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Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo
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Started Jun 28 2017
The Blackburn Aircraft Company of England designed and built 2 prototypes of a floatplane intended to be used for anti-submarine use. It was not ordered for production, but a landplane version, designated as the Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo was produced. Test results were disappointing until the Rolls-Royce Falcon III replaced the original Falcon II engine. The Kangaroo saw limited service in WWI, but did claim success against a German U-Boat (UC-70).

In the early years following WWI, a passenger version of the Kangaroo and enjoyed some success in this application. By 1929 the last Kangaroo was withdrawn from service.

The Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo was featured on the cover of the August, 1965, issue of "Model Airplane News Magazine" and captured by artist Jo Kotula in a WWI air battle scene.

Tupolev ANT-2
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Started Feb 8 2017 ..... Complete 21 Jun 2017
"When the Russians established a capability to produce duraluminum in 1922, A.N. Tupolev was quick to recognize the advantages of 'dural' for aircraft, and he was assigned the task of producing an aircraft, the ANT-2. It was a cantilevered high-wing monoplane design with a triangular fuselage cross-section which proved to provide strength and rigidity, reduced the need for fuselage struts and the aerodynamic befefit of avoiding vortex drag under the aft fuselage. It also permitted easy access to the engine, an enclosed space for two passengers and an entrance door. The enclosed passenger compartment was located below and behind the open pilot cockpit. The ANT-2 aircraft skin was made of corrugated sheet and the engine selected was a Bristol Lucifer piston engine of 100 horsepower. Wingspan wwas 32 feet 10 inches, fuselage length was 24 feet 7 inches and gross weight was 1848 pounds. It resulted in a maximum speed of 106 mph, range of 265 miles and service ceiling of almost 11,000 feet. However, due to material shortages in the USSR and difficulty in obtaining engines, the project never reached mass production.

This is the third model by Sam using his original and unique corrugation process. Follow this construction series as Sam builds his scale model of thse ANT-2.

Tupolev ANT-25
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Started Jun 21 2016
"The ANT-25 was the response from Stalin to develop an aircraft to 'put Soviet aircraft into the distance record books'. This Tupelov design had an extremely high aspect ration of more than 13.1 with a span of 112 feet. The first prototype was built with a corrugated wing/tailplane design which exhibited excessive drag. The solution to this problem was to change from corrugated surfaces to linen, varnished and polished. The crew of the ANT-25 consisted of a pilot, navigator/radio man and a backup pilot.

On June 18, 1937, a record-setting flight was attempted from Moscow to San Francisco. Fuel was inadequate and a landing was made at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, a distance of 5673 miles travelled in 63 hours and 25 ninutes. A second flight three weeks later covered 6306 miles in 62 hours and 17 minutes, landing 80 miles east of Los Angeles.

Follow this construction series as Sam builds his scale model of thse ANT-25.

Antoinette
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Started Mar 2016 - Completed Jun 21 2016 (445 Pix)
"The Antoinette IV was an early French monoplane. It was a high-wing aircraft with a fuselage of extremely narrow triangular cross-section and a cruciform tail. Power was provided by a V8 engine of Leon Lavavasseur's own design drovomg a [add;e-bladed tractor propellor. Lateral control was at first effected with a large triangular, and shortly afterwards trapezoidal-planform ailerons hinged to the trailing edge of the wings, althoufh wing-warping was substitued at an early stage in flight trials, and in this type proved more effective." (Description from Wikipedia)

Etrich Taube
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Started 26 Feb 2015 & Completed 07 Dec 2015
The Etrich Taube (Dove) was a monoplane aircraft which was first flown in 1910 and was mass-produced by Germany. It was their first practical military aircraft and served as fighter, bomber, surveillance and trainer until the start of WWI in 1914. Once the war began, it quickly proved to be inferior as a serious warplane. Like many contemporary aircraft, the Taube used warping to simulate aileron and elevator functions. The graceful and birdlike design has been loved by generations of aircraft afficianados. The Taube had a crew of 2, was 32.5 feet in length, had a wingspan of 47 feet, a wing area of 350 square feet and empty weight of 1433 pounds. The top flying speed of the production Taube was a little over 60 mph.

The Taube uses a very complicated system of cables to provide tension for the wing warping as shown in the painting. Sam has chosen to build a more conventional prototype, a kit model by Balsa USA, to determine performance characteristics, power requirements, etc. This will be followed by the final design which will be a close rendition of the full-scale Taube, including the use of wing warping and under-cambered wing.

