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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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Guillows P-51 Mustang

Supermodel Melanie holding the Guillows P-51 Mustang - Airplanes and RocketsHere is a Guillows North American P-51 Mustang free flight model that I built while living in Colorado Springs, Colorado, back in 1994. The P-51 Mustang has been a hangar queen, hanging on a wall for its entire 13-14 years. Its covering has turned brittle and the canopy has yellowed. Somewhere in our many household moves the propeller and spinner disappeared.
Supermodel Melanie Posing Next to P-51C Mustang "Red Tail" Flown by the Tuskegee Airmen - Airplanes and RocketsHere is Melanie posing next to the "Red Tail" P-51C Mustang flown by Brad Lang, son of Tuskegee Airman Donald W. Lang, Sr. The Commemorative Air Force brought its airplane and mobile movie theater to the Erie airport on the weekend of August 18, 2012, just in time for my birthday! How did they know? ;-)

One of the local TV stations did a short segment on the "Red Tail" visit.

Pilot Brad Lang is also an AMA member and a lifelong model airplane flyer. Here is the first of six videos of Mr. Lang speaking at the AMA.

I have a plan to re-cover the P-51 Mustang, and in the process, install a radio control system that comes from an Estes Sky Rangers 2-channel airplane. It uses an electromagnetic actuator on the rudder, as shown on the Comet Sparky. After a few flights on the Estes Sky Ranger, then rudder actuator coil and magnet and the receiver will be removed. The LiPo battery will be way more than is needed to power just the rudder, so a couple coin cells will probably be used instead.

The AMA Plans Service offers plans with a variety of wingspans at a very reasonable cost. They will scale the plans any size for you.

Guillows North American P-51 Mustang kit - Airplanes and Rockets

Wingspan: 27.75"