An airplane-loving design student’s senior project gave rise to a family business dedicated to building scaled replica fighters “the right way.” ScaleBirds is a Groton, Connecticut-based company with plans to offer affordable kits for radial- and inline-engined mini-fighters—engineered as sport planes with a high “fun” quotient.

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Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.