Junkers D1 WWI Fighter
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Started 04 Jun 2014 & Completed 25 Feb 2015
The Junkers D1 was a fighter aircraft produced by Germany too late in WWI to become significant as a figher. However its true significance was it was the first all-metal fighter to enter service in the world!

The really innovative feature of thse D1 was its cantilevered low-wing design and its covering of corrugated duralumin. This was the same metal used for Zeppelin construction and was light yet very strong. The D1 was also fast and agile. Pilots who flew it called it a fighter pilot's dream airplane. Unfortunately, Germany's defeat in WWI prevented further development of the aircraft at the time.

Sam's RC model of the Junkers D1 will be a quarter-scale rendition using his newly-developed process for simulating corrugated covering.

Junkers JU52 Transport Aircraft
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Started 31 Jul 2013 & Completed 03 Jun 2014
The Junkers JU52, aka 'Auntie Ju', was a German trimotor transport aircraft manufactured from 1932 to 1945. Its versatility made it a popular aircraft, flying in all theaters of WWII and also with at least a dozen commercial air carriers including Deutsche Luft Hansa and Swissair as airliner and freight carrier. Its postwar service continued well into the 1980s. Junkers JU52/3m is on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

The JU52 had a low cantilever wing and a corrugated aluminum surface to provide torsional stiffening. The corrugated surface has been a challenge to building a replica in model form, but Sam has found an economical solution to duplicating the surface, a technique suggested by his wife, Ann. Look for the construction phase of this model to take at least 10 to 12 months to complete. Sam's JU52 will have a span of 99 inches, wing area of approximately 10 square feet and will be powered by 3 electric motors (size TBD).

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Dornier DO-23 Bomber
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e-Convesrsion Started 20 Jun 2013
Completed 24 Jul 2013
This is a project to convert Sam's DO-23 Bomber to electric power. This will be the first electric-powered model of his own design. The original DO-23 flies great, but is over-powered. The electric motors will be 0.46cid equivalents.

His original DO-23 model has flown in several events and won awards, primarily that of Best Craftsmanship. Scroll down for construction pics of this aircraft.

Focke-Wulf FW-189A
Reconnaisance Aircraft
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Started 20 Sep 2012
Completed 12 Jun 2013
The FW-189 was Focke-Wulf's response to the German Ministry of Aviation's request for a short-range, 3-seat reconnaissance aircraft in 1937. The designer of the FW-189 was Kurt Tank. His design was a twin-boom, twin-engined aircraft powered by Argus AS 420A-1 engines of 12 cylinder, inverted vee, air-cooled design; each of 465 horsepower.

The FW-189 had a span of 60 feet, 4.5 inches, a length of 39 feet, 4.5 inches and a height of 10 feet, 2 inches. Maximum speed was 217 mph, ceiling was 23,950 feet and range was 416 miles. Armament was one 7.92mm machine gun in each wing root, a twin 7.92 mg in the dorsal position and a twin 7.92mg in the rear cone. It had underwing racks for four 50kg bombs. First flights were in 1938 and last a/c were delivered in 1944; 864 were built.

Sam has chosen to model the FW-189A-2 version of the "OWL". Details of the model's design objectives will follow.

RQ-17A UAVde DRONE
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Started Jul 2012
Sam completed his RQ17 Drone design in 2007. It is a beautiful model aircraft, but initial flights showed it had severe instability, making it extremely difficult to fly and land, with the primary instability is in the roll (lateral) axis.

Not willing to trash the design, Sam has decided to redesign the RQ17, changing the delta wing-tips to straight tips, giving additional wing-tip area of approximately 3 square feet. Changes to the control surfaces and rudders are also planned, which should also improve stability. Finally, the original retract gears proved to be inadequate and will be replaced.

The RQ17A is flying! It may be Sam's favorite sport plane for awhile....

Handley Page Heyford Bomber
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Started 22 Aug 2011
The HEYFORD was the last of the RAF's heavy biplane bombers. It was built to a 1927 specification and served with eleven front-line squadrons. It was an 'express' bomber, designed to deliver a large bomb load at high speed, then land, refuel and re-arm quickly- in less than a half hour! The HEYFORD is known for being used in two very important developments: in-flight refueling and aircraft-detection radar.

Wingspan of the HEYFORD was just over 75 feet and length was 58 feet. Maximum speed was just over 140 mph with and ceiling of 21000 feet and range of 920 miles. A unique feature of the aft fuselage was a gun turret, called a 'dustbin', which could be lowered below the bottom of the fuselage where it could be rotated for a wide range of firing positions. There was also a gunner atop the rear fuselage and another atop the nose.

