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Tracon
02-17-2006, 07:51 PM
Hi Guys,

I first want to take a moment to thank everyone for being patient, I know this has taken a while, but I wanted get things looking as nice as possible.

So now the moment we've all been waiting for, I've finally completed "Canada's Latest Beaver" and she's ready to show her colors.

My new GWS DHC-2 Beaver kit has been highly modified, I did my best to build things to as best scale as my modeling skills would allow me, we all know being exactly "scale" is not possible, but hey...we do the best we can with what we have to work with.

I decided to go with the color scheme of the very first Beaver ever test flown "CF-FHB" as it was the last year in service with "Norcanair" before she was decommissioned to the "National Aviation Museum" in Rockcliffe Ottawa Ontario Canada.

http://photos.airliners.net/photos/middle/5/2/8/0238825.jpg

The first Beaver carried the chief design engineer, Fredrick Howard Buller's initials "CF-FHB".

One cool little fact that I just learned, Fred Buller actually spent quite a bit of his summer holidays as a kid in a place called "Roberts Creek" about 5 minutes up the road from where Beverly and I live !.

On the morning of August 16,1947 just after 10:00 A.M. Russ Bannock (DeHavilland Chief Test Pilot) took off to make the first flight in the first Beaver prototype. The flight was cut a little short due to a none return oil valve was installed incorrectly. Bannock ended up having to make a "Dead Stick" landing on the maiden flight safe back on the ground the problem was corrected and a second successful flight was made.


http://www.dhc-2.com/4a9e35940.jpg


(Photo; dhc-2.com)

An interview with Russ Bannock of the first flight can be heard here:

http://www.neilaird.com/Test_Flight_-_Early_Development_final.wav

(dhc-2.com Neil Aird)

Early this morning Beverly and I got up and went into town (Lower Gibsons) to a little park called "Wine Garden Park" Beverly wanted to get some better lighting this morning instead of the lighting in the pictures I took yesterday, we were a little early this morning but managed to get a few good ones.

I'll save the technical close-ups for another post but for now this is "Canada's Latest Beaver"...


Shiny new GWS Beaver CF-FHB


http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0085.jpg

A little closer picture of CF-FHB

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0112.jpg

Chief engineer and test pilot of GWS Beaver CF-FHB

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb//DSC_0107.jpg

Beverly and I are looking forward to the maiden flight this weekend if the weather permits...

Sam

zappedalaskan
02-18-2006, 07:14 AM
Sam,
That is a very nice Beaver! I think you did a great job with the markings. It is as remarkable as your J3-Cub. I was amazed in the pictures of your cub flying, the scenery looks just like here. Take care and many happy flights with your new beaver :)
Regards,
Jay

Tracon
02-18-2006, 07:20 AM
Thanks Jay,

I'll post a bunch of close up and tech pictures tomorrow, I hope to make the Maiden flight sometime over the weekend...

Sam

Rugar
02-18-2006, 07:52 AM
Very nice! And man I thought I was a perfectionist! Have fun with the maiden.

Warden
02-18-2006, 02:05 PM
After the pics of the Cub, I'll be "Staying Tuned" for the pics of the Beaver. Great looking ship!

Don Sims
02-18-2006, 02:29 PM
Great looking plane Sam! It looks like some kind of a giant attacking it in that last photo though!

Tracon
02-18-2006, 06:24 PM
Thanks for all the positive feed back guys...

I've always loved GWS Beaver's and could see the possibilities if a person were to take a little bit of extra time and add a few extra little mods to enhance the appearance of the stock plane.

Here's a list of the modifications I added to my Beaver in the building process...

1. I took two stock GWS Beaver wings, cut the wing tips off of one and took the second one cutting a little extra off. I then used epoxy to glue the extended tips back on the first one making the stock wing an extra 8.2" inches longer for a total overall wing span of 48" (1/12 scale of 48').

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/wing.jpg

2. I installed wing pins on the trailing edge and wing bolts to get rid of the elastics that normally hold down the stock wing.

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0016.jpg

3. I then cut the horizontal stab and glued the pieces on the elevator to have a more scale like elevator with the extra little tabs forward of the elevator.

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0005.jpg

4. I didn't install the stock battery bay door, instead I cut a piece of foam and glued it in, this will make me remove the wing to install the battery, but when flying a plane like this you shouldn't be rushed anyway.

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0014.jpg

5. I took extra time filling and sanding out the stock door and window locations, here you can see I cut the door lines and windows to look more scale.

