Charlie Hynes (Long Beach, California; email: jetguy1122@yahoo.
com) built this Advanced Scale Models F7F- 3 Tigercat that he got
from a friend in San Diego.
The Tigercat is an electric conversion of a glow-powered ARF
using ElectriFly 1. 60 motors, Great Planes 80-amp ESCs and nine-cell,
6,400 mAh LiPo battery packs to power the Master Airscrew 16 x 10
three-blade propellers. The landing gear, also from Master Airscrew,
is operated with Hitec HS- 53 servos on the gear doors and a retract
valve with a HobbyKing Gear and Door Sequencer.
Charlie added LED lights, including Xenon strobe lights on the
wingtips. The all-up weight is 22 pounds, including the full-body GI
Joe pilot in World War II dress. Other modifications include cutting
the ailerons down to scale and adding outboard flaps.
Tom Sosnowski (Goreville, Illinois; email: tgsosnowski@gmail.
com) built his Banshee RC Aerobatics airplane from an original J&J
The model is covered with MonoKote and powered by an O.S.
65AX. The radio and servos are Futaba. The Banshee weighs six
“This is a great-flying, fast, very aerobatic plane. The original
plane was designed and flown by Jim Martin,” wrote Tom.
U.S. Navy N3N
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kikta (Lothian, Maryland; email:
email@example.com) built this N3N over a nine-month period. Because
there was not an N3N kit available that was large enough, he took a
Great Planes P T- 17 and modified it.
Mark designed the P T- 17 to have the N3N tail design, which is a
larger rudder and a more rounded horizontal stabilizer moved up into
the rudder from the fuselage. The landing gear features plain struts
with oleos and links.
The wings were modified with shorter ailerons on the lower wing
and the same type on the top wing. Other scale details include the
round cockpit shape, built-in ladders and steps on the side of the
fuselage, scale cockpits with one pilot in the rear seat, simulated
metal panels, screws and rivets, and simulated rib stitching covered
with Solartex and latex paint.
Mark’s N3N weighs 17 pounds and is powered by an E-flite Power
110. Control is provided by a Spektrum radio and Hitec servos.
Dennis Hernandez (Bellmore, New York; email: linden0414@
yahoo.com) wrote: “Here is a photo of my scratch-built [model] from
enlarged Proctor plans (plus changes to make it more accurate)
with my 13-month son, Demarco, who seems to be getting ready for
a flight at the Long Island Warbirds in Manorville, New York. The
aircraft is controlled by an Airtronics RDS 8000, has a Solartex and
latex finish, and is powered by a Zenoah G23. It flies like a Piper Cub.
And no, Demarco didn’t get to fly it!”
84 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015