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Chocks away for world's biggest model aircraft ... shame 8,000 B-50 bomber can only fly for 8min
The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 21, 2010

Posted on 04/21/2010 9:41:57 AM PDT by Stoat

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The Boeing B-50 bomber is so big it holds the title as the world's largest electric model aircraft, It is classified as a light aircraft and is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Built by Tony Nijhuis in his garage the aircraft is a scale version of the US bomber and has a 20ft wingspan and weighs just over seven stones.

It took Mr Nijhuis, from Hastings, East Sussex, two years to make the radio-controlled plane that he calls the 'jolly green giant' and cost him £8,000.

 

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t has 96 batteries that power four electric motors which drive the aircraft to 40mph along a 50m runway before it takes off.

It can then fly for eight minutes in the air before it has to descend so the batteries can be recharged.

Made from balsa wood and plywood, the plane also has workable bomb bay doors and pneumatic landing gear.

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'It weighs just over 100lb and is powered by four, four kilowatt electric motors and each motor has 24 batteries powering it. The propellers have a 2ft diameter.

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(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aircraft; boeingb50; model; modelaircraft; tonynijhuis
My apologies for the severe editing of this article.....this was done in order to remain in compliance with Free Republic rules pertaining to the posting of articles from the UK Daily Mail.  Please click on the main article link to see the full story, as well as a video.

 

  Modelmaker Tony Nijhuis has built the worlds biggest electric powered model aircraft

Built by Tony Nijhuis in his garage the aircraft is a scale version of the US bomber and has a 20ft wingspan and weighs just over seven stones

 

 

Enlarge Modelmaker Tony Nijhuis has built the worlds biggest electric powered model aircraft


 

 

It has 96 batteries that power four electric motors which drive the aircraft to 40mph along a 50m runway before it takes off

 

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7.  (plural stone orstones) U.K. measurements unit of weight: in the United Kingdom, a unit of weight equivalent to 6.35 kg (14 lb). It is used especially for expressing somebody's weight.
He's trying to get down to 12 stone.

 

 

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The Nijhuis B-50 - More Features

 

The Nijhuis B-50

By David Ashby

she's finished! - 26/10/09


 
Tony Nijhuis has just sent in some pics having completed his B-50 (featured here earlier this year). With a span of just under 19 ft and weighing over 80lbs, it's one of the largest electric models you'll find anywhere. 
 
Motor power is provided courtesy of four 4-Max PPPO-6367-230 outrunner motors, each capable of developing 3kW of power and total motive power of 12kW. Battery power is provide by NiMH cells (96 in total) and be could be increased to 144..(36 cells per motor) if required. She's a beauty! 
 
You can Click here to watch the B-50's maiden flights.



 





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The Tony Nijhuis Boeing B-50 - More Features

The Tony Nijhuis Boeing B-50

By David Ashby

Full story in the next issue..... - 21/4/10

 
We brought news of Tony Nijhus' massive Boeing B-50, one of the largest electric powered models in the world, last year and we'll have Tony's full account of the project in the next (June 2010) issue of RCM&E.
 
Popping down to see him and photograph the model last week, we were joined by a freelance national news reporter so you may see the model appearing in the national press in the not too distant future. Here he is getting some snaps.....


 
As you can see, the 19ft span, 80lb model requires the appropriate transportation arrangements....
 

....and a few cells to get airborne!   
 

 
Resplendent in it's new finish, simply put, it's an awesome aeroplane. Don't miss the full story next month! 
 



1 posted on 04/21/2010 9:41:58 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Aeronaut; Paleo Conservative; indcons; CholeraJoe

Ping :-)


2 posted on 04/21/2010 9:43:54 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat
Can it be retrofitted with a flux capacitor?


3 posted on 04/21/2010 9:47:33 AM PDT by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: Stoat
"it has 96 batteries that power four electric motors"

That my be why the real things use avgas IC engines and APUs.

4 posted on 04/21/2010 9:47:34 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Stoat
He needs to get some 4 bladed props for that thing ...
5 posted on 04/21/2010 9:47:55 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Stoat

That is really cool.


6 posted on 04/21/2010 9:48:05 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: Stoat

Awesome


7 posted on 04/21/2010 9:48:18 AM PDT by KMG365
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To: All
Readers may also be interested in this site:

 

The Large Model Association

 

 

 

The Large Model Association (LMA) is based in the UK. Its members are interested in the designing, building and flying of large model aircraft. 

8 posted on 04/21/2010 9:48:47 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

It is the Daily Mail’s requirement to be excepted.