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0001.jpg

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0002.jpg

6. I then installed a "Dummy Radial" in the cowl to give the nice look of that PW radial engine we've all come to love Beavers for.

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0023.jpg

7. I then built up the float struts with tear drop and round shaped aluminium, using GWS screws to hold it all together it made for a nice solid support system for the plane.


http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/struts/DSC_0005.jpg

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/struts/DSC_0021.jpg

8. The last shot is an internal shot of the radio gear and the battery bay inside the plane, notice I cut the battery bay forward to be able to adjust the location of the battery for the CG ?

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0008.jpg

If anyone has any questions about the build, please let me know...

Thanks,

Sam

flyingguy
02-23-2006, 04:29 AM
Sam,
What is your setup for engine, servos, etc.? Very nice plane. I'm just building one now and am looking for a strong float performance.
Thx,
Harry

Tracon
02-23-2006, 05:21 AM
Hi Harry,

I'm using a Himaxx 2015-5400 in a GWS 350 Grey Gear Box with a GWS "C" Gear turning a GWS 8X6 Prop.

For a speed controller I'm using a Castle Creation Phoenix 25 ESC.

For servos, I'm using two Hitec HS55's.

For a battery, for now I'm going to us a Kokam 3s 1500 11.1v. (I will be buying new batteries: Two Thunder Power 3s 1320's 11.1v) This will save me about an 1oz in weight overall.

Expert 6 channel RX.

Futaba 6EXA TX

Sam

jungmann1
03-01-2006, 03:18 AM
Wow! Sam, I had no idea any GWS bird could look that good! Congrats and best of luck with your maiden, if you haven't crossed that bridge already. John.

flyingguy
03-01-2006, 03:32 AM
Hi Tracon,
What do you think about a Park 400 outrunner with CC Thunderbird 18 and 7-cell 8.4V 1100mAh batteries? That's the Rx from the LHS. Thanks for your thoughts on this.
Harry

Tracon
03-01-2006, 04:10 AM
Hi Harry not really familiar with that motor or batteries...

Gotta make sure your battery packs are gonna fit ! :rolleyes:

Sam

Lancer31
03-04-2006, 08:37 PM
(picture can't be uploaded, nevermind).

nova801428
03-04-2006, 09:16 PM
couldn't even tell it was a beaver!!!

Tracon
03-16-2006, 04:23 AM
Hi Everyone,

Just a note to let you know, Mrs Tracon and I now have our web site up and a bunch of our pictures have been up loaded to the galleries...

www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com)

We still have many more to upload...

Hope you can find some time to stop by for a visit...

Thanks,

Sam & Beverly

Rosie
03-16-2006, 04:48 AM
A beautiful Beaver. IS THIS A KIT ? What is the wingspan ? Looks like my
size plane.

Tks. and happy landings !

Rosie:)

Tracon
03-16-2006, 05:03 AM
Yes this is the GWS Beaver Kit !!!

Sam

Tracon
03-20-2006, 08:54 AM
Team Tracon's GWS Beaver CF-FHB takes to the air !!!

CF-FHB Maiden Flight !!!!

For the full story and pictures, stop by Team Tracon's web site....

www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com/)

Sam

Don Sims
03-20-2006, 12:24 PM
Congrats on the plane flying Sam!

Tracon
03-22-2006, 05:40 PM
BREAKING NEWS.....

Our video of the maiden flight is now up on our website,

Visit www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com/) to view it !!!

Team Tracon

Tracon
04-10-2006, 01:06 AM
Hi Everyone,

Beverly and I got out early this morning over to the park to put flight number 12 on CF-FHB.

Beverly took a bunch of pictures of our plane in ominous dark approaching storm front...

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/stormbeaver.jpg

For all the pictures, check out our gallery at:

www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com)

Sam & Beverly

redneckflyer
04-13-2006, 08:51 PM
very cool

Tracon
05-04-2006, 04:49 PM
Hi Guys,

I finally got the video up on the site of Greg, Colin and myself flying about a week ago...

Video of a nice landing by Greg and some other stuff...

www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com/)

Enjoy,

Sam

bc-slowflyer
05-05-2006, 04:11 PM
Sam and Beverly;

Great pictures and videos.

Thanks;
Rod

Tracon
05-24-2006, 06:56 PM
The Team Tracon website has been updated with information on how to get to Chilliwack and all the event info for this weekend...

