Future Projects

Here are some of the aircraft I would like to model.  Most of them are a bit (ahem) eclectic… I am finding that I like to build aircraft that no one else has done, or at least no one else has done recently.  My Basler turboprop conversion of the C-47 is an example of a substantive change on a classic theme. Heinkel HE-111Z (zwilling) which is German for twin: HE-111 The Heinkel HE-111Z was designed specifically to tow the huge (dare I say “giant”) Messerschmitt ME-321 Gigant glider.  The german air force had no (single) aircraft that could tow that behemoth, so they asked Heinkel to cobble something together quickly.  The result was this conversion – cut the wing off of two HE-111 medium bombers outboard of the engine and add a 5th engine in the center.  The design worked and served the intended purpose for the duration of the war. Since I would build it for electric power, the thought of 5 engines does not trouble me at all… Aeronca 402 Lancer – beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone! Aeronca 402 One of a kind in so many ways… Or how about the BV-141, the assymentrical twin.  I have the Ziroli plans for this puppy! The assymetrical twin The Naval Aircraft Factory N3N (no, it’s NOT a Stearman!): N3N There are so many hanger tales about this aircraft being a copy of a Stearman (Navy N2S) or some variation on that theme.  Both aircraft were designed in 1934, so neither preceded the other by more than a few months.  Besides being biplane, tandem cockpit trainers with radial engines, these aircraft have essentially nothing in common. The biggest difference is the construction.  The Stearman has a wood wing and steel tube fuselage.  The N3N has an aluminum fuselage frame and aluminum wing.  The list of differences goes on, but the quickest identification is the landing gear.  The Stearman uses a single, large strut and the N3N uses a tripod design.

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