Clay Howe's "17"
Clay named his new design the "17" because it's his 17th electric plane. The plane is best described in Clay's words:
"The plane has about 35 flights on it now, and flies very well. I designed and built it after doing a Mini-Streak that I thought was just a bit too fast for me, as I'm just learning to fly planes with ailerons. I thought that the 17, being a little larger and heavier than the Mini-Streak, would be easier for me to learn on but when I did a flight demo at Mid-Am, a couple of experienced Mini-Streak flyers said it was faster than a Mini-Streak. Maybe I'm learning something after all. The "17" is much sleeker than the Mini-Streak. Some of the additional weight is due to the wing construction which is full D-tube with cap strips on the ribs."
|A top view which shows Clay's striking color scheme and the airplane's high aspect ratio wing. The airfoil changes at the tip to improve low-speed handling.||The "17" with the hatch removed. The wing is held on with two nylon bolts.The top hatch is removable via two metal screws.|
Christopher J. True
Chris' Viking is made of wood and foam. He used 1/32" sheeting to keep the weight down. The spars are 1/16" x 14" spruce. The fuselage is constructed out of 3/4" pink foam with balsa and ply reinforcement for the wing hold-down. Ply reinforcement is also used for the landing gear and tail attachment points.
Viking side view. The plane hasn't received its markings yet, but they will be added soon.
The Viking head-on.
A look inside the model. Removing the wing allows access to an Astroflight speed control
and the 8 cell 2000RC pack.
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