Please Visit: www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com/) for all the info.

Thanks,

Team Tracon

Tracon
06-08-2006, 07:23 AM
Hi Guys,

We just got some video up of one of our flights on CF-FHB at Chilliwack please fly here to check it out:

http://www.teamtracon.com/0001.html (http://www.teamtracon.com/0001.html)

Thanks,

Team Tracon

BradT
06-09-2006, 07:19 AM
Hey, Sam, thanks for the "camera crew" credit :D , and for editting out my sloppier bits. Given the off and on rainy weather that day, the music sure fits, too. Well done.
Brad.

Tracon
10-01-2006, 06:59 AM
Hi Guys !!!

I must apologize for our absence. Both Beverly and I have been really busy with work among other commitments.

Beverly has now finished her Canadian Securities Course and completed her final exam.

This means she finally purchased her new Nikon lens !!! (WOOHOO !!!) http://static.rcgroups.com/forums/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

To read about the trials and tribulations of the new lens, please visit our website for full details at www.teamtracon.com (http://www.teamtracon.com/)

Thanks,

Sam

Greg Lewis
10-04-2006, 03:39 PM
Tracon,

Have you seen this EP Beaver?

http://www.atsrcplanes.com/dehavillandbeaver.htm

firemanbill
10-04-2006, 03:51 PM
Sam you guys never cease to amaze me with the quality of your photos!

I love the one of the Beaver sitting on the smooth as glass lake with the reflection and all... Beautiful!

Tracon
10-05-2006, 05:57 AM
Thanks Bill,

I can't take all of the credit for the photographs.....my better half "Beverly" is the master behind the lens !!!

She captures some pretty amazing shots....

Ya know the best part about the whole thing ???

We have a blast combining our hobbies !!!

Sam

jlynneca
11-28-2007, 06:59 PM
Hi Guys,

I first want to take a moment to thank everyone for being patient, I know this has taken a while, but I wanted get things looking as nice as possible.

So now the moment we've all been waiting for, I've finally completed "Canada's Latest Beaver" and she's ready to show her colors.

My new GWS DHC-2 Beaver kit has been highly modified, I did my best to build things to as best scale as my modeling skills would allow me, we all know being exactly "scale" is not possible, but hey...we do the best we can with what we have to work with.

I decided to go with the color scheme of the very first Beaver ever test flown "CF-FHB" as it was the last year in service with "Norcanair" before she was decommissioned to the "National Aviation Museum" in Rockcliffe Ottawa Ontario Canada.

http://photos.airliners.net/photos/middle/5/2/8/0238825.jpg

The first Beaver carried the chief design engineer, Fredrick Howard Buller's initials "CF-FHB".

One cool little fact that I just learned, Fred Buller actually spent quite a bit of his summer holidays as a kid in a place called "Roberts Creek" about 5 minutes up the road from where Beverly and I live !.

On the morning of August 16,1947 just after 10:00 A.M. Russ Bannock (DeHavilland Chief Test Pilot) took off to make the first flight in the first Beaver prototype. The flight was cut a little short due to a none return oil valve was installed incorrectly. Bannock ended up having to make a "Dead Stick" landing on the maiden flight safe back on the ground the problem was corrected and a second successful flight was made.


http://www.dhc-2.com/4a9e35940.jpg


(Photo; dhc-2.com)

An interview with Russ Bannock of the first flight can be heard here:

http://www.neilaird.com/Test_Flight_-_Early_Development_final.wav

(dhc-2.com Neil Aird)

Early this morning Beverly and I got up and went into town (Lower Gibsons) to a little park called "Wine Garden Park" Beverly wanted to get some better lighting this morning instead of the lighting in the pictures I took yesterday, we were a little early this morning but managed to get a few good ones.

I'll save the technical close-ups for another post but for now this is "Canada's Latest Beaver"...


Shiny new GWS Beaver CF-FHB


http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0085.jpg

A little closer picture of CF-FHB

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb/DSC_0112.jpg

Chief engineer and test pilot of GWS Beaver CF-FHB

http://www.user.dccnet.com/emj_capital/cffhb//DSC_0107.jpg

Beverly and I are looking forward to the maiden flight this weekend if the weather permits...

Sam

Hi Sam - My dad used to fly this exact plane in La Ronge, SK - and he loves it to this day. Would you consider doing an model for sale?

FlyingMonkey
11-28-2007, 08:00 PM
the work on the float gear just amazes me, beautiful job there!