Lou Goldberg (Jackson, Tennessee) built this 80.5-inch wingspan Zero from World Models.
The Zero uses an O.S. 1.60FX nitro engine and a Hitec Eclipse transmitter with Futaba 2.4 GHz plug in module. The model also has a Dymond FASST after-market receiver, Robart retracts, and a Graupner propeller.
Richard Foot built the Zero, but never flew it. Lou, a full-scale pilot and lifetime modeler, bought the model and finished all the electronics and engine along with three pounds of lead to balance the model.
Herman Burton (Seabrook, Texas; email: email@example.com) built his Contender .60 from a Top Flite kit.
With a long and deep dorsal fin to go with the long and tall tail fin, this airplane flies exceptionally well. Herman built the optional operational flap, and that feature allows him to fly off of short runways.
The Contender is powered by an O.S. FS81 four-stroke engine and has all Futaba equipment. Its color scheme was duplicated from the model shown on the kit’s box. The bright white MonoKote covering and Chartpak tape panel lines show up well against the black asphalt runway of the Johnson Space Center RC Club’s runway.
Hank Greenberg (El Pasa, Texas; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) built his Cessna 310 from Rich Uravitch plans.
This model Cessna 310 is the U-3 military version known in the U.S. Air Force as the Blue Canoe. Hank’s model uses two O.S. outrunner motors, two 30-amp ESCs, 9 x 7.5 APC propellers, E-flite retracts, and a single 2,200 mAh 3S battery. The Blue Canoe’s all-up weight is 3 pounds, 8 ounces.
“[The model] flies great, no bad habits. I have not used full power yet,” wrote Hank.
Bill Azok (Daphne, Alabama; email: email@example.com) built this Top Flite Stinson SR-9.
A DLE-30 engine powers the 19-pound Stinson. The covering is Solartex with Cal-Grafx decals. Bill wrote that the model is easy to fly and the DLE-30 sounds great.
Standing on the left with the SR-9 and Bill is Henry Waltman, a World War II veteran and crewman on a B-26 Marauder. Bill wanted to show Henry with his submission in recognition of his service.
Romi Lucas (Peyton, Colorado; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) built this airplane modeled after the ParkZone F-27 Stryker. Romi wrote:
“My model has a 71-inch wingspan and weighs about 11 pounds. This model has functional rudders and fixed landing gear. It is powered by two E-flite [Power] 32 brushless electric motors on the final version. [It has a] pusher/puller set up. I named it the Razor. The flight characteristics are smooth and stable. It takes off in about 50 feet, and landings are very gentle with no stall tendencies.”
Bob Bingen (Elk Grove, California; email: email@example.com) built the larger Jerry’s Big Boy (on the left) nearly 20 years ago from a Morris Hobbies kit. It is powered by an O.S. .91 motor.
The smaller Jerry’s Big Boy is scratch-built to half the size of the large model. It is electric powered with an AXI brushless motor. Both models are great, slow fliers and fairly aerobatic.
Ron Bozzonetti (Ocala, Florida; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) designed and built this model he calls Lancia.
The model uses traditional construction techniques for the fuselage and tail assemblies. The wing is made from foam with a lattice pattern cut from the foam to make it lighter. It is covered with 3/32-inch balsa. The wingspan is 68 inches and the model is powered with a Super Tigre .75 engine. The Lancia weighs 7 pounds, 10 ounces.
The fuselage features a distinctive pod-and-boom design. The wing has Hoerner expander-style wingtips solely for the way it looks. Ron wrote that the model is stable and is capable of all of the basic aerobatic maneuvers.
J. Robert Hannon (Lexington, South Carolina) shares his two Goldberg Tigers with Model Aviation readers.
The red and yellow Tiger was scratch-built and Robert added a cabin in place of a canopy. The model is powered by an Enya 40 engine with a Futaba radio for guidance.
The 24-year-old red Tiger was built from a kit. Power is provided by a K&B .61 engine guided by a Futaba radio.
Eighty-six-year-old Robert has been building models since he was nine years old.