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Old Feb 05, 2012, 08:55 PM
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Bald Eagle Project

I am starting a new project for those interested in RC birds.

It is a 1 to 1 scale Bald Eagle and will incorporate a fiberglass fuselage using hard shell molds along with silicone molds for the feet. The wings will be built up from balsa with composite tip feathers. It is planned to be a tailess design. No vertical cheater fin if it can fly without it.

It is based on Bob Hoey's Turkey Vulture and on another gentlemans bird designs from Japan. Both have done extensive flight testing with "birds" and have had success with them.

If interested I will post the progress of the project on my blog page. I would do a thread but I am not sure how long the thing is going to take getting it off the building board, flight testing included.

Anyways, here are some pictures of the fuselage plug being built right now.
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Old Feb 05, 2012, 10:20 PM
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I would love to see this project soar!

Soar!
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Old Feb 06, 2012, 04:53 PM
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Are you going to have a clear plastic vertical fin?
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 07:47 AM
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I like the glass eyes. Nice touch.
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 01:46 PM
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O man the eagles are thick at my home site, they would go crazy over this thing.... Steve

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I am starting a new project for those interested in RC birds.

It is a 1 to 1 scale Bald Eagle and will incorporate a fiberglass fuselage using hard shell molds along with silicone molds for the feet. The wings will be built up from balsa with composite tip feathers. It is planned to be a tailess design. No vertical cheater fin if it can fly without it.

It is based on Bob Hoey's Turkey Vulture and on another gentlemans bird designs from Japan. Both have done extensive flight testing with "birds" and have had success with them.

If interested I will post the progress of the project on my blog page. I would do a thread but I am not sure how long the thing is going to take getting it off the building board, flight testing included.

Anyways, here are some pictures of the fuselage plug being built right now.
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 02:04 PM
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 07:25 PM
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There will be no vertical fin if things work OK.

Here's a Youtube post of the Japanese Birds being tinkered with. This guy has built countless birds and control systems. All without vertical fins.

Oiseau rc bird type glider "condor" (1 min 22 sec)


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Old Feb 07, 2012, 07:28 PM
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Here's a link to Bob Hoey's Bird page:

http://www.twitt.org/1partdrib.html
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 08:10 PM
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Does this mean I will finally be able to thermal like the birds?! Interesting project, look forward to the progress.
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Old Feb 09, 2012, 08:53 PM
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Making Progress...
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 10:20 AM
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Nice pic.love it
bald eagle too
cheers
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 11:17 AM
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Hi V1

That bird in the video flys real well without a rudder, looking forward to watching your eagle come to life.

Do you tune in to watch the real eagles on the live feed , google ' Eagles videocam from Decorah '. They are just about ready to take to the nest full time and get the babys going.

I like you sleek looking T tail sloper too.

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Old Jul 20, 2012, 06:03 PM
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Finally have some time to work on finishing the Eagle project.

Finalized the detail carving and spent HOURS sanding and priming the body plug getting it ready for the next stage of pulling molds.

The wingtip feather mold plugs are finished and will have molds pulled at the same time.

Pictures attached of the primed body ready for setting the parting plane fixtures.
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Old Jul 20, 2012, 06:05 PM
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Someone has mad carving skills!!!!! Hat's off to you, that looks amazing!
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 10:20 AM
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When you are finished, would you be willing to make another body and set of wingtips? This is amazing!
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