Norbert, his wife Susanne and good friend Egon are here in San Diego to fly his one-of-a-kind giant scale RC V-22B Osprey at the Miramar Airshow. Norbert designed and built the Osprey from scratch at home in Austria. I had the pleasure of meeting them and witnessed their pre-airshow flight test at Alpine Aerosquadron’s field on Thursday before the airshow. Click the pic and you can see pictures and a video of the Osprey. If you can make it to the airshow, please go visit them in the model airplane tent near the flight line. Like most modelers, they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. – Steve
Norbert’s website: http://www.avens.at/cms/index.php/en/
Another great video and pictures here.
Some interesting facts below:
|Original V-22||Model data|
|2 Rolls-Royce AE1107C||4.586 kW||Length||2,05m 6,72 feet 80,7inch|
|Length||17,48m / 57,3feet||Width||9,84 feet / 118,1 inch|
|Width incl. rotors||25,78m / 84,5feet||Rotor diameter||14,52 feet / 54,3 inch|
|Rotor-diameter||11,60m / 38feet||Weight inc. batteries||about 48,5 pound|
|Max. height (nacelles vertical)||6,73m / 22feet||Motor||Kontronik Pyro 1000-40|
|Max. starting weight||23.859 kg / 52.600pound||ESC||Kontronik KOSMIK 200 HV|
|Max. travel speed||500km/h / 300 kts||Batteries||12s 4x5100mAh (2p) LIPO|
|Range||790 km / 428mn||External tiltelectronic||Benedini|
|Max. hovering time (Loiter time)||20 min||Flight controller||Flip32 Board|
|Payload||24 men or weight up to 20.000 pound||Remote control||Jeti DC-16|
|Maiden flight||March 19.1989, deployed 8.12.2005||Scale ratio||1:8,5|
By Jeff Struthers
This has been a fun project, giving a new “Lease on Life” to an old airplane.
The aircraft in question is a Multiplex Sonic Liner and was only available years ago. I liked the look of it then, but as I was just starting out in R.C. Flight, I knew I would crash it. Eventually Multiplex took the aircraft out of production. Bob Stinson and I think this was around 2007.
I pretty much forgot about this airplane until early this year, when I was in Discount Hobby. I decided to walk back where the new boxed aircraft were to see what was there and wow, here was a Multiplex Sonic Liner. Still in the box, with a $ 46.00 price tag on it!
We have all felt the rush of finding a cool aircraft that fits within our budget, but how about for $46.00? Way cool. So, box in hand, I found the store owner John and asked about this. He said a customer had it sitting around for years, unbuilt and it was missing the battery / upper hatch cover. The cheap price was reflective of the missing part which John and I both thought could be made from Home Depot styrene insulation foam.