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Our cover photo this month is a very pretty ELF BIPLANE originally designed by Frank Ehling in 1937 and built by Gary Brown in 1976. Gary flew it single channel using a Cox .049 reed valve engine and and Ace Pulse Proportional radio. It still has the original 38 year old Silkspan and dope covering but now sports a Rimfire 370 electric motor, Spektrum receiver and Futaba micro servos for rudder and elevator. Gary says it flies great.
Also in this issue are three Full Size Plans. First up is the FORTASTROP, a 1/2A free flight kitted by Midwest and designed by Frank Garcher. Next is the RED ADMIRAL, a nice looking 32” rubber powered sport model by R.S.Brower selected from the David Baker Heritage Library in England. And last but not least is the SUPER SNOOPER, a rubber powered endurance model that was kitted by Modelcraft and designed by John Muir and Barney Snyder. The plan is from the New Zealand AVANZ group and was restored to pristine condition by Mark Venter.
Also included is Part 2 of Tandy Walker’s “diary” of his construction of a modified version of the WACO SRE that originally appeared as a rubber scale model in Model Builder magazine. Tandy shows us the assembly of the fuselage tail and center section and his method of making the tail group removable and adjustable. When finished, this rubber scale model will be an electric powered radio controlled sport flyer. Learn how a master modeler does it by following this series.
Bob Aberle forgoes his usual new contstruction project to provide us with a product review of the Hitec ZIPPER, a new small ready-to-fly model. The other model magazines emphasize the RTF models and we usually stick to designs of interest to model builders, but occasionally a new one comes along that should be shown to our readers.
Several issues back we featured one of the Phineas Pinkham stories that appeared in the Flying Aces magazine. Now it’s time for another one, only this one sets forth the possibility that Phineas may have been the predecessor of future space travelers along the lines of the Jules Verne and his space travel stories. Enjoy this story of his adventures as he foils another German plot during WWI.
Finally, we are changing the way that plans are delivered to subscribers. Read the full story on page 35 of this issue.
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SWAMP by Gary Clark