F-15E Strike Eagle
Kristopher Gunter (Springhill, Florida; email: gunradd@yahoo.
com) submitted his F-15E Strike Eagle that was built from an FBJets/
FeiBao kit. The 1/7-scale aircraft is 9 feet long and weighs 54 pounds
empty. Kristopher painted it after the U.S. Air Force F- 15, serial
number 0245, which was flown by a three-star general and has the
Remember 9/11 “Let’s Roll” insignia.
The F-15E is powered by a King Tech K-210 turbine. It has custom-built functioning inlet ramps like the full-scale aircraft, as well as full
navigation lights, burner lights, and a working canopy and air brakes.
Four servos work the moving pilots.
Kristopher’s photo was taken at the Ocala Flying Model Club in
Mark Erickson’s (Gig Harbor, Washington; email: megigharbor@
aol.com) scratch-built Super Cub bush airplane was built from his
own plans. The 72-inch wingspan aircraft features a two-piece
wing with square Alaska wingtips and extended flaps, as well as
functional carbon-fiber landing gear with tundra tires. It has an
operational cabin door.
Power is from a Turnigy Park 480 running on a 2,200 to 4,000 mAh
three-cell LiPo battery. Mark noted that it only weighs 45 ounces
ready to fly and can slow to a crawl in flight.
“Full-scale Cub pilots wish theirs would fly like this!” he wrote.
deBolt P- 39 Airacobra
The 1968 vintage deBolt P- 39 Airacobra that Steven Pruitt (Granite
Falls, Minnesota; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) built started as a
partial kit with approximately 40% of the wood missing. Using the
plans, Steven was able to reproduce the missing parts and decided
to make some modifications, including installing a spruce main spar,
boxing in the wing to add separate aileron servos, and sheeting
the entire wing for strength. He added a scale cockpit made partly
by hand and partly with downsized Top Flite cockpit parts, and
fabricated a fiberglass engine cowling.
The P- 39 is powered by an O.S. 55AX engine with a Macs
performance muffler, turning an 11 x 8 Master Airscrew three-blade
propeller. Steven uses an Airtronics radio and servos for control, as
well as an Eagle Tree Guardian for stabilization. Covering and paint
are MonoKote, and decals are by Callie Graphics.
“The plane flies wonderful and is a head turner wherever it
goes,” Steven wrote. “I did my best to stay faithful to the design in
respect to Hal (Pappy) deBolt. I have been building since 1972 and
this plane was a labor of love.” The photo features Steven and his
granddaughter and helper, Abbey. “Abbey is now a [Youth] member
of the AMA, and hoping for great times in 2017.”
Rich Flinchbaugh (Vero Beach, Florida) hopes that his grandson,
Jake, follows his path into aeromodeling, and turned his Donald
4 over to him. The Donald 4 was purchased at Hobby Lobby (now
Hobby Express) in 1995. “It hasn’t been available for about 15 years,”
With a 52-inch wingspan and a fuselage length of 35 inches, the
Donald 4’s flying weight is 46. 5 ounces. A Mega 22/10/6 motor is
used for power with a generic three-cell 2,000 mAh 11.1-volt LiPo flat
battery pack. The airplane uses a Castle Creations 35-amp Talon ESC
(“It is waterproof—just in case!”) and a HobbyKing OrangeRX B615X
2. 4 GHz six-channel receiver. Rich said that the airplane achieves
5- to 7-minute flights and reaches an estimated 50 mph under full
“I am happy to report that this model has logged 22 flights without
a mishap,” he wrote. “I can’t claim that for some of the others. [Jake]
has done some model flying [and is] an outstanding young man. I am
very proud of him!”
71 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com