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Bill Evans Super Simitar

Richard Jackson (North Charleston, South Carolina; email: sent a photo of his Bill Evans Super Simitar. With Bill’s input, methods, and foam cores, Richard built the airplane 15 years ago. It has an 84-inch wingspan and weighs 7 pounds.

Powered by an O.S. .90 engine, the Simitar uses Hitec servos and is controlled with a JR 9503. It has a sheet balsa fuselage, a balsa-sheeted foam core wing with spruce spars, and is covered in MonoKote.

Richard had built a number of Simitars and wanted one that was International Miniature Aircraft Association-legal. "I talked with Bill and this was what we came up with," he wrote. "I keep thinking how neat a small [electric]-powered Simitar Slo-Motion would be. Maybe one day!"


Goldberg Ultimate

Mike Hakes (Rincon, Georgia; email: purchased this Carl Goldberg Ultimate 10-300 in 1983 and built it two years ago. "It took me a year and a half to build," he wrote.

A DLE-20RA engine swinging a Xoar 17 × 6 propeller powers the Ultimate. Mike controls it with a Spektrum DX9. He noted that it’s a joy to fly and goes exactly where it’s pointed.


Byron Glasair

Mickey Snelson’s (Bixby, Oklahoma; email: Byron MiG-15 was featured in the December 2017 "Focal Point." His new project is another Byron aircraft, the Glasair. He wrote:

"[It] took the better of a year for assembly and includes [an] all-new firewall and engine box assembly to allow the use of a modern DLE-40 twin [engine]. I chose the twin for the neat look of a cylinder on each inlet to the cowling. Other upgrades were all new, [such as] servo mounts and pushrods for modern hardware.

"I also created a custom cockpit using Cessna 182 parts and pieces. The seats were large, so I used four Cessna seats. They were cut and pieced together to form two large seats. The instrument panel was made starting with a Cessna 182 cockpit kit from I then placed the instruments similar to other Glasairs I found. Being a homebuilt, the placement is up to each builder, so I kinda had free rein.

"All of the foam parts were balsa sheeted and [fiber]glassed with Polycrylic. [I used] white paint with graphics from Callie Graphics."


Dick Hansen Pattern Airplane

Nick Ziegler (Moline, Illinois; email and his brother, Jeff, restored Nick’s rare Dick Hansen runaround Pattern airplane. It was found during a sellout of a storage locker.

With a fiberglass fuselage and wing, the aircraft is powered by a YS 91-AC engine, APC 14 × 10 propeller, JR servos, Supra retracts, a Spektrum receiver, and supporting equipment.


Royal Laotian Air Force T-28

Skip Willaman’s (Lincoln, California; email: Royal Laotian Air Force T-28 started as an E-flite T-28 Trojan 1.2m BNF Basic with AS3X. He selected the Lowe’s premium paint color from memory of when he was stationed with Air America in Southeast Asia (Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand) during the Vietnam Conflict.

After stripping and painting the original T-28, Skip applied the unique decals. According to him, the T-28 handles well in flight, but it did need more trim.

Skip noted that some Royal Laotian Air Force T-28s were flown with US pilots in the rear seat and others were flown with only a front-seat pilot. The wing was hardened to carry bombs and some had ejection seats. He also mentioned that he had met the king of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, several times. "He liked talking with Americans," he wrote.


Bristol M1

Fred Mulholland (Tampa, Florida; email: built the Bristol M1 from an old Balsa USA kit. The model is powered by an O.S. .46 two-stroke engine.

After inflight adjustments, Fred mentioned that the Bristol flew with the characteristics of many World War I airplanes—touchy, but smooth.


Duggy DC-3

Ron Landman’s (Fargo, North Dakota; email: Duggy Smile in the Sky DC-3 is a Top Flite airplane modeled after the full-scale aircraft that resides in the Fargo Air Museum.

The DC-3 was modified to run two .32-size electric motors and features mechanical retracts and landing lights. The artwork, shared by the full-scale Duggy artist, Mitch Carley, is printed on waterslide decal paper.

Ron, who is a member of the Valley RC Flyers in Fargo, stated that it flies very scalelike.


BMJR 1/2 Astro-Hog

After being away from the hobby for more than 20 years, Arthur Gordon (Dalton, Massachusetts; email: began flying foam BNF airplanes. The BMJR 1/2 Astro-Hog was his first complete build.

Arthur flies from a grass runway, so the landing gear was modified to be longer and raked forward with larger tires. He stated that it is stable in flight. The aircraft is equipped with a Spektrum receiver and servos and an E-flite Park 370 motor.

The photo was taken before its maiden flight at Arthur’s home field, Brattle Brook Park, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts