Archives for August 2015

More Valkyrie Pictures!

Side view of full scale Valkyrie B - note drooping ailerons, held in place by the airstream during flight

Side view of full scale Valkyrie B – note drooping ailerons, held in place by the airstream during flight

Werner kindly provided me with some additional information and photos on his remarkable model of the British 1910 Valkyrie B “Racer”.

Front view of the full scale Valkyrie B aircraft

Front view of the full scale Valkyrie B aircraft

Sadly, Werner does not have a set of plans for this exceptional aircraft. Depron 6 mm foam is used extensively with balsa ribs to form the wing and canard airfoil shape. The fuselage is constructed from 5×5 mm pine strips.

Below photos offer some additional detail of this one of a kind model.

Note also some photos of the full scale Valkyrie series of trainer and exhibit aircraft. As I mentioned yesterday, it took a remarkable pilot to climb into the “cockpit” of one of these early flyers for a trip around the airport traffic pattern!

Nice front quarter view of Werner's Valkyrie B RC model airplane

Nice front quarter view of Werner’s Valkyrie B RC model airplane

Detail of the pilot position and front fore plane of the Valkyrie B

Detail of the pilot position and front fore plane of the Valkyrie B

Werner's Valkyrie B next to the Fokker Spin

Werner’s Valkyrie B next to the Fokker Spin

ASL Valkyrie B. “Racer”

One of the pleasant aspects with hosting a website on electric radio control aircraft is hearing from folks literally around the world on their modeling activities.

A great example is Werner from Germany. Earlier, Werner took my plans for the Fokker Spin and enlarged them, making for a very nice scale model of this historic aircraft.

Werner sent me a photo of his latest model, that of a British experimental aircraft, the Aeornautical Syndicate Ltd. Valkyrie B., or Racer.

Plan notations for Werner's Valkrie RC model plane

Plan notations for Werner’s Valkrie RC model plane

This line of canard pusher-motor aircraft was designed by Horatio Barber and constructed by Howard Wright. The first in the series, ASL Monoplane no. 2 was first flown at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain in 1910.

Subsequent Valkyrie variants were produced over the next few years, all offering the same general arrangement with a pusher motor, a pair of fore planes (one fixed and the other moveable) and twin rudders.

At least 12 Valkyries were produced from 1910-1912. ASL set up a flying school at Hendon using these aircraft for training and demonstration purposes. I cannot imagine what is must have been like learning to fly on an aircraft like this, sitting in the open with an engine roaring right behind you.

Four of these aircraft were offered to the War Office for evaluation regarding military missions. While a successful design for the period, the Valkyrie was consider challenging to fly and the War Office did not pursue the model type further. During this time great advances were made with tractor mounted engines and more enclosed cockpits that eclipsed the unique setup of the Valkyrie.

Werner did a superb job capturing this one of a kind aircraft with a successful RC flying model. Note the fixed upper forward canard with the controlling surface located underneath, and three rudders installed behind the wing.

Werner’s model is a terrific example of what can be done with modeling distinctive full scale aircraft.  More information to follow!

Werner's scale model of the Valkyrie type B "Racer"

Werner’s scale model of the Valkyrie type B “Racer”

Atlanta Move Update

It has been an incredibly busy past few weeks. While not much has happened directly regarding model aviation, a lot has taken place that will set the stage for a great deal of future RC modeling activity.

First, my work as a First Officer with United Express at Washington Dulles airport is going very well. I have 230 hours in the CRJ-700 aircraft as of yesterday to include 83.2 hours over the past 28 days. It was a busy month!

Mini Flash RC model airplane by Mountain Models

Mini Flash RC model airplane by Mountain Models

Our move south to Atlanta is going well. We will travel to Atlanta tomorrow morning and close on our new house August 11th. Movers will be here in Chicago on Aug 25th for our household goods shipment. Our move should be complete by mid-October.

I will have an ample building area in our new house so the door is open for a wide range of new RC building, design and YouTube projects. I am very excited.

Yankee Mike RC model airplane fuselage

Yankee Mike RC model airplane fuselage

I also plan on updating some of my older models with lipo batteries and newer engines. For example, I have not flown my old Mountain Models Mini Flash since 2005 due to the extensive winds in the Chicago area.

Many of the Mountain Models kits are available on-line. You should take a look. Mountain Models offered a great line of aircraft kits with extensive CAD engineering to ensure a lightweight and strong model.

Recall, these models were produced in the day of heavy NiCads and brushed electric motors. The upgrade to lipo power and newer brushless motors transforms these great flyers.

I also plan to get my second original RC model design, the Electro Aviator, back into the air. Plans for the Electro Aviator are here. The model has only been flown with NiCads and a brushless motor. The addition of lipos will make for an interesting increase in performance.

More to follow!