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Nov 21, 2018, 07:30 PM
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It's back!


Whenever I see Buzz Waltz's incredible work, it's little wonder that he used to work closely with Soar Birdy and Big Birdy designer and champion R/C pilot, Joe Bridi. They still stay in touch, in fact.

When Buzz first gave me what he called The Sparrow, I was speechless. I'd seen this three-channel beauty fly and its resemblance to a Fokker Eindecker makes it that much more spectacular in the air.

Of course, when young Anakin Skywalker is in the cockpit ready for the big Boonta Eve Classic Podrace, how can I lose?

This was a model he banged out on his workbench one day and was later very tempted to produce it as a kit. It never made it to the kit stage, so I now own the one and only example with extra rudder area added to prevent the steering problem which may have resulted in a crash and less the semicircular decorative panels on either side of the motor. I have them; Buzz simply forgot to add them before he recovered the fuselage.

I haven't yet flown it. Buzz added an additional balsa bulkhead in front of the Anakin bust which may have to come out before I can fit a 1300mAh 3S battery. I have to remove the motor and drill out the hole in the firewall through which the motor shaft retainer passes.

The original Tower Pro 9g servos flew that model well and still work well, but they're very basic and I don't know how well they'll hold up to the extra rudder area. I have two brand new Tower Pro 9g metal-geared analogs which I will swap in once I get some new micro EZ connectors.

Oh, so tempted was I to add either Iron Cross graphics...or Star Wars imperial markings. I'm leaving this beauty unadorned.

I'll be drilling out a couple of round servo arms to use as washers; there isn't a lot holding that incredibly lightweight wing in place. Buzz's ribless design is a marvel of lightweight design, but it's very delicate. Buzz made the minor repairs to that wing as well and it's not only as good as new, the transparent covering gives it a remarkably ethereal look in flight.

Buzz even made a new canopy for the Arlo Larson glider; I found out it's a kit-built "Gnome." That partially completed "Bird of Time" I received at the time I got the other two models might be getting brushless power.

So many projects, so little time...

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas, all!
Last edited by DismayingObservation; Nov 28, 2018 at 08:03 PM. Reason: Almost got the name of the podrace correct...thanks, Wookiepedia.
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