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!
Stinson Voyager by Keith Spriggs
"Here is a Stinson Voyager that was scratchbuilt from a plan that was in the Flying Models magazine April-May 1960. The original plan was for a 36 inch wing span free flight that could be either .020 powered or rubber powered, by changing the nose plug. The plan was by Paul DelGatto. I built mine 1/2 size and used ParkZone radio equipment. I added rudder fairing after picture was taken."
Sopwith Camel by Rob Caso
Rob Caso, who certainly is no slouch when it comes to WWI aircraft, has just finished another masterpiece. Rob writes in, “I just finished this Sopwith Camel with a fantasy ‘bird of prey’ owl scheme I saw on the ‘Rise of Flight’ online video game site.” Built from a heavily modified kit, it took Rob about two months to build and finish. The finished Sopwith Camel is ⅛ eq\f(x,y) scale and has a 42-inch wingspan and weighs 35 ounces. To power the Camel, Rob is using an E-flite Power 10, with 2S 2600 mAh 7.4V Li-Po, a Castle 36 A ESC with a 12–8 prop. The covering is Polyspan, primed with nitrate dope and Polycrylic, painted with green primer and Model Master brand paints. It also features pull-pull controls for both the elevator and rudder and a Maxford pilot at the controls.
Honker by Harold Davidson
Harold was busy in thought one day and remembered an airplane from his past. Harold writes, “In 1974 or ‘75, the Wavemasters Club of San Jose, held pylon races with the Honker using TD .049s.” After a quick search of the Internet, Harold found the original Honker plans through the RCM plan service. Rather than power the airplane with a traditional TD .049 engine, Harold elected to power this one with a BP A2212-13 1000 Kv motor with an 8–6 prop, Castle 18 A ESC and a 3S 1350 mAh 11.1V Li-Po. Construction was simple as the fuselage and tail were cut from sheet balsa and built using traditional construction methods. Control for the Honker is provided by a Hitec Optic 6 with Spectra 2.4 module and two HS-56 HB servos.
1914 Avro Type F by Will Gaylord
Just finished a 31.5" 1913 Avro Type F monoplane with wing warping control. The rudder is mechanically mixed with the wing warping, hopefully giving reasonable control. Gear is mounted as far forward as possible, with no ballast needed and an AUW of 10.6oz. For added scale detail, the elevator stick moves, along with the wing warping working from the scale lever arm. Building spoked nylon coated beading wire wheels was another first for me, on this one. A removable clear plastic battery tray holds a 2-cell lipo under the scale top hatch, also allowing some access to the gear.