|The four builders are shown in the image above.
Colin Straus, the owner, is at the nose of the aircraft. This
1/9th scale radio-controlled C-17 model was built in the
United Kingdom. It was built as the centerpiece of a 15
program television series produced in the U.K. for the Home
and Leisure satellite TV channel. Built with the aid of three
friends, it took one year to build and is powered with 4
Jetcat P-120 turbines with a total thrust of 108 lbs. The
model weighs over 250 lbs fueled, and carries 12.5 liters
(3.3 US gallons) of 95% kerosene and 5% turbine oil fuel.
Other details include 5 Futaba PCM receivers, 16 battery
packs (93 cells), 20 Futaba servos, on board air compressor,
electro/pneumatic retracts, etc. Wingspan is 20 feet 8
inches, and the top of the fin is 74 inches (6 feet 2 inches)
above! the ground. Takeoff weight is 264 lbs. The rear
cargo doors open and they drop an r/c jeep on a pallet, as
well as 2 free-fall r/c parachutists. The model also has
smoke systems both of the inboard turbines, and uses a 2.4
GHz data link to provide real-time data to a laptop computer
on the ground while in flight. This data includes airspeed,
turbine RPM, EGT, fuel consumption, etc. Built mainly from
balsa and ply, with many glass and carbon fiber moldings to
reduce weight. It is covered in fiberglass and epoxy resin.
This C-17 Globe Master III is one of the largest jet models in
the world today! Complete with retractable landing gear
and pneumatically operated flaps.
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