The handiwork of Centralia’s Ed Dunstan is slated for display at a nationally-known museum.
“For me it was the perfect intersection of problem-solving, technical issues and design skills,” Ed Dunstan said of his gasoline-powered 1/20th scale model of the British Short Sterling, a WW-2 bomber used by the Allies to combat Nazi Germany.
The formerly flying replica is hand painted to the exact color schemes of the original, dark green, camouflage brown and light green, with appropriate Royal Air Force insignia, and has a 60-inch wingspan and weighs 15 pounds with its four gasoline tanks full.
“It also represents mechanical devices and aviation history, things I have a love for,” he said. “It also represents a time kind of passed now… It is scratch built.”
That meant, he said, that everything on the plane other than the wheels and engines was built by him, by hand. “Basically, hand built, after being designed.”
The airplane, which he began building by hand in 1967, when he was 18 living in California’s Santa Clara Valley, known as Silicone Valley, was built to strict guidelines, he said, because it was destined for flying competitions.
“I started this when I was 18 years old… by building the landing gear.”
He said the landing gear is shock-absorbing. “Just like the real thing, that is the idea, the closer you can come. The better you do in contests.”
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