Above: Ron Bouchard’s
interpretation of Fred
Randall’s Golden Era
60 biplane sits framed
on his workbench.
Want one of your own?
Plans number 1025 is
available from the AMA
Left: Note the
simulated Venturi tube
that acts as a handle
for opening the battery
Peter Hosek built this jig for gluing scarf joints based on a column in the
June 2014 issue of Model Aviation.
Sharing the love
It is always great to hear from people who read this column. I like seeing what you are up to and sharing it with other eaders.
Ron Bouchard wrote to share with us his latest winter
project, Fred Randall’s Golden Era 60 biplane. This beauty
was originally featured in the February 2009 issue of Model
Aviation, and the plans are available through the AMA Plans
Service as plans number 1025. I believe Ron started with a
laser-cut kit from Creative Hobbies.
“I had hoped to have it completed by the NEAT [Northeast
Electric Aircraft Technology] Fair, but that is looking further
and further from reality at this point. Maybe next year, unless
some miracle takes place between now and then, but my
honey-do list keeps getting in the way!
“My version will be electric, powered by an Atlas 4030/12
60-size motor, with a 100 [amp] ESC and power from a 5S
4,000 mAh pack. The upper wing measures 55. 25 inches
and the lower 49. 25 inches. The weight as you see it now
is 6. 5 [pounds] with the motor, ESC, and battery pack all
“In Fred’s article, he said his inspiration for the model was
the Knight Twister, a picture of which he first saw in an Air
Trails magazine back in 1938, when he was a kid. With that in
mind, my pilot bust will need to be larger. I never realized how
small that plane was until I searched it on Google.”
Ron, thanks so much for sharing your model with us! This is
a popular design that has a lot of appeal for Golden Age fans.
Your project clearly exemplifies the enjoyment garnered while
building your own model and the opportunity that adding a
little creativity offers.
Your electric conversion is intriguing and I look forward to
seeing it at the NEAT Fair, if not this year, then next year. It
looks like it is coming along nicely and as long as you’re having
fun in the workshop, it doesn’t really matter when it flies.
I especially like Ron’s battery hatch. That is a nice, neat
cutout, and the use of the Venturi as a handle is a nice touch!
Presumably Ron is planning a magnetic catch for the cover
plate, which should work out well given the lack of vibration
with an electric power system. It’s the little details such as this
that set a personal project apart from mass-produced models.
Jordan Segal wrote to thank me for my column in the
January 2015 Model Aviation. He had been looking for a small
milling vise to complement a small mill he purchased a couple
of years ago, and had forgotten about checking Sherline. That’s
nice to hear because I use my Sherline equipment all the time
and I think it is an ideal size for most of our machining needs.
Being able to easily move and store tools under the workbench
if needed is a huge bonus for workshops with limited space.
Although a few of my friends chided me for my scarf-joint jig (in the June 2014 issue), I heard from Peter Hosek,
who sketched and built his own version and reports that it is
working flawlessly. We went back and forth a few times via
email as I helped him with a few questions, so it was nice to
see that he was successful in his efforts.
I have found that while dedicated to just a single building
task, I do tend to use this tool quite frequently. I expect that
Peter will find the same.
92 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2015 www.ModelAviation.com
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