Archives for November 2013

Blackburn Video and New Publication

Apologies that I have been late with updates to the site. My son, Michael, is getting married on November 9th. As you can imagine, lots of happy work getting ready for that occasion. I look forward to adding much more information after this event.

Top view of Pietenpol Air Camper

Top view of Pietenpol Air Camper

For now, three items to discuss. The first is the addition of an updated video on the Blackburn Type D monoplane. The Blackburn remains one of the most popular plans on the website, with numerous variants being built. All report a well flying model, with the most recent being Steve Moskal.

The video adds some more details on the thought process behind the design. The main item I highlighted is the use of a plywood frame for the upper portion of the fuselage. On this 1/16 inch plywood frame, that is all part of the fuselage, I installed the motor, landing gear, wing mounts, batter and servos.

This is a simple and elegant method to provide structural strength to all the principal aircraft components, without adding a lot of unneeded structure. This is an important item with the fragile construction methods used for these early aircraft designs. This approach can be used for a wide range of other modeling design projects.

Stevens Aeromodel Air Camper in flight

Stevens Aeromodel Air Camper in flight

Speaking of Steve, he did such a superb job with his build of the Blackburn that I added a dedicated picture gallery of his progress. Steve added just the right touches with silver solder, metallic covering of the cowl and a beefed up wing rib structure. This is all part of the fun of using a model airplane construction plan and making thoughtful additions and changes on your own.

Finally for this post, I have had another article published in the modeling press. This is a four page review of the Stevens Aeromodel Pietenpol Air Camper model in the November 2013 issue of Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine.

All of the Stevens Aeromodel laser cut kits are top notch, and the Pietenpol is no exception. The model goes together quickly and is a lot of fun to build. The aircraft is designed around the ParkZone micro electronics (for sale at Stevens Aeromodel as well) and flies exceptionally well. Q&EFI did a great job with this article.

Again, more to follow after the wedding!

Pietenpol Air Camper review in November 2013 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine

Pietenpol Air Camper review in November 2013 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine

 

Four page of Air Camper review in November 2013 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine

Page 4 of Air Camper review in November 2013 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine