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Let’s Have Some Fun

Jan 03, 2012 2 Comments

The whole point is to have fun. Often we take our hobby to seriously. My self included. This article will be short and sweet. It’s about letting your imagination take over. Every time I try to  take a break a new inspiration hits me. The following pictures are just an example of this. I’ll give […]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part IV

Jan 03, 2012 4 Comments

I have scratch built many twins over the years. No matter whose plans I’m working with they all shared one thing in common. Very poor detail when it comes to nacelle construction. Below is a photo of the plans for the nacelle. You will notice the very complex retract apparatus drawn. The plans were clearly created […]

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Take Some Free Advice And Save Big

Dec 30, 2011 2 Comments

I’m very fortunate to belong to a flying club with  great facilities. We have two black topped runways as well as a Pitts areas for setting up your airplanes. Because of the close proximity to town our flying field attracts a great many onlookers. Many of these onlookers are new to the hobby or are […]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part III

Dec 19, 2011 Comments Off on De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part III

A Fuselage is born: Building the fuselage was very straight forward and required no special skills. Built one side first. Cover that side with clear wrap and built the other side on top of the first. This insures that both sides of the fuse come out the same. Seen below with both halves. One on top […]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet-Full Build Part I

Dec 15, 2011 5 Comments

                                                            The De Havilland Comet is one of my personal favorites. The original Comet was designed and built back in 1934 for the race from England to Australia. Only three original  aircraft were ever constructed .  The plane to the left was known as Black Magic. The second plane, a red version was  named Grosvenor House. The third […]

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De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part II

Dec 14, 2011 Comments Off on De Havilland DH 88 Comet Full Build Part II

 Building a wing: The plans for this model were hand drawn by Ivan Pettigrew. A well know and respected designer. They were somewhat rough in nature but did allow for very easy modifications. All the drawings were on  a single sheet so it was necessary to cut each section from the main plan sheet in order to simplify […]

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J 3 Cub-Fun with covering

Dec 12, 2011 Comments Off on J 3 Cub-Fun with covering

                                                                                                              The J 3 Cub is a great flying aircraft. I always enjoy watching the guys at the field fly their Cubs. Eventually got A Cub of my own. This model of the J 3 Cub was built from an old Sig Kit I purchased on e-bay a many years back.  J 3 Cub’s are traditionally finished with “Cub Yellow”covering. You may see the Military finish as well. Olive Green with […]

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P-51 Mustang Reno Racer

Dec 09, 2011 Comments Off on P-51 Mustang Reno Racer

I just finished reading an article in the  recent publication of Model Airplane News. The article related to the up coming film by George Lucas: The Red Tails. The article was authored by John Reid and I found it to be very informative and illuminating. There is a lot of misinformation regarding the Tuskegee Airmen and I […]

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F 27 Stryker Full Build

Dec 08, 2011 1 Comment

                                                                                    Part One: For years I’ve watched  guy’s fly their Park Zone F 27 Strykers.  This plane has  excellent acceleration combined with  gentle landing characteristics. Flys very smooth when you want it to, or gets crazy when you want it to. A really fun plane to fly.         I just had to have one.       My friend Brian had the first offering […]

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Hangar 9 E-conversions: P-47, F4U Corsair & F6F Hellcat

Dec 07, 2011 1 Comment

I have had the good fortune to assemble many  Hangar 9 models and have found that they have enough scale details to satisfy any pilot without compromising the performance of the airframe. They are also some of the easiest planes to do e-conversions on because the airframe is light for its size and allows for a great […]

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About the author

Romi Lucas has been building and flying model airplanes since 1971. Electric conversions are his specialty. He enjoys designing, building and flying unique and rare model aircraft. When he isn't building or flying, Romi meets with junior ROTC officers and students at local high schools to promote youth involvement with the hobby.

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