Many of our members have outstanding scale models and interesting aircraft, but there are few models that can compare to the one that fellow long-time SMAC member Richard Kaczmerak is working on. He's building a 1/3 scale Boeing Stearman biplane that is a marvelous example of skill and craftsmanship. Dick started the project using a Balsa USA kit, and after two years of fabricating and modifying, he's nearly finished, and it's amazing.
The twelve-foot wingspan aircraft is covered with Ceconite aircraft fabric, and the forward fuselage is skinned with aluminum- just like the real deal. Dick modified the airplane to have four ailerons instead of two, making it a Super Stearman. It has Robart brakes, smoke writing capability, and sensor telemetry. Power is provided by a seven cylinder, four-stroke UMS 260cc gas radial engine.
Dick says that the model is ready for the paint booth, and we'll have more photos posted then.