Its not quite finished, but the museum’s Peanut Scale exhibit is coming along – check it out!
While generally referred to as the “Peanut Scale” exhibit, the exhibit also features other related classes of Free Flight that are small, scale, and rubber-powered.
The centerpiece of the exhibit are the models that help document the start of Peanut Scale modeling – reproductions of to the National Heath Parasol and Henry Struck’s Dallaire Howard Pete. Also shown is the Golden Peanut award won by Struck at the first Peanut Scale competition in 1967.
Tom Hallman’s Airco DH-2 is a beautiful example of the versatility of small scale Free Flight models. Originally built as a rubber-powered Peanut Scale, Tom later adapted it to compete in the powered categories, powered by a CO2 motor and then an electric motor.
Pistachio scale models are scale, rubber-powered Free Flight models with a wingspan of eight inches. This Messerschmitt BFW M.20b built by Dave Linstrom sure looks tiny compared to the surrounding Peanut Scale models.
No-cal, or “no calorie” models have a profile fuselage and a maximum wingspan of sixteen inches. The name refers to how thin the profile fuselage is compared to other models. This no-cal model was built by Don Butman to represent a P-51 Mustang.
Bostonian models are also a close relation to Peanut Scale. With a wingspan of sixteen inches or less, the model must be realistic, but not if not exactly scale. This example was donated by Bob Abernathy.
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