Rob Carver found this article in the January 1939 issue of Popular Aviation magazine. Written by editor and modeler Paul Lindberg, it details the building of a wood-and-fabric F2A-1 powered with a 1/8th horsepower Hornet gasoline engine. Alas, the Hornet no longer seems to be on the market, but perhaps a dedicated modeler can find a substitute. Anyhow, I have uploaded Mr Lindberg's step-by-step instructions and an image of his plan for the model.
The magazine appeared just seven months before the Second World War before Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, which obliged Britain and France to go to war under the terms of their alliance with Poland. (In fact, neither of the Western Allies did much to help, and especially not after Russia took the opportunity to invade eastern Poland.) So I was fascinated to see that the very first article in Popular Aviation for January was "The German Air Farce" by A J G Whitehouse, identified as a former RAF officer. The first illustration shows an apparently unarmed Bf-109 with the caption, "This is the much-touted and greatly over-rated Messerschmitt fighter." I wonder how if Mr Whitehouse still scoffed at the Luftwaffe after it swept through Western Europe and launched the Battle of Britain in July 1940? Blue skies! — Dan Ford
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