The Nut Family of FF Scale Models

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 National Model Aviation Museum's Peanut Scale exhibit fills four shelves in glass case.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.

The center of the exhibit are two reproduction models, a National Heath Parasol and a Dallaire Howard Pete.  They both surround the first Golden Peanut trophy awarded in 1967.Here’s a Peanut Scale Nieuport Scout XVII – we’re not sure of the history on this one, as it was found in our collection.

Peanut Scale models can be biplanes!  This is a  Nieuport Scout XVII with a thirteen inch wingspan.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.

Tom Hallman's Airco DH-2 is also a Peanut Scale biplane.  It has been powered by rubber, CO2 and electric.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.

Pistachio scale models look tiny compared to 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.

No-cal models like this P-51 have a profile fuselage and wingspans less than sixteen inches.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.

Bostonian models have wingspans less than sixteen inches and should be scale-like, not excately scale.This exhibit is part of the Free Flight exhibit in the museum’s main gallery.  Check it out in person soon!

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  1. Would anyone sell an utter newbie with no experience or skill(but great enthusiasm for modeling!) a peanut scale flier at an affordable cost?

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