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Old 07-08-2010, 05:22 AM
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Yes, the fuse was a pain to cover (and it shows). The wing is way better. I don't know watt is best, the pastic parts first or not.
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:15 AM
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Hi all,

Just been reading the whole thread. I have one of these kits (sort of inherited it) and had the idea of converting to electric RC. I see it is a huge job, but I am still interested, even if the maiden flight is going to be pure terror! Nice to be able to draw on other's experience with the project, and learn what works.

Just returning to the hobby after a brief break (45 years! Funny how life can get in the way of the fun stuff!) I am currently abusing a HobbyZone Super Cub LP trying to earn my wings. Haven't managed to totally destroy it yet, credit that to many hours on Realflight simulator. I think it will be a while before I am ready to fly the B-17, but you have given me a lot of inspiration to start the build.

Sorry I am a little off topic here. Will follow along with the thread. Great job all, and thank you for taking the time to post your builds as you go.
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:04 PM
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Welcome, I've done the same in the last couple of years. I built models as a teen and got back into it a few years ago and really enjoying it. About the maiden, I'm getting nervous because it's not to far away. How old is your B-17 kit?
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:57 PM
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Welcome, I've done the same in the last couple of years. I built models as a teen and got back into it a few years ago and really enjoying it. About the maiden, I'm getting nervous because it's not to far away. How old is your B-17 kit?
Thanks for the welcome. I am guessing this kit is about 15 years old. It appears to be all here. The decals and plastic parts are in good shape, no discoloration or cracking. Which brings me to an offer. I am not going to build the stock version, so will not be needing the decals. If there is anyone out there in need of a decal set for this model, let me know. I will mail them to any North American address. No charge. Just would like to see them get used. First come, first served.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:44 PM
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I'm sorry covering is not my favorite part but I geuss there's not much I can do about it but try and take a break from it when I can. When I finished covering the left wing I went to work on the nacelles and installed the EMP 5X5E props (thanks dumb01 they are going to work). I did a short run-up on #1 and 2 motors and there's plenty of thrust, I think this things going to fly
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Old 07-15-2010, 06:23 PM
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The covering is done ! Now to put the # 2 and 3 nacelles on, install the props and it's ready to maiden. If I have time before the first flight I'll put the decals and guns on.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:11 PM
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Very Nice Man!
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:16 PM
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Saturday and Sunday morning look good....I'm ready!!! Looks good buddy.
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:22 AM
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Have a great flight ~ It's been a pleasure following the build.

Do you know when you'll try to maiden...? I'd like to be there if it wouldn't make you too self concious or be a distraction.

Good luck regardless,

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Old 07-16-2010, 02:37 PM
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that yellow solite has a nice pop to it. looks great!
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Old 07-16-2010, 03:32 PM
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We are meeting in the morning. I'll let him tell you the rest in case he doesn't want a crowd. I'm going to try to re-maiden the pulse after the wing and firewall repairs. I just hope the wind plays nice.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:19 PM
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Good luck! Would love to see an inflight picture if that is possible. Have fun.
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Old 07-17-2010, 01:23 AM
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Great looking bird!! Good Luck on the maiden
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Have great time you guys....hope all goes really well.
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:50 AM
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Thought I would post some pre-maiden pic's. I still have some work to do on this model,hopefuly not more after the firist flight.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:10 PM
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Well,,,,,,,,,,,


Here's the list of work I need to do after the maiden this morning.



1. Bend the right gear back in place (about a 1/4") and put the wheel back on, that's it !!!!

!!IT FLY'S!!

I'm please with the way it fly's, nothing needs ajustment. It's more of a sport flyer, very fast. I used full power for takeoff, the roll was about 25' with a 3 MPH head wind. I didn't have enough right rudder or aileron input when it broken ground so it turned and yawed hard to the left, I got that under control and climb to about 150' and to my supprise with 5 beeps of nose up trim it flew hands off. I was flying with about 1/3 throttle and allmost stalled it so I increased the power to a little over half and had better control. I was worried about running out of battery power so I flew for only 4 min. before landing. The approach and touch down were good but during landing roll the right wheel came off causing the aircraft to veer off the runway and come to a stop on it's nose, just like a full scale B-17, show off ! Watt member scott-p will post a couple pic's and a short vid.

After the 4 min. flight the three cell batt was at 12.2 volts so I should be able to fly for 6 to 8 min. with no propblem?

Well that was cool, I need to add the gun barrels, decals and have Mr. Holland sign the tail (see post #1)

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Old 07-17-2010, 05:24 PM
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First off meet the B-17 pilot. These are all very short vids.

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3htBThv6lgA[/media]
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:26 PM
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Maiden Flight... I would have kept going but he went into the sun and I didnt think I was getting the video anymore

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Landing picture. Almost on the ground
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:31 PM
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The missing wheel
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:24 PM
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Great Job on the airplane and the flight. That role to the left scared me, looked too much like what I saw on mine, very nice recovery

Wish I could have seen it live but Texas seemed a bit bit far to drive for the morning, even for the maiden

Glad you had a paved surface to fly from, a grass surface is still a problem for the landing gear as is. Any guesses as to if your landing gear bent after the wheel came off or did the gear bend back on landing, pulled the wheel of alignment and pulled the wheel off form that stress?
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:55 PM
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She'll track strate with couter-rotate'in props,What a super job you've done!!!!your bubsteve
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Park,
Just what bubsteve said. What a great job...just dont scare us like that again..some of us are getting up there and the ticker's not so good. Glad it was succesful and the wheel issue...well
as Kenny Rodgers said
"You picked a fine time to leave me "loosewheel"
Congratulations on a great maiden!!
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:57 PM
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What control surface throws did you end up with? I was always a little concerned that the way I did my hinges I might not have as much control authority as needed. Next time around I might try a little different technique or use hinges similar to what you used.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by capn chaos View Post
Park,
Just what bubsteve said. What a great job...just dont scare us like that again..some of us are getting up there and the ticker's not so good. Glad it was succesful and the wheel issue...well
as Kenny Rodgers said
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Congratulations on a great maiden!!
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Thanks guys. yeah, I had myself going there for a minute.
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