Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Jim Morrow (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) purchased his 96-inch
wingspan Ralph Saxon Fw 190 kit years ago at the West Coast Festival
held at Castle Air Force Base in California.
Jim installed split flaps on the 37-pound model before fiberglassing
the wing. With the flaps deployed, it slows nicely. The Sierra Precision
retracts and spinner fan add to its scalelike appearance and aid in
cooling the GT80 engine. Graphics are from CFC Graphics, while the
three-blade propeller is from Zinger. The pilot figure is from Aces of
“I can understand why the Fw 190 was so devastating to Allied
bombers,” Jim wrote. “The thing is nimble and fast with absolutely no
bad habits. I would like to install a larger radial engine in the future.
Love the sound of them.”
Jim took the photo at the Woodland/Davis Aeromodelers warbird
event in Davis, California.
Art Hastings (Quartzsite, Arizona; email: email@example.com) sent
in this different view of his aircraft. Art wrote:
“Years ago, I took a photo of a FedEx Cessna Caravan and, without
plans, set out to build one. Wow, what an undertaking! This one was
two years in the making. I built a pilot model first, but it was way too
light in construction and did not take the rigors of landing.
“This FedEx Cessna caravan weighs in at slightly over 13 pounds,
with a 77-inch wingspan, length of 70 inches, and an overall height
of 25 inches. The interior is open and has a capacity of over 1,200
cubic inches. Power is an E-flite [Power] 60 with a 14 x 12 propeller.
[It’s] all balsa and plywood with an oak reinforcement for the nose
gear that extends back 12 inches, connected to three of the plywood
“[The FedEx Cessna] lands fast. Flaps are in the future. [The]
maiden flight [was in] January 2015,” Art wrote.
Art is a charter member of the Quartzsite Desert Flyers.
Ryan STA/PT- 22
Jeff Randolph (Morris Plains, New Jersey; email: jrand01@gmail.
com) submitted a photo of the Ryan STA he scratch-built as a PT- 22
(the same airplane that actor Harrison Ford crashed in March 2015).
Using Sig Manufacturing plans, Jeff covered the PT- 22’s fuselage
with UltraCote and the wings with Solartex. The airplane is powered
with an Evolution 1.00NX engine. The fiberglass wheel pants and
cowl were supplied by Fiberglass Specialties and the decals were
from Cal-Grafx. Jeff noted that fabricating the wing struts and
installing all of the flying wires was challenging.
Jeff has modeled and flown RC airplanes for approximately 15
J. Robert Hannon (Lexington, South Carolina) submitted this photo
of himself and his two Goldberg Tigers that he built from plans. The
airplane on the left is powered by an electric motor, while the one
on the right is powered by an Enya . 40 engine. Both are guided by a
Futaba radio. J. Robert said that both Tigers fly really well.
“I am 86 years old,” he wrote, “[I] have been building airplanes
since I was nine years old.”
72 Model Aviation JULY 2016