Douglas XB 42 Build & Flight

Douglas XB 42 Build & Flight

Michael Kelly built this 10.5-inch-span, rubber-powered XB-42 Mixmaster, an H.K. Weiss plan originally published in August 1946 Model Airplane News, for the Flying Aces Club newsletter. He says, “this one was a bit more challenging due to the pusher prop and the formed canopies and nose glazing.” Michael adds, “Weiss did a series of small ‘Minute Models’ in M.A.N. in the late 1930s and 1940s, this is the second of them I’ve built. This one was very difficult to trim – I eventually got it to fly after narrowing down the prop blades.”

Updated: July 20, 2023 — 3:01 PM


  1. Now for a change of pace, this looks like fun!!

  2. Good looking plane. Id like to see more of the old rubber powered planes. I myself am building the XP55 Ascender it’s in the covering stages now. I like the unique planes. It’s a 19″WS. Canard pusher. Completely scratch built from the prop to the molded canopy, definitely challenging, almost scared to see it fly lol.

  3. Well done Michael. I have seldom had great success with trimming gliders. Watching this video and seeing all your frustrations made me feel better..
    Great build!

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