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Giant RC Grumman Albatross — From the movie “The Expendables”

Giant RC Grumman Albatross — From the movie “The Expendables”

If you’ve ever seen the 2010 action adventure movie “The Expendables”, then you will be familiar with the aircraft used by the team in their many adventures. This impressive giant scale RC version of the Grumman HU-16 Albatross is painted like the movie airplane and is an amphibious flying boat powered by twin Zenoah G-62 gas engines turning 3-blade scale Beila propellers.

Built by John Greenfield, a member of the Ghost Squadron Show Team, the impressive Albatross began when John found a fiberglass fuselage and other parts that were said to have been produced in the 1970’s or 80s for a motion picture job. He the built up traditional wing and tail surfaces for the fuselage and then started work on the real challenge of the project–the retractable landing gear. After trying several pneumatic setups which all failed to work properly, he eventually developed a system using hydrolics  which operated in a very scale like fashion. In all, it took a year to build the model Albatross and another year to develop and fabricate the retractable landing gear. The completed flying boat weighs in at an impressive 92.5 pounds and has a wing span of of 189 inches.

The full size Grumman HU-16 Albatross is a large twin–radial engine amphibious flying boat that was used by the USAF, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, primarily as a search and rescue aircraft.

Video courtesy of Tbobborap1

Updated: June 27, 2018 — 11:17 AM
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  1. Absolutely fantastic scale bird!!!
    I love seaplanes, I love scale, and I love multi engine planes. That has got to be one of the top 3 scale actuating landing in the world. It being hydraulic makes it probably the most scale gear I’ve ever seen! That was great filming and great flying for filming. He kept it low and visible.
    Thank you so very much for sharing this !!!

  2. I am at a loss for words except increditable!!!

  3. Fantastic, only begins to describe this aircraft.
    Pl

  4. Amaizing , wonderfull, Well I like scalas that is the razon k

  5. I am the owner of the original and real plane used in the movie. Amazing job done in this super-model!! Congrats!
    There are some youtube clips looking at ESQUADRILHA Oi.

  6. Amazing effort
    Very calm piloting

  7. I saw this pilot and the team at the Ferte Alais in France 20 très ago. Their plane and flying skills are perfect. Congratulations

  8. Too sweet! Gotta love the landing gear; the bird trundles out to the active for take-off just like the real thing. John G. does an amazing job at the stick, even casually holding conversation during low-level passes and showing off his transmitter to boot! Once again, the videography is awesome especially against the cloud-filled background. Mighty impressive.

  9. WOW!!!!!

  10. I applaud the type of person that can make a model come to life, like you have. If I had your talent, I would be a far better modeller. Stay out of the trees.

  11. I’m in awe, as I should be.
    Good show!

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