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Modeling is all about creating, and finding an inner pride and satisfaction with what you have created. No matter what your skill level is, as long as you give it your best and have fun doing it .
Planning ahead, and purpose building to suit your goals is important. Building planes that suit your flying fields, and flying styles, is always important for complete satisfaction. Seasonal climate changes can also affect the choices a builder makes.
Many planes I build are not destined to ever see snow, or be used with snow skis. Aircraft in this category are bound to summer flying only.
WW I is my favorite for detail, and for Sunday flying in a scale fashion.
This is a Fokker E-V/D-8 with all the museum scale detail added. Lots of research, and time has been invested in this plane. It uses a Saito 1.82TD for power.
I love this photo, because you can see 2 buckets of white paint being used to change the insignias on the fuselage, from the eisenkruze (Iron Cross), to the balkenkruez (Bar Cross).
This is a GTM DR-I Fokker Tri-plane. It is modeled after Manfred Richtofen's 477/17. This is the only known photo of it taken before it was all red. Note the missing upper wing pads, and wavy demarcation line on the leading edge of the upper wing, indicating it was red on the upper wing.
Many of the colors can be proved in this photo, but the top of the horizontal stabilizer remains un-proven as to whether it was red, or washed. Changing a photo to black and white can help verify colors. Although this was an early photo, and the VT-200 and the dummy engine were not yet installed, things like the gloss on the paint could be verified by looking at the reflection on the undersides of the wings. (WW I was fairly glossy!)
I enjoy seeing the Bloody Red Barron's plane in flight, stalking me, as it is displayed in my house everyday.
When considering planes for winter flying. Try and find something with a good balance of power and lift. Light wing loading greatly benefits you in the snow. Sturdy landing gear is of great benefit, and I have found that leaving your pride and joy at home is usually a good idea. The elements are simply rougher on planes in the winter.
I have found many planes that fit these winter parameters. Planes such as the U-Can-Do-3D, or any other modern 3-D planes are great. Lighter weight Caps, Extras, and Sukhois have performed great for me. Trainers, Tigers, and even some unexpected WW-I and II planes can work nicely if they fit the parameters.
Here is a few examples of incredibly good flying winter planes. Good ratios of power to lift. One has heavier wing loading, but it has a YS 1.40 DZ to compensate. The other Taube has a very used Saito 50, chitty-chitty bang-bang engine, but, it has low wing loading, very sturdy construction, and tough covering. They both have sturdy landing gear.
A Saito 1.25 with an 82 inch wing span. WW I or not, it makes a great winter flyer. Sturdy gear, lots of lift, and especially with the addition of the custom wing warping style ailerons, makes a great winter flying choice.
This plane has been in my stables since the Jurassic period. It makes for a perfect winter plane. A trusty YS 1.20 gives it unbelievable power for it's size, and it has very high lift as well. It is very short coupled, and that gets augmented by the cold air, so this one is a prime example of one to reduce your control throws on in the winter. It gets fast, and it gets touchy on the controls, but it loves the snow!
I hope this page is enjoyable and offers some thought for both the summer and the winter months of flying!
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