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Bucker Bu-133 Jungmeister

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

A classic 1/3-scale aerobatic biplane With two wings and a round engine, the Bucker Bu-133 Jungmeister, designed as an advanced aerobatic single-seat trainer, is truly the epitome of an aerobatic biplane. This masterpiece of Carl Bucker’s German company, Bucker Flugzeugbau GmbH, rolled out of the factory in early 1935, two years after the introduction of [...]

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Bugatti R-100

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

A Speed 400, electric sport-scale racer Bugatti is a name firmly associated with pre-WW II cars of exceptional character and engineering, but Ettore Bugatti’s firm also built railroad cars and a single airplane, the R-1 00. Noted Belgian engineer Louis de Monge designed the R-lOO in 1938 to challenge aviation speed records, and he chose [...]

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Siemens Schuckert D-III

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments

An unusual WW I fighter with award-winning performance Ihave always wanted to build WW I aircraft other than the more commonly seen Fokkers, SE5s and Camels. When I discovered the Siemens Schuckert D-III, I knew I had found my next pro- ject. There are many color schemes available, and I highly recom- mend Bob Pearson, [...]

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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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