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BTE Venture 60 by Larry Kruse
Larry Kruse built this Venture 60 from the excellent Bruce Tharpe Engineering kit. The model spans 72 inches and weighs 7.2 pounds. It is covered in MonoKote Metallic Red with stock decals from the kit. The plane is powered by a Saito .72 spinning a 13-6 Master Airscrew prop and is guided by a Futaba 6EX FAAST 2.4 GHz radio system. Larry reports that the kit was remarkable in its quality of wood and the accurate fit of its parts. The kit is currently out of production, but may be brought back again in the future once Bruce satisfies his other commitments in producing models for research purposes. See more of the Venture 60 as well as other BTE models at www.btemodels.com.
Armstrong Whitworth FK-10 Ken Cigler
Ken Cigler scratch built this ¼ scale Armstrong Whitworth FK-10 Quadruplane from a scaled up set of three views originally found in a July/August 1963 issue of American Modeler. The plane spans 88 inches, weighs 28 pounds and is covered with STITS light, painted with latex paint. The plane is designed so that the four wings come in halves that are bolted to the fuselage as one unit with three screws on each side. Assembly time is approximately five minutes or less. While the plane can be demanding to fly, it certainly is an amazing sight once in the air, commanding everyone’s attention at the field. The plane is powered by a Zenoah G-62 and is guided by a JR XP8103 radio.