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What happened to our 4 engine w-birds ?

Old 06-12-2018, 06:00 AM
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Not so long ago we had HK with the Lancaster ... small but actually when flown well - was not a bad model ... B17 similar ... etc. etc.

But now it seems that that there is a shortage unless you go scratchbuild from plans.

What happened ?

My HK Lancaster is getting a bit rough after the years of abuse ... looking for replacement ............ nothing.

I have a Chris Golds Plan Lanc I am slowly putting together - but at 93" its quite an undertaking and needs space to do. Something that I have little off until my workshop is completed.

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Old 06-12-2018, 06:34 AM
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FlightLine RC has a very nice 2000mm B-24 that was release late last year. And they just opened a shop to serve the EU:

https://www.motionrc.eu/collections/...rab-2000mm-pnp
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Old 06-12-2018, 08:12 AM
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I'm seriously considering drawing up a profile Lancaster ...

The problem will be of course getting the wing strong enough to bear the thrust / stress of the 4 motors.
Anyone with a plan or idea on this would be very welcome.

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Freewing has a 63" B-17.
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Old 06-12-2018, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by mclarkson View Post
that link shows it is discontinued
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I also have the Flightline Lib. Great flying plane. Actually overpowered. Mine is the Tupelo Lass , one of the planes in my Dad’s squadron. They flew the early D version, drab olive green with the greenhouse ball nose. Have made a few mods including retractable landing lights, rotating upper turret , etc. the later Aluminum version was brought out when the threat had subsided due to German fighter attrition. Saved 1 ton of weight from the paint.

Dad was a Tech Sarge/ crew chief in the 93rd heavy bombardment group. 409th bomb squadron. “Ted’s Traveling Circus” after thei commander Ted Timberlake .One of the first groups over.

Based in Hartwick then to N Africa back to Hartwick, back to N Africa, on to Polesti for Operation Tidalwave. Back to Hartwick. Continued missions over Germany till the end. Spring of 42 till Spring of 45. Still maintain a small museum at their field. A quansethut.

I’m a dues paying member of the reunion group one of the few that has continued on with descendants . Facebook page , annual reunions, a historian . Pretty cool.
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As you all know - my love is the Lancaster .... and the Wellington - which my Father flew.

My Father met my Mother at my Mothers airfield. My Father had been in Mediterranean on various ops including Monte Casino ... Maltese Convoy protection etc. Then transferred back to UK for the saturation bombing of German cities ...
Returning from a raid, his aircraft was diverted away from home airfield due to bomb damage from German attacks. The airfield he landed at being where my Mother was stationed.
The story goes that after de-brief - he and crew were entering mess-hall and he saw this young WAAF sitting over in the corner and told the 'boys' with him --- I'll take her out tonight. Rest is family history !

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Great story Nigel!
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Some may have read my posts before about the B17G that my Father navigated from USA / Canada to UK for the movie War Lover ... and my being taken on it after filming before its return to Canada.

This is my Father navigating the B17 to UK :



I still have that Bubble Sextant in its case.



And on one of its refueling stops :



(The cut from the 8mm Video my father took for some reason distorts the aircraft ... )

I always remember - I was very young and had to be lifted into the fuselage ...

Even at such young age - it struck me as so cramped and horrifying to think of being in it and shot at. I had difficulty moving inside especially where the wing roots bulged into the fuselage with a simple wood plank over the framing .. and that huge main spar across the fuselage. I had to be lifted over that.

My Father was very bitter about the 'fiction' that was written about the 3 aircraft ferried over.

He flew in Wellingtons mostly with some tome in other bomber craft - but he always had a soft spot for the Wimpy. But he always said - it was the hardest aircraft to get out of in emergency. That Geodetic construction was great for strength but a disaster if you needed to get out.

Back to 4 engines ... when will someone produce an ARF Lancaster again ??? Cmon you model brands - the world needs a good Lancaster model ... and a Mosquito ... and a Wellington !!

Nigel
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