February 9, 2020 Penn Brook Middle School, Georgetown, MA. The second indoor contest of the season at our Boston north shore indoor site was a barrel of fun. Several flyers traveled including Sam B from CT, Webb from NH and Ara from ME. Pipits were flitting all over the gym and the “12 minutes of Georgetown” pylon race was a hoot! Photos courtesy of
Andy F. Thanks Andy!Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Contestants gather just before the start of the “12 minutes of Georgetown” event. This is a popular pylon race event run each season with one-design models (Pipit this year). The flyer who can complete the most laps around the pylon (orange cone with balloon above) in 12 minutes running time wins the event.
There’s not a lot of downtime at the Stealth Squadron indoor meets. Lot’s going on in this corner of the gym as flyers wind and retrieve their models.
Seems everybody at the contest had a Pipit to fly. Here’s Bill M preparing his Pipit for flight, while his Fike peanut waits it’s turn.
Now that’s a Pugnacious nose! Rich Z’s Polikarpov bipe FAC scale model (and WW2 mass launch too) is a real treat. Gotta love that fearless pilot in the cockpit!
Ara D’s hangar held quite a few visual treats. Lessee – I spy a Bristol Scout, a Toucan one-design model, a couple of FAC Trainers (another past one-design model), and a Bostonian. And is that a Co2 tank I see there at the bottom? Fun!
Bill M winds the rubber motor in his Fike Model E peanut scale model. The low aspect ratio wing makes for a large peanut. Flies surprisingly well with absolutely no dihedral.
William S gets low to give his Comet Hurricane dime scale model as much headroom as possible for maximum flight duration.
Rich Z packs a couple thousand turns into the rubber motor that will take his Comet Farman Stratoplane dime scale model to the rafters.
Ray H watches and waits his turn as Tom N sends his Pipit off on another flight.
and quite well too! Ara D shows how it’s done.
George S’ slick Pugnacious Pursuit embryo endurance model on the winding stooge.
Ray H releases his Comet Phantom Flash stick model for an ROG official flight. Official flights in the Phantom Flash event must take off from the ground under their own power.
William S logs a flight time for his Comet Hawker Hurricane dime scale model on the Event Sheet at the front desk. The honor system is employed with contestants timing and logging their own official flights.
The contest table just outside of the gym where all the flying takes place. Contestant flight times, scale scores and final event place are recorded on the clipboard sheets. AMA membership is required for all contestants and flyers.
Ara D came down from Maine to fly with the gang. Here he is winding his Pipit. Lot’s of these one-design models were flitting about the gym during the contest.
Winding the BAT dimer
Tom N’s BAT Monoplane dime scale model cruises by just under the curtain in the gym. Model designed by Al Backstrom.
William S breathes in some final adjustments as he prepares his Rickenbacker SPAD XIII for the WW1 mass launch event.
George S launches his smooth flying Comet Rearwin Speedster dime scale model off on another flight.
There were a number of fine scale models to be judged at the contest.
George and William S kindly volunteered to perform the scale judging at the Feb 9 Georgetown contest.
Tom N launches his Guillow’s F6F Hellcat on a test flight prior to the WW2 mass launch event.
Sam B launches his Bf 109 on a test flight before the WW2 mass launch event.
Paul N gets low to catch his Phantom Flash as it returns from another flight.
Rich Z sends his Supermarine Spitfire model off on a test flight prior to the WW2 mass launch event.
January 12, 2020 Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury,CT. The first indoor contest of the season had a great turnout of flyers – CD John Koptonak reminded us that this is the largest indoor FAC gathering in the U.S. at this time. One Design Pipit’s were everywhere, with the high time around 90sec with further improvement to come. Photos courtesy of
Tom N.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Peter K’s new Pistachio scale Breda/Caproni Pensuti triplane flew right off the board despite a lack of dihedral and plenty of built in headwind. Check out the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7xhchVpwno&feature=youtu.be
There were two “light priority” periods during the contest where only the lightweight AMA/FAI indoor duration models can fly. Quite something to experience if you’ve never seen them fly.
