Steve Daly's Scale Masterpieces

I got started in aeromodelling when I was in the military (Air Defense Tech) back in 1973 while based at the Sioux Lookout radar station. I built a Sig Citabria powered with a Fox Eagle 60, but I first got the R/C bug in earnest after we moved to the Soo in 1967. I would sit on my front porch on Arizona Avenue and I could see and hear the R/C guys at their field North of Shannon Road. I had to investigate. That was it. I was hooked!
DC 3
I met guys like Jim Elgie, Jack Mertes, and Paul Butcher. Paul Butcher was my inspiration. I spent many days at his place and at the field learning all about scale building and flying scale models. My first ¼ scale plane was a P-19 trainer scratch built by Paul. It was powered by a Homelite converted chainsaw engine with points ignition powered powered by a 6 volt battery. Guidance was a Futaba (Gold) AM radio. It was a great flyer.
Prior to getting into the bigger airplanes, I flew lots of trainers - like one I got from Toy and Hobby at the Churchill Plaza, powered by a Merco 29. Jack Mertes gave me a lot of instruction and he also flew my Citabria - including it's last flight, when the engine quit on the downwind, he made a beautiful approach, and it kept gliding on final all the way to the fence post at the end of the field. End of that one ! :)
Steve Daly - January 2019

Steve with his huge Ziroli 2003. A great learning experience. Fuji gas engines.  


Model Notes (also see photo captions below):
  1. Fokker DR-1 triplane started out in August Rabin’s colours. A few years later (circa 2009) it was overhauled, recovered, and painted in Richthofen’s (Red Baron) colours.
  1. Spitfire Mk IX originally had the 3W 85cc engine installed, and I flew it only once with that engine. It now has a Valach 120 inline twin 4 stroke gas engine and has yet to be flown with this powerplant.
  1. Piper Super Cub as seen in photo #6 was crashed (circa 2014) and the wings were rebuilt in 2016 - then crashed it again (same stupid reason), rebuilt the wings, fin/rudder, and recovered it. The prototype "C-FFFF" was a PiperSuper Cub that club members Steve Daly, Earl Turner, and many others in the Sault Ste. Marie area flew on floats & skis back in the 1980's. It was operated by Algoma Airways (Ernie Gulyas) and taught many pilots. Steve's model is accurate right down to the rib-stitching & is now on display at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. Click here for the video!
  1. Fokker D-VII is 1/3 scale, and has been under construction off and on since 2011. The 117 inch wingspan Glenn Torrance kit is powered by a DL 85cc gas engine, with a canister exhaust. Steve has added many scale details that bring the plane to life. The plane weighs over 40 lbs and flies like the real thing!


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(photos #1 thru #4 by Cec & June Marshall, #5 by C. Moes, #6 thru 21 by Peter Smith)


1/4 Scale Sig Morrisey Bravo

March 28, 2020 - Just thought I’d share an update on my Bravo since she’s almost ready for paint. This is a Sig kit that’s been discontinued for years now. I picked it up on RC Canada awhile back and decided to start building it last year..It will be powered by a Saito G-36 (gasser) turning an 18x6 glass prop.
I tried the MinWax method with 1 oz glass on the forward fuse and am pleased with the result. Its nice because its odorless and can be used indoors. The fin, stabilizer, ailerons and flaps also are covered the same way. The aft fuse is covered with white Solartex , The wings are covered with Sig Coverall which is also finished with MinWax(about five coats) ..not shown.
I added a full cockpit, it has tandem seating with dual controls. Added an access panel for switches for main, ignition, nav/strobe/landing lights, and refueling.
I haven’t decided on going with the scale paint scheme or not. Should I ?Just getting the primer paint on
Anyways once this virus thing is over I hope to test fly this and see you all there at the field.:)
April 8, 2020 - More progress...   I just finished adding the fin to the fuse, then I added a fillet where the tape is located. Next is the stab, so I mounted the main wing to line things up.
You can see the paint I have on the table - I’m going with Polytone paint (photo #3). So it will be a coat of white, then a coat of Diana Cream, with Tennesse Red trim colours . The original full size homebuilt was all silver, and then when Hazel Sig bought it it she painted it white with red trim. So I’ll paint it a little different.
May 5, 2020 - The fuselage, ailerons, flaps, and wheel pants have been painted Diana Cream (photo #7). I still have the wings to do yet. Then I’ll add the red trim colours. This project is presently "on-hold" waiting for decent painting, so I got started on my next model... (below)
June 10, 2020 - The paint is basically finished, (photos #8 & 9). I ‘ll add some registration marks later. I’m in the process of balancing it, looks like I’ll need 6-8 oz’s of lead up front. Weight is about 21 lbs. Looking forward to flying it soon!
June 16, 2020 - The first "proper" test flight was success! Winds were light and variable. The takeoff was smooth, uneventful, no trim required. I have to say this airplane flies like its on rails. Just a joy to fly with the quiet Saito FG36 4 stroke gasser engine (weight- 21lbs). Top speed as around 60-70 mph according to the onboard GPS setup and then it slows to a crawl with full flap with no wing dropping tendencies; it just sinks as you can see in the last photos. Just about the easiest maiden flight ever…

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(photos #1 - 9 by Steve Daly, photos #10-12 by Peter Smith)


1/4 Scale Bellanca Cruisemaster   ***NEW***

May 5, 2020
While waiting for better weather to paint the Bravo (above), I have started my next project - a Bellanca Cruisemaster from Jerry Bates Plans.
The Cruisemaster 14-19-2 is a four place taildragger that was designed and built in the mid 1950’s. It was made primarily of wood and covered with fabric and it had retractable landing gear that retracted aft into the wing. The 230 hp version was fast and could cruise at 180mph. There are still many still flying today in the world.
My model will be ¼ scale and will be powered by the same engine that’s in the Bravo, a Saito 36FG.
October 16 & 21, 2020
Finally some update photos of the Cruismaster (photos 5 thru 10). Hopefully I can it done by Spring…
The Cruisemaster plans show a different cowl than my cowl, which was provided by Jerry Bates. My cowl is much narrower at the front, so I had to basically eliminate F1 on the plan and join the firewall to F2.The  original Cruisemasters had a 190hp Lycoming with the cowl like I’m using. Then they started using Continental 230 hp engines with a bigger cowl like Jerry drew on his plans. Also, got a panel in for size.
More later,  Steve

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(photos by Steve Daly)

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