German WWI GOTHA Bomber
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Started 26 Dec 2010
In the spring of 1917, a bomber with sufficient range and numbers became available to the Germans to bomb the London area. It was called the Gotha Bomb Dropper. The first attack on London was actually made by a Gotha LVG-CH on November 26, 1916. The first daylight raid on London was made by 14 Gothas on June 13, 1917.

This two-engine nightmare with its six 200 pound bombs came barrelling in at 81 miles per hour and made the giant Zeppelins obsolete over night. The Gotha was armed with guns on the nose and behind the pilot. The rear gun could even fire down through a slot in the fuselage, much to the surprise of many British fighters attacking from below!

Gloster Javelin
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Started Jan 2010
The Javelin was the last aircraft to bear the Gloster name. It was Gloster's response to a 1947 British Air Ministry request for a high performance, all-weather, jet fighter/interceptor for the Royal Air Force.

The Javelin prototype first flew 26 Nov 1951 and was placed in service on 29 Feb 56. It was retired in April 1968. A total of 435 aircraft were built. It was the RAF's first missile-armed intercepter and the RAF's only delta-winged fighter.

Sam will scratch-build the Javelin with 2 jet turbine engines.

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Laird-Turner Meteor Racer (Repro)
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Started Mar 2009
By 1935, Roscoe Turner had won both the Bendix and Thompson trophies in air racing. in 1936 Turner designed a new racer, a full cantilever, mid-wing monoplane with fixed gear. It was to be powered by a huge 1830 cid, 1000 hp radial Twin Wasp Sr engine. He dubbed the new plane the R-14 Meteor. Although he was in the lead with the Meteor in the 1937 National Air Races in the final lap, he had to re-circle a pylon he missed. In spite of this delay, he came in 3rd with a speed of 253.8 mph. In 1938, his Meteor was sponsored by the Pump Engineering Services Corporation (PESCO), and he won his 2nd Thompson Trophy with a speed of 283.4 mph. After winning his 3rd Thompson Trophy in 1939 with the Meteor, Turner retired from racing. The 1939 version of the Meteor is hanging in the National Air and Space Museum, Garber Facility in Maryland.

Unfortunately, the Meteor was totally destroyed on its maiden flight due to a bad cell in the battery pack.

Miles Hawk Speed Six Racer (Repro)
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Started Mar 2009
Sam's Miles Speed Six Racer

Completed Aug 2009

Junkers JU-87B STUKA
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Started Sep 2008
Sam's JU87B Stuka

Completed Feb 2009

DeHavilland DH-108 Swallow
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Started Jan 2008 & Completed Aug 2008
This is Sam's 2nd model of the DH-108. The first was sold a few years ago, but Sam liked it so much he decided to do another version.

This is the first of three prototypes of the DH-108: Model # TG/283

Note: The wing-top pods contained anti-spin parachutes which did not perform as desired and were eliminated on the two subsequent prototypes. This feature was not implemented on this model, for obvious reasons!

RQ-17 UAV
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Started Aug 2007 & Completed Nov 2007
The RQ-17 drone is a double-delta design. It is an approximate quarter-scale copy of a UAV observed in early 2005 flying over the higly-classified and secret Area 88 in northwest Australia, reported by some to be the area used by the US to develop unmanned aerial vehicles. It is thought the RQ17 has already been tested in combat situations in remote areas of Afghanistan as early as 2006. The operational range is about 88 miles in the present design, making it practical to be carried on Stryker M1127 Reconnaissance Vehicles to provide protection and observer capabilities.

From reports, the full-scale RQ-17 employs a special terrain-following system which permits it to fly as low as 25 feet using a new GPS-based autonomous flight system. It is also anticipated that it will use the new classified mini-missile system that reportedly can track and kill un-armored vehicles and personnel at ranges of up to three miles from the release point, allowing the RQ-17 to make lightning hit-and-run forays directly into enemy convoys and defensive positions.

Details on the full-scale RQ-17, if ever really built, may be released at that time. Information, however, will be provided on this jet turbine-powered model by Sam Snyder as construction and flying progress....

RQ-16 SYZYGY UAV
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Started Jan 2007 & Completed Apr 2007
Sam has had this RQ-16 design under development on the design board of his imagination for some time, ever since he first saw the original prototypes fly down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 'Nam - one of the first drones ever used in real combat, or was that a dream he had while enduring those endless monsoons?

