Library to display handmade airplane models

Posted Oct. 10, 2011, at 6:01 p.m.

THOMASTON, Maine — Lincolnville resident Manley “Joe” Bailey has put his hobby up on display — a collection of homemade scale model airplanes, ranging in size from 6 inches to more than 5 feet across. The new display is part of Thomaston Public Library’s Community Displays program, and will be open to the public until Nov. 14.

The display includes several models Bailey built in his home using a variety of materials, including dry cedar wood pieces, copper tubing, plywood strips and cardboard paper towel rollers. The major pieces on display include a B-25 WWII Medium Bomber with a 34-inch wingspan, a DC-3 Airliner with a 44-inch wingspan, and a DC-4 Airliner-Freighter with a 64-inch wingspan.

Each piece was built from scratch. Bailey purchased small plastic models for each type of aircraft and assembled them, and then used them to set up a ratio for his homemade, larger models. He created three-dimensional plans for each model, and many of his models include accessories such as working lights and electric motors for the propellers.

For more information on the Community Displays program, call the library at 354-2453.

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