There was a time when, if you wanted to fly a model airplane, you had to build it first. Yes, it's true. ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) planes had yet to make the scene. This model, a profile of the pylon racer "Buster," was probably the first I made with a built-up wing (ribs, spars and covering). Before that, I built smaller planes with wings made from a sheet of balsa wood. We also didn't have iron-on covering material. These wings were covered with tissue paper, then painted with dope which both shrank and stiffened the paper.



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