The Stealth Squadron kicked off the 2023 indoor flying season with a terrific meet on January 15 in the Penn Brook school gymnasium.
The areas top indoor free flight flyers were there and the competition was hot – but always light-hearted in the FAC way.
George S won the premier FAC Scale event with his very pretty and lightweight Waco cabin model, edging out Tom N’s Heath Parasol by a half a point. That’s about as close as it gets skysters! George also took the top spot in the always popular WW2 mass launch event, outlasting Rich Z’s smooth flying Spitfire.
Team Skelly had yet more success with son William winning the WW1 combat event with his Rickenbacker SPAD 13, Embryo, and the Golden Age mass launch event with his new Lockheed Vega in Earhart colors. Boy, we’re lucky there are only two of these guys!
There were 4 or 5 Guillow’s Bird Dogs flying around the gym at the meet. Most flyers had trouble keeping their Dogs off the walls, but Connecticut flyer Sam B’s model flew in nice tight circles, notching a 41 second flight, good enough for first place.
Intrepid indoor flyer Ray H. put up long flights with his amazing Voisin Hydro peanut biplane floatplane winning the Pioneer event, but his Comet Corbin Super Ace fell a few seconds short of Tom N’s BAT Monoplane in the hotly contested Dime Scale event.
Ray’s Pussycat model won the popular Pussycat mass launch event, but the real news was Jon C’s win in the Pussycat NBM (non Blue Max) section. Jon earned his first Flying Aces Club Kanone with this win. Jon also handed out sheets of nicely laser cut stick model wing parts to the gang. Rumor is some new Pinkham Field Stick models are already under construction using these parts. Thanks Jon and congrats on the Kanone!
Click on the Event scoresheet images at left to view the detailed results. And be sure to pencil our next indoor flying date in on your calendar – it’s Sunday Feb 5. Word is we’ll be flying the Bird Dog “12 Minutes of Georgetown” event which is almost as much fun to watch as to fly in. Don’t miss it!
Do you remember when we used to fly free flight rubber models in the MIT Dupont Gym in Cambridge MA? Perhaps you flew there with us.
One of the top flyers there, Jim D., built a couple of flying scale models from the popular Golden Age Reproductions kits and plans. One was the 25″ wingspan Scientific Curtiss Robin and the other was the Megow 20″ span Caudron C460 Racer. They were fabulous flyers with flight times of 80sec to 2min duration indoors.
Being an engineer, Jim documented the key specifications for his models – weights, wing area, motor dimensions, etc. He also charted the empirical results from a number of flights on each model in the Glastonbury high school gym. Yes, this is the same gym we’ll be flying in on January 8, 2023!
In his analysis (click link below), Jim compares the performance of the two models and draws some insightful conclusions. He comments on high wing vs. low wing configuration, the effects of drag and wing undercamber among other things.
There’s lots of great information in this brief analysis for both experienced and newer modelers. If you can replicate Jim’s specifications, you’ll be very competitive in indoor meets like the ones coming up in January 2023. Good luck skyster!
Yeah, this is one pack you want to be running with, so get those balsa chips flying. Don’t miss out. The gang will be flying these in the Penn Brook school gym in Georgetown, MA soon.
And shhhhh – don’t tell the town Dog Catcher! Hawww
That’s right. The first Stealth Sqdn indoor meet is just after the New Year rings in – January 15, 2023 to be precise.
Check out the Flyer HERE and mark your calendar now.
Send those pics of your Bird Dog – whether it’s all finished up or still under construction. No matter. These things are FUN and your pic will inspire your fellow clubsters to get theirs over the finish line.
Oh my, it’s December already! And I haven’t got my One Design model completed for the 2022-23 Indoor Flying Season. And…and there’s TWO of them to build too!
Time flies while we’re having fun, eh?
So, our stealthy webmaster finally updated the One Design page on the Stealth Sqdn site. Check it out. You’ll find the all important Rules here in case you lost the original emails these were sent out with. Use the Contact Us form to find out how you can get a short kit or plan for the Potez dimer. We’ve got some great Bird Dog docs to share with you as well. Color schemes, 3 views, detailed pics and more from the Bird Dog Squadron Signal publication. Just ask via the Contact Us form and we’ll shoot the good stuff off to you.
Hopefully some of the pics on the One Design page will get your building juices flowing. And yes, please send us pics of your in progress or completed One Design builds to email@example.com. We’ll get them up on this site for all to see.
Our simple hobby is really all about the people. You already knew that, right? We have a common love of things that fly.
Our friendships are long lasting. We keep and sometimes lose old friends, but then we make new ones. It is nature’s way.
Let’s start with the new. Clubster Steve E. reports that graduates of his latest Model Airplane Class at the Roudenbush in Westford, MA successfully flew their new Tomahawk Embryo models at the Texas Road field. The smiling cadets in our heading photo are (L-R) Alan M, Rob L, Bill B and David A. Way to go gang, and thanks Steve for leading the class. We look forward to seeing our new friends and their models at our meets.
Now for some sad news. We recently lost longtime clubster and pal George Nason to Parkinsons disease. George was a creative soul, quick with a smile and a good word – a fixture at our flying meets and club meetings. Richard Z shares stories from his many years of close friendship with George, his modeling mentor.
Click the link below to read his tribute.
Wow, near 70 degree temps on a November day in New England with blue skies! A perfect day for flying free flight rubber models – well, except for the wind. Yep, it blew 12-15mph most of the day for our outdoor season close meet at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, MA.
Still, many outstanding flights were made. Flyers had to wind their motors carefully lest they fly their models off even the big green fields of Woodsom Farm. Several models were lost with at least one OOS (out of sight) flight into a cloud. The mass launch events were hotly contested with several very close and unexpected finishes.
Carlisle ace George S. had a great contest with three wins for the hat trick. Son William S. was not so lucky, his Tomahawk Embryo stomped by a stick & tissue loving dog and his beautiful Laird Solution racer smashed by a Hungly gust while on the winding stooge. Oh, the carnage! All wail!
Steve E continued his winning ways in Pinkham Stick with his high flying Goose canard and copped a second Kanone with his Mad Maxine Embryo Endurance model. Clive G.’s Debut was hot on Maxine’s heels, but made a bee line downwind for the tree line at the hill and was lost on its first official flight. Oh Hung, hath thee no mercy??
Clive settled the score somewhat with a win in the Golden Age Civil event.
Sam and young Tristan trekked to the meet and flew several events. No Kanones (first place finishes) at this meet, but they had big fun flying with the gang and that’s really what it’s all about.
There were lots more flyers and models to see, but we’re running out of room here. Our roving photog did capture some of the action and we’re happy to share it below.
Oh, one more thing. The Georgetown indoor dates have been set. Check the Calendar and the flyer at the top of this post. Get building and see you on the flightline skyster!