I’ve been watching the online buzz about the 1/4 scale Schweizer 2-33 kit from Gunny Bumbers, at Aviation Concepts for quite a while, but could never quite push myself over the edge to order one. Then, we had a very large estate sale of a local modeler who was famous for acquiring literally hundreds of R/C model kits. When I heard that there was one of Gunny’s 2-33′s included in the sea of models for sale… I was off to the sale. It took a bit of hunting, but we located the kit (a big box FULL of beautifully laser cut plywood and balsa parts, as well as a lot of sheet and strip stock.) Another twenty minutes of hunting through the huge piles of model stuff… and the 14 sheets of highly detailed plans were located as well. Voila! I negotiated a price for the 2-33 kit (and four other planes that I probably don’t need… but the price was right.)
When I got home with my treasure, I realized that the fiberglass cowl, the vacuum formed canopy and top window glass… and the instruction manual were all missing. A quick e-mail to Gunny in New York… and the missing components were on their way. I was just plain BLOWN AWAY when the instruction manual arrived. I’ve been building models for almost a half century, but in that time I have NEVER seen such a well written, beautifully illustrated (with color photos and supplementary drawings) manual as this one. It all is assembled into a three-ring binder, and the pages are printed on very heavy, gloss stock. The manual is truly a work of art… which is only fitting, as it needs to match the kit, which is also extremely well done.
I’ve got to pull some pictures off my camera…and I will share them here. I’ve got the tail feathers and fuselage mostly framed, and will be starting on the wings later today. I can’t wait to get this bird in the air…. and it’s probably going to wind up on the cover of HighFlight Magazine as well… Stay tuned!
Meanwhile, check out the kit at Gunny’s “Hangtimes” website at www.hangtimes.com/schweizer.html
There’s also an excellent build thread on the 2-33 at www.rcaerotowing.com
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I started flying control line models in 1958, and graduated to RC (with an F&M Hercules 10 channel reed radio) in 1962. About 1970 I discovered silent flight, and have been hooked ever since. Flying in the dubious company of guys like Dave “Old Buzzard” Thornburg, Steve Work (who should have been the first LSF Level V pilot), Buzz Averill, Larry Jolly, etc. I’ve been a thermal chaser, and a magazine writer ever since. I was the first Assistant Editor at Model Builder Magazine (back in 1975) where I wrote the Soaring Column. Le Gray’s boots were huge to fill, but I made my best effort. Presently, I’m the Editor and Advertising Manager of HighFlight Magazine, which is the 128 page, quarterly publication of the International Miniature Aircraft Association… the patron organization for giant scale R/C modeling. (I try to keep these guys on track, by reminding them how much fun aerotowing can be…..)
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