Augie Palladino and
his Yellow Aircraft
Razorback P- 47.
Wayne Reynolds kneels behind his Royal
Aircraft Factory B.E.2e.
The model spans nearly 89 inches,
with a fuselage length of nearly 64
inches. It has 1,500 square inches of
wing area with an all-up weight of
23 to 28 pounds, depending on the
powerplant installed. It is designed for
a 35cc and up two-stroke gas engine or
the equivalent in glow power.
The full-scale Junkers D.I is a
monoplane from late in the war. It
was an all-metal aircraft, built with
corrugated aluminum. The D.I was
significant in that it was the first all-metal fighter to enter service.
The Junkers D.I first flew in
September 1917, and subsequent flight
testing showed it lacked sufficient
maneuverability to be a frontline fighter,
but it was adequate for naval fighter
units. One example survives in the
Museum of Air and Space in Paris.
Of course, the Junkers D- 1 from
Balsa USA is not metal, but it certainly
looks the part. You can
have your own 1/4-scale
version by ordering one
through Balsa USA.
The company’s contact
information is listed in
Wayne Reynolds, of
Bath, New York, built
this unusual 1917 Royal
Aircraft Factory B.E.2e in
a Norwegian scheme. The
O.S. . 91 four-stroke glow engine sporting
a functional B.E. 2 exhaust system.
One of the great details of this model
is the scale camera mounted on the side
of the fuselage. The model is covered
The full-scale B.E. 2 was an early
biplane from 1912 and continued in
service until the end of the war. It was
an extremely stable platform, making
it a poor fighter, but an excellent
reconnaissance aircraft, light bomber,
and aerial photography platform.
Yellow Aircraft P- 47
Augie Palladino, of Smithtown, New
York, is pictured with his Yellow Aircraft
Razorback P- 47. The model is powered
by a Zenoah G- 62 gas engine using a
Tony Clark 90° carburetor mount so
that the Walbro carburetor fits within
the cowl for a clean-looking installation.
The model is painted with exterior
latex paint and finished in Lt. J. T.
Curtiss’ 394th Fighter Squadron, 9th Air
Force Poutin Poot color scheme.
The Republic P- 47, built on Long
Island, New York, is one of the largest
single-engine fighters in history. It was
armed with eight .50-caliber machine
guns and excelled in ground-attack
fighter bomber roles.
1/3-Scale Balsa USA Fokker D-VII
Paul Westrich, of Cincinnati, is
pictured with his Bob Cole-built Balsa
USA 1/3-scale Fokker D-VII finished
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