Shown are the bare bones of the author’s
1/4-scale Pietenpol Air Camper. It’s framed up,
but there’s more to do on the center section
before he installs the radio gear and covers
the model. The author used a variety of glues
including thick CA, 30-minute epoxy, 5-minute
epoxy, and Elmer’s wood glue
Looking forward to a great
year of building and flying
by Stan Alexander
By now you’ve probably renewed your AMA and club memberships, and you may have been working on that next Scale beauty you plan to fly this pring.
It’s time to think about attending trade shows such as the Toledo R/C Expo
(held April 4-6 this year) and others across the country, as well as smaller
regional events. Even if it’s cold outside where you live, there is plenty of Scale
modeling to do. Let’s get going! Are you ready to test-fly that new airplane?
Pietenpol Air Camper
I finally have the airframe ready to cover and have been looking at the cowling,
which will be made from balsa and plywood and covered with fiberglass cloth.
This makes a strong cowl and I hope it will look similar to the full-scale aircraft.
There are many Air Camper color schemes from which to choose. Many are
here in the US, as well as in the United Kingdom and Europe. Some I like and
some I don’t want to use on a model.
The aircraft is a floater and will putter around the patch on little fuel. I hope
the O.S. four-cycle 72 will be enough to power it. When it flies, it will be on
Getting the framework finished and all of the bits put together makes me
excited to get the model in the air. We are still knee-deep in winter as I write
this, so I’m anticipating flying this summer.
All of the servos are installed including the ailerons, which are mounted on a
piece of 1/8-inch plywood located in the bottom of each wing panel. I’m working
on the interior as well as adding
detail parts, but I’m waiting until the
weather breaks to paint.
Finding suitable, fuelproof silver
paint proved to be a problem, but I
finally settled on Top Flite paint that
matches the company’s MonoKote.
The silver perfectly matches that of
the full-scale Air Camper.
World War I
Because 2014 is the 100th
anniversary of the beginning of World
War I, it will be interesting to see how
many special Dawn Patrol events will
be held. Thinking of that brings the
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, located in
Rhinebeck, New York, to mind.
There are plenty of Scale events to
attend this year and some are also full-scale gatherings that offer modelers
opportunities to get up close to
some vintage airplanes. The Antique
109 Model Aviation APRIL 2014