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!
Miles M38 Messenger by Will Gaylord
This Miles M38 Messenger was scratchbuilt from Aeromodeller Miles M48 plans, which involved the addition of the M38's slotted flaps, as well as some modification for electric radio control. Span is 41" with an AUW of 20.25 oz. Plane has functional suspension on both the main gear struts and steerable tail wheel, as well as fully functional control surfaces. Of the last three builds, two have been tri-rudder subjects and one was a twin boom subject. That's 8 functional rudders on only 3 builds! You can follow his build thread at Wattflyer.
1936 American Gyro AG4 Crusader by Will Gaylord
The American Gyro Crusader was a small, futuristic airplane that astonished and amazed the world during the Great Depression. Its history ranged from aeronautical innovation, to courtroom drama, to business intrigue. In the end it was unable to raise funds and went into bankruptcy. Will Gaylord writes: “I just finished the 1936 American Gyro AG4 Crusader, scratchbuilt using enlarged 1936 Model Builder plans as a starting point. The electric radio-controlled model is 16-1⁄4 ounces AUW with a wing loading of 11-1⁄2 ounces/square foot.”
TLAR Stik by Calvin McCarthy
Calvin McCarthy of Abbotsford, British Columbia starts off this month by saying: “Good day, Jim; I continue to enjoy FLYING MODELS magazine with its variety, fun and friendly presentation of articles and building plans. Presented here is my TLAR (That Looks About Right) Stik. A simple aircraft to satisfy my need for flight without taking much time to make or adding too much detail to lose with one mistake too low. The ‘design’ is an amalgam of Stik ideas, including Dave Theunissen’s Bubbles fuselage, a wing resulting from my play with Compu-Foil 3, and Randy Randolph’s rudder and stabilizer shapes which to my eye are just right. The symmetrical airfoil wing has a span of 46 inches, a cord of 10 inches and 1.5 degrees of dihedral. Fuselage length is 34 inches, and a flying weight of 32 ounces. The 11–5.5 prop is turned by a SuperTigre ST .10 outrunner, Castle Creations Thunderbird 36 ESC, and a 3-cell Li-Po. It has a Futaba FASST radio with Hitec mini servos for guidance.”
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