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!
Playboy Senior Cabin by Darryl Miller
Darryl Miller is president of the Morrision Model Aircraft Flyers Club of Morrison, Illinois, and wanted a fun club project. Darryl picked up an old Leasure Electronics Playboy Senior Cabin kit at a recent swap meet and he and fellow club members started construction in early 2013. Darryl said it was a great learning experience for many members of the club since many had never built an R/C model from a kit before. The Playboy Senior is outfitted with a A22-15M brushless motor swinging a 10–5 prop, a 20-amp ESC and a 3S 700 mAh Li-Po battery. The model is covered with transparent blue and red MonoKote and is guided with a Spektrum DX5. Once test flown, the turn-key model was then raffled at the club’s annual all electric fun-fly.
Yogi Cub (Exbearimental) by Bill Lyons
Bill Lyons, of Moline, Illinois, was looking for something a bit different and fun to fly at the many all electric events he attends, so he set out to design and build this Yogi Cub. The Yogi Cub is loosely based on a Piper J-3 Cub and a homebuilt type plane and is constructed mainly of Styrofoam that Bill purchased at a local dollar store. Bill said the design was simply drawn on sheets of foam, cut out, assembled and then painted with a spray can of yellow paint. Bill then used his computer to produce the custom graphics as well as Yogi himself at the controls. A sound system plays Yogi Bear’s theme song at the start of each flight, then transitions to play the sound of a Continental engine. The Yogi Cub has a wingspan of 60 inches and weighs in at 51⁄2 pounds ready to fly. Bill recently won the Pilots’ Choice Award at the Watts Over Owatonna event for his design.