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« on: October 29, 2016, 06:56:38 PM »

I don't find much about Old Timers on this forum.  So, here is mine.

Modelcraft "Miss Tiny" old timer free flight dating from 1938, and produced for many years by Barney Snyder in his model shop in south Los Angeles.  It has 47" wingspan and the plans show an Ohlsson "23" spark ignition engine.

This one is powered by my own engine.  It has displacement of 0.00 cu.in. and features all-organic materials (mostly wood).   A small electric is hidden under the cowling.  A 2.4 GHz radio is included with rudder, elevator, motor, so that I don't have to chase it.  Weight is 10.3 oz.

Floyd Carter
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2016, 07:41:34 PM »

She's great,Floyd.

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2016, 11:15:52 PM »

Neat! I forgot, all of Barney's gas kits had that spun aluminum cowl!

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2016, 12:06:23 PM »

Yes.  I happened to examine the Modelcraft kit of Miss Tiny long ago.  I was impressed by the spun aluminum cowl (which was rumored to have been made by Henry Orwick--who lived just a few blocks from Barney Snyder's shop in south L.A.).

But the rest of the kit was just a collection of sticks!  One or two sheets of printwood for the curved parts (ribs, wingtip, etc).  I think there was included a 1/2 pint "can" of cement--of some sort.

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2016, 01:03:49 PM »

It also seems that Barney used the same fuselage on Miss Tiny, Pacific Ace and maybe the Spook?

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2016, 11:18:59 AM »

I can remember many visits to Barney's shop, also called Modelcraft, in my youth. There was always the smell of dope as he would normally be working on a new project in the back room. When he received a shipment of kits for distribution they would be stacked from the floor to ceiling in the back of the shop. It was a great experience going to his shop. He was a great person to talk to and was very helpful to a kid learning the hobby.

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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2016, 12:31:26 PM »

Good looking model Smiley, looks like a candidate for a .049 engine. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2016, 02:07:56 PM »

Barney Snyder's model shop was in a crowded section of south L.A.  Parking was always a problem.  I drove by his shop several days a week on my way to school (USC), and I stopped in frequently for supplies.  I never seemed to have time for "model talk", just to do my shopping and run!  I also saw him and his friends on my weekend visits to our FF field at Rosecrans & Western Ave.

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2016, 01:54:20 PM »

Nice job Floyd! Your own engine design at a whopping 0.00 displacement! I'm impressed. You did not mention your fuel mix. How much castor did you use? Richard
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2016, 06:40:56 PM »

I have one of those Modelcraft kits of the miss Tiny.I must look at again and it does have a alum. cowl.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2016, 12:11:13 PM »

The engine in Miss Tiny is perhaps the lightest one in my collection!  I have since replaced the 2S LiPo battery with a smaller one, giving new RTF weight 9.4 oz.

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 06:23:18 AM »

Great to see this thread! I just picked up a Miss Tiny short kit with Modelcraft plans.
Happy to see someone else converted to R/C and electric.
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