John Cole’s 123-inch de Havilland D.H.1a is scratch-built from his own plans. An
in-line, six-cylinder Moki engine, barely visible beneath the handmade dummy
Beardmore engine, pushes it through the air.
C. David Pippen, from Albany CA, adorned his Hanriot HD- 1 in a Belgian
Air Force scheme. Stenciled on the turtledeck in Latin is a phrase that
loosely translates to “You may not attack me with impunity.”
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championship and inside the digital edition/app.
Mike Brewer, from Astoria, Oregon, flew a lovely low-wing Ercoupe. He garnered sixth place in the Expert
class with this 110-inch wingspan, gas-powered,
Pilot Curtis Kitteringham and builder Ron Peterka
grabbed the third spot in the Team class with a 98-
inch wingspan, scratch-built Stinson SR- 5 Reliant.
This model features a scale interior and is based on a
full-scale aircraft that was previously on display at the
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex.
It looked fantastic in the air and captured the nostalgia
associated with airplanes from this period in aviation
This was the first Scale Masters event that I have
attended. In my 30 years of modeling, I have yet to feel the urge
to compete. Having seen articles throughout the years covering
this contest, my perception was always that it was beyond my
abilities as a self-proclaimed “Average Joe” modeler. After all,
many of the aircraft used in the competition and seen in the
event photos feature an extreme level of scale detail and realism
and are built and flown by some of the best pilots.
My perception that this event is only for advanced modelers
was wrong! The competition is designed so that both expert
and novice Scale modelers—and everyone in between—can
The atmosphere at the Scale Masters Championships
was friendly and relaxed. Although I am certainly not Mel
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Santmyers or Dylan Baltazar, I am a passionate modeler who
loves the sight of a Scale model in flight.
Perhaps you also are drawn to scale realism. Will you consider
joining the ranks next year? Don’t be surprised if you see me
there too, making my bid to qualify in the ProAm/Sportsman
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