How Awesome is This?

Answer: Really Awesome.

I was dancing around the internet looking for some cool aircraft photos and came across the following image. Obviously I had to click into the site to find out more. Turns out this aircraft is a fully functional to-scale model built by 4 guys for a U.K. television series. Here are all the juicy details and a few more photos: “The four builders are shown in the 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 . 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 model weighs over 250 lbs fueled, 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 a 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. Built mainly from balsa and ply, with many glass and carbon fiber moldings to reduce weight. It is covered in fiberglass and epoxy resin. This C-17 Globe Master III is one of the largest jet models in the world today! Complete with retractable landing gear and pneumatically operated flaps.”


Pretty sweet huh? I love to build one for myself, but I don’t think I have the engineering prowess to incorporate 4 Jetcat P-120 turbines into a fully-functional-flying work of art. I’ll stick to the full sized flying work of art that I have…and worry about keeping it fully functional. If you’re like me and you’re going to take on the task of building your own turbines, the only thing left to do is make sure you take care of them. If you run an aviation repair shop or just maintain your own private aircraft, you know that turbine care starts with quality turbine engine oil. To stock up, check out the [ utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2009-07-31-Newsletter] Turbine Oil page for great deals on 24 quart cases. If you’ve already found your preferred brand / oil type you can go directly to it by clicking through the links below.

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That’s it for this week everyone, hope you enjoyed the “cool find pass-along”.
Take care!