Welcome to Barnstormers! This month, we share a variety of models 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!
Randy Smithhisler: Fokker E.III Eindecker
Nothing captures the early look of Warbirds like a well-crafted model from the "Great War." Randy spent two years on this masterpiece and tells us the following, "I am pleased to announce that my Proctor Enterprises Fokker E.III "Eindecker" kit is complete and flying! The 100-inch wingspan "Eindecker" is powered by an Astroflight geared 90 brushed motor and (36) 2400 mAh Ni-Cd batteries for fuel. This power combination with a 20 x 10 Master Airscrew propeller flies the E.III with ease and performs smooth scale-like maneuvers. The 36 Ni-Cds are placed as far forward as possible to help balance this short nose fighter. A very unique feature of this kit is the fully functional "scale" wing warping system. There are no ailerons on this model, just the warping of the wings and rudder input to make turns." Pilots of RAF B.E.2's and Nieuport 11's should watch their six!
Eric Boehm: BMJR Park Panther
When Eric is not busy being the Curator of Aviation and Aircraft Restoration on the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, he advertises for Flying Models! Eric writes "Here is my BMJR Park Panther that I covered in a scheme for Flying Models, complete with logo. The Panther climbs like a rocket and just putters around once up high and is very relaxing." For flying a sweet looking airplane in a nice trim scheme, we at FM say, "Eric, you're hired!"
Michael Kelly: Sweet Patootie
A nice looking Freeflight model? You betcha Sweet Patootie! Michael sent us a picture of his latest creation via Facebook and writes "Here's the finished 'Sweet Patootie' from the June 2001 issue. I completed covering and painting the model last summer (2010) but didn't get a chance to fly it before starting a 1-year paid vacation to Baghdad. Looking forward to trimming and flying it this fall." What a great model and thank you for your service, Michael.