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
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.
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
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.