Just some quick blurbs that are passing through my busy mind…
I am having issues re-stocking some of my products. Some of it is my own doing (running out before I re-order) and some is manufacturer issues. I won’t address them all, but one thing I am considering: ceasing production on the Rees Winder. The gearing is expensive and hard to get, and the winders are time consuming to make. One possibility is to do a limited run. I don’t know – we will see.
We are also low on balsa, so custom Superior Props may be delayed for a little while. I need to sort out the bulk balsa shipping logistics, but that will be resolved.
New Plan Drawn:
I have a new 1/2 Wakefield drawn up and ready to build. I should have it ready for spring. I will just leave this teaser here for now:
I am not a Scale Modeling Expert, but I have built many, many and will continue to do so. Here are some thoughts on things I have observed that gnaw at me.
- I have seen plans and models of an aircraft that was produced in a single example. There are photos of the aircraft, but modeled versions do not represent the correct color and/or scheme. This is ok for FAC Simplified Scale or just for fun building and flying, but as a Scale Model, it is irksome to see the wrong coloring and marking.
- FAC Combat Models – I have seen photos of color/camo schemes that were NOT wartime colors, but the modeler says they flew and won certain FAC events. A CD must be hard-hearted to exclude such models, but it must be done. No post-war colors should be permitted in either WWI or WWII combat. It’s no different than allowing a purple Chambermaid – and it shouldn’t be done.
- A personal pet peeve. A couple years ago, I wanted to join the indoor crowd and fly a Peanut Scale Voison Hydoplane. I did not build one off of existing plans – I did my research and drew up a new plan. During my research, I discovered something that tainted my opinion about EVERY Voison model I have seen: there is documentation on all of the versions of the Voison pusher, both land and water versions. This documentation showed that there is NO version that had a long fuselage; no fuselage was as long as or longer than the wing span. In FAC flying, some modification to the general layout is permitted, but gross exaggerations should not be permitted.
P.S. – my Voison did not make it through the testing stage. I could not solve the power and torque issues. But here is a shot of it.
Anyway… just some notes to keep up on things in the winter months.