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Jan 03, 2016, 02:59 PM
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My score from the swap meet in Waukesha today

Went there looking for an engine for a control line model, didn't have any luck. But at least I didn't come away empty handed. Two kits, 10 sheets of balsa and a Cox .09 glow head, all for $47. Not sure yet what I'm going to do with the two kits, didn't really need them but couldn't pass them up for the price. I got the Guillows B-17 for $15 and the Comet T-Craft for $12.

I may build the T-Craft as designed, rubber power free flight or I may convert it to electric RC. Who knows, maybe I'll build it as a rubber power RC! I've always wanted to try converting a large Guillows kit to electric RC but the high price tag put me off. I just went online to see what the B-17 sells for (knowing that they don't give those things away!) and the cheapest I saw was $99, a little more than the $15 I paid!

Anyone convert a Guillows B-17 to RC?

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Jan 03, 2016, 04:25 PM
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Nicely done. I ended up with two balsa Extra 300's which together should yield enough parts to build one good plane and one beater plane for $25 and a micro F-86 and 3 rolls of covering film for $50. I'm really looking forward to screwing around with those Extra 330s for some reason...!
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Jan 03, 2016, 08:27 PM
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Great. The Waukesha swap is always pretty good. I usually have good luck both when I'm selling and when I'm buying. Gotta get there early though, as is the case with any swap. I've seen a lot of stuff get sold in the parking lot, not even making it into the building!

One thing I noticed about the T-Craft is some of the printed balsa is not great. I was kinda looking forward to building a kit that had printed balsa as opposed to the die smashed balsa common to many kits. I found out that it's possible to have poor printed balsa parts as well. Some of the printing is so poor it's impossible to tell where the outlines are supposed to be. I'll have to get it from the plan. Most of it isn't bad though.

Jan 03, 2016, 10:02 PM
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I've seen a guillows B-17 converts to rc with 4 cox .010's on it at a swap meet. Seems ideal for an electric conversion.
Jan 07, 2016, 11:54 PM
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Electric conversions of the Guillow's B-17

If you want to see electric RC conversions of the Guillow's B-17, here they are:

Kit No - 2002 B17G Flying Fortress
Smokin' Beaver

I feel that I should mention that these were lifted straight from 'Smokin Beaver's' excellent Guillow's conversion sticky at the top of the 'Scale Scratch/Kit Built Electric' forum, here:
Jan 08, 2016, 06:38 AM
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I had already seen this list, but thanks.

I've pretty much decided I'm not going to do an RC conversion of it. I might build it as a C/L model or I might just build it as a static model. I just don't think that it makes into a very good RC model. I fly off of grass so unless I put huge wheels I can see that as a huge problem and it just seems as if the wing loading is way too high to fly well. I flew a fellow club member's UMX B-17 and that thing flies great but of course it doesn't weigh anything.

I'll probably just put it on the shelf for now. I have one C/L model to finish, another to recover and re-motor, in addition to several RC projects on the bench.

I am seriously considering an RC conversion of the Comet T-Craft. That one looks like it would fly pretty well and would be easy to convert. But then again that may get put on the back burner because of all the other projects. Too many projects, too little time!


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