Screenshot pix from the video below
Don't let the boring thumbnail fool ya, this is a Must See video!
Radio controlled models are awesome, but one thing they don't do very well is look like real airplanes in the way that they fly. They're usually very quick on the response and move thru the air too quickly for their size to really look like a full scale airplane. However, this ultralight C-47 made out of foam has a 10 foot wingspan but it weighs less than 7 pounds. That may not seem like a big deal, but just watch it fly in this video... this big size and really light weight make it one of the coolest flying machines I've ever seen! (UPDATE 8.16.10: I talked with the builder of the C-47, Gary from Clovis, NM, and he said it actually only weighs 5.4 pounds! That really explains the great slow flying qualities. More coming soon.)
The much slower flying speed and the relatively low power of the motors makes it look amazingly real. This is especially true on the fabulous wheel landing at the end of the video. I could watch, or even better, fly this thing all day!
I'll have more on this brand of off-the-scale avgeekery soon : )