9-2-2012 GWS P-38 Lightning

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9-2-2012 GWS P-38 Lightning

Post by Neons » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:15 pm

GWS P-38 Lightning ARF. This plane was extensively strengthened with carbon fiber rods and arrow shafts. The adequate motors are fly it just about scale speed with no reserve power. After hanging around a couple years I decided it should be flown. The battery is 2200mah 11.1v 30C lipoly. Maybe later a couple more powerful motors will go nice.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8DuGxX8 ... e=youtu.be
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Plaster Molds P-38 and Me 262.jpg
Plastic bottle molds and Plaster of Paris. I made from stock plastic parts. Epoxy glass nose, cowls, and spinners. You can use the stock plastic as a mold. Epoxy/glass the inside of it. Let it cure hard. Pop it out. Works fine. Me262 nose far right.
Fuselage Cowling with Carbon Rod.jpg
Carbon arrows are cheap and good strengtheners
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P-38 Lightning (4).jpg
P-38 Lightning (3).jpg
Molding made from Vacuformed GWS plastic. Used Epoxy and glass in Plaster of Paris. Spinners cowls, and nose.
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Re: 9-2-2012 GWS P-38 Lightning

Post by Neons » Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:32 pm

This is a update from spring 2014.

May 24th 2014. This is set # 02 on a motor upgrade. They fly good and sound nice on 3s lipos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N62detLx4s0

June 6th 2014. This is set #03 motor swap. These are fast performers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVy0EaSkJGk
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Re: 5-20-2015 GWS P-38 Lightning _ Molding Parts link

Post by Neons » Wed May 20, 2015 9:35 am

Here are further build links from the early build.

Another note on the GWS plastics. You can use them as molds to make Epoxy glass/cloth copies. I did the cowls and nose while I had the originals with P&P. You can do it using the inside of the original plastic also. So much stronger. If you smash the stock ones you will be hard pressed to get new ones. You can do this with almost any kit plastic Vacuformed parts. Worth the extra effort.

Here are links for info
Cowls using P&P mold.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... ost7077471
Next
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... ost7314647
Next
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost ... tcount=731

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Re: 9-2-2012 GWS P-38 Lightning

Post by Neons » Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:06 am

June 6, 2014 P-38 Lightning (2).jpg
I have comments added here about the plane.

GWS-38: The Aviation Legend
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... st31814797

And here on pages 75 & 76. GWS P-38 Build questions.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... 60&page=76
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