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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday May 3 01:00 AM

May 3, 2010: Big Boy, Big Toy

Brit, Tony Nijhuis, like a zillion other people, built himself a model airplane.
But his 1/7th model of a B-50 bomber is so big... how big is it?

Quote:
...it is classed as a light aircraft and had to be tested by the Civil Aviation Authority and requires a certificate to fly it at public shows.


It's not only capable of carrying mini-bombs, it's sneaky quiet.

Quote:
'It's a model of the Boeing B-50 bomber that was used from the 1950s to the 1970s. It's all scratch built and has a wingspan of 19ft. 'It weighs just over 100lb and is powered by four, four kilowatt electric motors and each motor has 24 batteries powering it. The propellers have a 2ft diameter.
It has 96 batteries that power four electric motors which drive the aircraft to 40mph along a 50m runway before it takes off. It can then fly for eight minutes in the air before it has to descend so the batteries can be recharged.


I wonder if having to assemble a crew, and get government permission, takes some of the spontaneity from playing with this toy?

link


ZenGum  Monday May 3 05:09 AM

What would propel a man to build that?



SPUCK  Monday May 3 06:10 AM

Quite electrifying.



Spexxvet  Monday May 3 09:33 AM

I'm up in the air on this one.



ToastyOhs  Monday May 3 09:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
What would propel a man to build that?
- Umm... Propellers? 4 of them.

In any case this is a 100 times cooler than the half a boat from the other day.


Shawnee123  Monday May 3 09:49 AM

Building it spanned 2 years, a departure from the norm. I'd rudder it didn't take so long.



rditlkustoleit  Monday May 3 10:16 AM

All of this punning is putting my head into a tailspin.
I almost split my Buttock Line.



classicman  Monday May 3 10:37 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
What would propel a man to build that?
The answer seems plane enough to me.


Undertoad  Monday May 3 10:49 AM

Clearly he just wants a little lift in his life.



jinx  Monday May 3 10:53 AM

Quote:
It has 96 batteries that power four electric motors which drive the aircraft to 40mph along a 50m runway before it takes off.
What? No treadmill?


squirell nutkin  Monday May 3 12:57 PM

Well, there goes my plan to build a scale model of Nagasaki.



monster  Monday May 3 01:24 PM

OK that takes care of what my 11yo son is going to be doing for the next two years....

....building a 1/7 size treadmill


Nobody tell Spirit or they might start trying to cram ua all into one of these to further reduce costs.....



Gravdigr  Monday May 3 04:50 PM

Built from scratch?

That means...








Wait for it.....








...he was winging it.



Elspode  Tuesday May 4 09:35 PM

24 batteries...for each motor? And each motor consumes 4k watts? WTF kind of batteries is he using so that the whole plane only weights 80#? Nuclear?



squirell nutkin  Tuesday May 4 09:45 PM

Lithium and NimH are very light



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday May 4 10:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode View Post
24 batteries...for each motor? And each motor consumes 4k watts? WTF kind of batteries is he using so that the whole plane only weights 80#? Nuclear?
A little over a hundred pounds.


SPUCK  Wednesday May 5 05:51 AM

Look up LiPo.



HebeJeebie  Wednesday May 5 10:23 PM

I could ride in that thing!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday May 5 11:58 PM

You must be tiny.



squirell nutkin  Thursday May 6 12:11 PM

Or a big fan of Dr. Strangelove.



Yellow #5  Monday May 10 12:42 AM

I'm pretty sure this one is bigger:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xNmLJju6n

I had the privilege of seeing it fly (and crash) when I was a wee propeller-head.



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