B-29 Superfortress & P-61 Black Widow
at the 2006 Corning IMAA Fly-In
Sept. 1-3, 2006
I built a "new" hauling trailer from an old flat trailer frame with a rusted out bed. Added a '73 Chevy pick-up bed & a used shell. A new paint job to match my pick-up with a large carryall box on the hitch made a nice hauling package. Inside the bed & shell, I put in a rolling shelf manipulated by pulleys to hold one large plane & wing tips. On the bed, there is room for another large plane with plenty of space to spare. Now my models & gear would be safely stowed for travel.
We had fine flying weather at Corning with mostly gentle breezes. I flew both the B-29 Superfortress & P-61 Black Widow twice each. Here are several photos of the B-29 & Black Widow on the ground & in the air:
Vibration on large models can be a problem both to their air worthiness & structural integrity over a long period of time. No problems with the Black Widow [I had previously stiffened the nose wheel landing assembly with a stronger metal rod] though a couple of missing cowl screws which had apparently shook loose had to be replaced between flights. [With scratch built planes, packing tools, spare parts & extra batteries usually pays off.] The B-29 did have a few problems; on its first flight the landing was a little rough as there is a bit of a rise on the airstrip. The 4 props which were nicked on each end had to be changed out; a small scrape on the bottom of one muffler did no damage. Here's a shot of the first landing.
The second flight of the B-29 was a bit more exciting. On the final turn into the landing strip, the aileron & throttle control switch failed; with all 4 engines running, the pilot made a fine rudder and elevator landing.
It's time to do a little re-design. The B-29 sits a little too low to the ground, so I will lenghten the landing gear about 1 1/2" & replace the tires with some stiffer models - the current tires are too squishy to handle a 27+lb. plane. [Nicking up 4 props when landing gets a bit expensive.] Next, I am going to move the switch location on the fuselage & use a different type of control switches. Finally, it's time to cut down on some of the engine vibration; 4 motors can create a lot of shaking; the model may look great in the air but it is hard to control & lands heavy. I will put rubber around the motor mounts which should help a lot to make a smoother flying & landing plane.
Here's some more photos of the
2006 Corning IMAA Fly-In on the RAMAC Website
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