Incredible: Jack Bally Built A Flying 1/3 Scale B-17 Bomber From Scratch – Video and Info Here!

Incredible: Jack Bally Built A Flying 1/3 Scale B-17 Bomber From Scratch – Video and Info Here!

(By Scott Liggett) –We at have such respect for the generation of WWII. Part of that respect includes the machines the men and women used to fight a world war against enemies intent on world domination. We are especially impressed with the flying machines from WWII. The B-17 Flying Fortress sits near the top of the list of that list. 

We came across videos of Jack Bally and his 1/3 scale B-17 that he built in his garage over a period of nearly 20 years. The story starts out back in 1999 with him and his buddies having a few beers and bench racing about what kind of mechanical project they should build next. Jack and his buddies are into planes and flying them. Soon after Jack went researching detailed plans of RC B-17’s. 
He found and ordered up 1/9 scale RC model plans and got to building. He upscaled and hand built each and every part. 17 years later, he had built a 1/3 scale B-17 that is flown by a real pilot. The result is detail that is absolutely amazing. Jack’s skill and patience is stunning. 
Check out these videos as Jack Bally describes how he built this fantastic plane and scenes of it actually flying. We have also included an interview with the pilot of the plane as describes what it is like to fly it. 


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8 thoughts on “Incredible: Jack Bally Built A Flying 1/3 Scale B-17 Bomber From Scratch – Video and Info Here!

  1. Gary

    It is an amazing piece of work! I’ve followed this for many years, saw it up close at Oshkosh in ’18. What people can do in home workshops!

  2. Clifford Morgan

    This kinda reminds me of years ago in drag racing, when guys would build cars in their garage, especially twin engined dragsters. They used all kinds of engines and everyone had their own way of making it work. Was exciting to watch 2 twins race each other. What a show…..

  3. KCR

    That is total devotion to a project. And he was not even a pilot. And the guy that did fly it. He was a brave dude also. This is great . Really glad that it really flies also. Killer project . And it only took 17 1/2 years of steady work to do it.

  4. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Amazing! You get the feeling he’s already working on a full size version or a squadron of Mustangs to escort it.

  5. Truckin Ted

    To say that I’m impressed doesn’t even scratch the surface!! I piddle on a race car and used to feel good about my accomplishments. I am so humbled by the work Bally has done. The words “GET ‘ER DONE” does apply.

  6. cookie stimach

    it would be fantastic if he could go to the museum of flight in Seattle Wa and be able to see it up close what a thrill for the museum to have him be there

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