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Right On Track !

4,277-18-207 ... Denver suburbs, Colorado, USA


This is a sort of a trick photo.


The plane is my 1:14 scale model Thomas-Morse S4C Scout ( aka Tommy ). ... Taken on 2-26-00.


It's not really flying ... it's not even a flyable model ... it's hanging by a thread. ... The only "photoshop" work is I where erased the thread.


My son and I hung the model from a fishing pole lashed to a stepladder on our sun deck, overlooking open space. ... He wound up the rubber band powered propeller, released it and stepped back out of the picture. ... My camera was all set up on a tripod and I snapped the shot.


This model started out as a Guillow's balsa and tissue kit but I got carried away with trying to make it look like the real thing. I worked from photos of Roger Freeman's restored Tommy.


The Thomas-Morse Scout became the favorite single-seat training airplane for U.S. pilots during World War I. The Scout first appeared with an order for 100 S4Bs in the summer of 1917. The U.S. Army Air Service later purchased nearly 500 of a slightly modified version, the S4C. Dubbed the "Tommy" by its pilots, the plane had a long and varied career.


Tommies flew at practically every pursuit flying school in the United States during 1918. After the war ended, the Air Service sold them as surplus to civilian flying schools, sportsman pilots and ex-Army fliers. Some were still being used in the mid-1930s for WWI aviation movies filmed in Hollywood. ... Roger Freeman's restored Tommy pictured below was used recently in the movie "The Aviator".


Camera: Nikon FM 35mm film camera


Software: "Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition 3.0" which came free with a scanner circa 1999.


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Taken on February 26, 2000