First Flight: Heavy-Metal Bomber

First Flight: Heavy-Metal Bomber

Deadlines and weather seldom work together but with a short break in the ever-howling winds of March, we headed out to the flying field to video our first test flight of the impressive Hobby Lobby B-17 Flying Fortress.
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The ARF from Hobby Lobby is made of tough EPO foam and as you’ll see from Gerry’s first landing, it can take some rough treatment.

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There’s plenty of scale goodies included with the B-17. It has all the machine guns and turretts, nicely done scale markings and electric retracts and flaps.

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All the servos are installed and the motors and retracts are factory installed in the seperate engine nacelles that you glue into the wing. Assemble takes only about 2 hours with 15 minute epoxy!

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Overall, this 63 inch span warbird, has excellent performance and when the wind is calm to moderate, it handles itself very nicely. The test flight was done during a very windy day with gusts of about 15 to 20 mph. Gerry offers his appologies for the first “ARRIVAL!” Enjoy the music–Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade.

Don’t miss the full review in the July issue of Model Airplane News!

Updated: April 10, 2012 — 2:52 PM
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