Patrick Welsch (Plano Illinois; email: email@example.com)
felt the need to scratch build something for the first time after 30
years of flying RC. His 1911 Avro biplane is a sport scale aircraft
with a 60-inch wingspan that weighs 4. 6 pounds. It is powered by
a Magnum four-stroke . 52 engine and is covered with Hangar 9
covering that Patrick sprayed with clear matte paint. He noted that
the wing warping only made the airplane yaw, so he added ailerons.
“I have had lots of compliments on how great it looks in the air,” he
The R/C Dusters’ flying field in Sandwich, Illinois, was the
backdrop for the Avro’s maiden flight.
The Snafuey II, built by Paul Lindewall (Boiling Springs, South
Carolina; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is a 48-inch wingspan
model weighing 3 pounds ready to fly. Power is via an Emax
BL2815/09 brushless motor swinging a Graupner 10 x 5 propeller. The
Snafuey II is covered with UltraCote, with custom graphics courtesy
of Paul’s wife and her crafting machine skills.
Paul noted, “The Snafuey II represents my first attempt at an
aircraft of my own design. Plans were drawn in CAD, and all major
parts were sent out to be laser cut. It features a wing mount that
allows different airfoils to be fitted to the same fuselage. A build
thread can be found on RCGroups at www.rcgroups.com/forums/
Paul Richardson (Annandale, Virginia; email: pavlvsmax@gmail.
com) submitted a photo of his Great Planes Electrifly SPAD XIII. “I
stripped and re-covered the Great Planes Electrifly SPAD to wear
Capt. Reed Chambers’ colors of the famous Hat in the Ring squadron.
Of course, I had to make sure Capt. Chambers had the proper
headgear,” he wrote.
Paul mentioned that the airplane cruises like a trainer, but
dogfights like a true predator. He dogfights with his brother’s S.E. 5
every chance he gets.
The photo was taken on the 18th green of the Bryce Country Club
in Basye, Virginia.
Unusual Electric Airplane
Bill Leppek’s (email: email@example.com) aircraft is
something unusual. Homebuilt and designed as a 36-wingspan
electric model, it initially flew with a three-cell LiPo battery and a 600-
watt motor with a 10 x 7 APC electric propeller. When a ducted-fan
unit from a long-retired Warthog became available, Bill grafted it into
the fuselage, and the first two-motor propeller/ducted-fan airplane
The airplane had to be rebalanced, according to Bill, but now it
flies great and is very fast and lands like a trainer. “The sound is
unlike anything heard before in the RC community,” he wrote. Control
is via a Futaba 2. 4 GHz FASST system.
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