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Old 03-02-2010, 09:32   #16
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Reading some of the plack cards around the one here in Seattle's Museum of flight I learned they had to figure out the engineering to allow for the 3" the engine grows when it gets hot.

A truly amazing bird to stand next to that is for sure...Must be a total rush to fly.
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Well I have never seen the real thing so this model will have to do. I wonder if the build cost for it would have been horrific. How do you build mini jet engines?

The guy who flies it seemed to be really laid back.
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I'd say that beast is worth somewhere on the order of $15-20K. The engines alone run $5-8K. Add in all the rest of it, and yeh, minimum $15 grand.

Those engines are microprocessor controlled turbines turning at around 20,000 rpm. Not very large either, the ones I saw at a hobbyshow a few years ago were about 8 inches in diameter and about a foot long. Very precision machined bits n pieces. Very expensive to watch go plop in the mud. I got out of RC after busting a $120 .61 piston engine and mashing the reciever on my radio. Imagine that beast augering in at warp 6. It'd leave a nice dent. Theres a vid out there of a B-52 that did the same. Instead of two turbines, this one had 8 if memory serves.

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Talk about expensive, this one cost the guy his life being executed due to the cost and performance.
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That thing looks German. Am I right?
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It's Russian, 1930. Stalin's era. The designer was Konstantin Kalinin who was executed for his bad creation. It did fly 11 times before crashing.
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