Tom Poole’s granddaughter, Audrey
Poole, and the 97-inch wingspan
Another view of Tom’s Monocoupe shows its tail
surfaces, scalelike lights, and bracing.
This year’s Mint Julep Scale Meet will be held May 19-21 at the Rough River Dam State Resort Park
in Falls of Rough KY. Information about the event is on the NASA website.
Tom Poole’s Monocoupe features a scratch-built
This view of Tom Poole’s Monocoupe shows the
access hatch made to access the wing bolts.
It’s now flying season in most parts of the country, and Scale fly-ins and warbird or Dawn Patrol events are
popping up. As Scale modelers, we have
many activities from which to choose.
This year, I plan to attend a few
regular events, but I also want to go to
a warbird gathering, as well as a Dawn
Patrol event. I enjoyed the Coffee
Airfoilers Model R/C Club’s Warbird
Fly-In in Tullahoma, Tennessee, last year,
and hope to see those pilots again.
I’ve been lucky enough to receive
photos of several completed models in
the past few months. This time, Tom
Poole sent me some photos and statistics
about his latest project.
The Monocoupe was built from
an older Ikon N’wst kit that is no
longer available. The 97-inch model is
covered with Solortex, which he clear
coated for the exterior. The skylight is
removable to access the wing bolts for
the outer panels. The dummy engine
was constructed using Williams Brothers
cylinder heads, parts, and balsa.
Aerobatic Monocoupes were used
in the 1930s and later as racers and
aerobatic trainers. Tom has been working
on this one on and off for approximately
five years. He’s looking forward to
putting in its test flights. The model is
powered by a Zenoah G26—the same
engine that Tom had in his Piper Tri-Pacer. This aircraft will be much more
Tom belongs to the Greater Pittsburgh
Aero Radio Control Society.
Remembering Skip Mast
The late Skip Mast added so much
to the world of Scale modeling through
his design work, competition, and
friendship. The following is from a
fellow friend and Scale modeler, Cliff
“Sadly, our model aviation community
has lost another internationally well-known Scale builder, flier, and friend.
Flying season is here
by Stan Alexander
93 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com