Half-Scale Masterpiece

Jun 07, 2012 19 Comments by

Would you believe that Dean Copeland designed and built this beauty in just 4 months? A masters class entry this year’s Top Gun, the 50%-scale Cri-Cri Columban MC-15 is a work of art, with a fully detailed cockpit and moving controls. Dean powers it with twin Axi 4120-18 motors. It won Outstanding Craftsmanship and Best Civilian runner up. Check out these detail photos, and don’t miss our interview with Dean below.

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Debra Cleghorn, Featured News

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19 Responses to “Half-Scale Masterpiece”

  1. Jim Henley says:

    Way to go Dean ! We’re all pulling for you back here in Omaha !

  2. E.J. Murphy says:

    Cockpit is AMAZING!!! Pictures cannot do it justice.
    Good Luck, Dean.

  3. Dennis Lind says:

    Congratulations Dean

  4. Zach Miller says:

    Good Job Dean! Looks great!

  5. Bob de Kok says:

    very nice, would like to see Dean bring himself and the aircraft to the G.I. modlers 7th Big Bird fun fly on June 15,16,17.we have the best venu between Omaha and Denver.

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  7. Ross Smith says:

    Great airplane. Love the dummy enjines

  8. steven l zahm says:

    I love to build and only dream of building that good you are a master dean AWSOME!!!!!

  9. Terry Bolin says:

    Great job! Amazing detail..The electric threw me for a loop since I could see the dummy engines and pipes! Congrats! Terry .

  10. Ron Ginn says:

    EXCELLENT job, perfect in every way. would love to build one. Plan’s ????

  11. Brooksby Hartman says:

    Beautiful Dean Congrats i like all the detail must have been fun to build ,and lot’s more fun to fly.

  12. Gordon Niessen says:

    I love that at 50% scale it is still one of the smallest planes on the flight line.

  13. johnr.voss says:

    AWESOME..Keep us flying John

  14. Barry & Mary Kercher says:

    We are most impressed!!!

  15. Karen Johnson says:

    What an amazing plane! Such detail Dean.

  16. Steven Rainey says:

    Dean, can we get a set of plans perhaps from you down the line perhaps??? This is a great airplane, I have the full scale drawings and builders manual for the real one…..Im thinking of building one to fly myself……. did you just 50% downscale the plans, etc and build it from wood, fiberlass, etc. or ??? Id be interested in talking about it, perhaps we can get a contact number from you?? thanks……. Steven ….. 760-831-8053

  17. MARIO G says:

    Estimated Deam:
    Congratulations excellent model, also I have interest in knowing whether the planes could have. please let me know to my mail how to acquire the planoas.
    modeler I have 30 years and my passion is the construcion of scale models.
    Mrio G.

  18. ALEX says:

    outstanding hope i can have 1 Mr Dean Copeland hope you consider to sell it to me …

  19. Alex says:

    Hi Dean consider letting me have it?

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