Laird “Solution” Scale Model Plan & 3 View

“Download William’s 3 view and 22in wingspan model construction plan (scroll to end of post)”


 

BY  
William Skelly

 

 

The Author taking measurements at the New England Air Museum
Laird “Solution” 3 view
by William Skelly

 

 

Laird Solution Construction Plans
& 3 View Drawing


There’s nothing better than when a scale modeler builds a model from plans that he or she has drawn. 

Well, maybe there is – if that modeler/designer has developed their own three-view general arrangement drawing from measurements he has taken from the actual airplane to be modeled!

Such is the case with clubster William Skelly who trekked to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT to view the original Laird LC-DW 300 “Solution” in their golden age raceplanes collection.  William convinced Museum management to let him get up close to the one-of-a-kind aircraft and take the measurements needed to compose his own scale 3 view drawing for the Laird.  We’re thrilled to offer William’s drawing to you here as a free download, along with the rubber-powered free flight scale model construction plan he designed and drew from that 3 view. 

By using actual measurements taken from the real airplane along with perspective photos, William eliminated the foibles that often come with designing a model from a previously published 3 view drawing.  Noted model airplane designer Bill Hannan discussed the issue in one of his excellent books, highlighting the discrepancies between published 3 view drawings for the ubiquitous Fokker DVII World War I fighter aircraft.  Bill favored taking measurements from the actual aircraft whenever possible.

After taking a short break from his documenting and designing efforts (it’s not easy, but rewarding), William is now underway with construction of a flying scale model from his plans.   We’re sure he’ll do a real knock-out job of it too.

Why not download your own set of plans and documentation and join along in the build?  We’re sure William would be happy to correspond with any modeler who does.

Thanks again for your excellent contribution, William!

Download 3 View Drawing
Download Construction Plan (print on 8.5 x 11in sheets)
Download Construction Plan (print on one Arch D 24x36in sheet)

 

Zee Zpandau!

Build a realistic Spandau machine gun for your German WWI model!


 

BY  
William Skelly

Construction Plans & How-To


The Flying Aces Club (FAC) World War I mass launch event is always a hit at our indoor and outdoor model meets (check the calendar on this site and join us to see for yourself).

FAC Rules for the WWI mass launch event specify that 3D armament must be present on all models participating.

Clubster William Skelly found that many WWI flying scale model construction plans offer sketchy, if any, instructions describing how to make the machine guns.

William tackled the issue head-on by drawing his own plans for the Spandau machine gun on his latest model of a German Fokker D VII fighter aircraft (see pics on the Photos page). 

We’re very pleased to share with you his plans and construction article.  Now you too can have realistic Spandau guns on your model. 

Thanks William!

Download Construction Article

Download Plan

 

Fall 2019 Contest Photos – Amesbury & Durham

 

View Pictures, highlights & Results

We had some truly great flying days at this Fall’s local meets.  Unfortunately, turnout for the Oct 13 Woodsom Farm meet was light.  If you were not able to attend, please try to make upcoming meets – we need your participation and it’s assured you’ll have fun. 

We’ve posted photo essays of the recent Amesbury MA and Durham CT meets.  View these on the Pictures Page to get a sense for the goings-on at the field.  Feel free to post your comments.

Click the image at left to view the full results of the October 13 Amesbury Meet. 

See you at the next meet!

 

Stealth Squadron Fall Contest – October 13 in Amesbury, MA

 

Update: sat 10/12 flying cancelled

all events flown on sunday 10/13!

Click the image at left to view the full contest flyer which includes Directions, Event Roster, Contest Director contact info, etc. 

Location will be at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA about 30 minutes north of Boston. 

Come on out and fly with us.  If you don’t have a model airplane we’ll help you get started in this rewarding hobby.

 

September 15 Fall Fly-In Meet – Durham CT

 

join us!

The next local meet is this coming Sunday Sept 15 at Whites Farm in Durham, CT about a 2hr drive from Boston. 

Click the image at left to view the full contest flyer which includes the event roster, Contest Director contact info, etc. 

Directions to Whites Farm in Durham

Several Stealth Sqdn members will be attending and competing to represent our club.  Make the drive and join in the fun!

 

Stealth Squadron Summer Meet – September 8 in Amesbury, MA

 

Update!

This meet is moved to Sunday Sept 8 due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday Sept 7 with Hurricane Dorian.   Location will be at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA about 30 minutes north of Boston. 

Click the image at left to view the full contest flyer which includes Directions, Event Roster, Contest Director contact info, etc. 

Come on out and fly with us.  If you don’t have a model airplane we’ll help you get started in this rewarding hobby.

 

Stealth Squadron Summer Meet – September 7 in Amesbury, MA

 

join us!

The next local meet is September 7 at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA about 30 minutes north of Boston. 

Click the image at left to view the full contest flyer which includes Directions, Event Roster, Contest Director contact info, etc. 

Come on out and fly with us.  If you don’t have a model airplane we’ll help you get started in this rewarding hobby.

 

Flying Aces Spring Fling Contest – June 23 in Durham, CT

 

join us!

The next local meet is June 23 at Whites Farm in Durham, CT about a 2hr drive from Boston. 

Click the image at left to view the full contest flyer which includes the event roster, Contest Director contact info, etc. 

Directions to Whites Farm in Durham

Several Stealth Sqdn members will be attending and competing to represent our club.  Make the drive and join in the fun!