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Facebook E-powered F-104
Some of our favorite online features
are the Throwback Thursday photo
posts, and our readers always have something to add. This
time, we showed our RC buddy Sean McHale of Strictly
Scale with his F-104 Starfighter. Photos by Ken Park at the
2011 E-Jets International event in Grove City, Ohio. Sean did
a great job with his 1/7-scale Starfighter, converting the
F-104 to electric power from a ducted-fan kit from Philip
Avonds Scale Jets. The jet weighs just over 21 pounds and is
powered with a converted Dynamax fan on a 12S LiPo pack.
Sean chose the colors of the first Canadian-built Starfighter
built by Canadair.
ModelAirplaneNews.com Me 163 Komet
A couple years ago at the
Warbirds Over Delaware
event, Sal Calvagna showed
off his impressive electric
Me 163 Komet. To say the
least, it was amazing to see
this Luftwaffe flying-wing
take off with only the sound
of the propeller audible.
Sal’s Komet was previously
powered by a Zenoah G- 38
gas plane, and his new
e-powered version was faster, lighter, and more maneuverable. It was also
featured in the July 2015 issue of Electric Flight. We posted some photos on
the MAN website, and you guys had lots to comment on.
John T: I met Sal at the Warbirds Over Delaware event, and he was nice enough to
show me his layout. Very neat and professional. It flew great!
Rick E: What’s not to like? A big 82-inch Komet with a quiet electric power system
and no ugly gas engine sticking out under the cowl.
Peter H: I am also working on an electric-powered Me 163. I got the MAN plans
and had a kit cut by Lasercut USA ( lasercutusa.com). I’ll send in photos when it’s
ready to fly.
Rocky: Sal really is a great guy. I met him and some other members from the Long
Island Skyhawks club at the Rhinebeck World War I Jamboree a few years ago. Sal
and the guys sure do get around!
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Tora! Tora! Tora! Zero
One of my all-time favorite war movies is Tora! Tora!
Tora!, about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I first
saw it with my parents at a drive-in movie, so that tells
you how long ago that was. I have always wanted to
build a sorta-scale RC Zero, but all the kits I see in the
hobby shop are too big. Would you, by chance, know of a source for an
electric-powered Zero that would be easy to build? Thanks for a great
magazine.—Paul McDaniel, Dearborn, MI
Paul, thanks for being a reader. Tora! Tora! Tora! was a great
wartime aviation movie, followed by Midway. I think these two
movies really left their mark with aviation lovers and RC modelers
alike. You are in luck as we do have a set of plans for a Zero on
our website, AirAgeStore.com. Our good friend and electric scale
master designer Mark Rittinger came up with this impressive Zero
a while ago, and it is one of our best sellers. Look for plan number
X0314A. This rising-sun World War II warbird has a 49-inch span,
is 38 inches long, uses conventional balsa-and-ply construction,
and features foam wing cores. The model can be built with or
without retractable landing gear, and it features a quick-release
wing attachment for fast battery changes. Rudder and retracts
are optional. It was designed for an E-flite Power 25 brushless
CP: This is my favorite fighter plane. Looks like a
RC: Very nice. I bet that it’s fast too.
DP: I built a model of this craft when I was a kid.
The plane was known as the “Widow Maker.”
RDL: How in the heck did he balance that model?
AB: I’ve seen a few turbine-engine-powered F-104s,
but they’re way out of my budget. This one...maybe.
AM: My girlfriend’s dad is a scale model builder. He
flies e-jets but not this big or cool. He’d love it!