An artist’s rendering of the Sikorsky Ilya
Muromets, courtesy of Pavel Goloviy,
St. Petersburg, Russia. The aircraft is
festooned with support wires.
by the author.
There are plenty of fuselage details
shown in this Macchi MC.205V
Veltro front-quarter view.
The Maachi MC.205V Veltro sports typical
North African camouflage.
Winner of the
by Sal Calvagna
Welcome back. What happened? I blinked and summer was history. No worries; there’s plenty of good flying weather
ahead, so enjoy the rest of the season.
The winner of the guess-the-aircraft contest is
Dave Korzun of Edmond, Oklahoma. Dave accurately guessed
that the tail section photo in the June “RC Giants” column was
that of the Ilya Muromets, an early Igor Sikorsky design.
The Muromets was first conceived as a four-engine transport
aircraft that featured, for the first time in history, a separate
passenger compartment with comfortable wicker chairs, a
bedroom, lounge, and even a bathroom. These compartments
had electrical lighting and heat.
The Muromets first flew in December 1913, and in early
1914 it took off with 16 passengers onboard for a round-trip
flight from St. Petersburg, Russia, to Kiev, Ukraine. The aircraft
later became the world’s first four-engine strategic bomber. It
had a fully enclosed cabin for the pilot and an internal bomb
load of up to 800 kilograms.
Approximately 70 of these behemoths were built and only
one was lost as a result of enemy action. On this occasion, the
Ilya Muromets was attacked by four Albatros fighters. Three of
the fighters were shot down by gunners on the Ilya Muromets
before the aircraft went down.
was the choice
of a heavy-duty
harness from either
John Sabini of
Brentwood, New York, built this beautiful 1: 4.5-scale Macchi
MC.205V Veltro fighter using a fiberglass/wood fuselage and
foam-core wings made by Andre Pasquarelli. The model spans
92 inches and is 73 inches long. It is powered by a RimFire
65cc motor and Castle Creations 160 ESC using a 12S LiPo
The motor spins a 24 x 12 three-blade propeller at 6,000
rpm. Weighing 27 pounds, the power system can easily handle
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