Alex Whittaker

Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 24, 2021  |  0 comments
In a Model Magic double header, Alex Whittaker celebrates two models from ace scale man, Gerhard Reinsch

I was told about the death of Gerd Reinsch in early August 2020. Gerhard was loved by many involved with the UK large scale model circuit. His lovely manner and ready sense of humour endeared him to his many UK fans. Most of all, he was famous for his large scale, highly detailed model aircraft which he flew with consummate skill.

Alex Whittaker  |  May 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker admires Ken Sheppard’s ex-ARTF cartoon scale Italian trimotor

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk) first flew in September 1934. It was a low-wing, triple-engine cantilever monoplane of wood and metal construction. Operated as a medium bomber it was easily recognisable by its distinct fuselage hump. Indeed, its crews, who generally seemed to like the aircraft, dubbed the design 'il gobbo maledetto', or damned hunchback.

Alex Whittaker  |  Mar 30, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker celebrates Indoor F/F scale models and recommends them as possible winter projects

Some of the sweetest model aeroplanes I have ever seen in my life have been indoor free-flight scale models. There is something intensely appealing about their cute size, their accurate but tiny proportions and, most of all, their cleverly judged level of detail.

Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 31, 2019  |  0 comments
Even apparently simple things, like starting an engine, often assume a good bit of inter-related background knowledge. Of course, the problem for the newcomer is acquiring that know-how quickly. So, I want to look at the underlying fundamentals one by one and then go though a typical and practical start-up procedure step-by-step. Buckle up tight in the back now! We’ll be starting a standard sport glow engine in the modelling equivalent of the missionary position.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments
My home-brew winter project has reached the stage where the woodwork is essentially complete, bar some final gluing up, and it’s time to cover the model. Since the aeroplane is a sports design I’ve decided to use an eye catching scheme in a bright iron-on film. Now, before applying any covering I always perform a trial installation of the radio and engine, including all control runs, as it’s all too easy to damage a covered model during this process. Also, it’s very much easier to cover components whilst they’re still flat objects on the bench.
Alex Whittaker  |  Mar 04, 2015  |  0 comments
I don't mind the cold, dark, wet nights. I'm not ashamed to admit that I adore those long evenings in the shed with the radio on. I find the smell of balsa dust and machine oil very comforting. I'm definitely in 'winter project mode' at the moment, though I keep the trusty winter hack charged up just in case.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jul 28, 2014  |  0 comments
Early season, and I was at ex-RAF Sleap on a different mission and where I had a pleasant surprise. It was my first outdoor meeting of the 2012 season and, as I limbered up with three clanking cameras, the last thing I expected to shoot was two brand new ARTF Sea Furies! They were not small fry either. The new Black Horse Sea Fury is over six feet in span, which my dodgy maths makes about 1/6-scale. Weighing in at around 7.
Alex Whittaker  |  Feb 25, 2014  |  0 comments
A Cox control-line P-51. Cox were making live fuel powered RTFs generations before the current boom in ARTFs. Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. The blonde person has been having great fun with her brand new, shrieking-yellow strimmer.
Alex Whittaker  |  Jun 04, 2013  |  0 comments
Here's what we're aiming to achieve. . . .
Alex Whittaker  |  Aug 13, 2012  |  0 comments
The Ponnier Monoplane Racer, conceived by Albert Pagny, was specifically designed to compete in the Gordon Bennett Rheims Air Race in 1913. It had a span of 23ft 6in, and was powered by a twin-row rotary Gnome engine. The event, the third of its kind, was held on the Betheny Plain site of the historic first race in 1909. It is significant to note that even this early in the history of air racing, eight of the nine entries flew monoplanes.

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