I designed this radio controlled model of a
Fokker E.V, a 1918 WW-I German monoplane.
The fuselage covering was inkjet printed
paper and was available for six different
historic Jasta 6 aircraft versions. Extensive
research and over a year's worth of effort was
put into this project. About 35 actual kits were
hand produced and sold. Each model was
packaged with two of the Jasta 6 color
schemes and complete laser-cut wood and
aluminum parts. The model was
state-of-the-art, with slot-tab construction for
fast accurate assembly - and probably the
best build-manual in the RC industry.
JASTA 6 Colors
Since the accuracy of colors on these old aircraft is always a subject of heated debate among the
historians (the existing photos from the era are black & white, and highly subject to film type).
So I made a version of the airplane in GRAYSCALE (E.V 157). Who could argue colors on that
The supplied ink jet printed paper provided a means to avoid the
extremely time consuming task of creating accurate graphics on the
model. Also included were numerous interior details to add realism.
This advertising
graphic shows
the five versions
of the model, all
based on
historical data
and photos.
These two
images are Alias
renderings of the
CAD model.
These are among the hundred or so of renderings
done for the build manual. CAD images were easier to
understand than actual photos.
My PILOT, Dieter.
Years later, I became involved in an internet discussion about the colors and
patterns on the EV. It seems that the wings were actually done in a streaked
camo style so I experimented with Alias mapping to get this effect.
An internet friend asked me to do some CAD work on the fuselage of
an Albatros D-3, a revolutionary WW-I German aircraft, for a scale
model kit he was going to manufacture. This project required a lot of
research for accuracy. The images of the full scale replica ALBY (to
the right) are of an incredible project being done in New Zealand by
a very serious builder, clearly with a significant budget to match his
fanatic attention to historical accuracy. His work gives one an idea of
the sophisticated surfaces of this circa 1917 technology.
The efforts resulting in this series of fuselage surface
developments, accurately working to the sections
provided (most had to be finessed due to the primitive
technology of the time). I had to do inner and outer
surfaces for the scale model construction.
One of the many amazing
color schemes for these
incredible aircraft. The best
of German artists were
involved for this work (beats
infantry duty in the WW-I
Thank you, Mr. Koloman!
electric foamy
Still unbuilt or tested, this design for a small
depron foam electric model is languishing on
my CAD system,
The LA-11 FERRET was my first major RC project and totally
pre-CAD. I did a tape drawing & clay models, then made vac-form
tools in resin. Final parts made in Lexan. This project consumed
about 1500 hours over three years but was rewarded the cover of
the major radio control magazine, RC MODELER. Which is good
because it weighed too much to fly very well... it did have several
flights and, after years of hanging from my garage ceiling, has
very recently been donated to the Miniature Craftsmanship
Museum in Carlsbad, Ca.
This is a great place and I am proud that they accepted the Ferret
for display in their collection.
PROOF that it flew!
I did a photo shoot at the Marine air base, Miramar. It took
months to set this up but once it was arranged, they were
very helpful, even asking if I wanted them to move any of
the F-18s. Fortunately the early day lighting on the aircraft
was optimum. The model is sitting on a table in front of the
Hornets, to align the perspective correctly.
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The  Cyclone was an effort to design a
modern version of a Golden Age airplane.
The huge round cowl, open cockpit, faired
landing gear and rounded wing tips are all
part of the 1930's romance and excitement. I
had built two large versions of this design but
wanted a more compact model which could
be transported without removing the wings.
Early sketches for the "30".
These instrument panels were intended to
be very modern and in keeping with the
internet age in which this plane was
introduced. I also wanted it to be fairly
realistic and ergonomic.
Printed graphics were designed and
provided for the kit.
The finished color
scheme is intended
to leave no doubt
about the sports
oriented nature of
this design.

It is powered by a
.30 cubic inch
4-stoke engine.
This earlier version of the Cyclone was done in two
versions (65" wingspan). The silver plane is running a
Saito .91 4-stoke and the red model has a Saito 120.
These planes are still favorites although the red plane
needs some major attention after its last flight.
A few build pix to provide an idea of the
construction on the big Cyclones.
A favorite aircraft: This Alias model would have been very large and
pusher-prop powered. It probably would have not flown well but was a
CAD learning experience.
A workout for the bomb-drop mechanism.
The main landing gear involved some
complex motions.
To add some information to this
discussion - and answer some obvious
Yes, the colors on the bottom surfaces
are from a totally different color palette
from the top, based on German
observations and conclusions that camo
should work differently looking down than
looking up. This is their conclusion at the
time. However it makes sense when you
think about it.
Secondly, although the fuselage colors
are predetermined and printed out on
fabric, the wing colors are completely
hand done, with a big wet sloppy brush
full of stain. It is a tribute to the craftsmen
(and women) in the Fokker plant that any
of this had consistancy or logic.
Unfortunately, the old photos, although
they totally support the streaked camo
look, are fairly useless as to the specifics.
The remaining fragments of fabric in the
museums do not resolve the debate.
If anyone wants the files on this
project, to make this design and try to
fly it, please contact me. Good luck
with this never tested, probably too
heavy concept.
This model is still in the design process. It will use components from a Freewing Venom which is
no more. May its components find a new life in this plane.
The construction is very simple, relying on lite-ply and balsa. It will have flaps, air brakes and a
six cell battery pack. It will have a 59" wingspan and weigh five or six pounds.
I hope to have a number of LED landing lights to come down with the gear. This should help
with orientation during landing, besides looking very cool.
The landing gear will not fit in my wing section so the solution requires some "section" on the doors.
The fan is quite rearward in this model. The exterior surfaces reflect the internal ducting,
which is shown in this view.
This is a preliminary look at
a logo for the tail.
The forward servo (left) will operate an air brake on the wing top. The
other servo powers the high lift Fowler flaps which are intended to result
in a very low landing speed for a jet.