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Sep 17, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Flying my Combat Airmadillo RC plane

Here is a video I took of me flying my old Airplane Factory Combat Airmadillo .40 RC plane this last weekend. I'll try and post a video of the Twin Combat Airmadillo the next time I take it out to the flying field too.

So here we go.

Combat Airmadillo 40 RC model airplane flight m4v (9 min 34 sec)

Last edited by earlwb; Sep 23, 2012 at 08:31 AM.
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Feb 19, 2013, 09:08 PM
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excellent model, congratulations, you will have the measurements of this or some link to make one myself?
Feb 20, 2013, 05:26 PM
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OK, my .40 Airmadillo has a 59 inch wingspan with a 11 inch chord. The fuselage is 48 inches long. The horizontal stab is 17 inches long by 7 inches wide. The vertical stab is 9 inches tall by 7 inches wide. The wing tends to sit back farther from the nose to get it to balance for the CG OK. The leading edge of my wing is positioned about 12 inches back from the tip of the fueselage. I would suggest not drilling the wing mount bolts until you have positioned the wing and checked the CG with everything installed first.

The aluminum tubing is 1/2 inch square tubing. Where the engine mounts and down inside where the wing bolts on it has some solid square hardwood inserted into the tubing. They originally used pop rivets to put the fuselage together with aluminum sheet metal pieces. Nothing exotic or fancy there. The lower front engine mount piece of tubing is separate and after mounting the engine to it and the top piece you drill the hole and put in a screw and nut to hold it in place between the two metal strips on both sides.

A fuel tank is cut off and used to hold the receiver and battery pack in the rear part. The throttle and aileron servos are up front and the elevator and rudder servos are in the rear.

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Feb 22, 2013, 10:03 PM
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very nice, thank you very much indeed very grateful
Apr 09, 2013, 10:51 AM
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man this takes me back! I loved my Airmadillo! I even flew it in an IMAC competition! (in Basic class where you can fly anything...) I don't even remember what ever happened to it, I think I had to replace the fuselage after so many crashes, but it took a lot of abuse and flew pretty well for a tank!
May 13, 2013, 11:31 AM
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Here are some pics and a video I made of my Combat Twin Airmadillo. I built this plane circa 1990 and it is still flying today. I upgraded from a 72mhz radio to a 2.4Ghz radio recently too. The twin is basically the same as the single engine version, except for the two fuselages you need of course. But all the sizes and dimensions are the same as on the single engine version.

Not exactly a great video, but it is all I have at this time though. But it has that great twin engine sound though.
My Combat Twin Airmadillo RC plane (8 min 31 sec)
May 15, 2013, 02:27 PM
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They look very solid, I love the control horns!
Sep 02, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I have one of these...broken in half. Someday I intend to make it fly again.
Sep 13, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Wow! Broken in half. That must have took some effort to get to happen.

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