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Sikorsky S-38/S-39 customized (22 inch span) __ The Yellow Goose DH-JKN __ The Navy G-21 Goose

The Yellow Goose DH-JKN --Wing Floats are same as the J2F Duck -- Everything is paper (card) except the tyres. 1/32 scale.

The Navy Blue G-21 Goose Revista -- 1/32 scale. Wheels/tires are from B-25 plastic model.



The scratch-build Travel Air 4000. The Wright Cyclone engine was made of laminated grey papier Maché egg carton, shaped on a band saw and then affixed with pushrods, oil cooler,
rockerarms, crankcase and sparkplug wires. (About 1.75 inches or 4.45 Cm). Not quite accurate but I like it. I'll try a D4d next. About 20 hours over 3 weeks. 1:28th scale.
All card except a few small engine parts (and the stand, of course). With the pedigree this plane has, it should fly as long as the owners can find parts for the engines.
Cost for materials, including paint: probably less than $2 US.

Sopwith Triplane. The first triplane to enter military service. This excellent, nimble fighter paved the way for all triplanes to follow.
It was withdrawn in favor of the Camel in July 1917...100 years ago! To say this 33rd scale card plane was a challenge is an understatement.

Sopwith Camel F.1, 1:33rd scale. Rigging was the most difficult part.


Notta Vega; Notta Lysander; Notta Norseman; Notta Stinson. Notta Howard. Modeled on the Lockheed Vega but customized to suit me.
1:33 scale. 13 inch span. Time to complete: five days. I'm working on another, slightly different, slightly larger. All paper.

The original Vega, designed by Jack Northrup and Gerald Vultee for the Lockheed Company, was constructed of laminated
plywood compressed in half sections into a concrete mold and nailed and glued together. Because the wing spar could not cut through the fuselage,
it was attached to the top. Visibility was poor in front, to the sides and below. The only thing the pilot could see from the flight deck was the sky.
I lengthened the cowling, widened the windscreen and added the large windows. I'll call it the Nova Vega.

Above images: The painted larger and different Vega. I'm going to try to replicate Amelia's 5B Vega using 3-views and photos from the web.
Completed model on stand. 16.5 inch span. Engine was made of laminated egg carton, cut on a band saw, pushrods, crankcase, sparkplug wires added.
Amelia's "Little Red Bus." 1:28th scale. All paper. About 10 hours total. Cost: less than $2 US. Cover paper, pizza boxes, cracker boxes, egg cartons. white glue, paint.

Beginning a scratch build "Flying Saucer" based on claimed German designs of WWII. All paper (card), 6.25 inch diameter.
I use food cartons, egg cartons, book cover card to fabricate my models. More later.
Well, here is Die Glocke. It is rather featureless but I suppose that is exactly the way one would design a machine that uses a blitzen drive to jump from one dimension to another in the blink of the eye.
No point in having a lot of junk sticking out here and there to create drag. No scale. How does one assign a scale to something that might not exist? I'll try another...larger and different.
Start to finish was about 5 hours after I worked out the diameters and curves. Decals are from my goodie box.



The Plan: Build another "flying saucer" larger and different based on a graphic from the net. 7.5 inch diameter. Here is the graphic and the pieces. Pizza box and cover card. More later.
Okay. Here is the larger saucer ready for primer, final sanding and paint. Landing gear extended. Finished. Kinda looks like a candy dish or incense burner. About 20 hours.


A scratch-built 1929 OX-5 American Eagle 1/32nd scale. My father-in-law's first plane. Number is real.
Stuart Duncan Tomson was a barnstormer back in the day. Worked for Boeing as a production test pilot (B-17s and B-29s) during WWII.
Some people just have all the luck!