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Bill Gaylord's
Excellent Guillow's Electric Conversions

Mr. Bill Gaylord has been gracious enough to allow me to post photos and information about his fine Guillow's free-flight model airplanes that he converted to electric powered R/C. The level of craftsmanship is incredible both in the frame-up and the covering and finish. You can find lots of photos and details of the build on the RCGroups bulletin board. I do not see whether he has ever flown any of these models. My guess is that with the structural beefing up required to support the motor, battery, and R/C gear results in a high wing loading. I personally would never dare risk these models by trying to fly them! They would all spend their days as hanger queens - display only!

PBY-5A Catalina Guillows electric conversion - Airplanes and Rockets 

PBY-5A Catalina

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The PBY is about 30oz, with a 3s-2100 lipo. With the massive wing area, it is actually a reasonably light wing loading. The span is stock, but the engines are moved out about 1" each, to use Master Airscrew 6x4 3-blade props. The plane is fully Monokoted for waterproofing. Also has a fully sheeted fuse, with foam sealed door lips. Removable wing with adjustable struts. The floats fold into the wings with magnets. The landing gear is removable. Extensive carbon fiber and cf spar and rod, for reinforcement. 

...and another

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FW-190 Focke Wulf Guillows electric conversion (Bill Gaylord) - Airplanes and Rockets 

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Guillow's DC-3 R/C electric conversion (Bill Gaylord) - Airplanes and Rockets 

RC Groups post Took a build photo of the DC3. Pretty much at the covering stage now. Have steerable tail wheel and rud/elev/aileron linkage setup. The motor mounting is interesting. I used the kit's balsa nacelle frame, reinforced with carbon fiber spars. Glued spruce blocks to the ends of the frames, for the motor mounting screws. I used the Guillow's wheel halves for the motor mounts. Couldn't have asked for a better mount. I have a whole bag of them, since I usually use better wheels. Same goes for the red propellers. I was planning on 3 blade props, but they load the motors too much. The GWS 350 motors w/heatsink using GWS 4530 props really seems to put out. Love that twin harmonic hum. Not too worried about thrust now, especially using the new 1320-3s Pro Lite lipo, with 17A cont rating. The landing gear is mounted in GWS gear mounts, as I am not very keen on gluing gear wire to wings with balsa. Most of my plastic parts are cut out now. Gotta love those thin plastic detail parts. They only look as good as the effort put into them. Their pilots can actually look very good, and are about the lightest available. The DC-3 has about 161" square wing area now. Stock is something like 145, which is too small for the weight of 2 motors, and lost wing area from the nacelles to boot. The DC-3 is ready to cover. I ended up posting the thread on RC Groups, in Scale Electric Modeling. Ended up sheeting the fuse, for appearance. The plastic parts actually fit quite well.

Guillow's DC-C elecrtic R/C conversion (Bill Gaylord) - Airplanes and Rockets

Douglas DC-3 Guillows electric conversion - fuselage & wing sheeting installed - Airplanes and Rockets

F6F Hellcat Guillows electric conversion - Airplanes and Rockets 

F6F Hellcat 


P-47D Thunderbolt Guillows electric conversion (Bill Gaylord) - Airplanes and Rockets

P-47D Thunderbolt

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SBD-3 Dauntless Guillows electric conversion (Bill Gaylord) - Airplanes and Rockets

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