Ace All Star biplane advertisement from a 1974 edition of American
Aircraft Modeler magazine.
My Ace All Star biplane was built while
I was stationed at Robins Air
Force Base, in Warner Robins, Georgia (just south of Macon). A pair of foam
wings help it to build quickly. Ace sold both this tapered chord version and a constant
chord version of the foam wings for decades, and they are still very popular on
eBay when they come up for sale.
I put an OS .15 engine up front, and three channels worth of
Hobby Shack Cirrus 4-channel radio in it. My memory of the All Star is not very
clear, although I do remember flying it in a field somewhere out on the back 40
(more like back 400) acres of the base where no full-size air traffic ventured.
It lost its life during some dumb low-level maneuver, and went down really far away.
That involved walking through a lot of tall grass - in Georgia, where snakes and
even alligators were not uncommon. I seriously considered just leaving it there,
but my unwillingness to abandon that amount of investment (quite a lot for a USAF
enlisted guy's pay) overpowered the chicken-ness in me and I cautiously waded over
to it. I snatched it up and made like an F-15 back to open ground exactly in the
path from which I came, figuring that if there was anything nasty there, it would
have devoured or bitten me on the way in. It turned out the Ace All Star Biplane
was not damaged as badly as assumed, allowing it to be made airworthy again so that
I could demolish it another day.
The photos here are from an Ace All Star
Biplane kit I purchased from a fine fellow on the
RF Groups website. I highly
recommend looking there for modeling items before resorting to eBay. You'll usually
get a better deal, and it'll most likely be from a real modeler, not someone selling
stuff he/she knows nothing about that was picked up at an estate sale.
Posted November 5, 2022
(updated from original post on 6/12/2011)