Monday, September 18, 2006


The C-17 Globemaster makes Buzz Patterson's C-141 Starlifter look like a toy. The C-141 has been a workhorse for many years. However,the C-17 can move both heaven and earth in one trip!! Read the specs.









Now wasn't that fun? I received these pics in an email from my good buddy in Arizonia, Vic Pomel. All the pics are of the scale model C-17. (Click to enlarge)

The four builders are shown in the lower left image above. Colin Straus, the
owner, is at the nose of the aircraft.
This 1/9th scale radio-controlled
C-17 model was built in the United Kingdom. To date it has about 20 flights.

It was built as the centerpiece of a 15 program television series produced in
the U.K. for the Home and Leisure satellite TV channel. Built with the aid of
three friends, it took one year to build and is
powered with 4 Jetcat P-120 turbines with a total thrust of 108 lbs.

The models weighs over 250 lbs fuelled, and carries 12.5 liters (3.3 US
gallons) of 95% kerosene and 5% turbine oil fuel. Other details include 5 Futaba
PCM receivers, 16 battery packs (93 cells), 20 Futaba servos, on board air
compressor, electro/pneumatic retracts, etc. Wingspan is 20 feet 8 inches, and
the top of the fin is 74 inches (6 feet 2 inches) above the ground. Takeoff
weight is 264 lbs.

The rear cargo doors open and they drop an r/c
jeep on a pallet, as well as 2 free-fall r/c parachutists. The model also has
smoke systems both of the inboard turbines, and uses 2.4 GHz data link to
provide real-time data to a laptop computer on the ground while in flight, this
data includes airspeed, turbine RPM, EGT, fuel consumption, etc. It is covered
in fiberglass and epoxy resin. Built mainly from balsa and ply, with many glass
and carbon fiber moldings to reduce weight.

This C-17 Globemaster III is one of the largest
jet models in the world today! Complete with retractable landing gear and
pneumatically operated flaps.

All I can say: Too much time...way too much money.

Thanks, Vic!!

UPDATE: Video of the real C-17 Globemaster

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