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Posted by BAF23 | Oct 06, 2014 @ 06:44 PM | 21,299 Views
For reasons I still am unable to pinpoint or identify, the B25 Mitchel bomber has always been an absolute favorite of mine. After becoming proficient in R/C flying in the mid-seventies, I ordered the then nec-plus-ultra Royal B25 kit and 2 K&B40 engines. Unfortunately a partner and building a house caused me to sell it before I even started assembling it. Just before the turn of the centuries I had the incredible luck of captaining the real B25 N320SQ during a display season. A decade after I quit real flying, I resumed R/C and it didn’t take long for me to acquire a couple of FMS foamie 1m40 B25 Mitchels, which I painted as Lotys II and Sarinah, the two schemes I flew in for real. After finding out the correct mix between throttle and elevator, I happily flew them for 3 years because they were practicable, stable and forgiving, even in moderate winds.

Here is an onboard video of the model flying the identical display as I flew it with the real B25 of the DBAF anno 2000.
B25 routine 010814 (6 min 37 sec)

All that time I was dreaming of a larger size B25 model, but it had to be electrically powered and affordable, and preferably second hand with electric retracts. New ones were unavailable because the Hangar 9 ceased production of it. During the summer of 2014 I saw a Hangar 9 model advertised in almost new condition for a more than reasonable price. After a few weeks of bidding, I got it and collected it at the second owner’s place. Seeing his other...Continue Reading