Chris DePinto (Sorrento, Florida; email: email@example.com)
took this 1/5-scale Great Planes de Havilland Tiger Moth ARF and
converted it from gas power to electric power.
The powerplant consists of an E-flite Power . 90 motor with a
Castle Creations Phoenix Ice 75 ESC, a CC BEC Pro, and four-cell
3,300 mAh Thunder Power batteries. The paint scheme is based
on an actual 1940 Royal Air Force trainer using Klass Kote paint
and paint masks from ModelGrafix. The pilots were created by Lyle
Vasser of Best Pilots. Fellow club member, Bob Barth, re-covered
the aircraft using Solartex to create a vintage cloth-covered look.
Chris wrote: “She flies really beautifully, very scalelike. She
weighs in at close to 13 pounds, which is a few pounds above spec,
but has no trouble hauling the extra weight.”
Bob Temple (Boca Raton, Florida; email: RF T725@comcast.net) built
the Taylorcraft in the top photo from a Wakefield kit in 1940 when he
was 15 years old. He wrote: “It was covered with Japanese tissue plus
many coats of dope. Unfortunately, it was painted green. After a couple
of test flights, I decided to put a little more up-elevator and less rudder
in it. It was found three months later in the woods by deer hunters in a
big pine tree about a mile away from where it was launched.
“The lower photo shows what will be my last plane: a 1/4-scale
Fokker D.VIII powered with a G- 26. It was not an easy plane to build.
Thanks to a couple of my flying buddies’ expertise, the plane turned
out very well. The flying weight is 14 pounds. I am looking forward to
cooler weather here in south Florida before the first flight.”
J.D. Moore (Granbury, Texas; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
submitted a photo of this model to MA.
This 1/6-scale Pica Waco is covered with Super Coverite fabric.
Power comes from a Magnum . 91 four-stroke glow engine.
Doug Stolz (Benzonia, Michigan; email: Tanya_2@sbcglobal.net)
built this 80-inch version of Fred Lehmberg’s Feather Merchant FF
design from a set of plans obtained at a swap meet.
The Feather Merchant is modified to be electric powered and to
have radio assist. An A XI 2820/8 motor swings a 10 x 5 propeller with
a Spektrum DX7 to control the rudder, elevator, and throttle. Covering
is Hangar 9 transparent UltraCote. All-up weight is 4. 5 pounds.
“The light weight, generous wing area and undercambered
airfoil provides for a leisurely, powered flight and glide—great
characteristics if you like to fly while sitting in your lawn chair,” wrote
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