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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger


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Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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Douglas C−47 (DC−3) Control Line Model
Dakota / Skytrain - Walter Musciano Plans

This twin-engine, control line C−47 project is in its beginning phase. Plans, drawn by Walter Musciano, were blown up from those which appeared in the December 1954 issue of Air Trails magazine in an article titled, "Build Your Own Douglas C−47." Photos and a story will be added once it progresses further.

One of the bigger challenges with this model is bending the music wire for the landing gear. Two identical pieces are needed that match each other very closely. There are six, 90° bends in 1/8" music wire that require the lengths of each section to match or else the two ends that go into the wheel hubs will not meet properly. After devising a repeatable method for marking and bending the music wire, I made a short video demonstrating the process. See "How to Bend Music Wire Landing Gear."




See my video titled, "Question: Can You Run Two Brushless motors from a Single ESC?"



Posted February 10, 2018