P-38F Lightning - Scale rubber twin fighter model.
Quote: "I was living in Capetown in 1970. For the first time in my life I had a lot of leisure so, inspired by an article by Pierre Cloisterman, I decided to build a rubber powered 'Lightning'. Limited to a drawing in William Green's 'Famous Fighters of the Second World War' I bought an Airfix kit and scaled it up four times, hence the scale of 1:18.
I think the drawing took me a couple of weeks and I built the airframe in a week! But the propellers worried me as I was clueless on freewheels. I bought some lovely ball bearing thrust races from a pleasant model shop in the Afrikaanse suburb of Belleville and that was about as far as I got. I nearly gave the model to my hosts' son but an Australian hippie gave me some planks of polystyrene (his only furniture) and I made a box, the model flying back to England in the hold of a VC-10.
I eventually attempted some flights but with little success. In 1973 I met Charles Newman at Old Warden. He looked like a performer in a contemporary pop group but he obviously knew what he was talking about. I sent him some prints from my rough drafts and was amazed when a fortnight later he wrote to say that his model flew well! Sticking the canopy on my model transformed it and I was soon getting good flights until someone stole the props! Eventually I built better ones and finished the model properly. Thus equipped I entered the '78 Woodvale Rally where bad trimming sent the model into the runway. Vic Driscoll twisted my arm to fly the model at Old Warden and my inability to resist reducing up elevator/noseweight led to a write-off..."
Quote: "Going next to a tasty plan for a rubber powered scale P.38 F Lightning the work of Richard Falconer. Rubber powered twins have long held a fascination for a lot of aero modellers and this is a great example. Richard said it had an exciting but long and dangerous career. All is explained in the unusually well detailed build guide."
Update 28/11/2017: added article, thanks to RFJ.
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