TBM Zero and Top Flite FW 190
Barry Ponder (Fort Worth, Texas; email: email@example.com) wrote that
his TBM Zero, a 2005 vintage model, is an “old gal.” It has a 92-inch wingspan with
a DA- 85 engine and sports all-digital Hitec servos with an Aurora nine-channel
receiver. He used Robart heavy-duty retracts on the 38-pound TBM Zero.
“This plane will literally tear a hole in the sky at wide open throttle,” Barry wrote.
“The sound she makes going close to 100 [mph] is amazing.”
Barry’s Top Flite FW 190 has an 85-inch wingspan. Its DLE-55RA engine also sports
all-Hitec gear, plus a Sullivan Sky Writer smoke pump, which shows a simulated
engine fire at the end of his flight. The electric landing gear is from Robart.
Both warbirds were a labor of love to build. Because they were ARFs, many
modifications were made to strengthen the aircraft for weekly flying and grass runways.
The photo was taken on February 29, 2016, at the Greater Southwest Aero
Modelers Club in Fort Worth. The day was 74° and southeast wind was at 15 to 20
mph. “Warbirds filled the sky that day—the Axis powers were out in force,” Barry
Greg Lyon’s (Indianapolis, Indiana; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
electrified, 69-inch wingspan Sig Citabria is powered by an E-flite
Power 60 and 80-amp ESC. Modifications to the original design
included adding a two-piece wing for easy transport, a removable
windshield/top hatch, cabin windows for battery access, and taller
landing gear to accommodate the electric propeller.
The airplane is covered with Solartex and painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch. Using a 6S 3,300 mAh LiPo battery,
the all-up weight is 7. 9 pounds.
Greg wrote that this was his second build. The first was Dan
Grotzinger’s e-Cobra, which Greg built from plans purchased from
AMA Plans Service.
Dan Scharlach (Derry, New Hampshire; email: email@example.com)
wanted a medium-size, highly aerobatic, low-cost airplane that could do
aerobatic stunts, so he chose the GWS Formosa and designed a custom paint
and trim scheme.
The brushless motor is a GForce E480 outrunner with an APC 9 x 6E
propeller. The 3S 1,500 mAh 20C LiPo battery gives great power to the
18-ounce airplane. The receiver is an OrangeRx six-channel DSM2, servos are
TowerPro SG- 50, and the ESC is 30 amps with a BEC.
Dan shared that the 35.5-inch wingspan foam airplane flies great and can
be flown in medium to strong wind. He painted the model with Testors spray
enamel and trimmed it with MonoKote trim strips.
Tim Barrett (Demotte, Indiana; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) belongs
to the Crown Point Aeromodelers in District VI. “With all of the ARF foamies out
there, I wanted mine to be different from the herd,” he wrote.
Tim applied “crashproofing” to his Dynam Albatros D.Va from Killer Planes,
fiberglassing the wings and tail feathers, filling in the panel lines for a more
scalelike appearance, and applying a paint scheme to represent the Albatros
flown by World War I German Ace Karl Menckhoff.
“It definitely stands out in the grass of our field!”
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