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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

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Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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My Main Modeling Websites

Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) - Airplanes and RocketsAcademy of Model Aeronautics

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Tower Hobbies

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Horizon Hobby

Sig Manufacturing - Airplanes and Rockets

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Ace All Star Biplane Kit

Ace All Star biplane advertisement from 1974 American Aircraft Modeler magazine - Airplanes and Rockets

Ace All Star biplane advertisement from a 1974 edition of American Aircraft Modeler magazine. 

Ace All Star Biplane Kit Box Label - Airplanes and RocketsMy Ace All Star biplane was built while I was stationed at Robins Air Force Base, in Warner Robins, Georgia (just south of Macon). A pair of foam wings help it to build quickly. Ace sold both this tapered chord version and a constant chord version of the foam wings for decades, and they are still very popular on eBay when they come up for sale.

I put an OS .15 engine up front, and three channels worth of Hobby Shack Cirrus 4-channel radio in it. My memory of the All Star is not very clear, although I do remember flying it in a field somewhere out on the back 40 (more like back 400) acres of the base where no full-size air traffic ventured. It lost its life during some dumb low-level maneuver, and went down really far away. That involved walking through a lot of tall grass - in Georgia, where snakes and even alligators were not uncommon. I seriously considered just leaving it there, but my unwillingness to abandon that amount of investment (quite a lot for a USAF enlisted guy's pay) overpowered the chicken-ness in me and I cautiously waded over to it. I snatched it up and made like an F-15 back to open ground exactly in the path from which I came, figuring that if there was anything nasty there, it would have devoured or bitten me on the way in. It turned out the Ace All Star Biplane was not damaged as badly as assumed, allowing it to be made airworthy again so that I could demolish it another day.

The photos here are from an Ace All Star Biplane kit I purchased from a fine fellow on the RF Groups website. I highly recommend looking there for modeling items before resorting to eBay. You'll usually get a better deal, and it'll most likely be from a real modeler, not someone selling stuff he/she knows nothing about that was picked up at an estate sale.

 

 

Posted November 5, 2022
(updated from original post on 6/12/2011)

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