|Oct 31, 2005, 11:13 AM|
The short answer to your question is 'No'
The Bomber One Seven is a gorgeous plane built-up from balsa. Probably more than most people thinking of ARF foamies would be looking for.
The closest to a RTF you can do is to pickup the old Multiplex Cargo plane. There is a hobby shop that as of 3 months ago still had some conversion kits to make it look like a B-17 - good enough for stand off scale. I was ready to pick up the plane and a conversion kit when I came across some posts that said it did not fly very well. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...=7#post3794589
RoadKill designs has a profile B-17 kit for about $100. It is largely (all?) balsa.
If you are ok with a balsa build, kit cutters sells laser-cut kits in different scales:
Cedar hobbies announced an ARF balsa B-17. It has an 81" wingspan. I have no idea what electrics one would use in that beast!
I posted some info on B-17's in Gene Bonds C-47 thread, post # 281
This person made a nice blu-cor B-17 has lots of info and a video:
This is just a great collection of 1:1 scale B-17's:
My plan this winter is to build a B-17 with a 40-60" wingspan out of foam. At this point I'll start with a profile design derived from Gene Bond's DC-3 and see how it goes or perhaps a foamie built from Fiddler's Green plans. A full fuse would follow later if it flew well and my needs weren't met with the profile.
Glad to hear that someone else is intersted in a B-17. Please keep us posted on what you find. I don't understand why no company is producing a foam ARF kit. It would sell like mad.
|Oct 31, 2005, 02:32 PM|
Found this on rcscalebuilder. It is another amazing B-17:
My favorite pic is the builder standing next to a wing on page 2!
Oh, and this one:
|Nov 01, 2005, 09:35 AM|
An older, scratchbuilt foam B-17:
"...build in white form, cowered with brown paper. The plane have a wingspan at 2 m. 3 wheel retracts, powered by 4 pcs. S-400 7,2v with gearbox and 10 cells."
|Nov 08, 2005, 03:27 PM|
Here's another thread on a B-17 conversion:
they are discussing updates to the B-17 featured in this Guillow's conversion build-thread:
|Nov 15, 2005, 06:13 PM|
Yea that was a cool plane! But I really had my heart set on a b17 bomber and after some thought, I'm thinking a smaller size ( 40" or smaller) that I could easily fly at the park nearby would be more practical than a 80" wingspan model....I would even built from a kit if I had to.....I liked how slow flying the model was in the video you posted....
|Nov 16, 2005, 04:16 PM|
B17 Flying Fortress and P38 Lightning guillows
Well I did it! Bought the guillows b17 flying fortress and the P38 Lightning! Crappy weather is here so it's time to get building! Time to re-read the building threads!
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