RBC Kits F4D-1 Skyray
My "Ford" was built from the
kit, and is painted in
the color scheme of VF-102 at the time they were operating from USS
Forrestal in the mid-50s. The covering is my usual glass cloth and
epoxy, and all markings were painted with enamel paints, using
hand-cut frisket masks. The fan unit is a WeMoTec MiniFan 480.
The original power system was a Plettenburg HP-200-20-6 motor on 10 X
800AR cells. In 2004 I upgraded the power to a Mega 16/15/3 on 12
X 1950FAUP cells. This pushed level flight speed to close to 100
MPH, and vertical maneuvers are astounding. After 10 years
of flying, this airplane remains one of my favorites.
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