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Posted by davidterrell80 | Feb 28, 2014 @ 06:59 AM | 5,255 Views
"BBCC 3" -- 3rd Balsa Builders Conversion Contest Judgment Thread

It was a difficult season for many of the participants but, as of 28 August 2014, three participants successfully flew their entries in BBCC 3.

It is now up to you to decide the "best build."

The contest thread is located HERE. This poll will be "open" until midnight UTC, 31 March 2014. The current time UTC is available HERE.

Each participant, listed at the bottom of this post, built and flew a radio controlled model aircraft, constructed predominantly of balsa, based upon a kit or plans not originally designed for radio control. The poll, located at the top of this thread, will decide whose entry is declared "Best Build;" the winner receiving:
1) The choice of:
a) three Peter Rake aviation art prints or
b) a single Peter Rake build plan (see the list appended to Post #1 of the contest thread for selection and http://www.peterrake.com for photos of the planes built from the plans).
Thanks to Peter Rake for his generosity.
2) A NIB laser-cut kit of the 24" Guillow's Nieuport II -- graciously provided by pburress.
You may use whatever criteria you wish, but I hope you will do the following:
1. Click on each of the links/pictures below, which will take you to a participant's build thread.

2. Read through each thread and comment as you wish; adding your encouragement, appreciation, and good ideas.

3. Return to this thread and, using your own criteria, vote for the one you think best.

4. Consider joining the next BBCC, coming soon to the Balsa Builders Forum

===== List of participants flown in BBCC 3 in order of proof of first flight =====

Guillow's B-29 Superfortress Conversion by Smokin' Beaver
Posted Video Proof of Flight on 01 Dec 2013 at 0113 UTC

Sterling Models(by Estes) AT-6 Texan by Tucci
Posted Video Proof of Flight on 13 Jan 2014 at 1833 UTC

18" Herr Cessna 180 by Ronald L
Posted Video Proof of Flight on 23 Feb 2014 at 2002 UTC

Posted by davidterrell80 | Feb 03, 2014 @ 10:16 PM | 5,186 Views
Flight, 6 April 1951, p 390

170-ton Jet Bomber

EIGHT turbojets, mounted in four pods beneath the wings, will power an experimental version of the Convair B-36, now under construction, which may fly later this year. Designed to attain 550 m.p.h. at 55,000 ft, the all-jet B-36 will have 35-deg sweep-back of wings and tailplane. The present B-36D, with six piston engines and four jets,reaches 435 m.p.h. at altitude.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Feb 03, 2014 @ 01:40 PM | 5,254 Views
After two years of trouble free flying, I'm making cosmetic changes to my first ParkFlyer.

I'm changing my T-28 Trojan from the white and red D-model Trainer into the camo'd S-model "Fennec" (Desert Fox) warbird used by the French in North Africa between 1958 and 1960.
Posted by davidterrell80 | Feb 03, 2014 @ 09:15 AM | 4,965 Views
The attached photo is that of a mis-labeled German Fokker E3 aeroplane (it looks more like a Halberstat) captured in France, and paraded up Fleet Street, London 1916 - 2014 by Adam Surrey.

In the past year, I've discovered some talented people who take a photograph taken long ago, find the exact location the photo was taken, take a current-day photograph and meld the old and the new to highlight the juxtaposition of history.

Here is the website of a community of such artists