Kit: Scratch (1:12)
The D.VIII was scratch built from magazine plans ans is 30" Feiago BL motor in
a GWS S1 GB 3 cell 340 mAh LiPo and 8x4.3 prop. The loz is a scan of A/G
printed on clear decal and applied over gray iron on film covering. The top
wing is clear Doculam painted with Acrylic/Future mixed to DSAs ideas. Cammo
wise it works real well with the lozenge. The model was very heavy and was
more than scale fast and a bit of a handful. It is retired now. Sure was
pretty in the air though.
Kit: Kavan (1:12)
Steve sent in these in-flight photos of his DH-2
I got it fully rigged and only lack a few details and the Lewis gun.. It has
flown that way on a 2 cell 1900 mAh LiPo. I have an 8 cell pack of I think
1100 mAh Nicads. I haven't tried that yet. It might give more unph.
Kit: Peter Rake Designs (1:12)
Peter Rake R/C kit with Wright Brothers R/C Spandau gun kit mounted on it.
Kit: Bengston Aerodrome (1:10)
I finally finished my D.VII. AUW is 23.3 oz and it balances exactly where the
plans say. I'm scared to maiden it. Have to find a competent pilot :-)
Kit: AerodromeRC (1:12)
Here's some shots of the Dr.I I built for a friend. It's a Bengston short kit.
It is using a Himax BL in a gearbox (don't know which motor or GB) With a 1320
3 cell spinning an 11x7 prop. It draws just shy of 14 amps static at full
throttle. I doubt he'll ever use full throttle. It seems mucho overpowered.
OTOH it balances perfectly with no adjustments. 28 oz AUW
I used Tomasz' research and rendering of the GOTNW image. BvB says it looks
like an aging Richard Pryor with horns and wings. Never seen a Dr.I with upper
surface markings on the lower wings.
Approximately 1:10 scale Halberstadt D.III from
I am trying to make a flyable R/C model with minimal consession to the R/C
gear and a decent rendition of scale for the size. The Halberstadt didn't fly
like an R/C pattern ship and neither will my model.
There are loads of places
where R/C conflicts with scale. I won't address all of them on this model, but
I have addressed and solved a few. The on off switch is hidden under the
Halbie's little chin bump, which slides back and forth. The rudder and
elevator servos are mounted inverted on a servo tray/false floor. The arms and
cinnections are underneith and the protruding servo bodies are the seat
support. The servos are exactly where the plans called for them fore & aft and
also invisible from the cockpit.
I used 1/64 ply for the seat and the cushion
is several layers of Parafilm folded over and cut to seat shape. The buttons
are little brass pin heads which were stuck through and clipped on the
underside. Seatbelts are copper foil and the buckles are cut from 10 thou
card. Interior structure is strips of 1/64 ply and the bracing wires are thin
Next up, the joystick/rudder bar assembly.
Kit: Aerodrome R/C (1:10)
Of scale interest is the open rear fuselage bay with bungee sprung tailskid
and internal centerline elevator horn & pushrod with a pull/pull rudder. Scale
in function if not in exact form.
Kit: Prototype (1:8)
I'm attaching some shots of my 40" (1/8 scale) N.17. It's a prototype kit and
I'm writing instructions as I go.
The kit features scale aileron cranks, slanted fuselage sides and asymetrical
cowl buldges. What it lacks id the Vee shaped indent behind the cowl on the
bottom, underside strut fairings, false ribs and a dummy motor. Not a bad
compromise for a sport scale model.
The use of carbon fibre spars and LEs make for a seriously strong wing. If it
crashes hard enough to break a wing, the rest will be balsa chips :-)
You really started something by getting me hooked on e-flight. I haven't
molested a piece of styrene in over a year. I'm just having too much fun
Kit: Aerodrome RC (1:12)
Movie of spinning motor (MPEG)
Kit: Aerodrome (1:9)
The SE.5a is an AerodromeRC kit of 26 5/8" span. It has the power system out
of the D.VIII. It is covered in Coverlite and varnished with Krylon Acrylic
clear. It is a 45th Aero Squadron machine of Joseph Boudwin. It has one flight
and needed some control adjustments. I'm awaiting good weather to try it
The Strutter is also scratchbuilt from plans I received as an e-mail
attachment. It is 27" and IPS powered with a 3 cell and a 7x something prop.
It is fone as one of the #3 Wing RNAS from one of Bob's profiles. It is
covered in clear Doculam painted with Acrylic/Future. It flies very scale, (ie
barely gets out of it's own way" It had a couple of radio problem assisted
crashes and is now almost too heavy to fly well and is about to be retired as