The Quadruplane now sports this scratch-built, inline, four-cylinder engine,
giving the nose a finished look. Rob plans to add some cockpit details.
The Polyspan and dope finish of the author’s whimsical McGuire
Quadruplane glows as it floats by in the winter sun. Rob expertly handled
the flying while Thayer worked the camera.
good use of the unseasonably warm
weather that weekend, enjoying the
warm calm of a late afternoon at a local
ball field as if it were September. The sun
dropped below the horizon as we lost
track of time, laughing like kids as we
flogged the pattern.
Much like those two unknown fliers
who inspired me nearly 40 years ago,
small, simple models. Much has changed
in the ensuing years. The most obvious
difference is that Rob and I are now
flying with near-silent electric power
instead of the hypnotic Cox drone of our
Later that evening, we realized that
our flying session had been a perfect
example of what this hobby was all
about—creating memories with friends
that had nothing to do with the cost or
complexity of our airplanes.
Rob and I are both builders, and so it
was equally important that these were
original models. Sure, we could have had
fun flying anything that day, but having
designed and built our models was the
Wing Area: 800 sq. in.
64. 7 in.
4. 8 - 5.0 lbs.
SIGRC109EPARFB - (White / Trans. Blue)
SIGRC109EPARFR - ( White / Trans. Red)
Designed for Electric Power
400 - 700 watt motor
Magnetic Hatch for quick
access to battery compartment
Two-Piece Wing Design
for easy transport
Painted aluminum main landing
gear with fiberglass wheel pants
built and ready for final assembly
SIG Mfg. Co., Inc.
401South Front St. • POBox520 • Montezuma,IA 50171-0520 • www.sigmfg.com • 641-623-5154
AROUND THE PATCH