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TU-95 clips from the NATS

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Here are some clips of the flying TU-95 Bear from the NATS. I had to break it up into three clips to be able to upload it. You should be able to hear the sound.

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He made these small gearboxes that were attached to the motors. One motor and gearbox spun both props. Maybe he will visit the boards here and give us some info. I told him about the forums while at the NATS.

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Very Cool!! I had seen a few pics of this, but your video really shows it a lot better. Thanks for sharing. Don M.

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He made these small gearboxes that were attached to the motors. One motor and gearbox spun both props. Maybe he will visit the boards here and give us some info. I told him about the forums while at the NATS.

IIRR it was a 3 man team that did the work, I talked to the guy who did the gearbox's and he showed me a demo one, amazing doesn't discribe it :thumbsup: ...scratchbuilt

Another gent did the Bear and a 3rd did the F-106 IIRR

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IIRR it was a 3 man team that did the work, I talked to the guy who did the gearbox's and he showed me a demo one, amazing doesn't discribe it :rolleyes: ...scratchbuilt

Another gent did the Bear and a 3rd did the F-106 IIRR

Actually Don, you are almost correct. It was in fact a three man team. However each of us had our own set of responsibilities. Konstantin created all of the electronics that controlled the motors on the Bear, the afterburner on the 106, the flashing beacons and navigation lights on both aircraft, all of the sounds and the timing and switching on the base. Charles created all of the mechanisms including the contra-rotating gearboxes on the Bear and the drive system for the base rotation. He also built the entire base. I was responsible for actually building and finishing the Bear and 106 models including installation of the electronics and motors.

It was truly a team effort as it could not have been accomplished without all of us working together. And we couldn't be more delighted about the reception it got at the Nationals, including winning the Popular Best in Show. For that we are very grateful to all who voted for it.

Tory

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Actually Don, you are almost correct. It was in fact a three man team. However each of us had our own set of responsibilities. Konstantin created all of the electronics that controlled the motors on the Bear, the afterburner on the 106, the flashing beacons and navigation lights on both aircraft, all of the sounds and the timing and switching on the base. Charles created all of the mechanisms including the contra-rotating gearboxes on the Bear and the drive system for the base rotation. He also built the entire base. I was responsible for actually building and finishing the Bear and 106 models including installation of the electronics and motors.

It was truly a team effort as it could not have been accomplished without all of us working together. And we couldn't be more delighted about the reception it got at the Nationals, including winning the Popular Best in Show. For that we are very grateful to all who voted for it.

Tory

That was just plain neat. Great concept, great execution.

Congrats.

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I heard that after the judging was complete, the judges turned out the lights in the hall and fired up the display just to watch the 106's AB effect.

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How long did it take the 3 of you to build this? Amazing!!! One other thing. Who get's to keep it at there house?

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I heard that after the judging was complete, the judges turned out the lights in the hall and fired up the display just to watch the 106's AB effect.

Actually the story I heard was that as the judging hit the 12:00 midnight hour the hall lights which were on a timer went out. The Head Miscellaneous Judge without missing a beat went over and fired our little diorama up to see how it looked in the dark. I would have done exactly the same thing!

From start to finish it took the three of us 18 months to build. This was nights and weekends, not full time (we all work together at our day job!) As for who gets to keep it, right now it is at Konstantin's place, but it will soon be residing at my house. Beyond that, we're not sure. It's just too darn big for any of us to display in our own homes! We've been asked about putting it in a museum, but to be honest I don't think it would be able to withstand daily continuous use. Maybe some wealthy collector out there would want it for his model collection and we can all retire! LOL!

Honestly we didn't think past finishing and demonstrating it at the Nationals. Thanks again for all the kind words, glad you all liked it.

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Did you acutally manufacture the gearboxes from scratch or were the parts available to assemble them? I'd like to consider doing rotating props on one of mine some day.

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Did you acutally manufacture the gearboxes from scratch or were the parts available to assemble them? I'd like to consider doing rotating props on one of mine some day.

Yes, we actually created our own gear boxes for the contra-rotating props. The challenge was making them small enough to fit inside those tiny nacelles! Fortunately Charles was able to accomplish it with some stock gears and some custom made boxes. I believe he is planning on producing a small number of these for sale in the near future. If you are interested, you can contact him at:

heyer@optonline.net

Tory

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