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Old Dec 26, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Grandpas Bipe

This is a plane my Grandfather built. Probably in 92-93 or so. He was a B-17 pilot in WW2.

I remember him being very excited about the future of electric flight although i wasn't into the hobby at the time. I always went to the field with him as a kid and watched him fly gas planes. Due to the delicate nature and expense, i never got into it until recently.

He passed away in 96 and left a lot of gadgets behind. He lived in Kansas City and i'm now in Hawaii. I would have brought everything back with me but i was only able to get this one. I drove it to Denver and my Mom later flew it back at her side. I don't think it would have made it shipped. It's a beautifully crafted plane.

Just wanted to post some pics of it. Does anybody know if this was a kit or a specific model? I do know it was supposed to be electric and it seems pretty custom. Heres to you Grandpa.
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Old Dec 26, 2007, 11:28 PM
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The plane is a Tiger Moth. which kit, I couldn't guess without some dimentions.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 03:19 AM
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Thanks Majortomski. Wingspan is about 26 inches.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 01:02 PM
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Well at 26 inches it's pretty small, relative to all the kits out there. The closest and oldest kit came from Sterling in the 70's and 80's. There's a build here

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/fb.asp?m=6140515

Then again Grandad may have scratch built it from plans.

HTH Glad you have a piece of your family history.
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Old Jan 02, 2008, 11:24 AM
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Much respect to your Gramps for being a WW2 vet and an excellent model builder.
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