Contender . 60
Herman Burton (Seabrook, Texas; email: hermanburton@comcast.
net) built his Contender . 60 from a Top Flite kit.
With a long and deep dorsal fin to go with the long, tall tail fin, this
airplane flies exceptionally well. Herman built the optional operational
flap, and that feature allows him to fly off of short runways.
The Contender is powered by an O.S. FS81 four-stroke engine and
has all Futaba equipment. Its color scheme was duplicated from the
model shown on the kit’s box. The bright white MonoKote covering
and Chartpak tape panel lines show up well against the black asphalt
runway of the Johnson Space Center Radio Control Club’s runway.
Romi Lucas (Peyton, Colorado; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
built this airplane modeled after the Park Zone F- 27 Stryker.
Romi wrote: “My model has a 71-inch wingspan and weighs about
11 pounds. This model has functional rudders and fixed landing gear.
It is powered by two E-flite [Power] 32 brushless electric motors on
the final version. [It has a] pusher/puller setup. I named it the Razor.
The flight characteristics are smooth and stable. It takes off in about
50 feet, and landings are very gentle with no stall tendencies.”
Bob Bingen (Elk Grove, California; email: email@example.com)
built the larger Jerry’s Big Boy (on the left) nearly 20 years ago from a
Morris Hobbies kit. It is powered by an O.S. . 91 motor.
The smaller Jerry’s Big Boy is scratch-built to half the size of the
large model. It is electric powered with an AXI brushless motor. Both
models are great, slow fliers and fairly aerobatic.
Lou Goldberg (Jackson, Tennessee) built this 80.5-inch wingspan
Zero from World Models.
The Zero uses an O.S. 1.60FX nitro engine and a Hitec Eclipse
transmitter with Futaba 2. 4 GHz plug-in module. The model also
has a Dymond FASS T after-market receiver, Robart retracts, and a
Richard Foot built the Zero, but never flew it. Lou, a full-scale pilot
and lifetime modeler, bought the model and finished all the electronics
and engine, along with adding 3 pounds of lead to balance the model.
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