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    Exclamation Looking for Help Identifying Vintage Model Planes!

    Hi there! I need help identifying some model planes for a research project! Sadly, I know nothing about planes... so I thought I'd reach out to some people who do!
    The photos are from a 1971 model plane show in Nova Scotia. (Sorry the pictures are so blurry, but this is all I have!)
    I'm trying to figure out what kind of plane, RC, kit, or model they are. These are all from before the 70's, so I don't really expect anyone to know the exact specifications, but if these remind you anything please let me know!
    Even ballpark estimates will help my research! Thanks in advance!

    Plane 1:



    Plane 2:


    Plane 3:


    Plane 4:



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    I also have a photo of this model zeppelin. I know it's not a plane, but if you also happen to know anything about what this might be let me know! Thanks again!

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    I don't know what any of the others are but photo 4 is a Heath Baby Bullet. It was a very small racing plane in the late 1920's.

    Read more here,
    http://www.airracinghistory.freeola....20Baby%20Bulle

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    Photo #2
    I believe is suppose to be a P51D but its crude...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyLittleShop View Post
    Photo #2
    I believe is suppose to be a P51D but its crude...
    Did anyone ever put a P-51 on floats? I suppose it's possible, given that it's a model.

    It appears to have a single cylinder nitro engine sticking up from the cowling, which suggests that it's RC.

    I don't have a specific make/model in mind, but it looks to me like it could be a Schneider Trophy racer. Perhaps that's a number "1" or "7" on the aft fuselage, and maybe a sponsor logo on the wing?
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    I'd suggest checking with the Academy of Model Aeronautics and their museum in Muncie, Indiana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BusyLittleShop View Post
    Photo #2
    I believe is suppose to be a P51D but its crude...
    Not a P-51, is a typical R/C pattern (stunt) plane of the early 1970s. Not sure which one, there were hundreds of designs back then... it looks a little like a Sterling Lancer but the rudder shape is wrong, the tail looks like a Kaos but the fuselage doesn't. Most R/Cs of the era weren't intended to represent any particular full size plane.

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    And on top of that, a significant number were not built from kits or even from published plans. My Dad flew R/C for many years (and I did, occasionally) including gliders, pattern planes, and even a trainer or two. I would say 90% were entirely his own designs, nothing that you'd ever be able to identify. Several of the others in the club were doing the same.
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