By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more
Forum sponsored by:
Forum sponsored by CML

Airbus A400 - Anyone else built one

All Topics | Latest Posts

Search for:  in Thread Title in  

Articles

Airbus 400M by Tony Nijhuis

Airbus 400M by Tony Nijhuis

The build article from Dec 2005 - 14/5/09

Craig Carr07/07/2009 10:23:24
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Have just completed the Tony Nijhuis A400m.  Maiden flight due as soon as NE weather improves!!!  Has anyone on the forum built and flown one of these. would love to compare notes
 
Some pics below.  Many thanks to Tony himself for answering the odd query or two and Chairman Ken Anderson for doing the photos and making the MK1 battery tray (sorry, in house joke)...
 
Fuse under construction (Thanks to my wife Liz for allowing me to christen the kitchen table with Cyano)
 
The Assembled Model (Stil trying to get a paint match for the plastic nose to match the profilm)  Incidently the motors are to be resited internally within the nacelles



 
 
Down at the patch with the rest of the lads for successful taxi trials last Sunday (alas too Windy to go for the Maiden)  - Young Tred is already thinking of making an offer and popping down to the "hole in the wall"
 
 
 
 

Edited By Craig Carr on 07/07/2009 10:24:12

Edited By Craig Carr on 07/07/2009 10:27:03

Edited By Tim Mackey - Administrator on 21/03/2011 13:56:57

David Ashby - Moderator07/07/2009 10:37:06
avatar
Moderator
10918 forum posts
1674 photos
608 articles
Looks awesome Craig, good luck with the maiden
Tim Mackey07/07/2009 10:52:10
avatar
20919 forum posts
304 photos
15 articles
Excellent stuff, and I add my best wishes for a successful maiden flight.
Ross Clarkson07/07/2009 14:36:18
avatar
1438 forum posts
106 photos
Looks great, well done.
winchweight10/07/2009 17:52:31
avatar
2516 forum posts
67 photos
Looks great mate. I have thought about building this, but it would have to have retracts and an opening ramp & door.
Craig Carr10/07/2009 20:20:44
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Hi Shaun,
 
Have fitted air up/air down units with restrictors for a nice slow operation.  The mains retract slowly upwards into the sponsons and the main nose wheel retracts back into the fuse.
 
The plan does show the loading door as an option you can build in if you like.  I didnt go down this route myself but the options there for those who want to do it.
 
Cheers
 
Craig 
winchweight10/07/2009 20:46:41
avatar
2516 forum posts
67 photos
Looking forward to seeing a movie then!
winchweight07/07/2010 19:52:52
avatar
2516 forum posts
67 photos
Craig, I have just bought one of these kits, plan, CNC parts, ABS mouldings (awful) and wood pack.
 
Any advice, or more detailed closeup especially the u/c and the model with its clothes off?
Craig Carr07/07/2010 23:46:20
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Hi Shaun. No problem. I didnt keep that many pics of the build much to my regret. However when I next get back onto my main pc I will see if I have any more and upload them to my gallery space. Please feel free to ask any questions as you progress either here or by PM.... Craig
winchweight08/07/2010 18:15:03
avatar
2516 forum posts
67 photos
Thanks Craig, will do
gordon price05/01/2011 12:19:16
14 forum posts
10 photos
Hallo,
I have just recieved the airbus A400M kit to build and I am having a few problems with my hobby store as what I need to build this aircraft,I have been given the following:
Plan  RC2027
Spinner SPIRC2027
Nose NOSRC2027
Sponsons SPONRC2027
CNC pack CNCA 400
I have noticed in My Hobby Store that there is also a kit called CNC parts pack CNCRC2027, do I need this pack as well as I did not recieve this,
 
Thankyou,
 
Gordon
ken anderson.05/01/2011 12:35:32
avatar
8452 forum posts
773 photos
gordon -send craig carr the builder and flyer of the one on here a PM......he'll keep you right about the building stuff reqd.......
 
 ken anderson    ne...1.
winchweight05/01/2011 12:38:37
avatar
2516 forum posts
67 photos
To be honest I think I got the same as you.
Craig Carr05/01/2011 14:09:41
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Hello Gordon and welcome to the forum.
 
Looking at your list I think item CNCRC2027 will essentially be the balsa sheet to cover the airframe and wings.  Possibly also the stringers etc for between the formers and ribs.
 
Its a few year back since I built mine but I ordered via Tony Nijhuis's website direct as he did a package that included everything needed to finish the model to pre-covering stage.
 
To be honest you can probably make a good start with what you have and get your balsa sheet etc direct from your local model shop.
 
Its a very enjoyable build, just shout up if you need any info.
 
Shaun, hows yours going???  - Any pics?
 
Craig
gordon price05/01/2011 14:34:58
14 forum posts
10 photos

 Thankyou all for your help,
 
Craig. Was the undercarrage wires all ready bent into shape or did you have to do it,
 also the tubes and wires were they supplied with the kit.
 
Gordon
Craig Carr05/01/2011 15:50:39
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Hi Gordon,
 
For the undercarriage you will need to bend in a vice using the plan as a guide.  I made one then offered it up against the undercarriage member UM1 - (one of the CNC bits).
 
If you are fitting retracts you will need to get the "steering arm" onto the rod before doing the bends on the other side.   (Actually, even if you decide on a fixed undercarriage it may be worth still fitting these in case you want to retro fit the retract at a later date)
 
Once happy everything was ok I used that one to replicate two more identical ones as you will need 3 in total.
 
All other bits of "non wood" hardware you will need to buy seperately from your model shop.
 
Craig

Edited By Craig Carr on 05/01/2011 15:51:00

gordon price05/01/2011 21:43:38
14 forum posts
10 photos
Craig
 
Thankyou for your help, I think I will go to my local model shop and buy bit as required,
 
gordon.
gordon price20/03/2011 15:30:47
14 forum posts
10 photos
Craig
 
Have you got any pics of your A400 flying yet, would like to see it in the air, mine is going painfully slow, having problems with retracks and steering.
 
gordon.
Craig Carr20/03/2011 15:56:10
avatar
674 forum posts
430 photos
Hello Gordon,
 
I used some flightline retracts from horizon hobby on mine, You need to use some threaded studding that goes across the 3 output arms for the main wheels. my LMS had some parts (I think Robart) that were sort of ball joints and T pieces that you could connect to the output arms and then to the retract unit.
 
I could try and take a picture later if that would help?
 
Here is a video of my A400.
 
Craig
 
 
ken anderson.20/03/2011 17:47:29
avatar
8452 forum posts
773 photos
gordon-i've seen the 'airbus' on both occasion's that it has flown....you'll be impressed with your's....
 
 
ken anderson ne...1.

All Topics | Latest Posts

Please login to post a reply.

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find RCM&E! 

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
Pepe Aircraft
Slec
Wings & Wheels 2019
electricwingman 2017
Cambridge Gliding Club
Gliders Distribution
CML
Advertise With Us
Sarik
Latest "For Sale" Ads
Do you use a throttle kill switch?
Q: This refers to electric-powered models but do you use a throttle kill switch?

 Yes
 No
 Sometimes
 Rarely

Latest Reviews
Digital Back Issues

RCM&E Digital Back Issues

Contact us

Contact us