The father-and-son team of Dan and Evan Gaston competed in RC. Evan finished
second in Fun Scale Novice with his Aichi Val from Skyshark RC.
This beautiful B-17G, in the colors of the historic Nine-O-Nine, was
built by Mike Grady and flown by David Payne. Powered by four electric
motors, the model was impressive up close and in the air. It placed
first in Team Scale.
A close-up of the detail on the 138-inch
wingspan B-17G Nine-O-Nine.
Photos by the author
scores alone, which was a big disappointment for
the CL fliers.
Many accomplished Scale modelers came to
compete, including Greg Hahn, Mike Barbee,
Dennis Crooks, Steve Eagle, John Brodak, Allen
Goff, and Ed Mason.
Several aircraft stood out, including the B-17G
entered in Team Scale on its first outing. The
team consisted of builder Mike Grady and pilot
David Payne controlling the sticks. The 138-inch
bomber had the most complete interior I’ve seen
on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Mike used a WingSpan Models kit and his
primary construction materials were fiberglass
and wood. He added Hacker A- 60 electric
motors and controlled it with a Spektrum DX18
radio. The model’s weathering details really
stood out. Its rubbed aluminum panels appeared
to be worn and scuffed. The model’s interior
even featured scale “cheesecake” posters in the
radio room area.
Greg Hahn brought his new P- 47
Thunderbolt, built from Nick Ziroli plans. The
big Thunderbolt, with a 92-inch wingspan,
was of fiberglass and wood construction. The
extremely detailed cockpit had a sliding canopy.
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