Tim McKay (77 S Evergreen Ave., Unit 302, Arlington Heights IL 60005; email: email@example.com) designed this semiscale RC Fokker Spin.
This Spin came in with a 28-inch wingspan and a weight of 2.8 ounces. Tim used ParkZone ultra micro RC equipment and constructed the model from balsa and plywood with landing gear fabricated from 0.032-inch music wire. The Spin does not have a vertical fin and employs an upper and lower all-moving rudder, which was replicated on this model with a rudder dowel and 1/32-inch plywood retaining washers.
Tim’s Spin handles well indoors and also outdoors in calm wind. More information about his Fokker Spin can see found at www.IndoorFlyingModel.com.
Darren M. Gibson (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) built this Chin Model Aircraft Piper Cherokee Arrow III Turbo to look like a Canadian trainer aircraft.
The model spans 42 inches and uses an EMAX BL2215-25 brushless motor and a SuperTigre 30-amp ESC. A Futaba 7C radio controls four Hitec HS-55 servos and a Hitec micro receiver.
“I wanted a plane that would be easy to see. The bright yellow and red MonoKote should really stand out,” wrote Darren.
Bill Bowne (307 Colorado Tr., Browns Mills NJ 08015; email: email@example.com) designed and built Dusty, a crop duster sport model, for his wife.
Bill taught his wife to fly RC in 1976 and she has remained an active flier. Her Dusty has an all-wood airframe and is covered with UltraCote. The 450-square-inch, 49.75-inch wingspan model weighs 47 ounces and is powered by an E-flite Power 25 brushless motor. The pilot, Bubba, is carved from blue foam painted with craft-store paints and the sunglasses are copper wire with a bit of green soda bottle for the lenses.
Morris Duet (11202 Amethyst Tr., Austin TX 78750) built his Kaos 60 from a Tower Hobbies kit.
The wings are fully sheeted and the entire airframe is covered with silk and painted with Klass Kote epoxy. Morris put a servo on each aileron.
“The engine is an HP .61 that has got to be at least 30 to 35 years old, but it pulls the Kaos through the air with authority. It was turned 90° to give the model a nicer profile and a better relationship between the fuel tank and engine.
“As far as I’m concerned, the old Pattern models are hard to beat.”
P.M. McGuigan (4102 Carriage Hills Dr., Rapid City SD 57702; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) submitted this photo of his 30cc Aeroworks Bravata lifting off the water of New Underwood Lake in western South Dakota.
This was the Bravata’s maiden flight on floats after nine flights with landing gear from a hard-surfaced runway. With floats, the model weighs 19 pounds, 11 ounces. Power is a DLE 30 gas engine with JR equipment for guidance. It took about one month to complete this Aeroworks ARF.
Jessy Hannon (100 Fenwick Ct., Lexington SC 29072) shares his two Sig Manufacturing Company Kavaliers with MA readers.
The orange Kavalier is 25 years old and powered by an O.S. .45 using a Futaba radio. The red Kavalier is new and powered by an electric motor. Jessy built the old model from a kit and scratch-built the new one.
Jerry Kraft (109 S. Deerbrook Dr., Oregon City OR 97045; email: email@example.com) spent two winters working on his Mustang, Corsair, Spitfire, B-25, and MiG-15.
The P-51 Mustang is from a Top Flite kit with razor-back conversion and is signed by Ben “Flaps” Berry. It spans 64 inches and uses a 15cc gas engine.
The F4U Corsair and MiG-15 come from old Byron kits. Each is fiberglass with finishing resin and sprayed with Rust-Oleum.
Jerry built his Supermarine Spitefire from an old Sterling kit spanning 64 inches. It has spring-air retracts and is powered by an O.S. .91 nitro two-stroke engine.
Wings Manufacturing produced the B-25 Mitchell, which spans 85 inches. It has two E-flite Power 90 counter-rotating electric motors and two 100-amp ESCs.
Herb Cain (113 Chelsea Place Ave., Ormond Beach FL 32174; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) drew the plans and built this 1/8-scale replica of Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra Model 10E Special.
The Electra spans 83 inches and weighs 19 pounds. Two NGH GT17 gas engines power the model with a Futaba 7C radio for control. Herb used electric retracts, full running lights, a flashing locator beacon, and landing lights in the nose that are timed to the retracts.
“I attempted to build the model to be just as the NR16020 plane was with all the modifications [Earhart] made to the stock Electra and with all the same markings. The drawings were done as close to scale as possible to the point that all bulkheads and ribs are the same shape and even the same location as the Earhart Electra. Need I say this was a very challenging but interesting build.”