Welcome to Barnstormers! We would like to share with you a variety of model photos submitted by the readers of Flying Models. We'd love to feature your models, too. Instructions on how to submit your photos can be found at the bottom of this article!
Blackburn Skua by David G. Terrell
"My Blackburn Skua, a sport scale model of a RAF dive bomber of the 1930s, ready for first flight. This is a slightly-enlarged, Radio Controlled, electric-powered conversion of a Rubber-powered Free-flight model. The original model was designed by the late Earl Stahl, and was featured in the April 1942 edition of Model Airplane News. It is the fourth of Mr. Stahl's designs I have built, since I was a kid and, for me, honors the memory of a great and good man."
1936 American Gyro AG4 Crusader by Will Gaylord
The American Gyro Crusader was a small, futuristic airplane that astonished and amazed the world during the Great Depression. Its history ranged from aeronautical innovation, to courtroom drama, to business intrigue. In the end it was unable to raise funds and went into bankruptcy. From Will Gaylord: "I just finished the 1936 American Gyro AG4 Crusader, scratch built using enlarged 1936 Model Builder plans as a starting point. The electric radio-controlled model is 16-1/4oz AUW with a wing loading of 11-1/2oz/sq-ft."
Dumas Models Aeronca C3 by Mike Zaborowski
Mike “Grim Racer” Zaborowski has made a name for himself designing and winning races with R/C boats but he also enjoys building and flying scale R/C aircraft. Mike has an appreciation for the “old ways” of model aviation and incorporates them with new technology to reveal the best of both worlds.
Mike starts out by saying, “The full scale Aeronca C3, nick-named The Flying Bathtub was designed during the ‘Golden Age’ of flying. The Aeronca Company was founded in Ohio and designed and built planes from 1928 until 1951. The C3 with its ‘A’ frame fuselage construction made for a challenging yet fun modeling subject. Here are a few pictures of my Dumas Models Aeronca C3 that I built a few winters ago. The components included with the kit were of a very high quality and all pieces, parts and tissue that came with the kit were used to complete the model. I used Duco cement throughout the construction of the airframe and floral spray for the final covering coat. Three-channel guidance is handled by my trusty Futaba 6EX and R6106HF receiver. The brushless motor, battery and servos are Electrifly and the motor controller is made by Flight-Power. All-up flying weight is 5 ounces and it is as gentle as a kitten in the air. So far however I have only flown it indoors. Since these pictures were taken the plane now includes a pilot figure that waves via servo power to the airshow spectators below!” Other items that can be seen on Mike’s Aeronca are the scratchbuilt dummy engine cylinders, exhaust manifolds, flying wires, custom decals and a simulated painted wood prop.