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unit in the past). Recently, the rotor has been changed to 10 blades and the reported initial test results are, quite simply, amaz- ing. On 12 cells it is stated to produce 38 pounds of thrust (or 169 N) and on 14 cells 46.7 pounds of thrust (or 208N). Of course, all that power comes with a price tag, since special high-power speed controls are need- ed to handle the 310 amp current on 12S and the 14S’s 365 amps! Considering that the size of this fan is very similar to the vener- able Byron fan, which on a good day pro- duced ten pounds of thrust with an OS .91 engine, all I can say is wow! As a comparison, the ICARE-RC website

lists the Minifan at about 10N, and the Midi fan at approximately 20N. Since the Mini and Midifans are still “the standard” for smaller fans, it is interesting how many companies have fan units designed with a rotor that looks suspiciously like one of these. With the proliferation of lightweight Sty- rofoam® ARFs from China, the airframes have become large enough and light enough to install landing gear, flaps and other good- ies. It is not a surprise then that there has been an explosion in the number of 90mm fans and that some interesting develop- ments have been going on with fans in this size. RC Lander has a metal body fan, which gives rigidity and strength, and now efflux- rc is actually producing a fan that is all alu- minum, including the impeller! Choices abound, which is both good, and confusing! As I find out more “factual” in- formation I’ll pass it along, but until then, if you want to do some interesting looking and reading go to The E-Zone at: www.rc and search for fans in the size you desire (70, 80, 90mm) and enjoy the ride! Okay, moving on to the topic of museums.

Huh? I hear you saying with the abrupt top- ic switch. While looking for color schemes for an F-86D, I discovered that there were a bunch of smaller museums with some neat airplanes! Just down the road from me is the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, and they have a Sabredog in the Colorado Air Guard

Want to get close up to an F-100 and count the rivets? You can do it at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum.

colors from “back when” as well as an F-100 in SEA colors! Not only that, but there is an ’86D at the museum on Peterson Air Force Base, which I can see out my upstairs win- dow! Since the F-86 “Google” search also brought up all variants, I found that just up the road in Denver, at the former Lowry Air Force Base, Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum, has a very nice F-86H (the big mouthed version which is nice for edf) as well as an F-111, B-1A (one of only three built) and an Alexander Eaglerock. Okay, the Eaglerock is not a jet, but it was made 8 miles from where I sit typing this, and my father learned to fly in one over West Vir- ginia in the 1930s; additionally, I’ve seen the restoration of one which looks like a big ver- sion of what we do with balsa! Finding three museums less than 80 miles

from home was neat, and being able to get right up to the aircraft and take documen- tation photos for that next project is invalu- able. How about walking up to a B-29 that has coffee cans beneath the engines to catch the oil drips and smelling of airplane? I’m sure you’ll agree that this sort of intimacy

sure beats the sterility of many of the larg- er museums! Type your favorite airplane into a search engine and follow the links, you might be pleasantly surprised at some of the smaller museums near you, and some of the neat planes they have! Now, on to modeling news. The work on

Bob Reynolds’ F-35C has been slow going, both with the head-scratching, wall kicking and curse venting of an original design, and with family issues. Nonetheless, he sent me a few photos with his progress (and yes, I’m licking my chops, since I was promised a set of plans when they are finalized). Given the large hatch area, he has split it into two parts to allow hiding of the hatch-latches, and to simplify the fabrication. This should give great strength to both the fuselage as well as the hatches while creating easy ac- cess to the battery bay. Okay, enough rambling. As I alluded to in

the intro, the end/beginning of the year is in- teresting and special, so think about what you want to build over the next few months, and to everyone I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Bob Reynolds’ F-35C has the hatches/canopy base finished and fitted (above left). Screws in the rails fit into keyhole slots to add rigidity and security to the whole airframe. With the deep-notched shape for the hatches, we can see why

a two-piece hatch was needed (above center). Starting to look like an F-35 canopy (above right). A clear canopy has been pulled since this photograph was taken and is ready to be fitted.

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