Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Won the Model Aviation Mystery Airplane mini-Contest

Dave Gee writes the Safety First column in Model Aviation magazine's May issue. 

The contest is simple. Dave publishes an unidentified photo in his column and asks readers to email in their best guess as to the identity of the airplane. The prize is a copy of the plans for a Vought SB2U dive bomber as a No-Cal.

I read the column and was drawn to this little black and white photo of an airplane mounted on a pole outside Clark Air Base in the Philippines. I practically leaped off the couch to get to the computer. My copy of Flying Colors by Green and Swanborough was consulted. It was definitely a photo of a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa (Peregrine Falcon) with the Allied reporting name "Oscar".

It was an honor to win Dave's design for a no-cal of his Vought SB2U Vindicator. There are lots of color schemes to choose from. Dave's model is marked in the scheme of one used in the Errol Flynn movie, Dive Bomber.
We shall see what the Comet Kid comes up with next.

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