Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Current Status of St. Louis Model

I contacted the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, and here is the latest on the status of the Spirit of St. Louis model.

I don’t have a definite time as to when the final display will be complete.  I met with a designer from local exhibit maker Additive Workshop, and they have quoted me $20,000 for a display case big enough to display the model.  This is a bit outside our budget at the moment since we are still paying off close to $400,000 in bills from our winter season and we have been told not to spend any money on anything.  Thus, I am not sure when the restrictions will be lifted that will allow the case project to go forward.  In the meantime, the model is on display with temporary signage right beside the full-sized Spirit of St. Louis replica.  It has received a lot of interest from the public and has added a lot to visitor’s understanding of what a unique machine the Ryan NYP really was. 

We look forward to having Winston’s family and friends down here to visit and see the model on display.  Please let us know when they will be down here and we’ll make sure they get VIP treatment. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Winston's Spirit of St. Louis is at home in McMinnville.  

Model looks small compared to full size plane.  Notice the Spruce Goose nose in the background.  
The model will eventually be displayed at eye level and include a display board.  I will let you know when this is finished.  

Thank you - Jim Edwards for a project well done!

Covered side.
Under wing of full scale replica.
Final touches.
Also added the magnetic compass and upper window trim.
Nose and carburetor details added since the Walla Walla display.