Hellcat Speed 400
in 1995, the F6F Hellcat was my first electric warbird
design. The prototype flew amazingly well with a
modest Speed 400 powerplant and spawned a whole series
of follow-on designs, all built to the same
formula. Plans and construction notes for the
Hellcat are available for $15 including shipping, and
vacuum-formed canopies are available for $10. You can order by
mail or click here for fast,
convenient on-line ordering. This design appeared in the
July, 1997 issue of Model Airplane News.
wing cores are available from FlyingFoam.com.
E-mail them for price and availability.
170 SQ IN
RTF: 18 OZ
Here's where it
all began. The original Hellcat prototype was built in
1995. The prototype was covered with silkspan and painted
with Floquil Military paints and debuted at the KRC Electric Fly
in 1996. At the time, Speed 400 size scale warbirds,
particularly beefy radial engine subjects, were almost unknown in
the US, and this historic model is now in the museum collection of
the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
AutoCAD plans. All formers, templates and body panels are
Click for additional
The Hellcat Speed 400 was featured as a
construction project in the July, 1997 issue of Model Airplane
News. It's a moderately easy to build warbird of balsa and foam
construction. Originally designed for a 6V Speed 400 motor on 7
or 8 cells, but it can also be powered with a 400 size brushless
motor for even more impressive performance.
Recommended flight hardware:
Brushed Power: 6V Speed 400
motor, Graupner #1328 prop adapter, Graupner 6 X 4 prop, 20 amp BEC
speed controller, 8-cell NiMH battery or 2200-2S Lipo
pack, micro radio gear.
Power: 2000Kv 100-watt brushless system, APC 7 X 5E prop,
2200-2S Lipo battery, micro radio gear.
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