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Jun 28, 2011, 08:25 PM
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HobbyKing B-17 EPO 1875mm Memphis Belle.

Thing this bird deserves it own thread now as its diffrent to the smaller one that HK have. The bigger one is cheaper than smaller one and looks to have a better paint job.

I copied the below from their site.

It is rare that an individual aicraft becomes famous and even more rare that a film is made about a certain aircraft, the Memphis Belle and her crew were to "star" in no less than 2 movies, making this B-17 probably the most widely known individual military aircraft. More importantly, this aircraft became a beacon of hope in the dark days of 1943 as it was the first Flying Fortress to successfully complete 25 missions with her crew unscathed. The aircraft and crew were sent back to the US from the ETO to raise war bonds and of course moral, they recieved a heros welcome and a legend was born.

This huge plug and fly B-17 is very simple and fast to assemble, with all servos & ESCs pre-installed. It is made from EPO foam, so it is tough as you would exepect and as the 1pc wing is removable, it is also practical. The pre-fitted electric retracts & wheels are large enough to tackle almost any surface and with plenty of power on tap from the four brushless motors spinning counter-rotating props, smooth take offs are a synch, the pre-fitted split flaps ensure that landings are also drama free.

There is plenty of scale detail on offer, including the guns & ball turret, the Pratt & Whittney "engines", three blade scale props, working navigation & landing lights and so on. We have flown this B-17 extensively, it is easy to fly and so graceful, a scale flyers dream, this model has real presence in the air and is bound to become a star at your airfield!

Length: 1350mm
Flying Weight: 2750g
4 x 700kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
4 x 20A ESC
6 x 9g Servo
Electric Retracts
6 Channel

All y-leads
2 x spare propeller
Parallel Leads for ESC/Lipoly

Your Own 6 Channel TX/RX
2 x 2200mAh~3000mAh 3s Lipoly Battery

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Jun 28, 2011, 11:18 PM
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Yeah it looks good, but as some have said before looks like a giant pineapple with those lines so big. I will probably still get this one though...
Jun 29, 2011, 02:52 AM
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I agree with the lines issue.

Attention Plane creators.....Please do not add lines. we dont want them, they dont look right. I'm happy if you paint them on though.
Jun 29, 2011, 11:06 AM
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This one looks to be made by HC Hobby who aready did the B25 and Mosquito
Jun 30, 2011, 03:25 AM
Wilde Sau
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Then the odds are that this B17 might be good... the Mosquito seems to be a nice and popular model, the B25 wasn't good in it's original version, however became a nice plane after the Hobby-Lobby-modification... which unfortunately never became available in Europe

That FW190 prototype that HC came up with a few months ago was horrible and never made it to the stores...

Well, this B17 has a good size, but it looks like it has only few details and poor decals... just like the B25 had... and those panel lines kind of spoil it... gotta wait for more pics to come in!

Manu, what makes you think that this is HC?

Jun 30, 2011, 04:22 AM
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I'm not sure the pannel lines will be too much of an issue - I think the photography can enhance them some what. Worth waiting for more pics though.

Jun 30, 2011, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Beltpilot
Manu, what makes you think that this is HC?
Well Bernhard, just a wild guess so far, but have a look a those 2 pics:

Propeller, hubs, and fake radials looks identical too me between the HC B25 and this B17...

They also seems to be scaled same and the wingspan looks roughtly in proportion...
Last edited by Manu Simon; Jun 30, 2011 at 07:37 AM.
Jun 30, 2011, 08:40 AM
Wilde Sau
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Good observation! Thanks, that makes it pretty clear I guess!
Jun 30, 2011, 08:53 AM
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My guess: it's made by Shenzhen Lanxiang Model Aircraft Co., Ltd.
Jul 01, 2011, 04:39 PM
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I think, with a 6 Channel there is no Bombdrop!?
The smaller one from HK has a Bombdrop, and i want that!
But the bigger size provokes me...
Is the lower price a reason for no bombdrop? Who knows that?
Jul 01, 2011, 05:07 PM
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I was holding out for the larger Starmax B-17 but after seeing close up pictures I'll go with this one in silver. Have to add a bomb bay but this should not be to bad.

Hope the silver one shows in the US warehouse soon.

Jul 01, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by stacker
I was holding out for the larger Starmax B-17 but after seeing close up pictures I'll go with this one in silver. Have to add a bomb bay but this should not be to bad.

Hope the silver one shows in the US warehouse soon.


Me Too!!!! Why is it Easytiger can ship it from china, but HK can't???
Jul 08, 2011, 10:55 PM
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I have this plane on the way, has anybody got it yet? Any mods needed before first flight?
Jul 09, 2011, 07:27 AM
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The USA WAREHOUSE Has them with 1 cent Shipping

I tryed to order when I first saw it .but it was to large to ship
one piece wing .

I ordered one , will test fly then strip paint fill the lines and
give it a good Paint job and some Callie decals .
the base model looks good - I have the Mossie and
B-25 - but this should be fun.
Jul 09, 2011, 07:40 AM
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Ok the 1 cent shipping was the clincher. Get em while there hot. The lack of a bomb bay is ok. The panel lines are unfortunate. You can see in the video the lines will be very visible.
Maybe they grow on you??
I hope I don't have to fill/repaint.
Great price on a big classic..

Memphis Belle - HobbyKing Skunkwerks Series (2 min 38 sec)

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