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KIT-308 - BeechCraft Musketeer--Guillows-Low Wing, Single Engine- Personal plane

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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
KIT-308 - BeechCraft Musketeer--Guillows-Low Wing, Single Engine- Personal plane
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, June 7, 2021 1:10 PM

Hi Ya'll;

        Had to find a home for my screechy Parrots what with having to wear Hearing Devices full time. The man who took them has an Aviary full of them. Finches, African Greys, Quakers and Indian Ring Neck Parakeets species as well as some Cockatiels sitting on eggs.

      Anyway he's an R.C.- Airplane NUT and R.C. Car- NUT! Before we left, he gifted me with the above named kit. The Decals are Gorgeous! The Copyright on the instructions is 1970! My gosh I haven't seen this kind of kit in years. BUT, he challenged me to send photos by Phone or FaceTime to prove I am building it!

       After looking it over I decided it would be fun to build a Rubber powered Aircraft to fly at the park. Me, the Paper Ship, well, just plain Ship NUT! Oh, my ! this takes me so far back. I remember a small Aeronca ( High Wing) airplane.The Fuselage was four pieces and the nose a block you carved and sanded to shape. Then drill a hole in that glue it on . Put on the one piece, each side Wings and Stabs and Tail. Put in your Rubber band and lock it in place with a little dowel, pull to the front and attach to an oversize prop. Cover paint and Fly! It flew though!

        I actually thought Stick and Covering went the way of the DODO! Well, Toby Correon showed me otherwise. See through SheetMaterial in red and a wingspan of six feet.That's what he is working on now, With a SAITO -FOUR - STROKE ! Engine. MY Gosh! after seeing the JETS at a model fly in I didn't know Model Prop planes had come this far. This little kit is definitely a step back in time.

       I was looking at the side of the Box-It signifies Rubber, Gas or Electric Power. Oh My!

  

 

  • Member since
    July 2016
  • From: Malvern, PA
Posted by WillysMB on Monday, June 7, 2021 5:41 PM

Check out balsamodels.com, the Guillows build forum. Stick and tissue is definitely not dead...

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Northern California
Posted by jeaton01 on Monday, June 7, 2021 11:44 PM

I am still having fun with flying models, along with plastic.  Here's my 108 inch span electric Benny Boxcar, a Hank Struck 72 inch model from the late 30's.

 

 

John

To see build logs for my models:  http://goldeneramodel.com/mymodels/mymodels.htm

 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:04 AM

I have several times done a flying model kit as a non-flying scale by fashioning a cockpit and using coated thin cardboard or thin styrene sheet as covering.  Engines are the big issue in something that big- no resin engines.  I want to do Guillows Stearman that way, but creating that big engine would be a major project.  I have their Piper in my stash.  Doing the cowl close with just a couple of cylinders visible through the cooling vents looks to be much more doable.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 9:13 AM

WillysMB

Check out balsamodels.com, the Guillows build forum. Stick and tissue is definitely not dead...

 

I tried that link- it started to load and then returned server not found.

Balsa kits are definitely not dead.  Die cut kits have given it a new life.  In addition to Guillows (the first kit I ever finished- 1947- was a Guillows Aronca) both Easy Bilt and Dumas have extensive lines of kits.  I still love to fly rubber models- must less hectic than starting a cranky, noisy glow engine or continually recharging an electric one.  I still remember as a kit watching a rubber model catch a thermal for the first time, chasing it as it eventually landed in the middle of Livernois avenue in Detroit, a major divided road.  I was so lucky- when I got there it had landed on the island.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Faux fisherman on Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:51 AM

Free flight is alive and well, www.hippocketaeronautics.com

 

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    June 2017
Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Sunday, July 4, 2021 8:15 AM

Laser cut parts are light years ahead of the die crushed method!

You're getting me motivated to finish this Dumas Air Camper kit that's been sitting on the shelf way too long.

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Sunday, July 4, 2021 8:43 AM

I have a Guillows Aeronca C-3 in my build queue.  My dad used to own one, and that was the first plane I ever flew in.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    July 2016
  • From: Malvern, PA
Posted by WillysMB on Monday, July 5, 2021 11:16 AM

Don,

Sorry the link didn't load, I've never had a problem. Try again and when you get in, check out the posts from Heywooood - his scale builds are amazing. He uses balsa in-fill. Another amazing site is FFscale.co.uk.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, July 5, 2021 11:44 AM

I picked up a couple of water damaged chinese made foam glider kits for $ 20. Big things.

But when I went to price the electronics the cost way exceeded my interest.

 

Bill

 

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    April 2021
Posted by Cafguy on Monday, July 5, 2021 1:26 PM

I LOVE Balsa airplanes just got tired of smashing them into the ground.  I aint no captian sully.  Still love to build them and I still fly the little "parkflyers once and awhile

Life tip:  Skip marrage: find the women you hate the most and buy her a house and car.

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    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:32 AM

While I do occasionally build them for flight, I usually build them for static scale.  The bigness of the kits- 1:20 - 1:16 allows me to really add detail to interior.  I am not the only one in my model club that does that.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by RickS on Friday, August 6, 2021 9:21 AM

I haven't built a small Guillow's or Comet kit in ages.  But I do love balsa!  And I have a couple of kits in my stash.  It's been so long, I've lost touch with some of the supplies.  My LHS does not have any dope or tissue, where does one find these things nowadays?

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:10 AM

RickS

I haven't built a small Guillow's or Comet kit in ages.  But I do love balsa!  And I have a couple of kits in my stash.  It's been so long, I've lost touch with some of the supplies.  My LHS does not have any dope or tissue, where does one find these things nowadays?

 

There are a number of suppliers on the 'net.  One I remember is called FAI Supply or something like that.  Search flying model airplane supplies.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    April 2021
Posted by Cafguy on Sunday, November 21, 2021 4:51 PM

OH YEA Just look them up.   We die hard balsa builders still have a few resourses out there I havnt built a balsa kit in a few years but I still have dozens of resource sites to order kits and building supplies

Life tip:  Skip marrage: find the women you hate the most and buy her a house and car.

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, November 22, 2021 7:21 AM

Cafguy

OH YEA Just look them up.   We die hard balsa builders still have a few resourses out there I havnt built a balsa kit in a few years but I still have dozens of resource sites to order kits and building supplies

 

I've got an Aeronca C-3 as third in queue for the bench, and desperately seaarching for a comet Ercoupe!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:34 PM

Last year I built a Sterling Peanut Scale SE 5A. Couldn't get it to fly well. But, that gave me the bug to build a Herr Engineering Fokker D-VII. The D-VII was an easy build. The first flight was going well until the rubber snapped and tore 2 holes in the sides of the fuselage. That's what I get for using rubber that has been sitting around for years. Fixed the holes and have a supply of new rubber on order. I still have 6 more kits in the stash with all the other plastic kits. They were a great change of pace build plus I have a very large flying area in the retirement village where we live. We are surrounded by farms owned by very friendly people. No noisy engines, no problem.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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