burkart | Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:35 AM | 4,163 Views
Just finished another Lanzo Airborn 1600 setup for LMR SAM event.
Virtually the same as the previous shown model but the hatch was made shorter and moved back over the CG because the motor is considerably heavier.
This motor is optmized for LMR and of a much higher wattage and then thrust output.
Everything else on the model is the same since I think I've optimized the building and setup of the model....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Aug 07, 2011 @ 10:44 AM | 5,460 Views
Attached are a couple of pictures of me holding my 1600 that gives a perspective of its size.
Also at the first contest on the first flight the performance of this model was
The flight was 1:07 hours on just 10 minutes of motor run, thermaling was
of the best I have seen and it's ability to work and center into the thermals
was remarkable.
The setup on the models was SAM legal at 110 oz. with a Thunder Power
1800mah 3S lipo pack and a NEU 1107/6D with 6.7:1 P32 gearbox.
Using my Aurora 2.4ghz radio system and a 2000mah 5 cell Eneloop receiver/servo battery pack.
I am now starting to build 3 more of these models for fellow SAM flyers
during the next few months.
Jay Burkart
Posted by Jay Burkart | Jun 21, 2011 @ 11:17 PM | 5,695 Views
Attached are a few pictures of the finished Airborn 1600 for Texaco
and also the 1326 Airborn for LMR. In the front is my Airborn 340
for the Speed 400 event.
Posted by Jay Burkart | Apr 29, 2011 @ 01:19 PM | 5,945 Views
I have finished covering and trimming out the Airborn 1600.
Still waiting on the motors.
The covering is Ultracote, mostly transparents.
The motors will be from NEU and have been on order since Feb 14th.
Going to try it with both LMR and Texaco motor setups.
I might use model in both events just by changing the motor.
Otherwise I may use my 1360 sq in Airborn for LMR and the 1600 for
the Texaco event.
I hope to do some photos outdoors whenever the rain and the wind stops
for a while.
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 26, 2011 @ 10:57 AM | 6,072 Views
I have completed all three of the Airborn 1600's to the ready to cover
Two of them are already on their way to new homes for this years SAM contests to be outfitted and covered by their new pilots.
I have started the process of covering mine and setting it up and
will continure documenting that in my blog.
Here are some pictures of the framed Airborns.
Thanks for bearing with me.
Jay Burkart
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 20, 2011 @ 11:44 PM | 6,928 Views
I cut and shaped the front window blocks, Quite a lot of balsa butchering to be had here.
That window block is massive.
Also the nose cowl blocks on the firewall motor mount is made for most of the models.
Piece of 1/2" balsa here and some 1/16 balsa strips around the edge of the motor mount themselves
to have them blend in with the sheeting of the fuselage and give the motor mount a balsa sheath
all the way around to make the covering adhere better.
Lastly bent up all the landing gears of 5/32 music wire, plan on heat treating all the gear
so that it toughens it up quite a bit and makes it not bend so easy now that the music
wire we get is about as soft as solder....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 14, 2011 @ 09:34 PM | 7,878 Views
I have attached the tail sections to the fuselage. The vertical stab had been attached to the
horizontal stab previously. Now the horizontal stab and vertical are attached to the fuselage and
aligned. There is a cross platform of 1/4 plywood attached across the very rear of the fuse.
Then a piece of hard trailing edge stock is attached to the fuselage just in front of where the
horizontal stab rests on the fuselage. This is essentially a flat section built in to the fuselage
when framing the Trailing edge material is to anchor a alignment hold down tab of 1/16 plywood,
that protrudes from the leading edge of the horizontal stab at it's center section.
At the bottom of this TE material there is a place cut into it that is removeable to be able to
change the angle of attack of the stab if trimming is necessary. This is scored and close to
cut free but not removed so that the provision is there.
The stab is then aligned and the tab glued on, then the stab has two holed drilled through it
for 6-32 nylon bolts to bolt it to the cross platform. This is realinged to be square with the
center line of the fuselage and then drilled and tapped to accept the 6-32 bolts and the
thread hardened with thin CA and retapped.
I also put in ballast tubes right at the CG of the fuselage to be able to insert lead slugs to add
ballast to make the competition weight rules for the SAM events of Texaco and LMR.
the ballast is removeable as with the batteries we are...Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Mar 05, 2011 @ 01:37 PM | 6,627 Views
I have been working with the stringers for the bottom side of the fuselage cowling.
After doing that part the fuselage has a bottom keel that runs about 3/4 the length of the fuse.
This also is the area where the landing gear exits and the bottom hatch is fitted into the fuselage.
The landing gear exit is relatively straight forward just a 5/32 gap between formers to allow the gear wire to exit and allow for pulling the gear out if needed. The hatch in the bottom is a bit more involved because of the flat bottom of the fuselage superstructure and then the angular keep shape over that. Also the fuselage bottom is on a curve at the point the hatch needs
to be place, then there is a hatch latch needed to release the hatch..
The hatch needs to be relatively long to allow to move the battery pack along it to allow for CG adjustments when motors are changed due to their difference in weight....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Feb 26, 2011 @ 07:58 PM | 6,892 Views
Got all the sides joined and started finishing the insides of the fuselages. Slide in Landing gear mounts, Wing Trailing edge wing mount reinforcements,
stringers for cowling.
All are mounted in all three. We are setting up with 5/32 landing gear wire as the
targeted flying weight will be 114 oz to use the 1900mah 3S lipos.
Probably 10 to 18 oz of ballast will be needed to make the weight rule.
I am guessing that the finished weight with all the gear will be around
100 oz for the LMR and 96 for the Texaco.
That will bring us close to the 10 oz/sq ft target....Continue Reading
Posted by Jay Burkart | Feb 23, 2011 @ 09:21 PM | 6,199 Views
I have made all the side pieces of the fuselages and have them ready to be joined
Also the wedge piece at the very tail of the fuselage is glued to one side before
joining the sides, it is a piece of 3/8" x 1.5" Trailing edge. The notch is to clear the rudder mounting
screw going up from the bottom the the stab and the other notch is the hardwood crossmount for
the horizontal stab itself. Also is shown how I sand the sides flat.
A Sanding T with the fuselage side pressed against a sanding board
with sandpaper attached to it.