Baron’s brother, Lothar von Richthofen.
I gathered the paints for the different
color scheme and applied them with a
brush. That’s the way it was done during
World War I.
When I was ready for the markings, I
made the cross templates and cut them
out. I used a #2 pencil with a dull tip
and carefully traced the outline on the
airplane. I first added the black, then
finished the white outlines with a fine,
stiff, small artist brush. Holding your
breath with each brushstroke is a good
idea. It steadies the hands.
I enjoyed reading about George
Maiorana’s C-133A Cargomaster
featured in the October issue of MA.
It is an impressive aircraft, especially
because it was almost entirely scratch-built.
George has constructed several large
multiengine airplanes throughout
the years, but now exclusively builds
electric-powered aircraft. Take a look
at the Cargomaster’s building process
on the National Association of Scale
Aeromodelers (NASA) Flickr photo
site, listed in “Sources.” There are more
than 1,000 photos of the 51/2-year
Another modeler who has been
busy is Guy Forshey, who scratch-built a 1/4-scale Aeronca 15AC Sedan.
He drew his own plans and gave the
aircraft a 1121/2-inch wingspan. The
project took 16 months to build and
features the full-scale airplane’s 1949
Guy said that the Aeronca is unique
because the full-scale aircraft had
an all-aluminum wing, a steel tube
and fabric fuselage, and tail surfaces.
Production of the 15AC Sedan ceased
in 1951, which marked the end of
manufacturing small airplanes for
The model is built from balsa and
plywood, and the wings are finished
with 1/2-ounce fiberglass cloth and
resin. The fuselage and tail sections
are built into a balsa framework and
covered with Sig Koverall.
The entire aircraft was painted with
Klass Kote epoxy. Panel lines, rivets,
and pinked tape add to the airplane’s
realism. The instrument panel was
crafted as accurately as possible to
simulate that of the full-scale aircraft.
Guy finished the model with
fiberglass cloth and resin, and formed
the cowling and wheel pants using the
Styrofoam and plaster method. He
added an O.S. 1. 60 two-stroke engine
for power and uses a Futaba seven-channel 2. 4 GHz radio system.
Check out the additional photos
in the online version of this column
on the MA website. Thanks, Guy, for
sharing with us.
Fair skies and tailwinds.
NASA photos on Flickr
MA Digital Library
107 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014