David Muchmore (Lancaster, Pennsylvania; email: dmuchmore@
gmail.com) built this 38-inch World War I Sopwith Pup from plans
created by combining various pictures and construction drawings.
The Pup is guided by an Airtronics radio and receiver and various
servos control the surfaces via cord used from leather stitching. The
same cord provides functional rigging. David duplicated the original
airfoil and used the metal strip from the top of a hanging file folder to
strengthen the main spars without adding bulk. Aluminum tubing was
used for the struts and light plywood with balsa created the cowling.
The first takeoff and landing demonstrated that the landing gear
needed to be moved forward. David looks forward to many more
flights with his Sopwith Pup.
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Darrell Lindner (Ashland, Ohio; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
scratch-built his 72-inch wingspan Bf 109.
The model was built using Coroplast material, a 4-inch square
plastic tube backbone, and Krylon spray paint. An easy-starting
Quadra . 50 engine was used to power the 17-pound aircraft. Darrell’s
Bf 109 was completed with flaperons and a bomb drop.
Jeffery Fiscus (Bridgeport, West Virginia; email: fwjeff@ymail.
com) scratch-built an Fw 190.
Futaba radio equipment controls this 89-inch wingspan model
powered by a DLE- 60 twin. It took Jeffery three years to build the Fw
190, which includes a full-detail cockpit, wheels, and flaps, as well as
retracts and a dummy engine behind the functional cooling fan.
The scratch-built main retracts have electric drives from Down
and Locked and include functional retraction arms. The inner gear
doors are driven with cables and pulleys as was the full-scale aircraft.
“Prior to building the model, I spent 10 years making a scale
drawing of the aircraft, which includes the entire exterior, interior,
and structure, as well as all of the equipment installed in the aircraft,”
Dennis De Weese (email: email@example.com) sent in this
photo of his Ziroli Skyraider.
The Skyraider uses a DA- 85 engine for power with a Futaba radio
for control. The completed model weighs 40 pounds.
Dennis wrote: “Thought you’d like a picture of a man and his plane
and his wife … love them both (wife first).”
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