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    Latest "WoodWorking" project - Updated - It Flew!

    Here's my latest 'woodworking' project, if you consider balsa wood and super glue to be woodworking.

    I bought the plans and a stack of wood for this project probably 10 years ago.

    Finally got around to building it. It was all scratch built, so no kit, just the sheets and sticks.

    I just can't get into the whole 'ARF' or 'RTF' thing. To me, if you are going to throw something up the sky, you need to be able to fix it, and the only way to do that is if you build it!

    Now I just have to get the nerve up to go out and fly the darn thing.

    I do have a really nice kit on the way to build a motor glider, and then my little radio controlled fleet will be complete.

    This is called the 'SkyCrawler' and is supposed to be a park flyer, but I'm thinking its a little heavy and over engineered and will probably fly just a little too fast to fit that description, but we shall see.

    If the weather calms down this week, I just may have a go at getting it up in the air.


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    Looks real nice, Brent. You'll have to let us know how it flies.
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    Most likely I'll be able to post a video of it's first crash!
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    Cool Brent post on utube next to that B52 with 8 real fan jets hanging under its wings. Just before it CRASHES! What a heart break that was
    Aloha,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royall Clark View Post
    Cool Brent post on utube next to that B52 with 8 real fan jets hanging under its wings. Just before it CRASHES! What a heart break that was
    Seriously, do you have a link? sounds awesome!
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    A quick search for model b52 crash pulls up several hits. The google video wasn't very good. Story and maybe some video here..

    http://www.alexisparkinn.com/r_c_b-52_crash.htm


    I seen it before, I think they has 30+ k invested..

    Awesome till it goes down..

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    Some years gone by, I have a dozen or so of 0.49 engines (air guys know what they are) and they were quite useful when my son and his neighborhood buddies were "Board" one summer (around 14 or 15) They made models in my basement and flew them and consumed all of the summer and kept them out of trouble, we spent some quality time as I showed them how to do the making and such.... I still have the engines and some fragments of their planes. When my Grandsone was 15 he showed no interest, seems computers are more the rage now... My next grandson is 8 and soon I will introduce him to the flyers. It is a good thing, those flying machines...

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    Here is the footage of the take off and "bad landing"

    It looks so real... even the fireball!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSuawMl4lOo

    Here is another great video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo5B2O2JZVw&NR=1
    Last edited by Royall Clark; 12-23-2008 at 04:39 AM.
    Aloha,

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    Wow. Beatiful model. Sorry to have seen it crash.

    But.

    My opinion is you don't throw something in the air you aren't willing to see crash. I started flying planes in the early 80's and have crashed quite a few. Some on the first flight. Some were old friends. To me it's just part of the hobby and I treat every flight of a plane as if it might be it's last!.



    Here's a little video of me flying my Zagi flying wing around my house....
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    Funny, I also have an aircraft project sitting around waiting to get built. When I just had 3 young kids we built a small glider from a balsa kit that got lots of air time. This glider would fly for 100's of yards with the right breeze. I have many a fond memory of my youngsters chasing this plane all over a large field near our home. So I went and scaled up the design for a glider with a 3 ft. wingspan. I've had the thing sitting in a box ever since and one of my kids mentioned it the other day. Looks like it may get built over the holiday. ............Maybe.

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