The Radio Control model aircraft builder is always wanting their aircraft to look realistic, whether it be the colour scheme, the operation of all the control surfaces or the remote opening of the canopy.
Formed in 2016 by Cary Bailey and Bert Schmitz, we both have scale aircraft that needed that extra amount of detail that enabled our aircraft to look authentic.
” Bert and I are R/C model aircraft builders and pilots, we want our models to look real so that you guys can fly them with pride! ”
An Idea is Born
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The First Project
The idea of improving the scale look on a model aircraft is not ordinarily what every model builder has the opportunity to do as a production kit usually has a limit as to how the alterations can be made. Cary reviewed many building styles of fellow and well respected model builders to understand what could be done.
Cary decided he needed detailed information from a full size aircraft. Again his choice was the P51 Mustang. Correspondence with a pilot and owner of a P51D, Cary gained the knowledge of the dimensions of the front section of the P51D and set about scaling this information to create his first set of Merlin exhaust stacks and shrouds. The introduction to Bert through a fellow model builder, formed the design partnership to produce these exhaust kits for the 1/5 scale P51D.
With the first set of stacks and shrouds gaining a lot of interest from you builders, Bert and I realised that we could scale the kits to meet the demands of models of different scales upto and including 1/3 scale.
We designed the exhaust kit to be made for the various plan and kit sizes available to suit the TopFlite, Ziroli, Chad Veich, Brian Taylor, CARF, Hangar 9 and more including bespoke sizes to suit the scratch builder.
Depending upon the size and the requirements of the individual the stacks have been developed to be made from standard PLA to nylon materials and can be hollow in construction, not only to be light in weight but to provide assisted cooling airflow in and around engine bays.
Each exhaust kit has everything needed to install the exhaust system except paint and adhesives. Included are a pair of precisely printed shrouds, 12 exhaust stacks and illustrated instructions.
The holes in the shrouds for the stacks are positioned so that the stacks fit at the correct angle, both downward and aft. Stops at the base of each socket set all the stacks at the correct height and the shrouds are pre-shaped as well. All the builder has to do is detail and paint the stacks and shroud then install the finished exhaust to his cowl, – that’s the fun part and fully explained in the instructions.
The basic design of the shrouds allows them to be mounted on the inside or the outer surface of the cowl, providing excellent realism with the least amount of work giving the ultimate in realism. (Flush mounting requires some clearance inside cowl and normally works best on fiberglass cowls.)