I want my own SR-71 that I can pilot

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by PantheraUncia, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

  2. Conlan Rose

    Conlan Rose Super Moderator

    Its a multimillion dollar aircraft there are no kits only the retired ones. Sorry, but I don't think a civilian can get one.
  3. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    :) I know civilians can't get them, but that guy built a 12 foot model version with real model sized jet engines..... I am sure it was not cheap to do that, but it would be allot of fun. It even sounds like one.
  4. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Nak ... you are very strange!
  5. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    Surreal,

    I had a grandfather that was into building model planes from scratch. He had a wood working shop in his basement in Michigan and it was really cool to see all the different planes he had built and then go and fly them.

    Back then, your average plane builder did not have access to jet engines though :).

    Plane building is actually a fairly large hobby.

    Apparently that 12 foot model of the SR-71 took the guy 9 years to build and there is not a "kit" you can order online or go to a hobby shop to get and build one of those.

    And this guy won the annual competition with that SR-71.
  6. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I still stand by my earlier statement!
  7. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    LOL! I might take your side on this one too.
  8. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Having met him, I feel qualified to make that statement. I'll also say that it takes someone who is strange to know someone who is...
  9. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I like to build things, but 9 years? That's not a hobby, that's an obsession.

    Watching that thing go was very interesting, the only problem is it's so fast I couldn't even be that much fun to fly.

    well maybe for a professional, but for an amateur you have to spend all your time just really turning if you just sat back watching it fly. otherwise, the plane will get too far out a way from you would not be able to see it.
  10. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Theres quite a few companies that make 3D profiles of popular jets and prop driven aircraft.
    Their made out of foam and set up to add your own engines and controls.
    I dont think their as large as that one but I have seen an SR-71, most of the model kits are under $100.
    A friend of mine from work has about a dozen different 3D foam model A/C he flies at a park in Mansfield Texas.
    I know he can build them in about 2 days with the kits he orders on-line. Lately he's been ordering scale blue prints and buying foam from a local hobby shop and building his own jets in whatever size he wants.
    I think if you search on line you'll find a lot of info about building and flying them.

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