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Back where we started 2 by GrummanCat Back where we started 2 by GrummanCat
OK, so having built the R/C Space Shuttle Enterprise glider, I have found myself in need of a 747 carrier aircraft.

A BIG 747 carrier aircraft ;) Length 68 inches overall. Wingspan 60 inches. To be powered by 2 brushless outrunner motors in the trailing edges of the wings. There will be a servo-activated release system to release the shuttle at a safe altitude. Then the shuttle continues its r/c glide to earth while the 747 continues to fly.
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Scud01us Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
look into high-bypass turbofans as they are available for that scale and I have seen youtube videos of 747s and other large aircraft powered by them.
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Yuxtapuestoelmono Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
GUACHOOOO! :XD:
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autobotchari Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is an amazing build there. As an r/c pilot myself, I say that is pretty cool.
I'm curious, what kind of foam are you using in this? And does that shuttle have its own control surfaces?
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
THANKS!! The vertical part of the 747 body is 2-inch rigid foam insulation from the hardware store. The horizontal part is 1-inch insulation foam. The wings of the 747 are 1-inch thick fan fold foam.

The vertical part of the space shuttle is 1/2-inch rigid foam. The wings are 3/16-inch fan fold foam. A carbon fiber rod holds the wings stiff. The shuttle does indeed have 2 servos driving 2 elevons in a delta wing configuration. No motor, it is simply a glider.

However, once the 747 has gotten some flights in, I plan to start launching my POWERED space shuttles from it, on longer flights. :D
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The shuttle is a profile model? Haven't seen those since the 60s.
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Yes, the glider shuttle is profile, but I'm planning a full-width powered shuttle which will be air launched and powered by pusher prop in the tail.
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Tiberius-Aires Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I remember seeing the real thing fly over my head back when I was in Elementary school. Thanks for bringing back that awesome memory!
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
You bet! Glad you enjoyed.
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elijarman Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Student Artist
still sad NASA isn't flying anymore
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Extremely sad. :( Still the coolest space craft ever.
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