M.E.N. Piper Cub
Stan French (Lake Tapps, Washington; email: stanconniefrench@q.
com) purchased this Model Engineering of Norwalk (M.E.N.) Piper
Cub in 1979 and constructed it as a three-channel (rudder, elevator,
and throttle) airplane. He restored it after 37 years by converting it to
a five-channel bush aircraft.
The 72-inch wingspan all-wood kit was re-covered in Coverite 21st
Century Cub Yellow fabric and features an undercambered airfoil. He
added flaps and ailerons in the wings. Stan powers it with an Emax
BL4020 Kv outrunner motor turning a Falcon 14 x 8E Beechwood
electric propeller. Control is with a Hitec Aurora 9X radio and a Hitec
Optima 6 receiver.
“After about six landings and takeoffs, I feel great that it flies the
way it should and looks so good in the air,” Stan wrote. “After 37
years, it was good to see the old bird back in the air again, and I look
forward to the next flight.”
Byron Pitts Special
John Grimes (Antioch, Illinois; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
built his 1979 Byron Models Pitts Special in 2015. The aircraft was
painted entirely from a can and has the original Byron decals. It
is powered by a DLE-55RA engine, Turnigy servos, and a 22-inch
carbon-fiber propeller, and features a Sullivan Skywriter smoke
David Pretto’s (St. Louis, Missouri; email: email@example.com)
Great Planes Extra 300S was finished in red, white, and blue
MonoKote and took five months to build. “The graphics theme
was to create the illusion of a 125 four-stroke engine with a Hitec
Aurora 9 transmitter and a six-channel receiver,” he wrote. All
Hitec servos were used, and the pilot was molded and painted to
David reported that the Extra 300S flies extremely well because
the engine is a great powerhouse for the aircraft.
1940 R/C- 1
Lyman Slack ( firstname.lastname@example.org) sent in a photo of a 1940 R/C-
1 for his friend, John Castronover (Gainsville, Florida). The futuristic
model was designed and flown by Ben Shereshaw in 1940. It was the
first RC model aircraft kit that was offered to modelers. With a 10-foot
wingspan, it carried up to 5 pounds of radio gear and was powered
by a Forster . 99 engine.
John’s aircraft uses an AXi motor for power and is finished in
Berkley silk and Aero Gloss dope. The R/C- 1 was a joint project, with
logistics by Lyman and the model being built and flown by John. In
the photo, John holds the R/C- 1 on the day of its maiden flight at the
Flying Gators RC Airfield in Archer, Florida.
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