Model: 1/8-scale Curtiss FIIC-2 Goshawk
Designer/builder: Jeffery Fiscus
Wingspan: 44.6 in.
Wing area: 487 sq. in.
Wing loading: 17 oz./sq. ft.
Length: 31 in.
Weight: 3 lb., 10 oz.
Power: Rimfire .15 w/ 35A speed control
Battery: 3S 2200mAh LiPo
Propeller: APC 14x4
Radio: Futaba 14SG w/ S3115 servos
Model Airplane News: How did you get started in designing scale planes?
Jeffery Fiscus: I actually started designing my own models when I was a teenager. I always liked drafting and was very interested in aerodynamics. I would study plans in the magazines and adapt many of the design techniques I saw there to my own models. (Gordon Whitehead and Dave Platt are my favorite designers.) Initially, I designed and built free-flight then got into RC around 1975. I still have my original radio my Dad bought for me! I started designing sport models, mostly aerobatic types. After A&P school (I’m an aircraft mechanic by trade), I moved to Connecticut and after flying sport models for a few years, I started switching over to scale. I’ve always found the challenge of designing a workable scale model that replicates the full scale extremely rewarding. I first designed mostly .25- to .40-size WW I biplanes. After a few years, I started a larger scale Tiger Moth, a model of one I occasionally went for rides in at Old Rhinebeck. This was my first completely detailed model. It made it up to silver dope on the fabric when I stopped working on it, and ultimately I gave it away when we moved to West Virginia many years later. From this model I learned and developed many techniques that have served me well in my more recent projects.
There were no other scale modelers in our area, so I learned the most from magazines. While we were in West Virginia I started to get really serious. My all-time favorite is the Fw-190. During the preceding 10 years, I had researched and made an extremely detailed scale drawing of the plane. From this, I built a 1/4.6 scale model. It was my first model to be 100-percent detailed and accurate (at least as best as I could make). For the first time, I went to a show with this model. To my surprise it won Best in Show at the 2015 WRAM show and People’s Choice and second place in Designer Scale at the Weak Signals Toledo Expo. Model Airplane News did an article also on it in the October 2015 issue. After that I have gotten into some racing planes, one a Wedell Williams that won first place in Non Military Sport Scale at Toledo. And my first twin, a Heinkel 219, is now flying and won Best in Show and first place in Designer Scale at Toledo last year.
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2020 TOP GUN SCALE INVITATIONAL
TOP GUN SCALE INVITATIONAL
THE 32ND YEAR OF EXCELLENCE!
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