Sam named his drone the SYZYGY, a term meaning 'a kind of unity, especially through alignment or coordination, a kind of conjunction'. Fitting.

The completed weight for the 96 inch span, twin-boom jet is 22 pounds. It first flew at the Mississippi Afterburner event in April, 2007.

Yakovlev Yak-40 Soviet Airliner
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Started May 2006 & Completed Jan 2007
This is the construction project for a 102 inch span, scale flying model of the Yakovlev Yak-40, a commercial passenger aircraft.

Sam's model is be a scratchbuilt version, built from his own plans, and be powered by one 14-pound thrust jet turbine engine. The interior of the model is detailed like that of a private version of the Yak-40, including seats, tables, etc.

This Yak40 model first flew in April 2007 at the Mississippi Afterburner event.

Martin RB57D Canberra Spy Plane
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Started Sep 2005 & Completed May 2006
This is the construction project for a 102 inch span, scale flying model of the Martin RB57D Canberra - a high altitude reconnaisance aircraft.

Sam's model is a scratchbuilt version, built from his own plans, and is powered by two 14-pound thrust jet turbine engines. This is a 'long-wing' version of the original English Electric Canberra.

The RB57D model was lost on an early test flight when one of the tanks broke loose and slid back, causing a stall and crash, on takeoff.

Lockheed U2/TR-1 Spy Plane
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Started Mar 2005 & Completed Aug 2006
This construction project is for a 1/12 scale flying model of the U2/TR-1 Dragon Lady, and is a scratchbuilt version. It is powered by a 14-pound thrust jet turbine engine and has a 104 inch wingspan.

This U2 model is highly susceptible to even minor cross winds, like the full-scale version, and suffered a major crash at a jet event in Mt. Pleasant in late 2005 while being test-flown by a friend of Sam. However, it was quickly restored and has received many awards at jet events across the east.

deHavilland D-110 Sea Vixen
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Started Oct 2004 & Completed Mar 2005
Sam over-whelmingly prefers to build all his models from scratch, developing his own plans from plans and photos of the original aircraft, but this project involved a major bashing of an existing kit by Bob Violett Models of Florida!!

The Sea Vixen was first flown in early 2005 at several jet events in the east and has won several awards for workmanship.

Dornier DO-17 Bomber
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Started Feb 2004 & Completed Oct 2004
This is a model of the very successful DO-17 bomber used extensively by Germany in WWII.

Sam's scratch-built model of this aircraft sports a 96 inch wingspan and is powered by two OS-108 engines. It is a faithful and beautiful rendition of the bomber.

The D0-17 flew successfully in 2007.

Dornier DO-23 Bomber
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Started Aug 2003 & Completed Feb 2004 )
This is a scratch-built version of this old bomber flown by the Germans in the period betwenn WWI and WWII. It is a faithful reproduction of this aircraft, including the rails used by the crew members when moving between forward and aft cockpits during flight!

This DO-23 model has flown in several events and won awards, primarily that of Best Craftsmanship.

DeHavilland 108 Swallow
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Completed in 2002
Sam's model of the Swallow was an instant success when flown in jet meets in 2003 and later. It won many awards, including Best Craftsmanship.

The original Swallow was known for its instability, and killed its pilot in a devestating crash. The model was unstable until Sam finally found the sweet spot of the center of gravity. Since then, it was a pleasure to fly.

This model of the Swallow was sold to an enterprising modeler who is in the process of making molds that will be used to make kit parts to sell.

Avro Vulcan, Post-WWII Bomber
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Started in 2001
Completed and Flown in 2007
This is a huge, 108 inch wingspan, scratch-built model of this beautiful British bomber.

This awesome plane was delayed in its first flights due to being slightly overweight when construction was completed.

First flight at Waco TX

In the meantime, the Vulcan won awards when displayed staticly at meets. A waiver was from AMA was finally granted and the Vulcan made its first two flights on the weekend of 11 August 2007 at Waco, Texas. And it flew magnificently!

Click HERE to see the 1st-flight photos
Click HERE to see the 2nd-flight photos

Click HERE to see the AVRO VULCAN fly at TOP GUN 2009

Lockheed Sirius
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Completed circa 2000
This is a scratch-built version of the Sirius.

Sorry, no construction photos are available.

British Spitfire Fighter
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Completed ?????
Scratch-built.

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Soviet MiG-15 Korean War Vintage Jet Fighter
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Completed ?????
Scratch-built.

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