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Latico
05-12-2004, 07:58 PM
Some one asked about space on carriers and how they managed to put so many planes on board carriers. I found this site a guy put up covering his construction of a 1/5.5 scale R/C SBD-5 Dauntlass, which he won honors for at the 2004 Weak Signals RC Expo in Toledo, Ohio.

The guy did some extraordinary research in order to get all the fine details for his recreation of one SBD-5 in particular.

One of the details he added to the cockpit was the lift cables that were used to hoist the aircraft to the ceiling of the hanger deck to make room for more planes. The Dauntlass, for some reason, seems to be the only carrier plane that didn't have folding wings.

There's plenty of photos of the construction. Check out the "Jig Dog's Office" link for the cockpit details.

"Jig Dog" SBD-5 Dauntlass (http://www.renderwurx.com/rc/SBD/index.htm)

Latico
05-12-2004, 07:58 PM
Some one asked about space on carriers and how they managed to put so many planes on board carriers. I found this site a guy put up covering his construction of a 1/5.5 scale R/C SBD-5 Dauntlass, which he won honors for at the 2004 Weak Signals RC Expo in Toledo, Ohio.

The guy did some extraordinary research in order to get all the fine details for his recreation of one SBD-5 in particular.

One of the details he added to the cockpit was the lift cables that were used to hoist the aircraft to the ceiling of the hanger deck to make room for more planes. The Dauntlass, for some reason, seems to be the only carrier plane that didn't have folding wings.

There's plenty of photos of the construction. Check out the "Jig Dog's Office" link for the cockpit details.

"Jig Dog" SBD-5 Dauntlass (http://www.renderwurx.com/rc/SBD/index.htm)

heywooood
05-12-2004, 08:04 PM
All he needs to do now is build a 1/5.5 scale Yorktown.. waterline would be ok, but full hull would be better..

Nice find Latico.. These R/c guys spend long hours and big $ too.

Latico
05-12-2004, 08:09 PM
Believe it or nor, I actually did some calulations in that regard.

CV6 scaled down to 1/5.5 would have a flight deck 115 ft long by about 15 ft wide. Would draw about 5 ft of water.

And yeah, I've sort of kicked the idea around in my head of what it would be like to build one as a show piece and as a platform for these modelers to launch and recover their planes in competitions. With the shallow draft, a scaled carrier of this size could navigate any Inland Waterways as well as along the coast.

heywooood
05-12-2004, 08:25 PM
You know ... WE could charge MONEY for a venue like that... If you build it, they will come..and fly off it.

hey hey Ralphi boy, You've hadda lot of ideas in your time.but this is a doozy!

Latico
05-12-2004, 08:34 PM
Well..........

I think I'm gonna have to win the Lotto first.

But realistically, it would be a wonderful tribute to a great ship. And ya might be able to charge a small admission for tours. (Would have to do something to pay for it's upkeep and such.

heywooood
05-12-2004, 08:40 PM
Charge pilots to fly off it - charge spectators to watch - a big R/c airpark.. lots of stuff for the good family fun.

Latico
05-12-2004, 10:32 PM
Yep, something like that.

And since it would be the only remnance of a Yorktown Class Carrier still operational (semi) there might be some movie work too. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Hey! A guy can dream............right?

heywooood
05-12-2004, 10:34 PM
Yep.. dreaming.. if only money DID grow on trees.. I'd have an orchard I tell ya what.

Cage50
05-12-2004, 10:45 PM
Hmmm...nice concept.
I'd pay a nice landing fee for something like that. Maybe even more than the usual at a fly-in.
Wonder how gentle a trap would be to that balsa?

heywooood
05-12-2004, 10:49 PM
Maybe no traps ... just touch n go's..

Or custom "soft wire" traps..?

you know - not a wire - a ribbon.

Cut the 3 ribbon consistently for high score

arcadeace
05-13-2004, 12:27 AM
I had no idea the hobby had that much dedication, 1600 hours and over 18 months of work. It should be displayed and nothing more, I can't imagine he would ever fly it.

http://www.onpoi.net/ah/pics/users/222_1082457373_222_1082441075_airaces.jpg

Latico
05-13-2004, 12:33 AM
Did you notice he had two different propellers for it? A three blade for show and a two blade for flying.

I'll bet they sweat their buts off while those babies air airborne. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

arcadeace
05-13-2004, 12:41 AM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I can understand the temptation but if I put that much commitment into it I would have to be nuts to take the risk. And no matter how good they could fly it, a risk is what it is.

http://www.onpoi.net/ah/pics/users/222_1082457373_222_1082441075_airaces.jpg

stansdds
05-13-2004, 04:29 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> You know ... WE could charge MONEY for a venue like that... If you build it, they will come..and fly off it.
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Or crash into it! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

heywooood
05-13-2004, 09:25 AM
Thats why you charge admi$$ion http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif