The Navion’s left front quarter.
This three-view drawing gives you an idea of where to position yourself for the eight-point walk
around. Take all of the detail shots that you want.
a Saito three-cylinder engine, and all of
the electronics. The winner only needed
to add gas and it was ready to fly!
Cessna C-165 Airmaster Update
I’ve been looking at the photos that I
have of the Cessna and trying to figure
out some of the mounts, brackets,
hinges, and the dummy radial. I’ve
seen a few models with a dummy
engine that came from a Super
Stearman ARF. It’s not correct for this
airframe’s nine cylinders.
I wanted to photograph the full-scale
aircraft up close and get all of the detail
shots that I needed—especially the door,
cockpit interior, aileron, rudder, and
elevator hinges. The full-scale pilot of
this Cessna, Vernon, told me he planned
to have it at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
Amazingly, I had no plans that week
(July 25-31), so we were able to get
together! Check out the digital edition
of my column for more information
about photographing a subject aircraft.
Taking photos at EAA AirVenture
Many aeromodelers, especially Scale
modelers, dream about going to EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, at
least once. Others try to attend as often
as possible, even if they have to skip
other events to make the trip. If there is
a holy site for all forms of aviation, it has
to be AirVenture.
AirVenture is held each year at the
end of July. The wonder of Oshkosh
is a combination of the sheer number
and incredible variety of aircraft that
show up each year. None of this would
be possible without the large army of
volunteers that makes it all happen.
I worked at the event for several years
with Jim Parker, doing flyby operations.
Because this is one of the largest
aviation events in the world, it attracts
people worldwide in huge numbers.
Most know the event simply as
Oshkosh. For many modelers, the lure
is meeting the pilots and seeing aircraft
perform in daily air shows. Others tend
to check out the aircraft at the seaplane
base, take the bus back to the classic and
antique section, or trek to the warbird
section at the north end of the airport.
To photograph airplanes while you are
there, you need a strategy so you can get
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