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« on: November 07, 2010, 05:59:16 PM »

I was fortunate today to receive an original Walt Mooney Boston Beaver from my Uncle. This model was built back in 1983 by Walt and has seen some action. This is a typical heavy Walt Mooney build coming in at 30 grams as shown with no rubber. This was typical of the Walt Mooney planes I saw when I was younger. Still his planes would fly great because he was a master at trimming models. Any way I will hang this up and take good care of it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 07:20:05 PM »

Scigs, I remember that model shop too---Mike's Models---and I always coveted the Canadair CL215 that hung above the door. Walt said it never flew too long for him but it was the coolest plane on the ceiling. You are right, he never obsessed about weight and said the prop-motor combo was the key. But having said that, he always seemed to use Peck props and standard size rubber strip. He was amazing. I hope your Uncle got that one too. Who was he.... I may well know him?
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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 07:41:09 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2010, 08:45:24 PM »

scigs30, Could you please tell me what the wingspan of the Boston Beaver is. I happen to have a ton of Walt Mooney plans on my harddrive, but most don't list the wingspan. Of course most of the plans are Peanut scale, and that is easy to figure out. What a prolific designer.

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2010, 09:33:48 PM »

I certainly do know him---not only a great guy and skilled model builder but a good A&P. He did a lot of restoration work at the San Diego Air&Space museum. Please give him my regards and hope he is doing well.
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2010, 09:41:18 PM »

Tom, He is doing real good, still doing A&P work at Gillespie field.
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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 12:08:03 AM »

scigs30,

Great model... thanks for sharing it with us and all the great pictures.

Thanks again,
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 02:44:11 AM »

I'll echo that Sciggs30 - thanks for posting Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 09:10:12 AM »

It's interesting that the model has the molded plastic cowl and engine from the Monogram sheet balsa/paper laminate Beaver kit.

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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2010, 09:55:02 AM »

I have the FM plan and article - have to dig it out - and I believe Walt made mention that he used a plastic cowl on his model 'cause "it was laying around and was of the correct proportions" or something like that. The plan is drawn with a sheet cowl.

We pack rats will usually use whatever's "laying around" to ease the workload Grin.
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2010, 10:52:02 AM »

Pete, Would you please mention the wingspan here, if it is found in the article. I would like to annotate the plan I have, just in case I ever build it.

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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2010, 11:16:57 AM »

Hi Caley...it's another of Walt's wonderful peanut plans, so 13". Build it, I've built more than one and always had fun with her.
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2010, 11:29:17 AM »

Pete, can you post the article or at least let me know what issue it came from. Thanks David
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2010, 11:35:51 AM »

Gravitywell, Many tanks, uh, thanks. Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2010, 01:12:00 PM »

It has a 16 inch wingspan, I have the plan but I am looking for the article.
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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2010, 02:02:55 PM »

The plan appeared in the Sept. '83 issue of Model Builder.

I have the article and will add it in the Plan Gallery.

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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2010, 03:34:33 PM »

The Article/Plan provided by Dave Andreski has been added to the Article section of the Plan Gallery. (I compiled the 5 files into a single PDF by the way)

The Plan (11x17) provided by Scigs has been added in the Bostonian section of the Plan Gallery.

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« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2010, 03:37:06 PM »

Be advised that the Mooney plans (and others) that were published in Model Builder are still being offered by Bill Northrop's Plan Service, so posting the article or plan here might (WILL?) be a copyright infringement. Private trading is a different matter.

Bill doesn't have a website. Does everything by phone and snail-mail - has a price list and an illustrated catalog available.
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2010, 03:44:35 PM »

I have seen this plan posted on Peck Polymers Website for free download. Peck Polymers used to sell Walt Mooney's Bag of Peanuts. Most of which were published in MB.
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« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2010, 04:35:37 PM »

You're right scigs. Bill probably "released" a number of plans for free dissemination, but he likely received some small royalties for the "bags". Was only a Heads-Up. Still better to ask him tho, as he DOES use the plans service to supplement his retirement.
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« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2010, 05:43:18 PM »

Ratz,
 Nice job with the pdf compiling. Thanks.

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« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2010, 01:25:11 AM »

By the way, this wing was originally the 24 inch wing, then at one time he cut it down to 16 inches to qualify as a Bostonian. That is why it has V dihedral vs the plans.
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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2010, 09:00:28 AM »

Scigs, the devil just told me to tell you to rubber that Mooney up and fly it once before you consign it to a hook in the ceiling. (it might have been and angel... depending on the outcome).
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