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Davis Acro Pro

A 30% scale model of this one of a kind Davis Acro Pro air show  aircraft, “The Beast” has a span of 98” and flew at a weight of 22#.  An OS 3.0 4-c Gemini Twin w/OBI has flown it very quietly since Jun ’98.  From the Bob Godfrey kit.  Covering is MonoKote-over-Coverite’  (See article elsewhere) w/LustreKote.  The model was sold to a gent who immediately did a "Tim Allen" retrofit by installing a 3W-80 for more power.



A 1/5th scale model offered by 3 Sea Bees Models. This 63” wingspan biplane replicated the 1920 Swedish trainer. It was completed in Jun ’99, and was powered by a Saito .91 4-c.

Sweden manufactured 30 of these single-seat trainers in 1919.  Flown until 1935, they had a remarkable record of never losing a plane to a crash.  Not so with this model, however, as "Sven" was short-lived, crashing on his first flight.


This experimental model was designed to compete in the University of Florida’s Micro Aerospace Vehicle competition in Aug ’97.The smallest size model flown that completed the mission won. Its maximum any-dimension was 13-1/4”.  “Orcim” (micro backwards) had to carry a payload equal in size and weight to a mini TV camerand transmitter. It flew, but not well. Norvel .061 power.




‘Everybody’s flown an Extra'and this was mine. From the Goldberg kit and powered by an OS 1.2 Gemini Twin 4-c. I first used the MonoKote-over-SuperCoverite technique to cover it (see my article). Completed in Apr ’93, “Tart” flew many happy flights before ‘dumb thumbs’ forced her into early retirement. In my opinion, no model design flies better than any Extra.




The De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth from the UK Premier kit first flew in Jun ’95; powered by a Saito .91 4-c. The finish was Randolphs Aircraft Dope  over SuperCoverite.  “The Spirit of Longreach” flew in the 1970 commemoration of 70 years service by Qantas, the flag airline of Australia.


Everyone has ONE favorite model of all time; My JN-4C 'Canuck' has to be mine!  "Little Blue" got her name from Skeeter Carlson, the aviator who still pilots his restored JN-4C "Old Blue" out of his own Ox-Meadow Airport in Spokane, WA.  Skeeter and I became good friends as I built her starting from the Proctor kit of the JN-4D, and then modifying her into a Canadian JN-4C. 
Just building this model from the over 4,000 parts is a truly rewarding and satisfying experience.  "Little Blue" has a span of 87" at 1/6th scale and was powered by an ancient exposed-valve OS .75 4-c canted over to blend in with the dummy OX-5 engine.  Covered with SuperCoverite, finished using the same Randolphs Aircraft Dopes Skeeter used, and hand painted livery faithfully replicated "Old Blue".

How did she fly? Just like you would expect an under-powered 1917 aircraft to fly; slow and sluggish! But she sure commanded attention!  Flown first Flown first in Aug ’92, the model was retired and donated to the (Kermit) Weeks Aviation Museum in Miami FL, where she proudly resides today.

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An experiment using the new at the time "Pearl" colors proved they were not hi-vis colors!  The Fun-One did prove to be a fun airplane with its Super Tigre .32 and flaperons.  Jul '91


This T-Tail Q-500 pylon racer powered by a Rossi .40 met a strange fate. Built in July '90, just as interest in local racing events disappeared!  It was hanging in a hobby shop in Miami when Hurricane "Andrew" devastated South Florida that fateful Aug. of '92.  "The Hobby Nut" and the T-tail were both total losses. 



In Oct '88, four of us finished our group project of the Hots Bipes built from the Model Airplane News plans. One of us did parts cuting, one framed all eight wings, I did the fuselages, and another did all of the tail feathers. We then completed them to suit our own standards. An Enya .80 4-c pulled mine with authority, and was also miserly as I discovered one day when the ball socket came off the throttle arm. The engine was at 'slow cruise lean' ~ too slow to have fun and too fast to land. I bored holes for 30 minutes before draining the 14 oz. tank.



I had my introduction to Balsa USA with this Northstar, and I was most pleased with both the quality of the kit and the fast building time. I built it with landing gear, but convertible to water ops. It was a little short on power with an Enya .46 4-c, but when upgraded to the .53 , it flew much better. Unusual flying characteristics, yet quite docile. First flown Mar '89, it was sold to an R/Cer from the Florida Keys who planned on water operations for it.



From the Pilot kit, this quarter scale Decathlon took to the air in May '88. It replicated a real one owned and hangared by a friend at North Perry airport in Hollywood, Florida. Scale docs Consisted of a complete set of photos of the model posed against the aircraft.

Finish was Randolphs Aircraft Dope over SuperCoverite. At 84" and a weight of only 15#, the OS 1.6 Gemini Twin 4-c had an easy job.
By the way, "Marilyn" had "diamonds on the soles of her shoes." This great aerobatic model was a real pussycat to fly!



An early ARF ~~ The E-Z Diablo from Hobby Shack. It flew just fine with its first-generation OS 1.2 4-c, but the engine was cranky and kept throwing props. Excessive vibration was very hard on the cowl attachment latches. Part of the learning curve of early 4-c engines.



