Scratchbuilt RC Albatross in progress
Hello all, here is my scratchbuilt Albatross in progress. It has a 2.3 meter wingspan, retractable gear, a video camera and a still camera as well. I plan to fly it at sea level and at 2000 meters so I'm trying to keep things light.
I'm very near completion of the basic construction and then I can move on to finish work.
So far everything you see weighs 5.9 lbs or 2700 grams - so I am l on my way to meeting my target weight between 7.8 and 10.4 lbs. or 3538 and 4717 grams
Once the entire model is sheeted with 1mm balsa, I will cover everything with 3/4 ounce fiberglass.
I've uploaded a progress video here:
I hope you enjoy it and any comments, tips, or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks again all for the wonderful compliments!
Everything is built from scratch. I bought a vintage plastic model off Ebay, and found a great site and the net about the albatross:
I drew up all the plans myself, based off the plastic model and the article above - and if there is enough interest I'll make them available when I'm done. I plan to do the first flight mid September.
I based my retract geometry of the pictures in these articles, and did some basic cardboard mockups to get things just right. Then as you can see in the pics I built the gear all out of carbon tubing. It is quite strong and light.
I made a positive of the spinners from acrylic tubing and such, then made my negative mold from latex.
I've been emailing a small group of family and friends my progress, and am coming to the forums late, but if you want to peruse all the pics thus far, just go here and cruise around:
Albatross folder on my site
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