[IMAGE]
SimpleHost Webstats produced by Analog 4.15

Do you want to see a
CARD TRICK?

AIRPLANES

SPAMMERS CLICK HERE!

SPAM PAYMENT INFO

[IMAGE]

Paul K. Guillow, Inc. Balsa Wood Airplanes P-40 WARHAWK

Kit Number 501 Wing Span: 16 1/2" Scale: 1/32

[IMAGE] The P-40 earned undying fame as the "Flying Tiger" of World War 2 when flown by General Claire Chennault's Volunteer Group fighting the Japanese in China and Burma. It also saw much service in the Middle East where it was used by Britain's R.A.F. and nicknamed the Tomahawk and Kittyhawk. When World War 2 broke out, the P-40 was the only fighter available in quantity to the U.S.A.A.F., it being the first American single-seat plane to be manufactured in the U.S. on a mass production basis. By the end of the war, over 14,000 planes had been delivered to fighting theatres.

About ten years ago we decided to see just how big we could blow up the plan for this model airplane. It came out to an 80" wingspan. Then for years we just stood around and looked at the plan, trying to decide if it would be practical to try to build it. Turns out, that sometimes you just have to do, what you have to do.

The plane became a "proof-of-concept" aircraft, demonstrating that the Guillow construction technique is sound for even to largest of models. It has proven that we can build an even larger model, and fly it U-Control.

The model is covered with 100% cotton muslin fabric, sold at Hancock's. We used Poly-Urethane as a substitute for the far more expensive airplane dope. Big mistake. Do not use urethane for anything. We'll try Shelac on the next plane. Tite-Bond (yellow) glue turned out to be a fairly good choice for sticking it together.

The landing gear struts are PVC Pipe, 7/8", the tires are laminated pine discs. Insignia from the web, and enhanced in PhotoShop, then printed, and laminated onto the skin of the model with thinned glue. Aircraft total weight is 7.5 pounds.

The paint is: Manor Hall Exterior Latex from the Monarch Paint Company, as suggested by the paint contractor here in our new subdivision. We mixed custom colors with Testors Model Enamels, then made paint chips and sent them down to Monarch, where they again mixed custom colors. Never used better paint.

What are we going to do with it? Click HERE.

NEXT?: (92" wingspan...)

F6F-3 HELLCAT

CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE

[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]
[IMAGE]

Parker Information Resources
Houston, Texas
E-mail: bparker@parkerinfo.com
[PIR]

The HTML Writers Guild
Notepad only
[raphael]
[hbd]
[Netscape]
[PIR]