The Bel Aire Biplane was built from the kit by Northeast Aerodynamics in May '85. It actually showed the OS .75 4-c engine I used as an option on the plans! This engine was my first exposure to four-strokes, and was one of the very first generation 4-c engines made by OS. It was fascinating watching the exposed valves and rockers in operation. By no means a powerhouse, it was replaced by my OS 1.2 Gemini Twin.



Another Quickie 500 from the Spickler kit. Built in Mar '81 strictly as a fun-to-fly machine, the old K & B .40 pulled it around with great reliability. Just as happy off grass or pavement, this model was used as a tail-dragger trainer by quite a few guys in our group



You know some guys and gals always carry pictures of their pride and joy to show and share (and sometimes bore). Here's a photo of mine.




As Dave Platt was developing his quarter scale model of the Bucker Jungmeister, I was offered the opportunity of building a model from one of the prototype kits. He knew I loved the Bucker from USAF pilot training Class 58-K at Spence AB, Moultrie, GA, where famed aerobatic champion Bevo Howard operated the flight school for the USAF and kept his incredibly agile Jungmeister on base.
I replicated his livery, even down to the history of that aircraft which was written in script on the lower wing. There's a word misspelled on the aircraft, which naturally was duplicated on the model. Can you find that word? The model was completed in May '80 and was Webra .91 powered. It was covered in SuperCoverite with a K & B epoxy finish. 

Bevo later died doing what he loved best - performing at an airshow in his Bucker. After the crash, the airplane was restored and donated to the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.



From an old kit by Joy Products the antique Aeronca C-3 "Flying Bathtub" was powered by a Super Tigre .46, with an old ST cylinder and head added on the opposite side to look like the 36hp twin that powered the original way back in 1936. Colors and markings on my model were like Buck Hilmer's aircraft back when he was in charge of EAA's Antique Classic Division. SuperCoverite with HobbyPoxy finish. "The Tub" lived up to its name when a wing strut failed;the model ended up in the middle of a lake! Built back in '79, the model utilized a Kraft "brick" airborne unit.



The "Tigercat" was the last of the Q-200 pylon racers raced with the Tropic Aeros club down in Miami. The 'glass fuselage was "designed to rules" measuring exactly 4" by 2" in cross section and had two wheels side by side in the fuselage. Inverted V-tail gave ground stability. A TeeDee .049 with Kirn-Kraft parts ran on bladder tank pressure.



The Spickler Q-200 ran around the pylons of the Q-M course. Powered by a TeeDee .049, it flew as easily as its Q-500 big brother.


What a great plane to fly! Even nowadays, it's hard to beat the all around fun of a 60-size Ugly Stik. Don't we all wish we had a buck for every "Ugly" made in every size and variation? This stik was from the era of some experimenting using contact paper as a covering medium. (It actually worked well, but it was heavy). I wore out two sets of wheels and one OS .61FSR with this old friend of mine.
Ugly Stik trivia: Did you know Phil Kraft had his plans for his first Ugly Stik published in Grid Leaks magazine back in May/Jun '66? The plans show a Veco .45 up front surrounded by a round cowl! It also had wheel brakes, a pilot, and a gun. I have a 8-1/2" x 11" set of these plans from a magazine; they can be faxed. 



My first attempt at a Q-500 pylon racer, this Spickler Q- 500 was not competitive, but served me well in club fun fly events powered by its K & B .40 #4011 engine. 'Butcher-block' contact paper was used on the fuselage. 


"The Great Waldo Pepper" started out life as a Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" kit by Joy Products. Some very liberal poetic license 'kinda' made it into a look-alike Standard J-1 as flown in the movie. This 66" span model was flown with a Super Tigre .46 and controlled by a Kraft brick. This very first attempt into 'stand off scale' modeling was back in '78. As I recall, it was covered in Permagloss Coverite and then had yellow dope over the base yellow fabric. Great covering when you crash; you simply pick up an intact bag of parts! Flew like a kite, but everyone stopped to watch nostalgia in action.



From the original Jensen kit, my first Ugly Stik was built as per the plans; even down to the scalloped trailing edges and tri gear. OS .60FSR. The use of transparent MonoKote looked great, but back in '77, some said color choice rather lived up to its namesake.



My second R/C model, this "RCM Trainer" designed by Joe Bridi was the aircraft I first flew solo - under the ever watchful eye of my instructor and friend Gary Palmateer. The BIG EVENT took place some time back in '76 at the Broward County R/C Association's field located at Markham Park near Fort Lauderdale; the field is still in use by R/Cers. An OS 40SFR managed to lug this pretty big model around, but not with great authority! Finish was yellow Coverite Permagloss with Aero Gloss trim. 



"And in the beginning, there was" Yup, my first R/C model! It turned out pretty good and flew fine on an OS .40. Let's just say it wasn't the "ideal trainer" back then in '76 or now. True story: The kit instructions said mount the tank in foam. So I went down to Orange Blossom Hobbies and got some Sig expanding foam, mixed it up, put in the tank compartment, and then tried to hold the tank down while the foam expanded! Don't ask for the results!




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