|THIS is the page for
aero-model pictures - your own, or others you've seen at the club or at
a show; they are all welcome if they're nice to look at!
If you're not into digital photography or
scanning pictures, why not send me some photos by regular mail? It's not too
pricey; a batch of five or
six photos costs $1.00 airmail postage from the USA, for example. My home address is on the home
All pictures on
this page are thumbnails - click on the picture for an enlarged view
a model yet, but CHRIS HARDIE of TEST VALLEY MODEL FLYING CLUB,
Hampshire, UK, is intending to build it - Chris is particularly intrigued by that
strange-looking assymetrical design. It is the WWII Luftwaffe Blohm
und Voss MB 141B - a short-range, single-engine reconnaissance and
observation aircraft which carried a three-man crew, I believe. Chris loves traditional building,
so has been busy making detailed plans for a 54" wingspan
balsa and ply
construction from a set of plans he has for a foam-built model of this
plane. As you can see here, he has actually started cutting the formers for the crew pod
- there's a dry construction of the front of the pod to the right of the
picture - and we will hopefully be able to watch the progress of this
model over the coming weeks and months. Note the face mask for use when
sanding down the batches of formers - very sensible! You can meet Chris
on the personal profiles page.
And here are a couple more pictures from Test Valley
the club's newest and youngest recruit, young PAUL BARNETT under instruction
from GORDON COOK. Paul is just 8½ years old (he stresses the fraction,
so I had better not understate his age by leaving it out!). This
picture was taken on his second or third visit to the field and already
he's managing rotations and will soon be handling landings. His Tiger
Trainer Mk II is an early Christmas present which he generously allows his dad
to fly now and again!
ADAM HAYNES' VMAR Chipmunk, finished in Royal
Canadian Air Force trim. 63" wingspan, OS46 2-stroke engine. I have
been telling Adam I was waiting for him to fit the cowl before
putting it up on ModelFlight, but I
ran out of patience and took this shot two weeks ago! A week later, he came to the field with the cowl fitted but the model went in as
he was coming into land and before I had photographed it.
Adam thinks the model is a write-off, but I would not be surprised to
see it again once his dad has got busy on it!
And these models belong to Adam's dad, CHRIS. On the
left his low-wing Jupiter and on the right his recently-finished Capiche,
built from the latest RCM&E plans. That Capiche colour scheme
is really great!
Here is the latest on STEVEN BOLIN'S B-17 project
Please click on the thumbnails to view the detail.
||In this shot you can see the
three navigation lights on top of the dorsal fin, not to mention
getting a feel for the scale of the aircraft. The elevators and
rudder are not installed. There is also one more navigation
light visible on the upper portion of the fin, on the side.
A view of the fuselage next to Steven's
Mustang. The Mustang is 1/5th scale whilst the B-17 is 1/9th
scale. Steven has yet to finish the rudder, though it is in
Here is the servo installation in the tail. Two
hi-torque servos for the elevators and one quarter-scale servo
for the rudder.
This is the wiring for the navigation
lights. You can see by the white strips of tape that Steven has
been gathering loose wiring into bundles. The tail wheel has yet
to be installed - Steven awaits its arrival in the mail and
expects installation to be straightforward.
Here are the two elevators. Steven has chosen
to duplicate the scale rib outline on top of the sheeted
surface. These will be fabric covered.
I have featured PALMERSTON
NORTH AERONEERS on the club scene page, and
here are pictures of models belonging to three of their members, taken
from their website:
||Focke-Wulf 190 by MAURICE
JOB. 1/5th scale, 8kgs, 2·1 metres wingspan, 30 cc engine
||OWEN ROGERS with his Esprit
control-line aerobatic competition model. Owen was intending to
take this model to the world championships in France back in the
summer - I wonder if he did and, if so, how he got on? (If you
see this, Owen, perhaps you could tell us about it?). Moulded
balsa fuselage, superbly finished in white and black with red
and yellow trim.
||MERV MATTHEW'S Spitfire
Mk IX, scratch-built from a Brian Taylor plan. 64"
wingspan, OS 70 four-stroke engine, electrically driven
I will be delighted to put more models up from
PNA members if you would like to send me your pictures, gentlemen and
possibly ladies - I know you have at least one lady member!
|Here's one the latest pictures
from DERICK VELIZ, whose aerial photography was featured on the last ModelFlight.
was it taken? Is it a genuine in-flight picture? Derick's not telling .
. . yet. I'm a tiny bit suspicious of what I think might be a
hard edge that could mean a bit of trickery here, but I am really not
sure! However it was done, it certainly looks darned good!
How do you think the picture was taken? Do write and tell me!
Send us a picture of your aero model
Large or small, kit, scratch built or ARTF, rotary or fixed-wing,
it matters not - and they
don't have to be perfect, either. If you like it, let's see it!
Just use the e-mail facility at the foot of any ModelFlight
page or send
details and pictures by regular mail.