Post by planecrazy on Aug 21, 2021 18:33:23 GMT 12
Decals on, was always going to have a yellow nose, the pureists may query why I went Buchon and not a BF 109? Firstly, less work as lowering the motor would have meant a lot of work, secondly the Buchon doesn’t get a whole lot of love and she is a genuine warbird.
I am an absolute fan of the wonderful British film, the Battle of Britain, it is the reason to this day, I am a big time warbird fan. Such films as Memphis Belle and Dunkirk would have no choice but to use CGI, or maybe a painted up Harvard for Messerschmitts without the Buchon!
Yes that is a bomb and yes have used a servo on the sixth channel so it can be dropped, after the Battle of Britain the Germans used 109s to do Wild Sau raids, lone fighters would cross the channel and bomb random targets.
Markings, “White 13” flown by Hauptmann Walter “Gulle” Oesau out of St Omer-Nord/ France August 1940, on the 18/8/40 shot down two Hawker Hurricanes, one over Cap Gris Nez and another over Canterbury.
Will try and get a video of "Gulle" flying a bombing raid in the near future?
Post by planecrazy on Aug 26, 2021 15:56:15 GMT 12
Thanks Dave, next effort from the palm island plane factory, call me crazy, converting an ultra micro Flying Fortress to a Shorts S30 Empire Class Flying boat, well using the wing, fin and tail pane at least.
Found some three view plans, matched them up so the fuselage was the same scale as the wings and went to work on a sheet of white foam.
Just so happens the wing is almost spot on match for the Empire Class, the fin and elevator very close as well.
Post by planecrazy on Sept 2, 2021 16:08:47 GMT 12
Have a couple of great books on these magnificent machines, Adventurous Empires by Phillip E Simms and the Golden Age of New Zealand Flying Boats by Paul Harrison, Brian Lockstone and Andy Anderson, what a great couple of publications and wonderful reference material for this project!
May not look like it but a fair amount has gone into getting to as she is, ready to fly. Always like to fly them before they are finished just in case it all goes wrong?! Weight is always a problem with these small 1cell (3.7volts) jobs, the rc B17 in it’s original form was no powerhouse, have added more drag and weight.
Must weigh her compared to the original B17 I have. The cheesy holes probably don’t reduce the weight by too much but it all counts. Yes that is a middle upper turret you can see. “Awarua” ZK-AMC was trial fitted and flown with a turret for a brief period during the war, have made this removable.
Hopefully get her own the air in the near future and some finishing details including paint, gulp more weight!
Last Edit: Sept 2, 2021 16:12:09 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 2, 2021 18:33:37 GMT 12
Peter, it is really fantastic following your threads, where imagination, handcraft skills and sheer brilliance combine to turn the likes of a Mustang into a Buchon, and now a B-17 into a Short Empire. It's really entertaining to see these projects start off and follow them through to the flying videos. Thanks for providing some great entertainment from your island paradise!
Post by planecrazy on Sept 2, 2021 20:10:39 GMT 12
Thanks folks, Dave I've been a model maker from a young age.
The seed was sown when my late father took me to the old Savoy Theatre in the corner of Christchurch Square to view the Battle of Britain, I was hooked hence the Buchon and as you know flying boats have a wonderful history where I live.
Things are so quiet here due to lockdown which looks like it will hang around for a while. So filling the time I have on my hands with projects I have had in my head for a while.
The story of the Empire boats that provided a reliable service crossed the Tasman during the war has always intrigued me. A few years ago I discovered "Awarua" had visited the island in an emergency. I was very fortunate when looking into some details on this visit to get assistance from a chap named Geoff Freer who was a volunteer at Motat.
A picture of myself and Geoff Freer with a half fuselage model of "Awarua" my family donated to Motat to say thanks for their assistance.
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Post by planecrazy on Sept 14, 2021 16:21:58 GMT 12
Been too windy to test fly my Empire Class Boat conversion and won't be happening tomorrow either, the Met have put out a severe weather warning for these parts.
"A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds has been issued. Vigorous southerly winds expected to develop early on Wednesday morning. DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 35 knots (65 km/h) with gusts in excess of 50 knots (90 km/h), are possible during Wednesday morning."
In the mean time another little project. Scratch built canopy then painted up a T28 Trojan to a Royal Lao Air Force machine, some of these where flown by Air America pilots in Vietnam.
Real one of these came through on her way to a new home in NZ in 2018.
Last Edit: Sept 15, 2021 9:56:47 GMT 12 by planecrazy
Post by planecrazy on Sept 22, 2021 17:52:54 GMT 12
No RC flying for a couple of weeks now due to the ever present winter winds, no tourism and therefore work due to Covid so plenty of building time among other projects.
Bit bored withy the look of my Funcub, can see something else in there with a bit more character, the grandaddy of STOL. Semi scale working undercart, cut and sanded the fin, added foam to get scale look to elevator. More soon hopefully.......…
Post by planecrazy on Sept 30, 2021 17:04:18 GMT 12
Down the track a bit further with my Funcub to Storch conversion, really wanted to hang onto the Funcub’s great flying characteristics but have the look of a Storch. I do have smaller wheels, I only fly off grass so will fly her with these and see how I go with smaller ones.
Cut some foam and did a bit of sanding to get the fin and tail plane.
Some great schemes out there went for the squiggly look!
I really wanted to get the gear as close to scale as possible, canopy cut from foam as is the nose section. Still have a little way to go before she flies.
A few years back a chap named Nestor Slepchev used to sell 3/4 scale kits of the Storch, pretty sure there are a couple flying in New Zealand. I was lucky to go for a flight in one of these, amazing STOL capabilities
Have to admit to having just short of an obsession with what could be argued one of the most beautiful machines ever created, Mr R Mitchell’s Supermarine Spitfire.
So next cab off the rank from the palm island plane factory a suitable opponent for the recently completed Buchon, an early model Spitfire. Very much favour the earlier baby, pre MkV, Spitfires no cannons the clean lines of that beautiful wing shape.
Well that was a little dramatic how about I shut ups and share some pic’s as to where I’m up to so far?
Started out with a 2 cell Mustang which is fairly close to the shape of a Spitfire. Moved the motor back 2.5cm nose to front of the wing much shorter than the Mustang, cut off the front section of the wing and added blue foam section.
The fuselage is the tricky bit, a lot thinner and narrower, cut off the top of the cowl then sanded the fuselage to shape, tail plane and fin cut to scale.
Pretty close to a test/trim flight always like to fly them before finishing in case it all goes horribly wrong, C of G may be an issue with this one seeing as I have taken so much off the nose, relocating the battery from underneath to on top behind the motor which should help, more soon hopefully……