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Apr 30, 2019, 03:55 PM
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VQ Warbirds B-24 Liberator Assembly Thread


I've been working on the assembly of the new VQ Warbirds B-24 (https://vqwarbirds.com/product/vq-b-...rf-olive-gray/)for a model airplane news review and got the ok to start an assembly thread here. I've also been posting progress on my Facebook page (http://fb.com/thercgeek) as well. Once the MAN review is published, I'll be putting together a few videos on the assembly and flight that'll be posting on my YT channel (http://youtube.com/thercgeek).

At 110" wingspan, this B-24 is a beast. They've done a great job on the looks and shape of the airplane and it's really nicely built as well. Power will be 4x himax motors on 4cells each swinging 11x7 3-blade props. It also has nice scale retracts from robart that dress up the airplane really nicely. I'm also planning on custom markings from Callie-Graphics from the "zodiacs" squadron (already in hand). Oh and the kit is also setup with operational gun turrets (which will operate from an extra special controller I've been working on ), scale roll up bomb bay doors and bomb drop as well. All of which will be operational on this model.

So, to kick off this thread, here are a few shots of the kit. Sorry I couldn't get a better looking model to stand with it for size reference.


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Apr 30, 2019, 06:01 PM
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Dang that a BIG'n looks like a very scale kit
May 01, 2019, 10:49 AM
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Always wanted to do one of these...either a Jack Stafford or Palmer. My dad was a nose gunner on a B-24 in the South Pacific( Australia/ New Guinea) 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 321st Sqdn aka Jolly Roger Sqdn. Took part in the New Guinea and Papaua campaigns.
Looks very well done.
How's the quality?
May 01, 2019, 10:58 AM
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Looks nice but you MUST be able to find a better way to attach that canopy!!!!
May 01, 2019, 11:24 AM
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Alright, so first item of business was to glue all of the control surface hinges. This was all done with wood glue since it gave me plenty of time to work and is easy to clean out of the hing points.

Then came the installation. I always like to tackle things from smallest to largest, so I started with the tails. Servos are Hitec D-85MGs in the rudder. The mounts did require a little custom fitting since the rails are pre-installed, but was pretty simple to do with a razor saw. I used a Dubro 1/2A control horn with dubro pushords and clevis'. The rudders screw onto the horizontal tail, so once the servos were in they were attached. VQ provides some additional touchup material, so I cut a couple circles with a sharpened brass tube to cover up the screw openings. From there, the same was done for the ailerons. Those mounts required some shimming to get the D-645MG servos to fit appropriately.


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May 01, 2019, 11:27 AM
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Always wanted to do one of these...either a Jack Stafford or Palmer. My dad was a nose gunner on a B-24 in the South Pacific( Australia/ New Guinea) 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 321st Sqdn aka Jolly Roger Sqdn. Took part in the New Guinea and Papaua campaigns.
Looks very well done.
How's the quality?
Wow, very cool! Do you have any pictures of the airplane he flew in?

Quality on this model is quite nice. It's well built and finished nicely and the fit so far has been good too. It's not an ARF you'll have together in an evening, but it's not difficult to assemble. There are a number of pieces to it not to mention the motor installation has to be done 4 times.


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May 01, 2019, 11:28 AM
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Looks nice but you MUST be able to find a better way to attach that canopy!!!!
hahaha, maybe it will get glued at some point...
May 01, 2019, 05:58 PM
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Cool..Been watching your posts on this
Latest blog entry: In flight
May 09, 2019, 01:12 PM
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One nice feature of the kit are the scale fowler flaps. They're actuated by two servos each (in this case, D85 MGs) and add camber and area just like the real deal. Vertical space ended up being limited, so I used the stock supplied pushrods and ball ends and used a Dubro solder link at the servo end. Works nice and smooth and really looks the part.


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Jul 24, 2019, 09:11 AM
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Well, needless to say I've not been good at keeping this thread updated... but spoiler alert, SHE FLIES! and she flies fantastically!!!

I'll start working on updating the rest of the assembly again so at least this thread will be complete.


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From the Field -- VQ Warbirds 110" B-24 Liberator Flight & Initial Thoughts (The RC Geek) (11 min 28 sec)
Jul 26, 2019, 12:16 PM
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Looking great, Congrats...

Nice flying!, what hwy is that?
Last edited by Sam Ehab; Jul 30, 2019 at 07:50 PM.
Jul 30, 2019, 09:39 AM
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Looking great, Congrats...

Nice filed, what hwy is that?
Thank you! That's the 15 freeway.
Jul 30, 2019, 11:52 AM
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Ok, as promised, here's the continuation of the assembly. Following the flaps install mentioned above, it was on to the motor mounts and nacelles. There are left and right and inner and outer motor mounts. So, once I sorted that out, it was pretty straight forward following the instructions. The mounts come pre-assembled, but they do require being epoxied into the wings and then the firewalls installed. I also put a nice bead of epoxy along the glue joints on the firewalls as well. The electric motor mounts are mounted onto some long screws and so the distance is adjustable depending on the motors used. I'm using HiMaxx HC3528-1000 motors and Talon 60 ESCs. The Himaxx motors come with motor mounts, so that's what I used vs swapping the star plate around. The ESC wires were then routed into the wing root and the ESC set there to keep the battery leads short.


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Jul 31, 2019, 05:07 AM
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That 24 looks great in the air Chris. Very nice.

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Aug 01, 2019, 10:40 AM
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That 24 looks great in the air Chris. Very nice.

J
Thanks J!


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