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The Westland Wyvern S.4

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

The wyvern was a mythical monster with the front legs of a dragon and the barbed tail of a snake and, of course, it was one mean creature! The Westland Wyvern was the last fixed wing aircraft design from the Westland Aircraft Co. and was one of the last propdriven fighters. It was a very [...]

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C-131 Samaritan

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

A military transport based on the classic civilian twin-engine Convair CV-240   Designed as a replacement for the Douglas DC-3, the CV-240 went into service in 1948. It was powered by twin Pratt & Whitney R2800 radial engines and could carry 40 passengers. Known as the Samaritan, the C-131A military version was delivered to the [...]

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de Haviland Beaver

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

THE BEAVER BUG bit me last year while I was photographing float ships for an article on float fittings. After wandering about in a sea of these ships, there it was: big, kind of ugly, narrow, long-wing, fat and stubby- guilty on all counts. But if you want to pick a seaplane that’s one of [...]

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Albatros D.III

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

A giant-scale WW I biplane for scale competition During ww I, Germany built more of the Albatros D series fighters than any other type of warbird. Though overshadowed by the Fokker D.VlI and the Dr.! triplane, the Albatros was truly the workhorse of Germany’s air service. Many famous aces such as Manfred von Richthofen, Werner [...]

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RV-4

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

The two-place version of Van’s Aircraft’s popular RV-3 homebuilt, in 1/3 scale. The RV-4 STORY is ready o be told, but before I explain this giant-scale project, I’d like to list the standards it was based on. Above everything else, I wanted a pretty exact-scale rendition of the RV-4. the model also had to be [...]

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LTV A-7 Corsair II

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

W HEN I DECIDE to design an RIC model- at least. one that I’d like \0 see published- I COIl sider a number of things. Most im portant. it must be a subject on which I’m prepared 10 spend the time required to design and build. Second- and almost as impor- 13n! 10 me- is [...]

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Skyraider A1-E & A1-H

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

Aviation enthusiasts should already know the story of the Skyraider. Several excellent books, including Profile’s publication, have been written about this exceptional airplane. Therefore, what I have to say about the Skyraider is a retrospective outline of its development and orientation. The design began in 1944 as a replacement for the SBD Dauntless. The early [...]

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Der Jaeger

Jul 02, 2014 No Comments

Der Jaeger has become a classic in biplanes, and this great model is no exception WELL, Model Airplane News has to take direct credit for this design. In the November 1984 issue they ran a page titled “Planes Worth Modeling,” with four-views of the Der Jaeger that just begged to be built. Because I am [...]

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