SOUTHWEST JET RALLY
BEST MILITARY DETAIL
Sam Snyder is certainly no newcomer to scale modeling. He’s not big on kit building, preferring to draw his own
plans, engineer all the structure, layout all the
systems, and cut out all the parts himself.
;at’s about as close to a “kit” as Sam might
get. So, you might think that his fleet of RC
models could be limited, given that he prefers
unusual subjects to create and add to his inventory. With projects ranging from the unconventional Handley Page Heyford to the TR-1
variant of the U-2 and including the Yak- 40
airliner and Avro Vulcan, there’s no question the
skills are there to get the job done. ;e latest
of Sam’s creations to fly is this beautifully done
Gloster Javelin Mk. 5, a late 1950s-era, British,
;e 1/7-scale model is constructed of
conventional modeling materials like balsa and
plywood, plus carbon fiber where additional
strength is required. ;e entire airframe is
covered with fiberglass cloth and resin. ;e
finish of the 89-inch-span, 95-inch-long
model is PPG automotive paint mixed to match
specific color chips.
While I really loved Ron Schwarzkopf’s Bandit, his
N.A. F- 107 Ultra Sabre was a really amazing subject.
I learned about the project some time ago, but this
was the first time I had a chance to both examine
it and watch it fly. Its unique shape, driven by the
inlet being on the top of the fuselage and behind
the cockpit creates a jet that looks like no other. The
full-scale version lost a competition to the Republic F- 105 Thunderchief and never saw production.
Truly a unique model and kudos to Ron for making
Speaking of F- 105 Thunderchiefs, the plug that
Butch Sickels showed up with was simply amazing!
Bob Moore has made at least one that is presently
in the hands of Brit Ali Machinchy and has successfully flown. It’s a monster and I hope we get a
chance to see it at some jet events here as well as,
maybe, Top Gun? Although I didn’t measure it, the
fuselage is easily 10 feet long—maybe more. If you
want to see more about it, thread your way through
Butch’s website: b1modelproject.com. You’ll also see
some info on Butch’s B- 58 Hustler project that he’s
decided to enlarge after purchasing a ton of microfilmed data from the National Archives!
I can’t say enough about the great guys and gals
of the Austin bunch who originated the event,
and the members of HOTMAC like C.D. Larry Garrett who provided a great facility and support staff.
Without the pathfinders like Bob “Bob O” Covish,
Mike Kulczyk, Dawn and Steve Ellzey, Bill Kinney,
Butch Sickels, and other event veterans, this event
wouldn’t be happening year after year. It indeed has
and undoubtedly will continue to have all the “right
stuff,” people, place, and vision! ;