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Old May 11, 2013, 09:40 PM
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13' R/C Aircraft Carrier Build

Hey folks!

For the past five months, peconic steam has been hard at work in the yards, slaving away at our largest scale model project ever: our second R/C replica of CV-63 Kitty Hawk. When complete, it'll measure 13 feet LOA, with a displacement around 250 pounds - and it'll have its own aircraft to launch and (hopefully) recover.

This isn't our first crack at an aircraft carrier. Three summers ago, we filmed our previous CV-63 scratch-build launching some comically oversized biplanes off its flight deck. Problem was, the planes we were using just didn't have fine enough flight control to land successfully back on the 51" model.

R/C Aircraft Carrier Launches R/C Airplane! (1 min 44 sec)


The new ship aims to fix that problem through sheer size, allowing us to land bigger, more controllable planes on its vast flight deck. peconic steam is much of the way through the build, so I whipped up a quick video documenting the construction process so far. A few snapshots are also included, but the real good stuff is in the video. Part two, along with a glut of air-ops videos, is forthcoming once she goes into the water.

In the meantime, your questions and comments on our super-carrier build are welcome. Enjoy:

Making a 13-foot R/C Aircraft Carrier from Scratch - "Building the Behemoth," Part 1 (6 min 29 sec)



EDITED TO ADD: There are additional build videos further downthread, but we've also commenced flight operations since this post was written. Check out aircraft flying from the Kitty Hawk's deck in this post from August!
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Old May 11, 2013, 10:08 PM
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I have been following this build on Facebook. Very excited to see it on the water.
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Old May 11, 2013, 10:12 PM
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Hey, thanks for being our FB buddy! We're pretty jazzed to see it on the bay ourselves.

Not sure how well the scale translates, but in person ... what a beast this sucker is.
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Great build video. Excellent commention.

Going to be hard to get the micros down unless its calm out and in a stabilized approach.

Good luck!
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Fabulous work! What a super cool model this is. You and your dad are just amazing.

Your professional voice over experience really comes through too on this video. It's a great video! Great script and fantastic photos.
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Old May 12, 2013, 12:06 AM
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Great build video. Excellent commention.

Going to be hard to get the micros down unless its calm out and in a stabilized approach.

Good luck!
Thanks! And yes - we're gonna need a very calm morning, a lot of training on the stick, and a lot of luck. And even then we're expecting a crash or three. Nature of the beast

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Fabulous work! What a super cool model this is. You and your dad are just amazing.

Your professional voice over experience really comes through too on this video. It's a great video! Great script and fantastic photos.
Always great to hear from you, Tom - thanks much! Let us know if you ever plan to come out east and we'll show you the 'yards!
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Now that's cool.
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Totally Awesome!!! "full military power"

I enjoyed the rocket launch videos too!
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What Millertime said :-)
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Old May 13, 2013, 11:35 AM
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13 feet! Dat's a big boat!

Even at 13' though, landing the mini Trojan is going to be a feet of airmanship I can't wait to see that video!
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Thanks everyone, for your comments and interest in our CV-63 project. Re the ultra micro Navy T-28, I've had very little time to get at all familiar with flying it. Our intent will be to first try some landings with the more docile planes we've amassed. More a proof of concept approach, as they are far from military in appearance. We are hoping for ~ 5 knots out of the carrier to allow us a slower relative approach / longer reaction time regarding snagging a wire on the flight deck. We will keep you posted! Willie.
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You should be able to achieve 5 knots if your drivetrains are up to it. Delftship indicates 5 knots max hull speed for all of the 4 meter waterline length hulls I have at varying levels of resistance affected by the hull design(using the John Winters/KAPERS method. Delftseries says 6 knots, but that method is for sailing hulls......).

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let us know the results!
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Fun project! Will the pilots be on a chase boat? Or on shore? If on shore, how will you coordinate the landing spot to be in front of the pilots? 5 knots will put the carrier out of position pretty fast. And do you have the ability to re-create the flight deck on land to help train the pilots?
And wasn't there a thread about someone who wanted to build a 1:18 scale Essex class carrier to land his park fliers on? He should be following this thread to see how it's done.

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Honestly, I think you'd be better off landing on a stationary boat. I haven't personally flown any of the micros, but a friend I fly with has the Mig with AS3X and the older P51 without. The AS3X birds will sure make your life easier
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Also, there are numerous 3-axis digital gyros on the market today so it would be easy to retrofit an older model.
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