ASK 18 Short Kit ......... $185.00
Pre cut Ejector Pin Wing rods and Brass tubes kit. $34.95
164.5" wing span., of shear beauty and easy construction with laser cut parts.
This is a short kit that includes a beautiful vacuumed formed canopy, laser cut ribs, fuse formers ( parts are shown in photos ), CAD plans with left and right wing panels. High grade Plywood and Balsa Wood laser cut parts, NO wing sheeting, spars, stick or block parts and No Building Instructions.
ASK 18 Material List
See Jim Ealy's photo/text report on the Baby Bowlus Albatross
Magazine Build Article
I am very happy to announce the availability of my up graded Baby Bowlus short kit. The kit now includes a beautiful, light weight 1" diameter boom, the construction plans, instrument panel with bezels as shown below (click on bezel photo, the bezels include the mounting holes) and the same high quality laser cut parts supplied in the previous kits. The tip trailing edges and ribs to all the flying surfaces have been modified from shown on plan. The plan shows 1/16" wire used for the trailing edges, experiecnce has shown the wire doesn't want to stay put, so laser cut balsa trailing edges have replaced the wire. As in all short kits, the sheet wood, spars, leading edges and hardware are not part of the kit.
Frank Zaic sent Sky Bench a copy of the Bungee Cord Newsletter of the Vintage Sailplane Association, Vol 6, Number 4, Winter/December 1980 issue that was titled the Bowlus Issue containing a wonderful in depth revue of Harley Bowlus's career. Mr. Zaic included a letter describing his early full scale flying days at Elmira and noted that his FAI Pilots Certificate is signed by Orville Wright. The Certificate is now in the care of the AMA Museum in Muncie, Indiana and many other Ziac artifacts are located at the San Diego Museum.
The Col. Thacker and his wonderful flying Baby Bowlus being admired by the group of scale soaring enthusiasts at the SOAR NATS, way back in the Seventies.
Bill Munroe sent Sky Bench three views and photo copies of the Bowlus Super Albatross.
Robert Harold sent Sky Bench the above photo of his beautiful scratch built 122" R/C Baby Albatross.
Baby Bowlus Albatross 122" short kit
Pre cut 5/16" Ejector Pin Wing rods and Brass tubes kit. ... $24.95
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Attached pictures of my modified Baby Albatross now finished
FULL SCALE PHOTOS
Model # BA-100, Serial # 174, FAA Registration # N17641, Manufacture Date 10/25/1941 Restored by Jim Stoia, Well Known Collector from Manning, NC --- 1998 Award Winner --- Has Hung on display at National Soaring Museum in Elmira, New York.
This is a partial machined wood kit that includes the plans and all wood parts except sheet and strip wood. Canopy not furnished. Parts are beautifully machined cut and sanded to the highest quality.
Wing Span 120" - Airfoil Clark Y - Quarter Scale
Kit Price...................... $149.95 ..................... Out of stock
Below......Karl Cassidy's photos of the Sky Bench l-26 kit he is building. Photos will include modifications and comments. You will be able to email questions to Karl who lives in Dublin, Ireland. See the build articles.
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46804