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Meteors, Tissue, and Chalk

Trying to work two short articles into one… PART 1:  Gloster Meteor In the middle of my building doldrums, I put together this small JetCat – a 10″ span Gloster Meteor.  I thought about a Canberra, but everybody does a … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Trimming

Trimming the Model, that is; keep your models away from trees! While I have a degree of success in getting models to fly, I do not consider myself an “expert”.  After 30 years of flying Free Flight, I still have … Continue reading

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Volaré 2021 Year in Review

Well, yesterday was the last contest (for me) in 2021.  I flew in four events and won one of them – and I “could” have won all four.  I almost feel like karma followed me to Pontiac yesterday:  I’ve been … Continue reading

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I Build Peanut Warbirds – the Bf-109

Let’s add the Messerschmitt BF-109E to the Peanut Warbird stable, which now includes the I-16 (first built by me in 1991, then 2020), the Barracuda (1998, then 2015), the Stuka (2013), the Corsair (2019), and the Yak-3 (2020)! I am … Continue reading

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The B.A.T. Monoplane – Something Different

This is a little different than my usual postings.  In early 2020, I received an email for David King in the UK.  He had asked for information and data on my Dime Scale B.A.T. Monoplane (read about it HERE) in … Continue reading

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Back from the Nats – Ups and Downs

IMPORTANT NEWS BELOW THE NATS REPORTS Wow – it’s been a week since I returned from two weeks of Nats flying; first the AMA Indoor Nats in Pontiac, MI and then the AMA Outdoor Nats  in Muncie, IN.  Apparently, I’m … Continue reading

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New Dimer Short Kit – Mauboussin Hemiptere

The Mauboussin Hemiptere is one of those models that has a history of being one of the “popular” Dimers.  As a tandem wing, it has a large amount of wing area for a dimer – maybe that’s why it is … Continue reading

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End of March – Products, etc…

Wow, I haven’t posted on here in 6 weeks!  Let’s see if I can provide some updates. ACTIVITY: In our (the Cloudbusters) monthly Indoor contests, I’ve been trying to “get better”.  The AMA indoor Nats are going to be held … Continue reading

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New Tech to Build Old-Timers

So, I’ve been building an Old Timer, slowly but surely.  I’ve been mentally struggling on how to do the wire pylons – how do I make sure they are even and the correct length?  And how do I make the … Continue reading

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Cessna 177RG Cardinal – SUCCESS!!!

First, the build, then the flight report, with video, below. In the summer of 2019, before we all had other worries, we witnessed Gene Smith win the FAC Modern Civilian event at the 2019 AMA Outdoor Nationals at the Muncie … Continue reading

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