OMG, I just now finally finished looking and reading through the 80 pages. THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL I WOULD EVER TRUST A PIECE OF LABOR/ART LIKE THAT TO A RADIO CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!
I have never seen a builder of this caliber before, his attention to EVERYTHING and skills are unsurpassed. I am sure he will be selling kits in the future, and they will be lighter and stronger than the prototype, but I don't dare think about how much money they will be.
I'M FLOORED BY THAT BUILD.
You will notice that he has the tool (Fein Multimaster) that I will receive today with UPS (I can't wait to use it).
HOLY CRAP Love the talent required. I cant wait to get home and really enjoy that thread. "thin CA to harden dust" Love that. Did you guys see his table for weighting his lay ups. again super nice.. What a shop. I would love to have that kind of room to do projects I cant imagine the trouble would be in with the proper room I would rarely say NO to that one of a kind project.
It reminds me of back when I used to build plastic models. I spent hours detailing them. Used to enter them in competitions for plastic models. The last one I built was a navy A6 intruder that I put into a contest and got first place.
I like his idea of using plates from a printing press to make the rivet detail...wish i had thought of that.
I used to have tons of those metal plates from a old AB Dick offset press.
It was a chore to just look at the 80 pages. Did you catch the landing gear operation video on page 72 (bottom of page)? Those gear are amazing. This guy is anal to the max... what a build. Making a full size balsa model, then making molds from that to make composite shells. The detail is astounding. That guy is warped! Too bad the rollout video link is dead. I'm guessing that was at least a year long project, maybe more?
If you look it shows the model at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 jet events over there. And that was from the time the composite prototype was finished. I am guessing this was a 5-7 year project. Absolutely amazing.
In the "About Me" part of his web site, he writes that he started this SU-27 project at the end of 2001. The last update to the project where he writes that he has decided on the paint scheme is from September 29, 2007, so we're looking at roughly 6 years. I would be proud to have just done this project in my life time he he.
One of the things that gets me when going through the pages is, that it just seems to go like 1-2-3, he describes a part or parts he needs to make, there are the parts, fully alu covered and detailed, then there's the molds and next, there are the finished glass parts.
His flap linkage set-up is also pretty sleek, not to mention the speed brake and how the actuater fits ower/between the fuel tanks. Well, there is really not a single thing that isn't cool about that build. The pictures with his kid makes for some warm moments without being overly sweet, how about when the kid sits on the alu covered plug with pants with rivets on he he.
I can't wait to see video of this thing flying, should happen this summer providing nothing is wrong with the model.
I got a big smile when I saw him molding fuel tanks. Now that is custom with a capitol C. You see the bungs in those tanks? I bet he made those too, very nice machine work on all the metal parts. Amazing attention to the scale detail.