Welcome to Barnstormers! We would like to share with you a variety of model photos submitted by the readers of Flying Models. We'd love to feature your models, too. Instructions on how to submit your photos can be found at the bottom of this article!
Pong II by Lance Atkins
Built in 1984 from plans published in the February edition of FM, the Pong II was my first radio control airplane, and did an excellent job of serving as my R/C trainer. The .049 engines of the time were fussy and the radio gear heavy so performance and flying opportunities were limited. The airplane was put into storage where it remained for most of the next 25 years, but in late 2011, I brought it out and refitted the plane for electric power. Outfitted with modern equipment, Pong II is a wonderful flying plane demonstrating the same good qualities that helped me learn R/C flying, but with better performance and, for the first time, throttle control. Flight times are 15–20 minutes of leisurely flying with loops and touch-and-goes for entertainment. The electric power system provides about 75W per pound with a peak current draw of 9.2 amps. Maximum thrust is about 18–19 ounces which is very adequate for this 19–20 ounce airplane.
Messerschmitt Me-262 by Will Gaylord
Hot on the heels of the new movie Red Tails, Will submits this 30mm Me-262. Will writes, "This one was built some years ago, with a Feigao remotored GWS EDF30 fan. Flies surprisingly well, for its size and low power. With the commercially available motored fans out now, it makes building these easy, for builders. I have a few of my old Feigao remotored jobs on my WTFLYR YouTube channel."
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