Last one: Bill Bosworth’s 1/32 scratchbuilt Bell YFM-1 Airacuda
“I’m not worthy!”
Erik Shilling, who actually flew this contraption in 1940, told me it had to be towed to the takeoff point on the runway to avoid overheating, and because it was all-electric, if you lost the generator (as he did once) you lost all control of the airplane. When it happened to him, he was on final approach at Andrews Field and actually managed to get it on the runway in one piece. But he was Erik Shilling, commonly designated by his fellow AVG pilots as “our best pilot.”
Lots of photos here of the model in progress.
“I’m not worthy!” 🙂
9 additional images. Click to enlarge.