View Full Version : Commonwealth Boomerang inbound!
02-03-2006, 02:35 PM
Always wanted a Boomerang. This one spans 40", and seems only available from Model Engines in Australia, a freind of mine in Australia is sending me one for an undeserved Christmas gift.
Looks to be made by the same people who do the Wattage Stuka.
02-03-2006, 10:38 PM
Thats a neat looking plane. Do you know the AUW of that bird?
02-03-2006, 11:01 PM
No idea. I would imagine similar to the Wattage Stuka.
02-03-2006, 11:03 PM
I should have picked up on that. Thanks
02-05-2006, 02:26 AM
Yup, the Boomerang can be kitbashed out of an AT6/Harvard kit; without much trouble, I should think...
02-05-2006, 02:32 AM
I should have picked up on that. Thanks
Well, I'm just guessing, same as you...like the stuka, plastic fuse and balsa wing.
You could kitbash a Boomerang from a T-6, sure, but note the fuselage is SUBSTANTIALLY different....
02-05-2006, 06:15 AM
The full size Boomerang was 'kitbashed' from the Wirraway, close relative to the AT-6 / SNJ - John.
02-05-2006, 02:00 PM
Yes, but they are substatially different. Especially the fuse. Depends on how much you want to capture the look. If you have a T-6 kit, make a Wirraway instead!
02-05-2006, 08:21 PM
Looks cool, Curtis! Keep us in the loop. I agree, the T-6 bash would be a stretch. Boomerang is much stubbier and just wouldn't look the part with a T-6 fuselage. Take care, John.
02-06-2006, 01:53 AM
Hey, there is a new ARF 25 and 40 sized Raiden from Hirobo, not availible in the states yet. I am trying to get one, but too expensive...
I looked into converting a T-6, there is not that much shared with the Boomerang, better of starting with a clean sheet. Dumas makes a 31" rubber one...
02-06-2006, 02:55 AM
Some pics from the museum at Point Cook
02-12-2006, 12:41 AM
Any news on this yet? Where did you hear about the Raidens? Man, the Japenese get all the cool stuff! Can't believe someone actually had the guts to ARF not one but two. That will effectively remove it from my must have list! Darn ARFs, anyway! Oh well, I will have to work faster next time I pick a project. Take care, John.
02-12-2006, 12:43 AM
Forgot to hit the "subscribe" button.
02-12-2006, 03:55 AM
The smaller one is $165, the larger $350. Also some very intersting other hirobo planes, several versions of the Do-335....
Nobody had the guts to bring it to America, though! They aren't stoopid...rare and interesting planes like Boomerangs and Raidens have a very, very limited appeal.
You always hear these guys saying "we want a Skyraider(or Raiden, or Sea Fury, or other slightly obscure bird)", but when one gets put out, nobody buys is, the manufacturers get burned every time. Ask Top Flite how many Bearcats they sold for every Corsair kit. Like 20 to 1!
Just how it is...
02-12-2006, 07:30 AM
You gotta look at the positive side, Curtis, that is what keeps guys like you and me busy. Would you get as much kick out of an ARF Raiden as the ones you built yourself? I know I wouldn't. Later, J.
02-12-2006, 02:29 PM
Arves just don't have the same buzz as something I built myself, no way! I'm just saying I'm not surprised this plane is not available here. You know, there is a comprimise...get an ARF and repaint it to be what you want. Friend of mine got the Raidentech Zero, the 40 sized one...he's a master modeller, he stripped it and re-did it, looks(and flies) terriffic, essentially, what he got was a built fiberglass fuselage and covered foam wing plus all the hardware for some $100...you could not get or build a kit for that...
02-14-2006, 08:18 PM
If I'm not mistaken, The wirraway and boomerang had a fabric covered fuselage aft of the cockpit.
02-15-2006, 01:58 PM
Maybe this'll help you spot the differences.
02-15-2006, 04:37 PM
Still waiting for this bird to arrive! Really looking forward to it! Thought it was in the mail today, but it was a nice Jim Fox Hawker Hunter kit arriving from Amsterdam...can't wait to open it!
03-23-2006, 11:50 PM
It got here, it's pretty cute! Took only a few hours to build, almost done. Has a fair bit of detail, too. Going to add some panel lines, cockpit detail, then flat coat the thing. Light, too.
03-24-2006, 06:37 AM
My Dads Uncle or my great Uncle flew the CAC Boomerang during WW2 for the Royal Australian Airforce in Papua New Guinea against the invading Japanese.
Its too bad he lived over the other side of the country and died when I was around the age of 12 and I never got to talk to him properly.
For a bit of history
04-05-2006, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the links, Panzer!
Here she is, all done and ready to fly. Amazing what a little paint and detail can do to transform an ARF into something a little more special. I love this little bird...
04-05-2006, 05:22 PM
Looks great. Did you install retracts? Looks like there isn't a lot of room for them.
04-05-2006, 05:39 PM
No retracts. You could, if you wanted...it's a wood wing, easy to modify, pretty thick, should be enough room.
Flew it today, a little bit, before it started to snow, cannot say much, except it was awfully twitchy, needs some sorting out.
Power is a BP 8y motor, polks 18a ESC, TP 1300 3s. Flying Styro 3 blade prop. Power is not an issue.
04-05-2006, 06:07 PM
Probably just needs a little expo. Snow? Where are you?
04-05-2006, 06:24 PM
Yes, it's a trimmable situation, one way or the other...I may have too much right thrust, too...
I was flying in New Jersey...beleive me, the snow took me by surprise! It was 60 and sunny just the other day!
04-06-2006, 05:53 AM
New Jersey. That explains it...lol I use to live in Connecticut.
04-06-2006, 01:17 PM
I live in Manhattan, but no flying allowed in Central Park! And the rest of the day turned out sunny and nice.
04-06-2006, 01:57 PM
Actually, I was born in Manhattan. But we left NY when I was knee high to a Pigmy
04-11-2006, 02:15 AM
Found the problem today...a MAJOR warp in the wing! Will fix it and should be great...
04-11-2006, 05:49 AM
Thats good news. Let me know how she flies.
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