Summertime and new kits
Where does the time go? We are more than halfway through the year. I hope you
have been enjoying some great small-field flying so far this season.
For some of us who live in hotter
climates, this season can also be a
building period if you have access to a
nice, air-conditioned workshop. If that
is your good fortune, I have some new
kits that may be worth considering.
First is a nice Kawasaki Ki- 61
Tony from Paul Kohlmann. Paul has
developed several Scale models that
are perfect for the small-field flier.
They are built-up balsa structures
reminiscent of classic FF stick-and-tissue models.
Paul’s Tony has a wingspan of
32 inches. With a two-cell, 1,000
mAh LiPo pack and a Hobby King
Hextronik 24-gram 1,700 Kv motor
up front (see the “Sources” listing), the
Tony has a flying weight of slightly
more than 9 ounces. It’s a perfect
setup for enjoying some nice, scale
model flying in your small-field venue.
Paul’s Ki- 61 is offered as a kit by
Manzano Laser Works.
Paul Kohlmann’s Kawasaki Ki- 61 Tony is offered by Manzano Laser Works as a kit.
small fields. Check the BMJR website
for kit availability.
ounces. It is powered by a Suppo
2212/10 motor from RC Hot Deals.
Great work, John.
Paul Bradley’s Turnaround 325
If you are looking for a model with
more aerobatic performance, I can
suggest one that I have enjoyed for
several months. It is my own design
and will be offered as a kit from BMJR
Models. It is called the Turnaround
325 and has a 43.5-inch wingspan
with a flying weight of 27 ounces.
The Turnaround 325 uses a motor,
such as the E-flite Park 450, turning a
10 x 7 electric propeller. A three-cell
LiPo battery pack in the 2,200 mAh-size range is used to power the motor.
The model can perform any non-3-D
maneuver within the confines of our
John Kunte’s Nice Spitfire
John Kunte, from Rome,
Pennsylvania, sent me some photos
of his nicely built Spitfire. The model
was crafted from Mark Rittinger plans
published in Model Airplane News.
John’s Spitfire has a 43-inch
wingspan and a flying weight of 29
Ron Sims’ Obscure Model Aircraft
Something you don’t commonly see at
your local field—but dedicated aviation
enthusiasts may be aware of—is the
British Miles M. 22. I had not heard of
this rare concept aircraft until I received
a note from my friend, Ron Sims.
Right: The Turnaround 325 is a small-field
aerobatic model designed by the author and
will be a BMJR Models kit.
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