Jan’s latest project (with 5 engines!?)

I was wondering what goodies were on the building board for the 2014 season when suddenly I received an enigmatic email from Jan Odeyn, just a few words and a picture of a wing under construction – but what’s this – four engine stations on the wing – surely not a Hercules?

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Word spread quickly in carrier-land, with both Max Uttien and I guessing that Jan might be building a GAL or Airspeed Fleet Shadower (wassat? – answer = two of the ugliest and most pointless full-sized carrier aircraft ever built, meant to track an enemy battle fleet at 35mph while staying just out of gunshot).

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However, the next pictures became more surreal, with one of the original four electric motors becoming a Cox 049…

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then the Cox migrating to the outboard wingtip “as a dynamic tip weight by using downthrust”…

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now I was not sure what to think about this as in fact it IS a technique used on some full-size aircraft, especially helicopter tail rotors (Blackhawk, AW101) but in the opposite sense giving extra lift to counteract a tail-heavy CG…

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 Whatever, I’m really looking forward to the next installment – and we still don’t know what it’s going to look like!

Jan has sent me just recently pictures of the completed model – great to see it still has FIVE engines (one is a ‘dynamic tip weight’)!

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Here’s another view, showing off that ‘tip weight’…

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These very nice pictures were taken by Just Vecht for Jan – excellent !

Now, over to Jan for some details of his new model…

“The 4 engined plane is the DGA Sea Buster. DGA standing for  Dammed Good Airplane . Very little information is known as somehow it still falls under a secrecy act in the UK.I found that it was an initiative of Benny Haward of the famous DGA racing planes to enter in British specification S23/37 for of a fleetshadower. He found some industrials prepared to invest money in a prototype hoping to win the competion and making profit with the production of it. It also used the same Popjoy engines but with improved performance by adding a supercharger. The Sea-Buster was also smaller than the GAL 38 and AS 39 and had a more vivid performance and speedrange.Here some info on my model. Four or 5  E-Max outrunner 28/12. That’s a 39grmotor with a KV of 1534( priceless then £ 5.00) running on a 3S 2200mAh lipo.”

At the end of his email he added: “PS; Info of DGA Sea-Buster was constructed with true facts”. Hmmm….it must have been a VERY secret plane indeed! That said, the DGA company did indeed exist – their most famous aircraft was the high-wing cabin monoplane racer known as “Mr Mulligan”, winner of many pre-war trophy races in the USA and still available as a Berkeley kit on eBay from the States as new old stock.

I am now REALLY Looking forward to the first flying report for the unique Sea Buster!