This Ohlsson Pacemaker R/C floatplane was built by Dan Lutz. Mr. Lutz had already built a functional replica of Irv Ohlsson’s original .23 powered Pacemaker, which is on display in the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum. After that, he decided to build another scale model of the famed airplane, only this time with the ability to takeoff and land on water with R/C capability. The model airplane was built at an impressive scale and hangs above the main display area. Visitors can now see the original Pacemaker along with the floatplane version, both of which are still in fantastic condition.

Dan Lutz was a longtime model airplane builder, engine collector, and antique car enthusiast. Mr. Lutz spent most of his adult life in the model airplane industry working for K&B manufacturing (model engines) and Kraft Systems (radio control systems). He was very involved with R/C airplanes not just as a hobby, but also as a professional. As a result, the airplanes that Mr. Lutz built and flew are top-of-the-line, and they illustrate Dan’s exceptional skill as a craftsman and his unwavering passion for model making.

Exhibit added: January 16, 2024 - Last modified: May 2, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship