A short kit for indoor and nearly
calm outdoor. This "monster" B-24
Liberator has a span of only
500mm! (19 5/8 inches) I like to
call it my "Heavy Bomber"!
Shown is a taped-together dry fit
and the finished prototype kit.
What's more...it actually flies!
Thanks to my bud , Steve, there are some videos shot during the "daylight maiden" on Sunday, 18
February, 2007. The daylight maiden is so-named 'cause I did a couple test-hops at a dark
skating rink up the block just after midnight. Dry glue and no wind means, "fly!"...Right?!!
B-24 500mm span, 37 grams all up
23 February, 2007:
Late-breaking development!...I have just run across several upgrades for
the B-24 which will be added to the "build instructions" before its release to
the public. I've also gotten rid of the less-than-beautiful engine nacelles in
favor of making them 3-dimensional.
06 March, 2007
While innocently flying at "The "Gym" on 24 February, I was accosted by a
newspaper photographer who bade me, "Hold out your plane, sir.".....
This resultant image, I'm told, ran on the front page of
the local paper. Musta' been a slow news day!
Several of my compatriots were also similarly honored.
Ever notice how goofy you look in photographs?
In the background, you might see the insides of the plane
under (re)development. Immediately above-left of nacelle is
an LED that will be a part of the lighting package on other
planes being developed for the same electronics. The
magnifying glass is somewhat important!
In the works:
A B-36 six-engined
bomber with 21
The HK-1 Hughes
flying boat with eight
To hear the sweet beat of four 1 3/4 inch props running in
sync(?!!!)...click to the right. This setup is for the small
version of the B-24. Sorry for the bad recording, it's not
the motors dropping out...it's the cheap mic!
Well, due to young mens' fancy turning to outdoor
flying...my little B-24 is getting a bigger sibling! This
new craft is twice the size for a span of an even
meter (39 3/8 inches) Development is well along,
and I'm hoping for a cold maiden of the prototype
late this coming weekend. (April 7-8 2007)
Power is supplied by four MPI N-60 motors turning
GWS 3 X 2 direct drive props. Power density
should be around 90 Watts per pound...good
enough for mild aerobatics.
A run-up of the power system can be heard by
clicking the player to the above right and seen in the
pix at below right.
A McDonnell-Douglas F-4E Phantom:
The Phantom is 17 inches long with a 11 inch wing span and
is available in three versions: Hand toss, catapult launch, and
Air Hogs AeroAce conversion. more info/purchase
This video clip is of one of the beta kits on
the first day of flying...third flight, I think.
There is a Beta build thread on RC Groups
Miss Bea Havin' is her name and she will behave!
Span is about 53 inches and all-up weight is just
over 2 1/2 pounds. The goofy-looking five-blade
prop is from my "Funky Props" page. I expect a
fairly docile trainer with some aerobatic ability.
Second Beta (Gamma?!!) test kits should be ready on the
first weekend of October. Features are improved mounting of
motors for better cooling and re-worked, removable, cowls.
Half-sized B-24...19 5/8 inch span!
"Big" B-24 Liberator...39 3/8 inch span!
Here's a longer video of Ken's plane
over a couple flights.
6-minute YouTube video of Miss Bea Havin' doing
some Sunday afternoon flying. She's flying on a
four-cell 2700mAh battery made from a Milwaukee
Tools V-28 pack. This pack makes for around 20
minutes of mixed flying per charge...not too shabby!
Miss Bea flies over the moon!
Miss Bea and a buddy's Hobbico SuperstarEP.
Though there is a resemblance, Miss Bea is a
couple generations "removed and improved"
from when I made a foam copy of my buddy's
plane. First, I went with a different airfoil and
incidence for the wing...then I chose a more
"Golden Age" shape for the wingtips and
tailfeathers. Miss Bea now has a sleek cowl,
she is lighter, capable of sustained inverted
flight, and she is much more stable in windy
Discontinued: But I have left all of the instructions up
If you want to take a stab creating one of your own
Some pix of finished "Gamma" kits. The shiny 8th Air
Force one by Ken in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Canadian Coastal Command
version by Brian in London, Ontario. Great jobs, guys!
Brian's approach to making a
cooling air inlet...seeing this has
prompted me to try cutting out the
center panel of the windshield
The upgrade: GWS "3030"
3.25 X 3 props. Available in
either black or orange