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Peanut HiMax – Complete and Flying

As I mentioned elsewhere, the T.E.A.M. HiMax homebuilt ultralight has been a favorite subject of mine. So much so, that I have heard these words from my son Jack’s mouth: “not another HiMax – ugh!” I initially did a Peanut … Continue reading

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Cessna C-34 – FAC Racing Eligibility

The Thompson Race in the Flying Aces Club is for pre-war racers with radial engines.  Think:  GeeBees, Wedell-Williams, Laird Super Solution, Laird-Turner, Cessna CR-2 and CR-3.  Back over 20 years ago, there were restrictions against “factory” racers – or any … Continue reading

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Contest Report – 2018 McCook @ Muncie

For me, this was a welcome outing to Muncie – it really felt like it was my first outdoor contest of the year.  It was actually only the second since I missed the May Cloudbusters meet due to attending the … Continue reading

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Scale Research – A Cautionary Tale – the Lacey M-10/M-13

I volunteered to manage the Flying Aces Club events at the 2018 AMA Indoor Nationals in Rantoul, IL. As a result, John Koptonak and I were the scale judges. We judged entries from four contestants, ourselves included. Little did I … Continue reading

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Surprised by Out-of-the-Box Thinking in Embryo – with plan download!

For many years, I have had an Embryo “design” floating around in my head.  Basically, I wanted to create a pod-and-boom-type of model.  I remember years ago drawing up (as in pencil and paper!) something I called “the Green Monster”, … Continue reading

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New Product – Go-Devil Embryo Short Kit

I have had this one ready for a long time and I am excited to release it.  This a contest-winning design by the legendary Herb Kothe.  Herb has been flying and winning all varieties of Free Flight since the mid … Continue reading

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Modeling Pics of the Day: Jumbo Stallion Update

Yesterday was warm – for Michigan – it hit 50 degrees.  So I decoded to mask my fuselage and spray Design Master Gray on the bottom of the fuse.  I used this color on my B-52 last year and it … Continue reading

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Modeling Pics of the Day: Tom Norell’s Dime Scale Martin MO-1

I really enjoy receiving reports and photos from customers showing the models they have built from my kits.  As I have said before, I try to provide products that can be successful and when I get a report like this, … Continue reading

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Covering – Ups and Downs – I’ve got you covered!

In my spare time, I am trying to complete my 24″ Cessna C-34 and my Jumbo Aircraft Designs Stallion.  Both have color schemes that do not lend themselves to colored tissue alone. The Cessna was PPG “PeeWee Green” and I … Continue reading

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Old Time Model of the Day: the Denny Starling

As soon as I get new balsa and some extra time, this will be the next kit out the door here at Volare Products. I have wanted to build this for ages.  It was designed by the same team that … Continue reading

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