Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 | Page 28

Hairless Joe Returns to England By David Gianakos from Aerotech models in 2003. This was a great kit and while expensive, included most everything you needed to complete it including the engine, a BrisonSachs 4.2 cubic inch gas motor. The skin was all carbon fiber, and had thousands of rivets and all the A great story about a dream, a concept of building a famous WWII Colonel’s scale P-47, and flying it off the same airbase as he did in the UK during WWII A heart warming historical story all about a scale P-47D model. Editor I have had a lifelong interest in building plastic kits and scratchbuilding models since I was a child. Most of my works have been spacecraft/rockets, but in the past several years I have gotten involved with building and flying radio controlled RC WWII warbirds. Mostly these have been P-47 Thunderbolt replicas, but recently I have built two 1/5 scale F4U-1A Corsair aircraft models, one that was placed on permanent display at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida last October, and the second one will be placed at the Spirit of Flight Center in Erie, Colorado this spring. Who is Hairless Joe? My first flyable warbird was a 1/6 scale P-47D kit The large crate with Hairless Joe safely packedloading into the baggage compartment of the airliner for the long trip to the UK ...... 28