For those old enough to remember Tony Cincotta’s Hobby Hangar/Saturn Hobbies when it was near Caulfield station, this plane, that was hanging from the ceiling in his shop always caught my eye.
I bought it from him more than 30 years ago for what was then and arm and a leg. It’s hardly had any airtime since, but I’ve enjoyed it in my hangar. I've been informed it's a Shark 45 (modified). The kits alone sell for over A$260, not including (international) shipping, hardware, tank and engine and then you have to build it.
The plane is a flapped vintage (balsa) stunt model with a wingspan of 13750mm and length of 1150mm (approx.) that’s beautifully built, by either Tony himself or Doug Grinham (my memory fails me). The original tissue covering has long turned brittle and has been replaced with silk that’s strong and in great condition, impervious to hangar rash and wrinkling in the heat. However, some of the decals have wrinkled slightly with age. The wings are unwarped, the controls are free and smooth. When the wings were recovered, the lead-out wires were replaced with twinned, heavy duty laystrate and the entire plane was refinished. I purchased the plane without an engine, but have fitted a never run Thunder Tiger 40 motor that’s included in the sale with a master airscrew prop and spinner as shown. Run the motor in and the plane’s ready to fly.
This is a regretful sale, but I’ve been seduced by electric foam RC planes, when I have the time to go flying and space is becoming a rarity in my garage. This is a large vintage stunter that’s something different to the ubiquitous Noblers, Thunderbirds and Orientals and a nice reminder of the past when aeromodelling actually required “modelling.”