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Old Jan 14, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Hurst Bowers' model designs


I'm a friend and fan of the late Hurst Bowers - a great modeler and true Southern Gentleman. He co-founded the highly regarded Flyline Models kit company, was inducted into the AMA's Model Aviation Hall of Fame, and left us with about 80 model designs that I know of. I keep a list of his designs to preserve his work and promote his memory.

I've done parts layouts and had parts lasercut for some of his designs. So far I've done build threads on three:
34-5/8" Buhl Sport Airsedan (April 1966 Aeromodeller)
39" Kinner Sportster (Flyline)
39" Farman Moustique (Flyline)

These are all good fliers, though I had to modify the Buhl Sport some and the Kinner could use some washout. The Farman is my favorite electric flier!

And Dick Everett's built the 30" Lincoln Sport bipe (June 1975 Flying Models) from my parts.

-Dave Plumpe
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 01:43 PM
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Very nice looking models.
I like the way they are finished.
John
Old Mar 31, 2013, 03:47 PM
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Thanks much, John. Mine are LiteSpan/GMtissue/Coverlite with a couple airbrushed coats thin dope to even it out & bring to a semigloss. Registration nbrs are doped & Balsarited Litespan and most smaller markings are homemade decals. Dick Everett covered his Lincoln Sport with silkspan & Modelspan tissue & dope. I'd guess Hurst used colored tissue and clear dope on his Aristocrat, but that's just a guess.

The Kinner & Farman are both in the shop after being dumbthumbed. Working on the Farman now to rebuild left wing (tree branch leapt out), replace both wingtips, and fix some broken fuselage stringers, etc.

-Dave

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