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Flite-Metal
12-14-2005, 01:25 AM
George Maiorana's Tu-95 is getting closer...
http://www.scaleaero.com/scaleaero/rawbearhtside.jpg
Here's a look at its legs: http://www.scaleaero.com/leg_up.htm

panzerd18
12-20-2005, 10:28 PM
Cool I love it

Flite-Metal
04-05-2008, 04:25 PM
http://www.scaleaero.com/Artwork/F102.jpg
:cool:Well the TU-95 is sitting on the table in Toledo as I write this. Shortly there will be
photos on line I am sure. George has done an absolutely wonderful job. We'll see what
the judges think shortly... ; ) And yes, that's 8 real contrarotating props...
Go get'em George!:D

Rabbitcreekok
04-05-2008, 05:55 PM
That is a good looking model of a cool airplane. George does really good work. I am looking forward to seeing it in the air. How close is he to flying the Bear?

firemanbill
04-05-2008, 08:11 PM
WOW! ::o

Speechless...:cool:

Mud Duck
04-09-2008, 02:48 AM
I was in Toledo and I am so glad I came across this thread for two reasons, first of all I was trying to find where to obtain Flite Metal and secondly to let the builder of this beautiful TU-95 know how much I admired his incredible work and choice of scale airplane. I hope I'm around when it's flying! Absolutely amazing airplane and the covering job is so awesome!

Please tell me where I can obtain Flite Metal, my Dad is building a 1/4 scale Cessna 195 and it just begs to be covered in Flite Metal, so please let me know.

Here's a photo I took of the TU-95 at Toledo. Did you win? I wasn't there for the final results.


http://www.jcrc.com/MemberPages/Zimmerman-Shaun/2008Toledo/2008-04-05-01-Toledo-018s.jpg

firemanbill
04-09-2008, 02:57 AM
Man that is one gorgeous model!

I wish I had a picture a friend of mine took back in the 80's. His name was Randy, his call sign was Arlo. He flew F-15A Eagles out of Bitburg Germany. we were stationed there together.

One day Arlo gets scrambled while on alert status to intercept a Bear that had strayed (intentionally) in to NATO airspace. Him and his wingman meet up and escort this giant behemoth back to the border with missiles armed and ready. While doing this trailing just to port he gets his camera and snaps a pic, clear as day of the tail gunner, eyes wide open in amazement, waving and giving a thumbs up to him! He waves back and they peel off and head home, both the Bear and the Eagles.

It was the coolest picture I think I have ever seen.

It was a different world then...

Rabbitcreekok
04-09-2008, 05:56 AM
MudDuck, if you will PM Flite Metal I think he will be able to help you.

ampbomber
04-11-2008, 10:05 AM
Thanks guys for all the kind words about the Bear. I've been holed up in the basement for so long that I haven't kept up with what is going on in the world. Here is a picture of the beginning of the project 4 1/2 years ago. We are planning on flying at the NATS in August.

George

CHELLIE
04-11-2008, 10:11 AM
WOW all I can say Is AWESOME JOB :) Super nice Plane George, Take care, Chellie

Jollyroger
05-09-2008, 11:17 AM
I was absolutely floored by this plane when I saw it on display. Great work George! The gearbox must have been a real "bear" to design and build. Hope I can see it sometime patrolling U.S. airspace.
The Flite metal covering was superb. One of the best plane on display there. Only to be overshadowed by the USS Missouri at the other end of the isle.
Now how about a kit version? LOL

Rabbitcreekok
05-09-2008, 05:13 PM
The Bear is covered in this months Fly RC magazine, on the last page. Tells something about the details of the model. Glad I don't have to fly it because I would be scared to death.

Great Job George.

ampbomber
05-10-2008, 12:31 PM
Thanks again for the kind words about the 95. I'll keep you posted as to her maiden flight ( July or August).

ukrmaf
05-21-2008, 09:16 AM
Awesome job on that plane!!!

ampbomber
08-19-2008, 12:54 PM
Finally got her in the air on 08-08-08 at the NATS. We were not entered but had a ball with the test flights. Two flights on Friday and two on Saturday. All went well. It was great!
Look here to see how it went.

http://www.scaleaero.com/maiorana_elec_scale.htm

http://www.rcuvideos.com/video/Tu-95-Second-Flight-wmv

FlyingMonkey
08-19-2008, 01:32 PM
I loved the ending, with the sunlight reflecting across the top of the plane.

Rabbitcreekok
08-20-2008, 01:15 AM
Looks like it flew very nicely, George. It sounds good on the video, probably better in person.

I agree with Fred, the sun reflecting off the Bear in that turn is impressive.