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BlitzRCWorks A1 Skyraider - 63"

Dec
07
2011

The Build - Warbird Series sold by BananaHobby

The A1 Skyraider

It's finally here! The next step up in my RC plane hobby, or maybe a leap up, it's the 63 inch wing span A1 Skyraider. This plane is huge, especially sitting next to my puny 31 inch T-28 Trojan that was my first 4 channel plane. I've jumped right to 7 channels, aileron, elevator, rudder and throttle just like before, but now with the addition of retractable landing gear, flaps and even air brakes on the fuselage.

a1-skyraider-build02After bringing the package inside, I quickly cleared off the coffee table and made ready my building space in the living room. The box took up the whole table! I hooked up my laptop to the TV and streamed a build video that BananaHobby had made to help guide you through the process. Builds like these aren't a race, so I took my time and really enjoyed the whole process, trying to make sure and double check all my work, especially since much of it was new to me.

 

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I layed out all the parts on the table, taking each one out of their plastic and checked the list of included parts. Seemed like it was all there, so I started the build!

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a1-skyraider-build25a1-skyraider-build26I started with the wings and began to attach all the control horns to the ailerons and the flaps. Each horn was held in place by 4 screws that pulled together the plastic sandwiching the foam between.  I did the same for the rear elevator and rudder.

Both the horizontal and vertical stabilizers are held on by screws, so no glue was required, which made it easy.

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One of the trickiest parts of this build was wiring the pull lines for the rear landing gear. a1-skyraider-build39In order for the rear wheel to turn left and right to help you taxi while on the ground I needed to run a few long, thin metal lines from the rear wheel to the servo in the middle of the fuselage. It wasn't necessarily hard work, just a bit tedious and time consuming.

 

Next was the retractable front landing gear which actually not only retract, but they also rotate 90 degrees. They are locked in place by 4 screws, and layered on a piece of wood and plastic as the mount. The wheel rotates on a protruding pin from the main gear, and once closed is covered by a small door held down by some wire.

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They included a pilot figurine with the model, however I had to remove the poor guy's legs in order to fit him in the cockpit. So once I finished the surgery, I glued him into the seat, and then I trimmed and glued the canopy over top. He has been give the name "Skyraider Bob".

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a1-skyraider-build59I added the large wood spar through each wing and brought them together. With both halves of the wings together it's nearly as tall as I am!  The wing is connected to the fuselage with a few bolts, making it easy to remove for transporting since this plane won't fit in my car.

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The final pieces to finish were gluing the armaments to the wings and installing the 4 bladed propeller. I have a few tweaks and modifications left to do, and then we're ready to fly!

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Watch the video below of a demo of the power this plane has!

Maiden Flight Video

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