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Lew McFarland

Updated on November 15, 2012

Lew McFarland - Model Airplane Designer

Lew McFarland was one of the all time great designers of Control Line Stunt airplanes and an excellent Stunt flier. During his modeling career he won several National Championships in Control Line Stunt and numerous international titles. I didn't know the man, but I've admired his airplane designs ever since I got a kit of his Shark 45. By all accounts he was a gentleman, very kind and helpful. He passed away on March 30, 2011 at the age of 79. This page is dedicated to Mr. McFarland and his Control Line Stunt airplane designs.

The Dolphin - A great little Stunt Ship, easy to build...

Lew McFarland's Dolphin Stunt Ship
Lew McFarland's Dolphin Stunt Ship

The Dolphin was designed to be easier to build than most of Lew's stunt planes but still give good performance. The Dolphin had a wing span of 48" and light airframe, so it should fly well on a Fox 35 Stunt or OS Max 35S. If you build it light enough an FP-20 or LA-25 might work too. A modern .40 or .46 would be too much engine IMO. The Dolphin was originally published as a construction article in the March 1965 issue of American Modeler and was also available as a kit by Jetco. There is no currently made Dolphin kit, but plans for both the American Modeler and Jetco versions are available from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) plans service and the airframe is simple, so it should be easy to scratch build.

Lew McFarland's Ruffy - A mid-sized Stunt ship...

Lew McFarland's Ruffy Stunt Plane
Lew McFarland's Ruffy Stunt Plane

Shark 45

A full-size Stunt plane

The Shark 45 is a large airplane and needs at least a .45 (preferably a .51 or .60) to fly well.

I know that Lew had a lot of designs that aren't mentioned here. If you have knowledge of any of his designs you'd like to see added, please leave a note. I need photos (with permission to use), info, and if you know sources for plans, kits, etc. that would be great... You can also leave links to Control Line related sites in your comments, but non Control Line links will be deleted.

Please Sign my Guestbook - If you have any Lew McFarland designs to add let me know...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please change your spelling of "Roughy" to "Ruffy" as named by Lew himself.

      Jetco also kitted the "Shark 15". Lew kitted his own "Akromaster" and the "Sharkbat".

      Thanks!

      Wes