This is the story of a model of a de Havilland Beaver Mk I, Serial #1, C-FFHB. The first Beaver was
built in 1947 and used as a prototype
and for flight testing. It was later sold
and served as a bush airplane until 1980.
The aircraft is currently on display at the
Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in
The model is 18% scale with a 103-
inch wingspan and weighs 33 pounds.
It is built from a kit by MR Aerodesign
and powered by an O.S. Max 1.20AX
It is controlled with Futaba servos and a
Spektrum receiver. The airplane is fitted
with a muffler from Bisson Custom
Mufflers, Glennis Aircraft wheels, and
a pilot figure by Warbird Pilots. It’s
finished with graphics by Cal-Grafx and
painted with Klass Kote.
The traditional construction includes
laser-cut plywood forming the main
structure. It’s sheeted with 3/32-inch balsa
and covered with fiberglass cloth and
One of the few things that I did not
care for in the kit was the hinges for
the flaps and ailerons. The hinge point
is in the right scale position relative to
the wing, but the parts do not look very
I made my own hinge parts from
0.04- and 0.06-inch aluminum sheeting.
They are bolted to the ribs in the wing,
aileron, and flap. The hinge pin is a 2-56
48 Model Aviation APRIL 2017 www.ModelAviation.com
Turning a kit into a detailed scale model