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Old Jun 14, 2010, 08:32 PM
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ASM C-130 Turned into "Fat Albert"

Hello,

I am beginning my "Assembly" log since it is an ARF kit of a ASM C-130 turned into the Blue Angels "Fat Albert" minus the jato.

My C-130 will be electric using Hacker motors with Castle Creation ESC's and Thunder Power Batteries

My plans call for Air Retracts, Full Nav Lighting including retractable Landing Lights and Taxi Lights, and operating Rear Cargo Door.

Stay tuned for pictures. I am in the process of stripping the Coast Guard markings off and figuring out how to mount the Hacker Motors in the nacelles.

Gary
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Old Jun 14, 2010, 10:42 PM
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Wow this sounds pretty cool! I always like watching that C-130 roar across when I watch the yearly Blue Angles show. Subscribed to this thread
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Old Jun 15, 2010, 06:48 PM
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ASM C130 "Fat Albert" Progress Report

Hello,

I have the fuselage and one wing half stripped. I am including a picture if the C-130 as it would come out oft the box.

To remove the markings from the fuselage you just peel the vinyl off and remove the glue residue with Laquer Thinner. Same way with the wings unless your also going to remove the covering then you would use a Heat Gun.

BTW, suggestions, info, pictures greatly appreciated.


Regards,

Gary
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 12:51 AM
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ASM C-130 "Fat Albert" Update

Hello,

Some additional detail regarding this project;

I will be using four Hacker A30 10xl motors and four Castle Creations Phoenix ICE 100amp ESC's on this project. I understand this is overkill on the ESC's but they weigh the same and are of the same size as the 75amp version and once I retire this plane one way or another the 100amp ESC's will be more versatile for other projects. I would like to use 9x7 four blade props but most likely end up using 10x7 three blade props.

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Gary
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Old Jun 16, 2010, 10:05 AM
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cool project!
I love the blue angels and fat albert is always a fun part of the show

hope it turns out great for you

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Old Jun 16, 2010, 11:56 AM
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Suggertion....

You want suggestions.....

Better get that table cleaned off before the wife gets home. LOL
Seeing this reminds me of all the times I worked on the table and always had it cleaned up before the wife got home. Thanks to the cell phone I always knew when she was on her way home. hehehe

OK on a serious note I to am interested in your project build.
I also have the ASM C-130 and she flys really nice.

Also what is the second plane you have on the table?



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Hello,

I have the fuselage and one wing half stripped. I am including a picture if the C-130 as it would come out oft the box.

To remove the markings from the fuselage you just peel the vinyl off and remove the glue residue with Laquer Thinner. Same way with the wings unless your also going to remove the covering then you would use a Heat Gun.

BTW, suggestions, info, pictures greatly appreciated.


Regards,

Gary
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Old Jun 17, 2010, 11:01 PM
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Looks great

I just picked up a 1/2 built one from a mate who lost interest (including 4 brand new OS32-4/Strokers, & retracts. I got it for a throw away price (less than the cost of 2 engines) and its in pretty good shape for something that has been sitting in the back of a garage for 2 years.

Being Australian, mine will be getting the 90's style 3 colour camo scheme (brighter colours than the US camo scheme- we have less ozone here and the sunshine is brighter). The new Aussie sceheme is the boring grey/greyer scheme, which is no good for RC flying.

Its good to see that the orange stripes come off easily, as it will significantly reduce the time taken for repainting.

Good luck with your C-130, I will be subscribing to this thread to watch your progress.

Cheers

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Old Jun 18, 2010, 02:13 AM
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ASM C-130 "Fat Albert" Project

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You want suggestions.....

Better get that table cleaned off before the wife gets home. LOL
Seeing this reminds me of all the times I worked on the table and always had it cleaned up before the wife got home. Thanks to the cell phone I always knew when she was on her way home. hehehe

OK on a serious note I to am interested in your project build.
I also have the ASM C-130 and she flys really nice.

Also what is the second plane you have on the table?
Hello Troy (testfly),

Glad you found my thread! Yes, the wife gets on me about the table but I don't know what the big deal is cuz we always eat in front of the TV

The other plane is a Topflite Cessna 182 arf.

For those of you who own a ASM C-130, Troy makes some of the best mods for this plane! I have purchased every one of them and let me tell you they are first rate!!! You can see a sample here http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_51...12/key_/tm.htm

He also makes the coolest Paraplane's and you can check them out here http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_51...12/key_/tm.htm

I plan on putting one of these on my X-Mas list.

To those following this thread, welcome! I hope you will enjoy the journey. I received some very good news today, I have been contacted by a party and they have offered their assistance with any information I may need about the "Fat Albert" to sucessfully complete this project.

Here is one of the best pictures I have seen to date of "Fat Albert".

BTW, I am having a hard time finding a way to lower and raise the rear cargo door. I estimate the amount of travel to be approx. 3.5".


Regards,

Gary
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 02:42 AM
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Old Jun 18, 2010, 08:22 AM
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Hello Troy (testfly),


BTW, I am having a hard time finding a way to lower and raise the rear cargo door. I estimate the amount of travel to be approx. 3.5".
Just set it up as a big gear door and use either two air cylinders or two servos. If you use servos, set them up so that in the up position the linkage goes past center so the servo isn't loaded when the door is up.
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Old Jun 20, 2010, 02:48 PM
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Spektrum offers a 278oz standard size servo (A6030) for about $85.00 that you could add a 3" arm to. I would think 1 one each side would still offer enough power with 3" arms on them. You can get them in reverse direction as well.
I am using them on a retract conversion I have done on a TF 310 project I am almost complete with now. http://www.seabreezeparachutes.com/c-310/view.html
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 09:20 AM
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Better get that table cleaned off before the wife gets home. LOL
Seeing this reminds me of all the times I worked on the table and always had it cleaned up before the wife got home.
lol.... that is so true!!
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 07:38 AM
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Rear Cargo Door

Hello,

I would like to thank those of you who have suggested ideas on how to move the rear cargo door up and down. After checking into it further the amount of travel should be 5" instead of the 3" previously thought. I have been unable to locate any air cylinders long enough for this amount of travel. The only solution that will come close is the winch servo which was suggested. The winch servo will give me approx. 4.89". These winch servo's weigh 3.8oz each and are the size of a 1/4 scale servo. To do it right I would need two of them. I haven't decided if this extra weight is worth the trouble.

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Gary
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Old Jun 23, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Gary, surely if you have the connection from the servo enough to the the door hinge you won't need so much travel? There are plenty of really powerful servos (see typical link below 2.75oz, same size as normal servos) which could be used with longer servo arms. My very rough calculations show that with a 3" long servo arm, and connection on the door 2" from the hinge, the servo would still have about 50 oz/in of torque, which would surely be enough to lift one half of the door about 5 inches.

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Old Jun 23, 2010, 10:47 AM
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Are you going to hinge the top half of the cargo door to fold into the upper part of the fuse?

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