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Dec 07, 2012, 05:28 AM
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Skywalker X-8 (slightly modified)

Well, I got the X-8 finished recently and the next day dawned bright and sunny, so it was maiden day – yikes.

I have been working on this model and some others on and off for six months and having it finally ready to go was something of a relief. Still have to paint it, but that is going to be quite a mission with a 2.55m wing span and a Luft ’46 scheme, so I wanted to make sure it flew OK before investing the time and money in paint and decals. Mine is designed just for park flying and ridge soaring. I used part of the load carrying capacity to strengthen the wings with cf rods, glass and brown paper to finish – tough as. Fuse is glassed and elevons are glassed balsa.

Flying weight at the mo is around 3.3kg which is a reasonable weight to hand launch and having a carbon prop sitting on the sharp end of 700watts is a bit of a worry. I use the 2x2x1 fingered grip with sand paper attached to the finger holes and the maiden launch went great. I have done several thousand pusher, EDF and slope launches so kinda getting the hang of it.

Really thrilled with how it flies. I had two flights of about ten minutes each just exploring the handling and getting a feel for her. The landings were all they are cracked up to be. Like trying to land a run away train with a 20:1 glide ratio - on my first attempt I gained 10 feet. Haven't bothered with any spoilers etc as my planned landing grounds are huge.

Here's a short vid of the maiden.

Blohm und Voss 219.01 fighter. (2 min 33 sec)

Looking forward to getting some paint and squadron markings on her.
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Dec 13, 2012, 06:27 AM
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The B & V 219 is back from the paint shop and ready for action

Feb 21, 2013, 09:13 PM
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Hi KiwiKid, what kind of cockpit set do you use and where did you get them from? I've been looking for one but haven't found the matching ones.
Feb 22, 2013, 02:33 AM
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Hi there - details of the cockpit hardware are:

Canopy: a Sig Mfg product (available from a lot of hobby shops) - see pic below.

Pilot: from HobbyKing (on backorder at the moment, but they are restocked regularly):

Cockpit interior: from HobbyKing for F-86 (again on backorder!) :
Last edited by KiwiKid; Feb 22, 2013 at 02:41 AM.
Sep 30, 2014, 02:35 PM
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Very nice!!! did you had a special reason to extend the wings with the horizontal winglets??
Sep 30, 2014, 03:23 PM
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Haha - I had forgotten about this thread - thanks UAV.

The winglets (and the Luft '46 bash) were inspired by the Blohm und Voss 215. The X8 is still going strong and is a fun model to fly. To my surprise I have found it also makes a fun ridge soarer - vid below.

Blohm und Voss 219 ridge soaring (4 min 16 sec)
Feb 12, 2016, 01:27 PM
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wow that looks so cool
well done Kiwikid


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