Airborne Awesomosity

Built to Scale

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The idea of building your own, well, anything really, I think, holds some certain appeal. Your hands built the kit car, the dining room table, the circuit boards inside your computer, and I think that gives a greater appreciation when you use the thing you built. A fellow by the name of Jack Bally has taken the idea of a home-built aircraft to a whole different level, with a quite exacting 1/3 scale replica of a B-17 bomber, made to be a flyable manned aircraft. Not quite completed yet, you can see it above parked next to a 2 passenger Cessna 140, which gives you a sense of the size of this plane. The wingspan is 34ft 7in, and the four engines are Hirth 3002 4-cylinder 2-strokes that will make around 60 horsepower apiece. The air frame for the mini-17 is all handmade out of aluminum, and the landing gear is retractable, just like the real deal.

Scale B-17_Bally-B-17-Trying-Cockpit-On-For-Size-In-ShopIf you want to see more pictures, and see the first flight when when it happens, you can stalk the project social media style on the facebook: Bally’s Bomber facebook page. Plus see all sorts of build pictures and info on the website

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  • Aha! This came up in some web search I was doing, probably Atomic Toasters related, but I have a one-track mind and kept after whatever it was. I do remember saying to myself, "Hey look! A mini B-17! Shiny!"

  • cruisintime

    These people that do these things, they look normal and walk among us, But they are the exceptional few. Nice concept,and perfectionist quality build.

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