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Old Oct 12, 2012, 03:13 PM
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Wright Model B by Bill Hadden, photos by Pat Daily

Here is a video and some photos of Bill Hadden and his Wright Model B that I shot a few years ago. It was a bit windy, but Bill used the wing warping well to keep it stable. Note the props are hand carved and powered by a gear and "plastic chain". Bill is one of the world's experts on Wright planes and works at the Wright Experience where he has built several full sized exact replicas of the Wright B. See: http://www.wrightexperience.com

The Wright B is a magnificent model and it takes your breath away watching it fly.
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 07:41 PM
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Great stuff.

What a beautiful model.

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Old Oct 13, 2012, 03:03 PM
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I'd like to know more about how he did the belt drives.
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Old Oct 13, 2012, 04:42 PM
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It is a chain drive, not a belt drive.
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 01:38 PM
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Beautiful! I did the original Wright Flyer back in 2001. It flew fantastic. I never knew that the Wright brothers decided to "turn the plane around" and do away with the canard. I might just have to try this model. I would think it would be a fantastic flyer and easy to trim; am I "wright"?
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 03:14 PM
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It is a chain drive, not a belt drive.
I knew the real one had chain drives. I just didn't think that was feasible on a small scale. Do you have any close-up pictures?
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 10:13 PM
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Here is the best I can find. I cropped and enlarged it for you. Also Bill with the Wright B. Bill used an old 400 brushed motor hidden in the dummy motor with a gear drive to the sprockets for the props.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Thanks Pat.
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Old Oct 17, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Very well done. You have to admit they had booools flying something like that.

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Old Oct 18, 2012, 11:44 AM
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I believe that Small Parts has some pretty small chain drive components. Could that be what he used in this model?

I have to say that it sure is an impressive bit of work and very ably flown given the rough looking conditions.

I could see a calm weather/indoor version of this being a real winner too. Lightweight wood and functional rigging could produce what would be an amazing slow flyer.
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Old Oct 20, 2012, 05:41 PM
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Beautiful! I did the original Wright Flyer back in 2001. It flew fantastic. I never knew that the Wright brothers decided to "turn the plane around" and do away with the canard. I might just have to try this model. I would think it would be a fantastic flyer and easy to trim; am I "wright"?
Maybe, but I know I am...
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Old Oct 25, 2012, 12:47 PM
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A superb achievement.

A masterpiece.
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