stands out with
its red and
built a nice
by Gene Smith
In my March 2016 column, I mentioned that the aircraft in the Flying Aces Club (FAC) Embryo
event had a maximum wingspan of 16
inches. That is incorrect. There is no
wingspan limit on the Embryo, but there
is a wing area limit of 50 square inches.
Thanks to those who pointed this out.
Piper PA- 16 Clipper
Mike Welshans built another model
from plans in Mike Nassise’s Tailspin
newsletter. It’s a Piper PA- 16 Clipper.
He built the model for FAC Modern
Age Civil Scale, but added enough
details to make it FAC Scale-worthy at
local contests. The weight of this 20-
inch wingspan model without rubber is
32. 9 grams.
For simplicity, Mike used an 8-inch
GizmoGeezer freewheeling propeller
assembly. The neat convex hubcaps are
made from wet 80-pound watercolor
paper stretched over a large marble and
dried overnight. The unique markings
are Danish. The red and white should
show up well on the field.
Phil Thomas built a nice Douglas
A-26K Invader from modified Comet
plans. He enlarged the horizontal
stabilizer, lightened the fuselage formers,
used cracked-rib wing construction,
increased the dihedral, added tip tanks
carved from hollowed, lightweight balsa,
and vacuum-formed the canopy.
The 6-inch Peck Polymers propellers
rotate counterclockwise. Both propellers
have downthrust—the right one more
than the left. The right propeller also has
some right thrust to tame the torque.
Phil started with two loops of 1/8
rubber, roughly 15 inches long. The
finish is Model Master acrylic paint
brushed on with a camel hair brush. The
airplane he is modeling had no national
insignia. At the time of this writing, the
model was awaiting its first test flights.
Volaré Short Kits
George Bredehoft, of Volaré Products,
has produced an amazing variety of
short kits during the last two years.
Among those are the Cessna Centurion
and Turbo Stallion No-Cal Short Kits.
These are designed for outdoor flying.
You supply the 1/16-inch square
balsa sticks, the motor stick, propeller,
propeller hook and bearing, and a little
wire for the rear rubber hook. Volaré
Products provides the plans and a laser-cut sheet of balsa parts.
These models should perform well in
your local park. I wouldn’t be surprised
if they were competitive in a contest as
Super Pearl E-222
Bob Sowder sent along a picture of
his Super Pearl E-222, intended for the
E- 36 event. The model has a 35-inch
wingspan and 222 square inches of wing
area. With an onboard tracker, Bob’s
version weighs 158 grams, which should
give excellent performance.
Don DeLoach designed the model
around the powerful Red Max motor,
resulting in a fast-climbing contest
model. The versatile model can be flown
127 Model Aviation JULY 2016