a new model
by Gene Smith
T he 2014 One-Design gas model is the Midwest Fortastrop early Nostalgia model. Only early
Nostalgia-legal engines are permitted.
Plans are available from the National
Free Flight Society (NFFS) Plans
Service for $7. Order plan number 255.
Campbell’s Custom Models has a short
kit. BMJR Models offers a full kit.
Bill Schmidt drew the plans for his 21-
inch wingspan Vindicator. Four strands
of 1/8-inch rubber are used to power the
8-inch Paulownia wood propeller. After
being covered with Peck Japanese tissue
and finished with nontautening nitrate
dope, the model weighed 1. 5 ounces.
The Vindicator used the P&W
R-1535 twin Wasp Junior double-row,
14-cylinder engine. It was the same type
of engine Howard Hughes used in his
H- 1 Racer.
Reese Otts built his 20-inch wingspan
Allied Sport from the Golden Age
Reproductions combination kit, which
includes both the Allied Sport and the
Fairchild 24 Dime Scale model. He
elected to use a 53/4-inch red plastic
Reese was pleased with the kit’s
tissue. He preshrank the tissue and used
one light coat of Krylon Crystal Clear
for the finish.
Reese is a prolific builder and a
frequent contributor to the Free Flight
Cookup group on Yahoo. The online
group always has a couple of group
builds called “cookups” in progress.
Check them out and join the fun.
Pat Murray is a talented builder
and flier. He will not shirk from a
incredible Beriev patrol
bomber. Chris Starleaf, noted
for spectacular models,
brought the Beriev to my attention.
Pat began this project by purchasing a
Masterkit 1/72-scale model of the Beriev.
When he saw its long, twin nacelles he
was hooked. He scanned the three-views
and put the scan into AutoCAD.
He spent several days outlining
the three-view and adding the model
structure. A minor glitch developed in
the enlarging process. Intended to span
36 inches, the plans ended up with a
371/4-inch wingspan. That placed the
model into the Jumbo-size Flying Aces
The build was standard and quick
with two exceptions: the nacelles and
the wing/fuselage joint. Pat tried using
balsa sheet tubes for the front part of
the nacelles but was unhappy with the
While on a trip to Houston, Pat found
some thin basswood strips that curved
perfectly around a form he carved from
foam. The resulting structure was light
and firm with plenty of room for the
rubber motor. There are no traditional
formers, only thin strips of basswood
with the longerons glued directly to
The other problem area was the wing
fuselage joint. Pat
had to enlarge
some of the
mating ribs, and
then sand them to
the correct shape.
his flight testing
before any finish
or the addition
of scale details.
He usually tries
to complete the
model, and then
trims it for flight.
gets lucky and
it before it is
want to take that
chance with the
The Vindicator is
a great FF Scale
subject. It has
good wing area and
moments. Photo by
Pat Murray deserves to be proud of his Jumbo
twin Beriev. It looks great and flies well.
Photo by Chris Starleaf.
The Allied Sport
lines and is a
build from a
kit. Photo by
126 Model Aviation MARCH 2014