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Barnstormers - September 2010

Welcome to Barnstormers! Flying Models editor Frank Fanelli shares a sample of some of the many detailed models that were on display at the 2010 Westchester Radio Aero Modelers (WRAM) Show in White Plains, New York and the "Weak Signals" Show in Toledo, Ohio.

Hank Riehl’s Nieuport 17

Hank Riehl’s Nieuport 17

Armed to the hilt with crude rockets and a machine gun, Hank Riehl’s Nieuport 17 features a dope and fabric finish. At 16 pounds, the 72-inch span, the WW I bipe used a Magnum 1.20 4-stroke for power.

 

Henry Haffke's 1/4 scale Gee Bee Model Y Senior Sportster

Henry Haffke's 1/4 scale Gee Bee Model Y Senior Sportster

Henry Haffke, a renowned expert on the Gee Bee series of aircraft, built this 90-inch, 1/4 scale Gee Bee Model Y Senior Sportster. This bipe used a Webra .90 glow engine for power, and weighed in at 15 pounds. It’s covered in 21st Century fabric, and its cowl and landing gear were painted with Randolph dope. The front cockpit is covered just as the real plane appeared in 1931 for the National Air Races.

 

George Schultz’s 1950 Aeronca 15 AC Sedan

George Schultz’s 1950 Aeronca 15 AC Sedan

At 84-1/2 inch wingspan, George Schultz’s 1950 Aeronca 15 AC Sedan is 20% scale. He spent quite a bit of time doing a very detailed and well-crafted cockpit/cabin. The 12-1/2 pound model used a 2-stroke OS .61 FSR glow engine and had a fabric covered airframe painted with dope. Besides the interior detail George also put functional navigation lights and a beacon on the exterior, along with a transmitter activated landing light.

 

Rick Bell's Perigee

Rick Bell's Perigee

In 1962 Tom Brett won the R/C Pattern World Championship with a Perigee. Rick Bell recreated that 61-inch span plane and put a modern OS .46 LA glow engine in it. Unlike Brett, Rick used a modern finishing technique on the fuselage that incorporated lightweight fiberglass cloth adhered with a water-based polyurethane. The wing was covered in silk and the whole plane sprayed with Krylon color paints. Then a clear coat of Klass Kote epoxy paint was sprayed on the whole airframe. Finished weight is 4-3/4 pounds.

 

Rob Caso's models

Rob Caso's models

Rob Caso specializes in smaller electric powered scale models that he designs or refinishes. These four planes include the twin-engine Mosquito (at left) and the Fieseler Fi-156 C3 Storch (foreground) which he both designed. The Bf-109 (rear) and the Fw-190D (right) are both Alfa Models foam ARFs which he redid with a much more detailed paint job. All four models were airbrushed with a Badger 200 single action for the base coats and a Badger Velocity dual action for weathering and camo.  Mostly Model Master paint or Floquil.  Model Master does not harm foam.  All seams and dents were filled with Minwax Polycrylic mixed with spackle and primed with Minwax Polycrylic and gray paint.  Panel lines done in soft pencil and clear coated with flat clear. All four models ranged from 36- to 45-inch wingspans.

 

Michael McMichen’s Byron P-51D Mustang

Michael McMichen’s Byron P-51D Mustang

Once considered really giant scale, the old Byron Originals models are now medium giant scale. Michael McMichen’s Byron P-51D Mustang spans 85 inches and uses the venerable Quadra 42 2-cycle gas engine. He painted the plane with latex and acrylic paints and installed retracts and flaps. The engine turns the 4-blade prop via a Byron reduction belt drive. Michael also added a good bit of extra detail like a sliding canopy, an operational oil cooler door, droppable wing tanks/bombs and more. Flying weight of the 85-inch model is 29 pounds.

 

Eric Clapp's F9F-8 Cougar

Eric Clapp's F9F-8 Cougar

Eric Clapp built this F9F-8 Cougar, the Grumman jet fighter that followed the straight wing F8F Panther. The large model, powered by a Jet Central Super Eagle turbine, comes from a DER Jet Models kit. Gene Lagardo did the very colorful scheme and all detailing and weathering.

 

Hal Parenti's Canoli

Hal Parenti's Canoli

This model, the Canoli,  was the third version of the Pattern plane that Hal Parenti designed and built. He built a series of these planes from 1962 to 1975, each incorporating more refinements or newer technology. By the 1975 the original fixed gear Pattern design featured retracts, more powerful engines, and tuned pipes. Hal cleaned this one up to bring it to the 2010 Weak Signals Exposition. It spans 70 inches, weighs 6-1/2 pounds and has a silk and nitrate dope finish. This 1964 version had four channel control: aileron, elevator, rudder, and throttle.

 

Lawrence Latowski's Cessna CR-3

Lawrence Latowski's Cessna CR-3

Lawrence Latowski chose to build a small model of the Cessna CR-3 racer from the 1930s. The real plane was the last of Cessna’s foray into air racing before they turned to more utilitarian aircraft. The plane won every race in which it was entered, and at one time established a world speed record of 237.35 mph.

 

Gerry Armstrong's Duellist Mk II

Gerry Armstrong's Duellist Mk II

The sleek looks of the Dave Platt-designed Duellist immediately give away its exciting performance ability. Gerry Armstrong built this very nicely finished Duellist Mk II. Platt redesigned the original in 1977 to correct some aerodynamic problems and add styling improvements. When building his model Gerry modified it for electric power that necessitated only very minor changes. His model has two Dualsky XM4250CA-5 motors controlled by XC6015BA speed controls. Paint is Klass Kote epoxy.

 

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Nicholas Underwood's Flying Porsche

Nicholas Underwood built this Flying Porsche and adorned it with enough automotive racing decals to make any NASCAR team proud.

 
 
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Mister Mulligan

A Mister Mulligan that is electric powered and very nicely detailed.

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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