We’ll start with a correct identification of a biplane shown in last month’s newsletter. It looked a bit like a Hog Bipe, but I knew that the vertical tail wasn’t quite right. Steve Jones came to the rescue by telling us that it was a Sportster biplane, originally designed (hope I’ve got it right this time!) by Joe Bridi, a famous pattern flier of the 1970’s. Furthermore, Steve determined that it had originally been owned by John Nohrden. How did he know this? Because it was made in the 72 MHz days, when everyone had their own sub-frequency number, and John was in the habit of putting that number on his airplanes, in this case it was on the vertical fin, number 16. So John must have passed it on to Bill Moore, and it now belongs to Jesse Gifford. And here it is again!
Steve deserves special mention, not only for being one of the longest serving members of our club, but also for being one of our best pilots. He used to compete regularly in state-wide pattern competitions until that nasty word “work” made it impractical. However, he is looking forward to retirement in the near future, and may get back into more active competitive flying.
He is regularly called upon by club members to check out their new airplanes (he flew your editor’s Lincoln Beachey biplane to first place in our recent scale model competition), and here is seen with Joe.
Dan Daniels and stepson James Stubblefield treated themselves to Kaos 60 and Kaos 40 kits for Christmas. They are shown following, the larger one having the canopy. The Kaos was a famous pattern flyer back in the 1970’s, and is still a great airplane to fly. So back to Steve Jones, who gave us a demonstration of how it’s done by putting the larger Kaos through its paces the Sunday after flying Joe’s Viper. A pleasure to watch! Thank you, Steve.
Here’s another proof that bad things can happen to our most careful members. Richard Ludt had a battery fire, which fortunately was contained by the metal box in which it was being charged. He thought that it should be brought to the attention of club members.
Ten airplanes all ready to go! Unfortunately, this was the closest that your photo-journalist got to a formation picture. The contestants discovered, if they didn’t already know, that model formation flying is not as easy as it is for the full-size flyers, who have the benefit of being able to see their pals close-up. This despite our contest director Dan Morris pointing out clearly where in the sky all the B-17’s should be.
So regrettably, not only do I have no pictures of the B-17’s in formation, but our losses were equivalent to the worst of WW II raids. I think that four of our airplanes were downed before the event was over!
One B-17 which was not built from Dollar Tree foam, like the others, was I think George McKeon’s ARF shown next. Your photographer was fairly shell-shocked by this time, so this may not be correctly attributed, but a very nice looking airplane, nevertheless.
We welcomed back a couple of old members, who took aeromodelling time off to attend to new family members. First, here is Nikolai De Malvinsky’s Freewing Sukhoi SU-35, flown as well as when previously seen in 2015.
Aden Scheftner, one of our newer and younger members, has come up with some interesting foambuilt airplanes recently.
One of them was what looked like a fairly conventional and simple twin-motored transport, but he surprised us all by converting it into a 3Dcapable flying boat. Here it is on the river getting a lot more attention than the combat competitors. Bravo, Aden!
Another apology – I don’t have the results for the combat competition. Keith wins more often than not, but I can’t be sure this time.
George McKeon flew his Tundra complete with parachutists after the competitions were over, and again the following week. Very entertaining! Your editor was able to suggest that he might get even shorter take-offs if he reduced the flap angle to about 40 degrees, and sure enough for once this worked out as advertised. The parachute drops were spectacular!
Bob Frogner is still turning out his Dollar Tree foam airplanes at a prodigious rate, and here’s his Grumman F-14 complete with swing wings. Well, they don’t swing in flight, but are held in any one of three positions by plastic screws which Bob made on his 3D fuse deposition modeling printer. The airplane flies fine in all three modes.
March 31st was long-time member John Nohrden’s
100th birthday. Although he wasn’t able to be there we took a group photo of all the folks who knew him and/or had bought one of his old airplanes when he finally decided to sell his collection last year. Here we all are – Happy Birthday, John - a great inspiration to all of us. He’s still as sharp as ever!
Jerry Arana dug back into his box of kits and airplanes, and came up with a forty-year-old AeroMaster, which he converted into a Bucker Jungmeister by changing the vertical and horizontal tails and the cowling. Looks great, Jerry!
This is a big model, about seven feet wingspan, beautifully finished with kit-supplied internal springing for the landing gear.
And with Mike is RC Bees honorary member, Don Good, who left Aptos for Bend, Oregon, a year or two ago, and was the original owner of the Pitts before passing it on to Bill Moore, and thence to Mike. Welcome back, Don! Great to see you again. He has just finished building a house in Bend, and plans to get back into the model airplane scene soon. Always good to see old members!
Bob Frogner has joined the Conscendo club; a very nice easy-flying powered sailplane. However, he had to add his own personal touch with his ubiquitous 3D printer, a single wheel, so that he can land on the runway without damaging the airplane. Both wheel and fixture were made on the printer.