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Barnstormers - June 2013


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!

One Knight in Boston by David G. Terrell

This model airplane is 188%-sized, converted to electric power and R/C, and is scratchbuilt in balsa from the late Bill Hannan's "One Knight in Boston" Rubber-powered F/F plan. "For the record, the odd scaling size brought the Bostonian up to a 30-inch span. All wood dimensions were doubled from the plan. The wing was strengthened with upper and lower spars, a 1/32 shear web and a secondary 1/16-square "turbolator" upper spar. The fuselage structure was filled back to the wing TE. The wing is removable, the headrest and pilot forming the handle to a latch mechanism." Read about the build in full detail...


Comet Sparky R/C Conversion by Andy Kunz

When searching for that next model to build, sometimes we only have to look back at our earlier modeling careers. Adding a due date and upcoming contest certainly helps with the motivation and keeps us on track to finish that project. Andy Kunz heads up a builder’s contest every year with his club, the Monticello Model Masters, and this year the One Design chosen was the Comet Sparky. Even Flying Models own Don Belfort and Jim Wiggin got involved with their own Sparky models. This month we feature Andy’s scratch­built Comet Sparky R/C conversion. Andy built his model from full-size plans and updated the model by laminating the wing tips and tail surfaces, building a flat airfoil stabilizer instead of the original’s cambered airfoil. He constructed a carved and hollowed out balsa cowl. 1.25-inch walnut wheels spun on a lathe from Andy’s father finish the model off. When it came time to cover the airframe, Andy used white Solite on the rudder in combination with red and blue MonoKote for the stripes, yellow Solite on the tail, stabilizer and wing while the fuselage is covered in transparent blue from Coverite Microlite. To complete the pre-war scheme, Andy used a decal sheet from a Guillow’s Stearman kit. The Sparky is guided by a brick from a Horizon Hobby E-flite MiG-15 UMX with AS3X technology and a high-output E-flite BL 180 brushless motor from an E-flite UMX Beast. Battery power comes by way of a small 7.4V 180 mAh Li-Po also from a UMX Beast. Andy reports, “Unfortunately there are not a lot of calm wind days here in east central Illinois, but the little 30-inch Sparky does well. The AS3X technology certainly helps in the windy weather.” Andy goes on to say he can achieve up to 20 minutes of flight time on a single charge and that the Sparky is most comfortable on nice lazy days flying over the farm field in front of his house.



Flying Models Barnstormers welcomes your submissions! Readers of Flying Models are invited to submit pictures (no more than three) and a brief description of their model (no more than 300 words). Images should be at least 1024 pixels across. Please send your submissions to Associate Editor Jim Wiggin for consideration. We look forward to your contributions!

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