Brad Wolfgang (Midland, Michigan; email: email@example.com)
rescued and rebuilt this 42-year-old Cessna 177 Cardinal he found at a
local swap meet for $30.
At the time of rescue, the Cessna 177 sported a faded, cracked,
brittle covering over flexible fiberglass. Brad used paint stripper, J-B
Weld, gap-filling CA glue, 10-minute epoxy, 6-ounce fiberglass, Red
Devil spackling compound, and plenty of sandpaper. He followed up
with 3M tape and basic Krylon and Rust-Oleum primers and paints.
Brad cut out the delaminated and fuel-soaked plywood in the old
glow firewall and put in a light plywood box and motor mount. The
balsa hinge strips were replaced with new Du-Bro flat hinges. The
Cardinal flies with a Turnigy G32 770 Kv motor, HobbyKing 60-amp
ESC, a Turnigy 4S 14.8-volt battery, and a Master Airscrew 11. 69 x 8
three-blade propeller. Its flying weight is approximately 6 pounds.
Gene Coleman (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) built this model
from a Sig Manufacturing Smith Miniplane kit.
The Miniplane was found on eBay and took six months to build
and convert to electric power. It weighs approximately 5 pounds and
spans 44 inches. The covering is from HobbyKing and the graphics
are from Callie Graphics. The Turnigy 3648 motor is controlled by a 60-
amp ESC. The four-cell 2,200 mAh battery allows for 6-minute flights.
Jim Cicero (Niles, Ohio) sent this photo of Joe Patrizi Jr. with this
Control Line Chipmunk in hopes of surprising him.
Joe built the model from a kit and detailed it with MonoKote. It is
powered by an O.S. . 35 FP engine.
Laurie Videlle (La Valle, Wisconsin; email: email@example.com)
built this 1/5-scale RC Jodel D. 9 Bébé Stand-Off Scale model from
Laurie wrote: “I am one of four club members who responded to
our club president stating that, ‘It would be cool to see several of the
same airplane built and flown by the members.’
“My construction was extensively revised, primarily for weight
reduction behind the center of gravity, to accommodate an electric
motor in lieu of the specified . 35 to . 45 glow engine. For scale
appearance, the cranked outer wing sections were built with a
tapered thickness ending in a flat cross-section and set to an 18°
dihedral angle. The cranked sections were made removable with
quick-release latches for ease of transportation in my vehicle. All-up
weight is 61. 5 ounces—less than 4 pounds.
“It’s a smooth flier, controlled by a Tactic T TX650 2. 4 GHz radio
and powered by an ElectriFly 35-30-1250 outrunner motor turning a
10 x 5E APC propeller.”
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