Bob Beutler (700 Park St., Boulder City NV 89005; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org) shares his Butterfly with MA readers.
Shown here with Bob’s granddaughter, Elodie, this Butterfly
aircraft was built from a vintage Craft-Air kit. An action figure and
parachute deployment pod was added to the bottom of the fuselage.
This deployment pod contains a servo and was designed to fit the
contour of the bottom of the fuselage.
Power is supplied by an O.S. 25LA two-stroke engine and the
model spans 99 inches. Bob added a Sullivan tail wheel and the
model’s flight is slow and graceful.
Romi Lucas (10204 Ross Lake Dr., Peyton CO 80831; email:
email@example.com) wrote: “This plane was modeled and
named for the Nabu Fighter featured in Episode I of the Star Wars
Trilogy opening scene. Two E-flite Power 32 outrunner motors power
“It is a delta wing with no rear stabilizer. It has retractable main
landing gear and functional rudder. The top half of the fuselage is
removable to access the batteries and other electronics.”
Leon Rosen (3285 Jessica Ln., Naples FL 34105; leon.rosen@
hotmail.co.uk) designed and built a 30-inch Slow Flyer that he
converted into this 7-foot Bald Eagle. Leon wrote: “Stupid idea really,
but with tenacity and 100-plus hours, the objective was achieved. I
built the extended spruce and balsa fuselage over the original carbon-stick fuselage of the Slow Flyer, the new length governed by the wing
chord, and covered the fuselage with Solartex.
“The wing is flat bottomed, achieved by cutting away the
underside of the Slow Flyer wing and then adding gull-shaped
extensions, which are removable using plastic wing bolts. The
feathers were made with 1/32-inch sheet over a 1/16-inch frame. The
wing covering is Litespan. Power is by E-flite Power 15, and control of
ailerons, elevator, and rudder is by a Spektrum DX6i. (I know eagles
don’t have rudders.)”
Heinkel He 178 V- 1
Tony Kameen (11045 Silver Run, Moreno Valley CA 92557; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org) scratch-built this EDF project.
Tony started with a small three-view and accumulated all the
information he could. This Heinkel He 178 V- 1 spans 40 inches and
uses a three-phase power system. A 40-amp ESC is driven by an
11.1-volt LiPo. The fuselage is carved from blue foam and the paint is
custom-mixed latex in the RLM 02 color.
The wing is conventional built-up balsa. The CG is determined by
the location of the battery pack in the front of the airplane under the
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