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!
Concept Models Fleet biplane by Joe Woods
This month we feature a pair of great biplanes and we start off with a beautiful Fleet by Joe Woods. Joe writes, “The model was built from a 1⁄6 scale Concept Models Fleet biplane kit. Power is provided by an Atlas 40 brushless outrunner motor connected to an eRC 45-amp speed control and a 3-cell 3300 mAh Li-Po battery. The model delivers scale-like performance at about half throttle with flight times averaging around 10 minutes with this system. The Fleet is covered with Sig Coverall and finished with butyrate dope, and the registration numbers and logos came from Callie Graphics.”
Hobby Hangar S.E.5a by Larry Kruse
Former Flying Models F/F Sport columnist, Larry Kruse, built this sport scale S.E.5a from the Hobby Hangar kit and powered it with a Saito .50 four-stroke engine. Larry chose a somewhat unusual color scheme for an S.E.5a, inspired by the experiences of WWI Captain Duncan Grinnell-Milne, who chose to paint the fuselage of his S.E.5a red after being repatriated as a German prisoner of war. Grinnell-Milne also painted the word “Schweinhund” on the nose of his plane because he was called that by his German captors. The Hobby Hangar design spans a nominal 50 inches and is covered by Solartex “Red” on the fuselage and rudder and “Linen” on the wings and stabilizer. The Lewis machine gun was made with scrap balsa, aluminum tubing, and dowels and the pilot is from Williams Brothers. Callie Graphics did the required custom insignia to bring the plane to life.
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