Pancho Castillo won Model of the Month with his Top-Flite P-51 kit, weighs 11 pounds, and is lightly glassed. All the panel lines are marked. It has retracts. As always with Pancho’s planes they are beautiful to look at with all the detail!
Model of the Month for November went to Frank Burke who built this Russian Jet SU-27 from an AK Models kit. The wingspan is 54 in. and the length is 65 in. It is powered by an ASP 91 two-stroke glow engine running a 14 x 6 prop. It has tri-landing gear Spring Air retracts and weighed in at 9 lbs. 12 oz.
Model of the Month for April was awarded to Marv Clemens for another new scratch-built model of a TBM 900. The real plane was manufactured by Daher in France and is a single engine turboprop. It carries 6 passengers.
This model has a wingspan of 75 in. with tri-gear and a 3-blade prop. It weighs 8.3 lbs. and calculates to 28.6 oz. per sq. ft. wing loading. It has a 50 size Outrunner electric motor with a 6 cell Lipo battery pack.
CREATIVE CONCEPT AWARD Presented to Roger Cosio
The model—a 1938 Comet Mercury– was built from plans that were given to me 30 years ago by Bill Page, Scott Page’s dad.
I modified the free flight plans to fly a 3 channel R.C..
I completed the construction in the mid 1980’s; but, I did not install new smaller servos and a smaller receiver and lipo battery until recently. It was only after technology had advanced that it was possible to modernize the Comet. A maiden flight is in the works for this year—after waiting 30 years for modern technology to make flying this little bird possible.
Model of the Month for Feb. was awarded to Frank Burke who built and modified this P-51 fun scale Mustang into a Reno Racer from an older Dynaflite kit. The wingspan was expanded to 69 in. and fuselage lengthened 2 in. making it 55 in. long. It has a 21.8 oz. wing loading. It is powered by a Magnum 91 four-stroke glow engine with on-board glow and runs a 14 x 6 APC prop. It has Robart air retracts and weighs 8 lbs. 5 oz.
Model of the Month for January was awarded to Frank Burke for his build of this Patriot jet from a Great Planes kit. The wingspan is 55 in. and the length is 59 ½ in. with a 26 oz. wing loading. It is powered by a Tower Hobbies 61 two-stroke glow engine running an APC 11 x 7 prop. It has tri-landing gear and weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz.
Varley Longson won Model of the Month for November with his PICA Spitfire.
Wingspan is 88″ Weight came in at just under 26lbs. with a wing loading of 47 ounces per square foot.
At first 6lbs. 8ozs. had to be added to the nose to get it to balance where they showed. After flying was able to remove 10 ounces.
Power is 55cc rear exhaust gasoline engine. Covering is MonoKote & Ultracote. Landing gear is Robart.