RETIRED railway signalman Ken Osborne loves making models, especially working miniatures of those magnificent flying machines.
His most recent work is a quarter-scale version of the Robbins and Porter monoplane built in Kiewa Street, Albury, in 1913.
A full-size replica of the same historic aircraft was unveiled at Albury LibraryMuseum last month.
Mr Osborne, 76, spent two months putting together the smaller balsa and plywood model, using heavyweight English tissue wings and an 11cc four-stroke engine.
“I like to go for the obscure-type models, the one-off older ones,” Mr Osborne said.
“I like the challenge to scale them off three-view drawings — it’s called scratch building where you design them off drawings or photographs.”
Mr Osborne has built more than 60 models over 40 years, largely in his backyard shed.
“If it gets a bit colder my wife allows me to bring it up to the lounge room,” he said.
The Robbins and Porter model will have its competitive debut when the Twin Cities Model Aero Club hosts a Victorian Flying Scale Aircraft Association competition at Ettamogah this weekend.