Dave Perrone displays his 1/3-scale
Fokker D.VIII. The aircraft was nicknamed
the Flying Razor by Allied airmen during
the closing months of WW I.
Dave’s electric-powered Fokker flies realistically.
Welcome back. As 2014 comes to an end and the holiday season is upon us, this is a good time
to reflect on the past modeling year and
to think about what’s in store for the
As always, I wish you all a happy,
healthy, and safe holiday. If you have
an interesting project in mind for 2015,
drop me a line and I will be happy to
share it with our readers.
As we are all aware, the proliferation
of electric-powered flying models is
staggering. From miniature indoor
vehicles and BNF foam models to Giant
Scale powerplants, electrics are here to
stay and can be found in abundance at
many of our flying fields. The reasons are
varied and many.
One of the last bastions of RC
modeling to see progress in electric-powered flight is Giant Scale. Once the
domain of large glow- and gasoline-powered engines, batteries, electric
motors, and controller technology now
make flying large models safe, clean, and
efficient. I will share a few examples of
successful electric-powered RC Giants.
1/3-Scale Fokker D.VIII
Dave Perrone of Pittsfield,
Massachusetts, built this nice 1/3-scale
Fokker D.VIII from a Glenn Torrance
Models kit. The model is powered by
an AXI 5360 outrunner electric motor
spinning a 30 x 20 propeller on two six-cell 5,000 mAh LiPo battery packs in
The D.VIII is covered with Glenn
Torrance Models lozenge-pattern fabric
and all markings were hand painted
using acrylic paints. As was the full-scale
aircraft, the wing is completely covered
with aircraft-grade plywood. The model
used 1/64 plywood.
For a little history, the Fokker D.VIII
was the last of the Fokker series to fight
in World War I. It became operational in
the last months of the war and is credited with scoring the last aerial victory of the
war. Nicknamed the Flying Razor by Allied pilots because of its single parasol wing,
the D.VIII was easy to fly and agile. Roughly 380 were built, but only 85 made it to
front line service.
1/3-Scale Morane-Saulnier A- 1
Mike Krug from Manhasset, New York, built his Balsa USA 1/3-scale Morane-Saulnier A- 1. The A- 1 is powered by an AXI 53-60 electric motor and covered in
Solartex. It spans 103 inches with a fuselage length of 68 inches.
109 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015
Electric-powered Giant Scale aircraft
by Sal Calvagna