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Posted by GonzoBorinquen | Mar 02, 2020 @ 09:46 AM | 4,934 Views
Heinkel 162 Salamander WWII turbine model. It took me seven months to build the model. The kit was produced by Bruce Sanders Century Jet Models. The kit is no longer in production. The kit is a very complete short kit. All wood except wing planking is included. Main kit parts are a fiberglass fuselage with plywood bulkheads and foam core wings.
Have not given the Salamander its maiden flight yet even thou I has been ready to fly for a while. Will publish how it went with the maiden flight when it takes place. April 2020 is the set date for the maiden flight.

The design of the full scale HE 162 took four months and 1st prototype was shortly available after that. The plane went thru a very short trial period with many retrofits installed after almost every test flight. Been in production in late 1944 and with many materials in short supply, the creation of the 1st squadron itself was a major task.

The model is controlled by a Futaba 9C radio, powered by Jet Central Rabbit 100 SP, Century Jets retracts, Xicoy sequencer to coordinate landing gear with gear doors and Jettronics variable low-loss braking system. Controlled by 11 servos. Controlled by Futaba are two servos in Ailerons, two servos in Flaps mixed with elevator switchable, one servo on each Elevator, one servo on each rudder, two servos controlled by the Xicoy sequencer for air valves ne for retracts another for gear doors and one servo for steering.

Fuel load is 124 oz. distributed by in four tanks in...Continue Reading
Posted by GonzoBorinquen | Mar 01, 2020 @ 03:55 PM | 4,301 Views
Horten 229 V3 WWII flying wing model. It took me a year to build the model. The kit is produced by Gary Hethcoat http://www.wingsontheweb.com/. Everything about the kit is class #1. Fiberglass center section with plywood bulkheads and built up balsa wings.

Maiden flight took place on 2/29/2020 at Borinquen RC Club in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. It flew flawlessly with only minor trimming, 2 clicks left aileron and 1 click up. It flew very Stable no bad habits in the air. Its silhouette is very peculiar, but looks commanding and draws all the attention. The design does place a lot of its weight in the nose gear and requires attention on takeoff and landing.

A revolutionary design testament to the Horten brother’s innovative design. Recognition to Gary’s aeromodelling knowledge scaling down a very complicated model.

The model is controlled by a Futaba T14SG radio, powered by two JP 70mm counter rotating EDF’s, two JP 100 A ESC, two 6S 6200 ma in parallel, JP electric landing gear with sequential gear doors and brakes. Controlled by 13 servos. Controlled by Futaba are Elevons, Mid Flaps mixed with elevator switchable and also for speed brakes, inner flaps for speed brakes (crow), steering, drag Rudders for jaw and throttle.

The model spans 82” has 1277 sq. inches of wing area, weighted fully loaded 17 lbs....Continue Reading
Posted by GonzoBorinquen | Feb 18, 2020 @ 11:32 AM | 3,919 Views
My 1st turbine plane....what a way to start.

In 2014, a friend of mine gave me a Joe Saitta ME 163B that had been handed down thru many hands since 1999. The model had never been started, it was a propeller driven, 82", ME 163B short kit. It still had the original plans, Fiberglass fuselage and some of the ribs and bulkheads. The rest had been lost thru time.

I contacted Joe Saitta thru email. He was very supportive and indicated that things had changed since 1999, now his model was turbine powered. The fuselage was the same as well as the wings, but the bulkheads and other items in the fuselage guts had changed. He prepared an upgrade kit for me and I was ready to start.

I had been building models for some decades, so this was not an issue. Turbines was another thing, I had no knowledge of them. Nor was I AMA turbine certified. A good friend of mine, Juan Garcia, became my mentor and taught me all I had to know on this power plants and models.

I finished the model in a few months. Since this plane lands on a skid, landing gear is detached on takeoff. I prepared an aluminum skid that follows the external contour of the fuselage. This will protect the belly of the plane upon landing in grass field. The landing gear/dolly was made of wood and aluminum and version 1.5 was the perfect one which I have been using the past five years. The first four versions had each a different flaw which required modification. Takeoff dolly release can be very tough on the...Continue Reading