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Adam Smith
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#1 Posted: 6/16/2009 18:10:27 Modified: 6/16/2009 18:11:38

There's an article in this month's Experimenter e-newsletter about a 1/3 scale homebuilt B-17.   Awesome beyond words... Mr Jack Bally, I salute you!!!

http://www.eaa.org/experimenter/articles/2009-06_womb.asp

 



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#2 Posted: 6/16/2009 23:30:58

Unbelievable.



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#3 Posted: 6/17/2009 00:50:46

That is one of the coolest homebuilt projects I have ever seen!  Just looking at it motivates me to get back to work making parts for my project.  I also like the fact that he didn't have to rely on a kit or plans.  The fact that no one had developed a kit or plans for what he wanted to build isn't stopping him. 

 

That he is using an aeronautical engineer to check his design out is also very cool.Projects like this inspire me to keep pursuing my own design (after I finish my sonex).  It always amazes me to read stories of "normal" guys designing their own aircraft.

 

 

 

 



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#4 Posted: 6/17/2009 06:11:37

This really is phenomenal - when Adam first mentioned it, I asked if it was an R/C model, as I've seen a quarter-scale R/C B-17 fly. When he said "no", my jaw hit the floor! This has got to be the ultimate scale warbird replica - can't wait to see it in the air, escorted by some of the WAR replicas or Loehle 5151s or whatever.



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#5 Posted: 7/25/2009 19:45:10

Very cool! I would like to build a scale replica of a B-2 but designing the airfoil would be a problem.



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#6 Posted: 7/26/2009 09:49:47 Modified: 7/26/2009 09:50:34

That is awesome !!!

The link is going into my newsletter in our section:  'Link of the Month". 

Thanks for pointing this fabulous project out!

Penny

 



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#7 Posted: 7/26/2009 23:03:08

This is really cool! There are a few guys from my local airport in Middletown, OH that built a 1/2 scale P-47 Thunderbolt. It's not flyable, but still pretty neat looking. A couple years back, 2 full sized Thunderbolts came to Middletown. Unfortunately, I missed it, but what a neat photo opportunity that would've been. I'll have to try and find pictures of the event.



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#8 Posted: 7/26/2009 23:06:30

One thing I've noticed about the scale replica warbirds is "massive head syndrome".  Where the airplane looks like a perfect replica, but there's this guy in it with a giant head!



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#9 Posted: 8/2/2009 07:51:45

i hear there is a tribe in the amazon that can solve that issue!



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#10 Posted: 8/3/2009 16:56:38

I went to Dixon IL, before I went to Brodhead, before I went to OSH for the week.

I sat in the plane

I indeed have "massive head syndrome". 

www.contactmagazine.com\EXPERIMENTER\B-17_and_Me.jpg

 

Pat

 



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#11 Posted: 8/3/2009 20:33:55

Magnificent!!!!  gogglesgogglesbiggrin



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#12 Posted: 8/6/2009 19:02:44

Not that crazy of an idea. Maybe a YB-49 would be a better choice. If I have that designation right it would be the pure jet version of the original northrop flying wing bomber. The original had somewhat lackluster performance with a very complicated counterrotating prop arrangement but when that propulsion system was replaced by jets it was pure grace in motion and a great performer until the somewhat suspicious crash that killed the crew.

 

Fast forward to the ultralight movement of the 70's and the development of the mitchel B-10 flying wing hang glider that would ultimately become an ultralight with a bubble canopy called ....the U-2? I think.

 

Anyway it has the same airfoil and sweep as the original northrop design with a 32 foot span and a weight of 74 pounds. I have one in my garage collecting dust.



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#13 Posted: 8/14/2009 23:27:52

Uncle Jack has been building, flying airplanes as long as I can remember.It seems like this project has lasted about that long. He does not look to cut corners and is doing an awesome job. Stop by every so often and discuss progress and ideas. The stories that vets who have stopped by told have been very interesting.



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#14 Posted: 8/17/2009 23:46:32 Modified: 8/19/2009 21:46:10

Here is the 1/2 scale P-47 Thunderbolt I mentioned. Again, it's not airworthy, as it doesn't even have an engine in it. The group of people that built it just did it as a tribute to veterans. If you have any questions about it, fell free to send me a message. If the size of the pictures are too big, could a moderator please adjust them? Thanks.

fewnewpics310.jpg picture by flyboy260


fewnewpics308.jpg picture by flyboy260

 

Re-sized the photos... Adam

 



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#15 Posted: 8/17/2009 23:47:14

Yup... It cut them off. Adam? Hal? Help please...



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#16 Posted: 8/19/2009 20:12:27

Is this the RV-17 I saw in the Directory a few years ago?

 



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#17 Posted: 8/27/2009 19:50:55

Back in the mid-Seventies Air Progress magazine had an article theorizing on how to build  a 1/2 size B-17. They were going to use radial engines that were used as APUs in B-29s (if I remember correctly) since they were small in size and would fit the cowlings. The idea of building something like that always intrigued me.

Now that Rotec has a smaller radial engine available maybe someone will use 4 of them to build a replica 4 engine bomber. Anyone up for a 1/3 scale B-29?



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#18 Posted: 2/21/2010 09:44:20

Went looking for the San Angelo Lightning and refound this....How's the frigerator holding out ??? much progress ???




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#19 Posted: 2/21/2010 17:00:33

I beg to differ! I don't have "massive head syndrome" in my scaled replica.(The canopy was still under construction when this was taken)

 

Tony

 


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#20 Posted: 2/23/2010 15:08:33

Tony, how is the project coming along? Its been a while since I checked for updates.

 

I really think it would be neat to build some fighters with the M-14, cheap and available!



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