This .40-size Dirty Birdy pattern ship was the last plane I built. It was finished
sometime around 1980 and represents the epitome of my model building abilities -- fuselage covered with
fiberglass cloth, microballoon blending of wing and fuselage, airbrushed epoxy finish, etc. I flew this
plane a few times then dropped out of the hobby. Little things like marriage (yes, that is my wife below),
business travel, college courses, kids and home ownership kind of distracted me a little. Twenty years
later I decided to introduce my son to the world of radio controlled model airplanes. While I got him
started with a trainer, I got the Dirty Birdy back up to flying condition for me to fly (second picture).
I added a tuned pipe (third picture) more for looks than for the extra performance, although I did get
more power out of the engine as a result.
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