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Posted by Dave Grife | Jan 31, 2017 @ 07:52 PM | 27,135 Views
Very nice initial impression, a bit on the expensive side, but time is money and quality factors in as well
Huge shipping box, very well engineered box, cardboard as thick as 1/2" plywood
High quality glass and ultra coat finish
Retracts and electric brakes included
Lots of carbon/glass aft of the fan mount


just need to get some servos.........
Posted by Dave Grife | Jan 03, 2017 @ 07:22 PM | 15,368 Views
I ordered a Mick Reeves D.H. 112 Venom Fuselage in Sept. 2016 from England. http://www.mickreevesmodels.co.uk/~m.../Jets/jets.htm

Very good service Definitely a builder's fiberglass level of finish.

My plan is to convert this to a DeHavilland Swallow D.H. 108 --- Giant Scale !

De Havilland DH 108 Jet first British plane to break the sound barrier (5 min 37 sec)

I've mostly completed my wing drawings, cut out my wing ribs, and I'm nearly finished with the structural fuselage formers and wing mounting spars.

The structural design has taken me weeks of on and off work, the front and rear wing mounting spars, bulkheads, ducting, landing gear mounts, EDF mount, all had to be re-designed and re-calculated given the short coupling of the flying wing.

I did something similar two years ago and it was quite successful


There are a few improvements that I'm looking to incorporate into the the 1/6th scale Swallow

I've made the EDF mount adjustable so that it will accept 120mm, 110mm,105mm, and 100mm EDF units.
The landing gear geometry should be better.
A bit more twist has been add across the wingspan, hopefully, the elevons will be a bit more neutral.

My intention is to start with a Jetfan 100mm, or a Jetfan 110 or a Schuebeler DS-86, if the airplane's weight increases too much.

12s battery, 4500 watts, 13 to 17lbs. thrust, Castle Creations ESC controller.

I have Robart electric retracts that are rated for 12lbs. Hopefully, I can stay below that.

Keith Shaw, again, has made aspects of this project possible for me, and I can't thank him enough for his support, friendship and mentoring over the years.

Thanks again, Jim Young for plotting out the airfoils for this version of the DeHavilland Swallow

Posted by Dave Grife | Nov 29, 2014 @ 05:16 PM | 30,196 Views
I'm getting started on this model, interesting subject, and quite good looking outlines.

De Havilland Swallow (2 min 13 sec)


I'll post some construction photos soon

Posted by Dave Grife | Nov 06, 2012 @ 01:45 PM | 26,366 Views
Recently, I finally got around to starting my Me 262 from Airworld.

I cut the flaps out.
I didn't want to omit them on a plane of this size for two reasons. First, I thought it would look kinda funny without them. Second, I hope that they might work and help with landings and take-offs.

I've mounted the tail servos and plan to reinforce the main gear mounts soon.

I ended up using the JetFan 90 on 12 cells with a HET 700-60-935 kv motor.

(2) 6 cell batteries in series, ESC's in parallel

Some pictures soon