Congratulations to David Ribbe for placing 6th in the 20kg category while flying for the U.S. team at the Jet World Masters in Meiringen, Switzerland! His gorgeously detailed, 88.9-inch-span MiG-15bis is outfitted with a sliding canopy, speed brakes, flaps, sequenced retracts and doors, and it’s even more astounding when you learn that David designed this jet from the ground up, creating his own molds in his home shop. (Of course, that’s a bit more understandable when you remember that in his work life, David is a designer for Horizon Hobby!) In the opener photo, you’ll notice David (left) and the model handlers wearing white gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints on the turbine jet’s Alclad II mirror-like polished aluminum finish over “very meticulously prepared” K36 auto primer. The rivets over the metal are custom rub transfers, spun into the finish (under the paint) with a Dremel tool … One. At. A. Time. (Hence our new moniker for Mr. Ribbe: the Rivet King!) David notes that the full-size aircraft he built his model after was an airshow jet that’s currently on display in the EAA Oshkosh museum. Enjoy the photos (courtesy of David) and the video, thanks to Marcus Nussbaumer for taking it and posting it on YouTube. Stay tuned for a feature article on the “Rivet King” and his Russian bombshell in a future Model Airplane News!
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