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Maiden flight of a 6 (six!) meters span Piper J3 Cub made from scratch in Portugal

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s a pleasure to showcase here a friend’s project that finally came to life… it’s a HUGE Piper J3 Cub (55%), perfectly built.

The maiden flight was piloted by the great Pedro Precioso, as he’s simply the best pilot we all know. We use to say that in his hands even a rock can fly… 🙂

Here’s the maiden video and, as you’ll see, the Piper flies beautifully!

257″ B-36D Peacemaker (Damon – USA)

April 30, 2010 1 comment

Another amazing project well deserved of a special reference here is Damon’s B-36D bomber.  Damon is not the ordinary builder, he is a highly skilled designer, builder and engineer. If i had a plane building company, i would for sure want someone like Damon to be part of the team. DAG (his nickname) lives in Indiana (US) and builds planes for as long as anyone can remember (surely more than 25 years). One great thing (amongst many) about Damon is that he takes everything and every step very seriously and always seeks to do the right thing the right way. So you can only expect the best out of this work. And as much as your expectations are high, Damon can surpass them most of the time. He is really amazing.

Just to give you an idea of how deep he goes in his projects, this project started about 10 years ago. If you are not yet astonished for this sole reason, let me add a couple more things. He drew the entire plane and all of the components and parts in 3D CAD software, after an extensive and exhaust study about the real model – this results obviously in a tremendously high accuracy on the scale model. This is not for the ordinary hobbyist and guys like Damon are rare, extremely rare. I believe he is really one of a kind in this area and i am sure many are with me on this.

The 3D modeling is very accurate as you can see from this sample picture (just a sample from thousands Damon made available on his build log – more on this later…).

B-36D 3D model
B-36D 3D model

The build log is a huge, extensive, detailed and attractive source of information for any wanna-be plane builder.  As the details are all there, i will just show you a few pictures from the latest state of the build – which should end very soon.

B-36D at Damon's garage
B-36D at Damon’s garage

Just to give you an idea of the life size plane, check here the B-36D (on the right) next to the already big B-29.

B-36D (on the right) next to a B-29 (on the left)
B-36D (on the right) next to a B-29 (on the left)

And finally this should give you an idea of how big Damon’s scaled version is… (hope you are well seated now!)

B-36D next to Damon's lovely daughter
B-36D next to Damon’s lovely daughter

We’ll keep following his build thread and will come back to this amazing project when Damon finishes it. Meanwhile, check his build log on RCgroups.

Jet SU-27 Flanker B (Harald Huf – DE)

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

This Category (Amazing Projects) will start with a very famous one from Harald Huf, a German builder.

Halard started modelling as a young boy and before stepping in the jet age,  had a passion for large scale gliders. More and more he developed an interest for fast airplanes and built his first delta–wing speed models.

In the early 80’s, Harald found some 3-view drawings of a SU-27 Flanker B and very soon began with the construction of his first SU-27 , a small model intended for the use of two 90 mm EDF engines.  At that time, the number of useful engines and batteries was very limited, and so the project was abandoned.

Later, he stepped in the jet world with a Hot spot – of course tuned as a SU-27 “lookalike“.

SU-27 hot spot
SU-27 hot spot

At the end of 2001, he began with the construction of the large SU-27, scaled at 1/6.5. The model has a length of 3.375 meters and is designed to take two engines in the 160 – 200 Newton class. From the very beginning, the whole project was accompanied by a homepage, explaining all the steps like construction , building the plug, surface detailing (riveting),  building the molds and making all the glass fiber parts for this all composite model.

Although written in German, the detailed step-by-step site of the construction is huge and surely worth a couple hours just to go through all the pictures. It is an amazing project that any r/c enthusiast will just have to know and appreciate.

SU-27 Flanker B
SU-27 Flanker B

And after you see the pictures, check the flight video that allow him to get the certification.

The flight characteristics are so real that i can only give him my full respect and a 5 stars rating for his tremendous project. It is so amazing that my humble contribution is to make this project the first post on this Amazing Projects category.