Exceptional Aeronca Chief

Exceptional Aeronca Chief

This beautifully detailed 1/4-scale Aeronca Chief is the handiwork of Icelandic modeler Sturla Snorrason. A completely scratch-built project, the model features traditional wood construction. Sturla notes, “A lot of time went into the drawings along with study of my full size airplane.” A lot of time also went into the detailing, including the true to scale cockpit! This 108-inch-span model weighs in at 14 pounds and is powered by a Saito FA-80 four-stroke. If you’d like to try your hand at building this beauty, plans are available at www.rcsturla.com.


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Updated: October 26, 2020 — 3:29 PM


  1. Nice airplane. Aeronca was one of the planes that is overlooked. I have the microplane version of the Champ. It’s nice to see other versions.

  2. The model should be a good flyer. I owned a full size Aeronca Super Chief. It was a very comfortable and stable aircraft to fly. I intend to build the model someday. FYI- the Super Chief had a larger dorsal fin.

  3. I soloed in an Aeronca 11BC (Chief)N4000E in 1961. It didn’t get off the ground as fast as your model. No electrical system, had to use light system at towered airport. One runway was paved, the other grass. Grass was the preferred one. This is an excellent replica.

    1. I own that Chief…..it’s up in anchorage and was just sold to my brother who will bring it to Oregon.

  4. What a beautiful build.

  5. Really beautiful build, attention to detail showed pride and quality craftsmanship, enjoyed seeing and reading this article.

  6. my first flight lesson was in a Aeronca. I was in the SAC AERO CLUB (USAF) in Tucson Arizona. my spin recoveries were memerable! I was a radar technition B-47 bombers 1953. anybody left?

  7. I wonder if this Aeronca could be had in 1/3 scale=???

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