What’s Old is New Again at 30th annual Southwest Jet Rally

Oct 02, 2012 No Comments by

From the recent 30th annual Southwest Jet Rally article that will be published in the January 2013 issue of MAN,  I mentioned the number of own-design scratch built models at the first gathering?  Well, the spirit is still alive and well with some great projects completed or underway. This year there were a pair of 37% scale BD-5s built from the “at least 10-year-old” Tom Sewell molds. One was by Bill Kinney, the other from Chick Kazen. Both turbine-powered, Bill’s is equipped with Tom Cook retracts, Chick’s with Robart gear.

Propulsion system and radio equipment installation couldn’t be easier, the fuselage opens like a giant Subway sandwich for nearly unlimited access! At 37% they’re moderately sized, but there was a rumor going around that there’s a set of 50% molds lurking out there in the jet community! Wonder who’ll be first??

Stay tuned as I will be adding more posts from this great legacy event!

Rich Uravitch

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His modeling career encompasses a broad range of aviation subjects, from small electric models and electric ducted fans to the giant scale and warbirds. He has been the Top Gun craftsmanship judge for several years. He has designed, built and flown several sport-scale RC aircraft, several of which can be purchased at the AirAgeStore.com website.
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