|This B-17 project is a large project being taken on by Gary Himes, Rick McQuerry and Greg Golden. You will be able to follow the construction and birth of the Day Dream Believer here at web site. Links on the left will provided you pictures and information on construction, flight, etc of what we hope will be a long long lifespan.|
Gary Himes earns his living as a computer draftsman and has been actively flying R/C for about 12 years now.
Rick McQuerrey earns his living as a diesel mechanic and has been actively flying R/C for about 6 years.
Greg Golden earns his living working for FAA. He has been flying R/C and full sized airplanes since he was shoulder high to a grasshopper. He says that he loves aerobatics, but doesn't like being in
the plane when they are happening, hence the R/C.
Randy Cameron is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is now working as a computer specialist. Randy has been flying since he was knee high to a grasshopper.
Gary has always had a love of WWII aircraft....especially the B-17. He was always making noise about someday building a R/C B-17. Rick, after several years of hearing this says........Lets Build the SOB and quit talking about it. Greg was sitting at the other end of the picnic table, jumps up and says I want to be a part of the project too. Thus "GRG Associates" was born. Immediately money was collected and the plans were ordered from Don Smith. After looking at the plans we quickly decided that we DID NOT want to scratch this bird. After much research of kit cutters we decided on the Precision Cutters kit. This was when our new Hobby shop "NRC Hobbies" was coming into existence. Shop owner Charlie Schroeder was aware of what we were doing and said he wanted on board as sponsor. Sponsorship agreements were made and NRC Hobbies ordered the kit for us. GRG Associates made the decision, since this is a huge project and we don't want to cause family problems, money problems, & lack of flying problems, we would only work on the plane one night a week. Wednesday night was the chosen night and since Gary had the most room in his basement, construction would take place at his house. The first night of construction was done and many pictures were taken. With excitement Gary e-mailed them to his friend Randy Cameron. Next day Gary gets an e-mail back with a web site address to check out. It was the birth of this site. Several weeks into the project Gary was talking to Randy on the phone, Randy says......we need our own domain name. After some checking we purchased the domain name "daydreambeliever.us".
We are planning a two year time frame to complete the construction of the plane. We will use gas motors possibly weed eater conversion of 16-18cc. We want to end up with a plane fun to fly and not be afraid of. We want it to be scale looking without crossing the line of being detail scale. We are afraid if we get too detailed the pucker factor will increase greatly and we would be afraid to fly and have fun. Retracts are a given as well as functional flaps. Operating bomb bay with bombs would be nice also. We have lots of other cool ideas also that I am not going into right now. Another important factor is to keep the plane under 55 pounds. This will affect how many bells and whistles we add. In the United States the Academy of Model Aeronautics requires R/C aircraft to be under 55 pounds. You may fly a R/C airplane that weighs over 55 pounds but less than 100 pounds; however, you must get a yearly inspection and follow some expensive guidelines and we want to avoid this if at all possible.
The Aircraft Name: Day Dream Believer:
The name just seems to fit, since Gary has had this dream for a long time and Rick and Greg are making the dream possible. And of course in the 60's the Monkees had a song by the same name written by John Stewart.
Oh, I could hide "neath the wings
Of the blue bird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
But it rings and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin' razor's cold and it stings.
Cheer up, Sleepy Jean.
Oh, what can it mean.
to a daydream believer
And a homecoming queen.
Day Dream Believer Trivia