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Old Oct 31, 2005, 11:44 AM
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Phenomenal P61 Black Widow project!

Tony Elliott, (old flying buddy o' mine and famed in sailplane circles for his enormous 35-foot span ETA-- seen on Paul Naton's Pro Aerotow video), is building an incredibly sophisticated 114" P61 Black Widow, from the Ziroli plan.
Modeled after the post-war P61C for the Thunderstorm project, this version has the turrent removed, the radar placed up front, and a black/red/yellow color scheme, for investigating thunderstorms (and eventually hurricanes).

Two Lazer 300 vee-twins converted to spark, with dual electronic ignition systems on each engine, on-board FEMA starters, Ziroli air retracts with three air sequencers and wheel brakes, SEVENTEEN servos (yup, count 'em, 17), three gyros, two opto-isolators to prevent glitches, four Matchboxes to sychronize ganged servos, one Equalizer II (for spoilers), 6 lipo batteries and one (absolutely bulletproof and ultra-reliable) receiver. Man!

In addition to the complete cockpit detail kit, Tony plans to add all panel lines and simulated flush riveting, with weathering. I look at stuff like this and it makes me cry for envy. Having the time to do a project like this is one hurdle, having the skill and stamina is another!

Go, Tony, go!

Don Bailey
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