Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber

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Build of an RC Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber

This is the build of  Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber 36″ wingspan depron bomber with two brush-less pusher motors was available from Green Air Designs.

Flies extremely well on a 1300mAH Lipo battery.  Depron is usually used for floor insulation but is used as one of the main building materials for Radio Controlled planes these days

Its finished as the Vulcan that bombed the runway at Port Stanley in the Falklands  – XM607 Which is on display at the RAF base Waddington in Lincolnshire.  Highly recommended the book Vulcan 607 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vulcan-607-Rowland-White/dp/0593053915.

The operation was known as Black Buck and wouldn’t have been possible without the Handley Page Victor tankers, about a dozen were required.  XM607 was actually the backup as XM598 had a problem with a window seal had had to turn back.

The raid at the time was the longest bombing raid ever – 8,000 miles.

The Vulcan shows 175 Watts on the watt meter with a weight of 20 oz with a battery it has 140Watt per pound so she has ample power.  The battery is a 1300mAH 3s lipo. Launching her is very easy and looks great in the air.

Crash

I crashed her and she’s in the repair hanger just started fixing her. My fault I had the battery in the wrong position and she wasn’t happy and did a backflip followed by nosedive.  Ouch!

vulcan broken

All repaired and flying again even better.

18 Responses

  1. mike berry

    where can I purchase a Vulcan ?

    Mike Berry

    • Keith

      Hi Mike
      Mine came from Green Air Design http://greenairdesigns.com but looking today the site appears to be down. They did do a bigger version but stopped doing the 36″ wingspan, but it was a lot more money. It seems now the only way now is to build one. Tony Nighuis has one were you can get all the parts cnc cut http://tonynijhuisdesigns.co.uk/Vulcan-Electric.html
      It seems the iconic planes are harder to get now, its the same with the Lancaster, I suppose everyone wants drones now and there is not enough demand to justify the manufacturing cost.
      Hope that helps

  2. Paul Vincent

    Is Green Air Designs still trading as I cant make contact?

  3. Colin Boneham

    Hi I have found this picture build helpful in building my Green Air Design Vulcan, I am at the engine fitting stage at the moment I have both engine mount built with motors fitted, but I have found that one motor starts before the other, is that normal ?

    • Keith

      Hi Colin
      No that’s not normal. What you need to do is set the throttle range on the ESC’s if you have a look at the manual that came with your ESC kit it should tell you how to do that. Its normally done by a series of beeps. It does vary a bit between different ESC’s. That should sort it out, you may have to do each ESC separately by plugging into the throttle channel but when combined it should be fine. After that’s set it’s usually recommended to remove the red wire on one of the ESC’s so the BEC only works from one of them.
      Hope that helps
      Keith

  4. Colin B

    Hi Keith thanks for answer, unfortunately I got no manual with the esc’s When I brought them, so I’m going to have to do some searching for info on the web

    Colin

    • Keith

      Hi Colin
      Most ESC’s are usually done the same way have a look at this video from Painless360

      he explains things very well. If you just do each one individually and then pair them up it should be OK

      Keith

  5. Colin B

    Hi Keith thanks for answer, Esc’s sync’d up. Build now progressing I’m at the filler stage now

    Colin

    • Keith

      Hi Colin
      Glad to help. Make sure you get the centre of gravity right. I once had the battery in the wrong position and it did a double backflip and broke the nose off. Repaired it and made a video Vulcan Playlist on YouTube
      It’s very easy to fly. Let me know how it goes.

      Keith

  6. George Evans

    Keith, as I have some time on my hands I decided to build some of my old kits stashed in the back of my garage and found a pile of GAD kits (along with about 15 more!). I have the Vulcan, a Vampire and a Venom. I had a previous vampire a long time ago but that finally died following one to many bad landings. I also built the GAD B52 a few years ago and like flying that around. You get it 50ft up and you forget how small it is and that its made of depron. I should have put a bomb release in when I built it but didn’t know how well it would fly. Having seen yours I think it will be the Vulcan next. Shame GAD stopped producing the kits, they are great value for money on minimal power needs.

    • Keith

      Hi George
      Yes, they made some good kits. I did actually go down and see Mike Black and was impressed with his machines and that was the trigger that got me into CNC foam cutting. At the time I was building my VC10 and so was Mike. Not sure what happened to them but I suppose the cheap Chinese ARFT just made it impossible to compete.
      Vulcan flies well and I still have it take her out a couple of times a year and even though it’s only 36″ wingspan still looks good in the air.
      Good luck with your build.
      Keith

  7. Paul Pearson

    Hi Keith,
    Thank’s so much for the Foam Cutter ebook ! I do have a manual hot wire cutter but the CNC cutter will be a great addition.
    Also, I like George have just dragged out an old GAD Bae Hawk kit that has been collecting dust at the back of the garage. And with the lock down, It has kept me busy and head scratching ….! I wondered if any of you followers have built the GAD Hawk ? The simple write up I have with the kit it is proving a challenge.
    There are simple pictures and very brief details, but one or two pieces are not show in detail.
    If anyone out there has a basic schematic, It would be most appreciated !
    I would be happy to re-imberse anyone who could photocopy the information ?

    P.S I also have two A4’s showing the same kit from Black and White models but they are even briefer !

    Very Many thanks,
    Rgds Paul

    • Keith

      Hi Paul
      Not had anyone mention the GAD Hawk. I have a CD with all there models on. There is 12 page PDF build manual if that’s any good to you. Let me know and I’ll email it to you.

      Keith

  8. Paul Pearson

    Hello Keith,
    I do have a simple manual which shows the green/white hawk on the front, but due to age the pictures, the ink has leached through the paper and its difficult to distinguish any detail, the PDF’s sound like they would show the pictures in a more detail and allow me to zoom in to relative areas.
    I would be most grateful if you could forward the files so I can move forward to finishing the build and installing the 50mm edf.

    Stay safe Rgds Paul

  9. Paul Pearson

    Hi Keith,
    Thank you so much for the PDF its similar to my manual but a lot clearer in detail !
    I am an ardent EDF fan and have a number of small jets, the hawk will be a great addition to the fleet I think the Vulcan may be next !
    Great website, very interesting and relative keep up the good work, Thanks.

    Keep safe and forge on, soon be back flying.
    Rgds Paul

    • Keith

      Hi Paul
      Glad it helped send some pictures when it’s done or maybe a video
      Keith

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