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Old Nov 07, 2004, 05:35 PM
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Bell Aircraft X-16 pss scracth built

I scratch built this 1/24 scale Bell Aircraft X-16. The wing span is 57" and the plane is buit true to scale with two exceptions the airfoil and the vertical fins hight was reduced a little. This plane flys very well, similar to a Fun One in performace with only a slightly increase tip stall tendency.
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Old Nov 07, 2004, 05:45 PM
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Sweet, what's the airfoil, 6062? looks razor thin from here. I can't remember the CR's Fun One airfoil-
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Old Nov 07, 2004, 06:08 PM
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Cool! Not one I've seen before. Big props for modelling the nacelles!!

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Old Nov 07, 2004, 07:27 PM
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Sweet! Any more pics? Perhaps a close up or two? Outstanding to see people scratch building seldom-modeled subjects.

Welcome to the E-zone, lots of good folks here.

Jeff
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Old Nov 07, 2004, 08:41 PM
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Thats a very interesting project. The X16 designation was actually a cover for a high altitude recon aircraft. 28 were ordered but the whole thing got canceled before the 1st one was fininsed being built. It was never flown. At least until now anyway. LOL. Good job it does look like the real plane. As was said earlier More pic's?

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Old Nov 07, 2004, 08:48 PM
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Sweet! Any more pics? Perhaps a close up or two?

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Good job it does look like the real plane. As was said earlier More pic's? Bob
Yea, like they said....more pics!! Very Cool...whats it made out of?
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Old Nov 07, 2004, 10:03 PM
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couple more pic's

This Aircraft is a pink foam construction the wings are balsa sheeted with a SD6060 airfoil. The fuse is also pink foam with two layers of 2 oz glass over the pink foam. The fuse was cut into 3 pieces and hollowed out leaving 3/16 to 1/4" foam bonded to the fiber glass, then splice back together. Under the wing saddle the fuse was also glassed inside fuse to about one inch either side of the wing as a fuse doubler in the wing area. The fuse is only 2" in diameter for a cross section.
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Old Nov 07, 2004, 10:46 PM
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Awesome. I like the naceles

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Old Nov 07, 2004, 11:27 PM
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Definately Cool....... Reminds me of something out of Strategic Air Command.

I have a thing for Silver with Stars & Bars..... I used to just really love Bars...any bar...Flannegans, Barneys Beanery, CBGB's..oops

Whats the Wingspan & Weight?

Thats the Bell X-16 featured in the Sept. 2002 SE Modeler Magazine.... good job!!! Hope you dont mind Bert....

Mid Page: http://www.mrcss.org/pss.htm

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Old Nov 08, 2004, 12:59 AM
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Well I'll be darned, I thought it was given a pretty typical PSS stretch job, but actually it looks like it may be pretty close to 100% scale (as noted in the original post, I might add)! Check it out:



Apologies for thinking--wrongly--otherwise! Wow, cool job.

Steve
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Old Nov 08, 2004, 01:51 AM
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I was thinking the same thing Steve. On first glimpse I thought, "Cool, but that thing has been stretched way out of shape. I wonder what the real one really looked like..."

So I did a little web search and lo and behold, the real one looked exactly like
Bert's model! (Well at least the real one would have looked exactly like Bert's if it had ever gotten past the concept stage.)

Nice job on a very unusual subject Bert!
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Old Nov 08, 2004, 09:12 AM
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Been a while since I saw a pic of that plane. But I remember thinking when I saw a picture for the first time..." I thought Bob Martin designed the Coyote". turns out it was Bell Aircraft

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Old Nov 08, 2004, 12:14 PM
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Bell X-16

Yes SE Modeler is were the the idea came from. The Bell X-16 lost out to the sunk work project that produced the U-2 high altidude reconnaissance plane. I researched the X-16 for quite a while before building this model. There is very little real data on the airplane. I even tried to get information from Bell and the EAA in Oshkos. Very little of the data agreed between about 5 or six diffent sources on what the dimensions of this plane were. I used the dimensions that agreed on most of the documents. A full size fuse was mocked up for protype but the wings were never made. I had 2 sets of 3 view drawings and a copy of the picture above of the original prototype model. The three view in SE was the closest to true scale when scanned and enlarged. Still the X axis scale was different than the Y axis scale. I did Cad drawings as close to scale as I could, from the scanned outline to start this project. I always went by the dimensions when the drawing did not agree. This model is as close as I could build it using the building techniques I used. Everything with the exception of airfoil and vertical tail are within 1/4" in most cases less of my scale drawings. The canopy is more close to the 3 view drawings than the prototype model shown above. This was a fun project for me. I recieved many tips and support from members of our local soaring club (MRCSS).
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Old Nov 08, 2004, 11:12 PM
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I have never heard of the X16 before!!! Looks like you did a very scale job on it.
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