9 posted on 04/21/2010 9:49:16 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Stoat
Didnt know there was a B-50 until now.

Sneaky War Dept guys looking to extend procurement of the cancelled B-29 by calling the upgraded B-29 a new aircraft.

Or so says Wikipedia and I dont trust them very much.

10 posted on 04/21/2010 9:50:47 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: Stoat
That's cool, being electric and all, but this is way cooler.
11 posted on 04/21/2010 9:51:13 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Stoat

Someone needs a girlfriend.


12 posted on 04/21/2010 9:51:28 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Stoat

The first model airplane I tried to broke into several chunks about 5 seconds after launch (which way is up?). I still find pieces of it more than three years later. Thankfully, it was one of those electric motor styrofoam jobbies that was under $100 bucks. My dad augered his much more expensive model into a wheat field at full throttle. Poor pilot was decapitated by the wing and the plane was buried up to the cockpit. It took us nearly an hour to find it. I finally spotted what was left of the tail and rudder assembly sticking up above the wheat.


13 posted on 04/21/2010 9:51:39 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: Stoat
Large model association?


14 posted on 04/21/2010 9:54:12 AM PDT by llevrok (TEA Awakens Americans)
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To: Stoat

Boring.


15 posted on 04/21/2010 9:54:46 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Stoat

Go to YouTube and type in B-29 model. There is a HUGE one out there as well as one that launches an actual rocket propelled X-1 controlled by a separate pilot.

Actually, YouTube has an amazing number of model airplane and Model Helicopter videos.


16 posted on 04/21/2010 9:54:58 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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...except the B-29’s are not electric. They are actual gas powered. The “smaller” one actually has four blade props just like the real thing. The larger one is so big that they said the four blade thing would not work and they had to go with two blades. It may be why this B-50 has two bladed props as well.


17 posted on 04/21/2010 9:57:17 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Stoat

Oops. I see you are ahead of the curve on this... ;)


18 posted on 04/21/2010 9:59:21 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: RobRoy

“Among the injured were.........”


19 posted on 04/21/2010 9:59:52 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Stoat
Here's a real one for comparison:


20 posted on 04/21/2010 9:59:58 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Stoat

That was a pleasant ten minute diversion from the rat-race. Thanks Stoat!


21 posted on 04/21/2010 10:00:11 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Stoat

Dorfmann approves this thread.

22 posted on 04/21/2010 10:08:54 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Stoat

Coooool.


23 posted on 04/21/2010 11:16:25 AM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: GeronL; KMG365; corkoman; Joe 6-pack; IYAS9YAS; RobRoy; DuncanWaring; rockrr; All
I'm delighted that you've found it to be worthwhile :-)

This may also be of interest:

The largest electric model in the world - Tony Nijhuis Boeing B50

 

As with my 12' Lancaster, the B-50 will have an on-board engine sound syste. Thomas Benedini has mixed a 4-engined Pratt & Whittney true sound and it sounds superb....The sound will be amplifier by two 200watt power amplifier driving six 50-watt so some serious but true scale noise will be heard.

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WOW!  All he needs to add are some Lynx Jet stewardesses and he'll be all set.....

YouTube - LYNX JET

 

YouTube - Lynx Jet

24 posted on 04/21/2010 11:18:46 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: martin_fierro

:)


25 posted on 04/21/2010 11:19:16 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: Stoat

I confess I would LOVE to see a B-38 model. I remember as a kid living near Larsen AFB in the late 50’s and early 60’s I’d see those things at high altitude. They looked like little silver crosses in the sky.


26 posted on 04/21/2010 11:27:18 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: zot

Boeing bomber ping


27 posted on 04/21/2010 12:09:29 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: corkoman
Sneaky War Dept guys looking to extend procurement of the cancelled B-29 by calling the upgraded B-29 a new aircraft.

That's about right. The B-29 was rushed into production and had a lot of bugs that what became the B-50 was designed to fix. Passing it off as a 'new' design was fairly harmless, as we needed something to bridge the gap until the new jet bombers came on line and actually building a new design would have been a waste of time.

28 posted on 04/21/2010 12:14:51 PM PDT by Grut
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. That was a lot of work.
Also, check out the link at Post # 11.


29 posted on 04/21/2010 1:59:32 PM PDT by zot
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To: Stoat
It took Mr Nijhuis, from Hastings, East Sussex, two years to make the radio-controlled plane that he calls the 'jolly green giant' and cost him £8,000. (batteries not included)
30 posted on 04/21/2010 2:50:30 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong)
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