SHOWCASING WHAT YOU BUILD & FLY | Email entries to: MAN@airage.com
PILOT PROJECT OFTHE MONTH
Ray Grenkow, Portage la Prairie, MB, Canada
;is is Ray’s second scale project, so he took some time to
personalize the Top Flite kit with a detailed cockpit, including
a gunsight, switches, and levers for the power quadrant and
flaps. ;e P-47D is powered by an O.S. 91S II 4-stroke that
swings a custom painted Xoar 16x8 prop. He writes, “;is
aircraft flies and handles like an advanced trainer; it’s great to
fly in a scale manner. ;e large flap deflection makes landing
it a breeze compared to other warbirds.”
Pitts Special S-1C “Little Stinker”
Herb King, North Port, FL
Betty Skelton flew the full-scale version (now in the National Air and Space
Museum) to victory in the 1949 and 1950 International Feminine Aerobatic
Championships. Herb scratch-built this scale version from plans he found online and
writes, “It’s a beautiful flyer once it’s in the air, but the short-coupling of the stubby
fuselage makes it a challenge to handle on the ground.” It’s powered by a ;under
Tiger F-75S 4-stroke.
1/3 Fokker D.VII
Bob Christiano, South Bend, IN
Bob writes that this big bird just fits in the back of his Silverado! Built from a Balsa USA
kit, the plane has Glenn Torrance Models lozenge covering with a dope finish and is
powered by a Desert Aircraft 85cc gas engine swinging a 26x10 prop. ;e plane weighs
in a tad less than 50 pounds and flies with ease.
Cessna L- 19
beauty has a 9-foot
wing, and his flying
buddy Glenn Baker, who also took the photo, says that if
you don’t have a scale reference, it looks like the real thing.
Gene spent nine months building it from Vailly Aviation
plans and says that the fully sheeted, fiberglassed plane
comes in at 28 pounds.
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