De Havilland Turbo Beaver

Aug 18, 2015 No Comments by

The Turbo Beaver is a large, light-weight park flyer with good small-field performance. With a 60-inch wingspan, it’s rather large as park flyers go, but it handles beautifully in tight places and performs well on small economical brushless power systems. The wings plug in and are retained by rare earth magnets. A hatch provides access [...]

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Avions Fairey Tipsy S2

Jul 22, 2015 No Comments by

Scale and unique airplanes always appeal to me, and when I first saw an article on the full-size Tipsy S2, I knew I needed to model it.  I used 3-view drawing from the article to develop my 1/6-scale plans. The Tipsy airplane line was designed by Belgium designer Ernest Tips. The S2 was designed and [...]

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1958 Piper Tri-Pacer

Jul 18, 2015 No Comments by

I was looking for a new electric park flyer project and discovered, to my surprise, that a Piper Tri-Pacer was not available. Apparently, Berkeley and Sterling produced the last Tri-Pacer kits back in the 1950s. Armed with 3-view drawing and my CAD program, I produced a scale 36-inch span electric model with a scale one-piece [...]

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Omen III

Jun 18, 2015 No Comments by

Don Wilke’s “Omen II” from 1968 is one of those birds that just grabs your attention and won’t let go. I’ve had my dad’s 1968 RC Modeler magazine for years, and there was something that kept bringing me back to it. It seems to have the classic early pattern proportions, perfect for today’s sport models. [...]

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SkyEye Pusher

Mar 18, 2015 No Comments by

Fourteen years ago, my original SkyCrawler design was published in Model Aviation. At that time, neither LiPo batteries nor brushless outrunner motors were available, and video cameras were still pretty big and bulky. As these technologies developed and affordable versions became available, I decided to update my old SkyCrawler. With a name change and a [...]

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MiG-17 Fresco

Feb 18, 2015 No Comments by

My MiG-17 was designed around the Great Planes 56mm Hyperflow EDF unit and the Ammo 24-45-3790 brushless motor. This economical setup gives nice e-jet performance with a 4S 2200mAh LiPo battery pack. The outline is true to scale with the exception of larger ailerons and the position of the stabilizer to simplify construction. A fully [...]

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Shockwave Reno Racer

Jan 19, 2015 No Comments

I first learned about Shockwave in an Air Classics article that had a few photos and several artist concepts of the roughly half completed full-scale unlimited racer.  The purpose of this strange airplane is an attempt to hit 600mph using a radial engine. Yes, 600mph! With Reno unlimited racers often bouncing off the 500mph mark, [...]

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Bellanca Cruisemaster

Jan 18, 2015 No Comments

I’ve always liked scale models and building unique aircraft and the Bellanca Cruisemaster is one of those classic general aviation airplanes that’s seldom modeled. To develop my plans I used a 3-view drawing from Bob Banka. My particular model is of a 1951 example I found on Aircraft Shopper Online. I loved the classic turquoise [...]

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