The story of Fred Sindlinger and his miniature Hurricane was told in the October 1973 issue of Aeroplane Monthly.
High over the skies of Washington hurries a solitary Hurricane, its drab camouflage and RAF markings savouring strongly of the nineteen-forties, barrage balloons over Southern England, the faint high-altitude patter of cannon fire, vapour trails and the occasional fiery plunge earthwards of a long-forgotten enemy.
But instead of the throaty roar of a 1,280hp Rolls-Royce Merlin XX, this Hurricane has only a 150hp Lycoming up front, and its ominous-looking black cannon protruding from wing leading edges are but wooden dummies. For this Mk.IIC of Hawker descent is a mere five-eighths full size.
Built over a three-year period by United Airlines pilot, 44-year-old Fred Sindlinger of Puyallup, Washington, this miniature Hurricane was constructed from plans scaled up from general arrangement drawings published in old aviation magazines. It cost four thousand dollars to build and is made almost entirely of wood.