Science Olympiad flyers once again turned out in force to fly at the January contest.
The final three in the WW1 combat mass launch event – a Nieuport 11, SE-5 and Be 2c…all of the Axis aircraft were downed in earlier sorties.
The winner of the WW1 mass launch event. Sam’s BE 2c is affectionately known as “the farm tractor” because it tends to mow down anything in it’s flight path! Check out video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BhNb3ZogAE
MIke K’s beautiful Macchi Schneider Cup racer sits on a good ‘ol Flying Aces magazine. An in-the-field stabilizer enlargement with paper tabs had the Macchi flying very smooth circuits around the gym.
Peter K’s Supermarine S4 Schneider Cup racer held by son Mike. The S4 turned in serveral pylon polishing flights during the contest.
CD John K flew his big Lockspeiser LDA research aircraft to 2nd place in FAC Scale. The pusher-canard bonus points really helped close the gap. Less than 5 seconds separated the top 3 Places in FAC Scale. Hot competition!
Another shot of John’s Lockspeiser FAC Scale model.
William S won the FAC Peanut Scale event with his new SPAD XIII. The highly-detailed model is a great flyer and sports a super realistic pre-printed covering in Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker’s Hat-in-the-Ring Sqdn color scheme.
George S’s Pugnacious Pursuit Embryo Endurance model could not fly in the Bostonian event, but put in a number of silky smooth flights nonetheless.
Oliver S finished up this Peanut Waco SRE on his holiday break and it flew great. It should be a strong contender in future contests.
Oliver’s Waco flirts with the dreaded net at the parking lot side of the gymnasium. Be careful out there!
Dick G looks supremely confident launching his sweet little SE 5 in the WW1 Combat mass launch event.
Dick’s veteran Bostonian Beancraft takes off on an official flight. Unfortunately this model hit a basketball backboard crashing the the floor and damaging it’s front-end. Dick assures us it will be repaired and flying again.
Doug H’s little Boeing P-12 dimer is one of the prettiest and smoothest flying models you’ll see anywhere. The essence of FAC Dime Scale…
Ron P’s Bostonian does a virtual metropolis flyover.
This Bostonian has the Spirit!
Peter K’s Bristol Brownie dime scale model turns into the final approach for landing. Ain’t that pretty!
It’s almost curtains for the Brownie!
Ah, safely back on the floor!
Sam B’s Vought Corsair FAC Scale model looks fabulous skimming over the floor.
The Corsair suffered some leading edge damage in an errant flight. It will fly again.
Rich Z had a really cool new Polikarpov I 15bis fighter at the contest. This Russian airplane, pressed into service by the Finn’s was one of the last biplane fighters operational in WW2. Kudos to Rich for modeling this tough subject built from Nate Sturman plans.
A group of flyers wind their WW2 Combat mass launch models, while a second group of contestants ready their models on the other side of the basketball court. All seek to gain maximum altitude within center part of the gym, which makes for exciting close-in action.
Like angry hornets leaving the nest, the fighters scramble for position over the gym floor.
Lots of different launch techniques with these pilots.
There’s lots of tense moments with several two-foot wingspan models circling with a bunch of smaller models in the basketball court-sized space. On the final sortie John K’s P-51 Mustang was involved in two midair collisions – Dick G’s Me 109 survived to take the win. Congrats Dick!
Two of the bigger models dueling for position in the WW2 Combat mass launch event.
November 10, 2019 Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury,CT. The indoor flying season kicked off with a strong turnout of flyers of all ages flying a wide variety of rubber powered free flight models in all sport, endurance and scale classes. Many flyers were testing new models for the upcoming season and it was heartwarming to see many Pipit One Design models flying nicely. Photos courtesy of visiting DC Maxecuter flyer
Glen S.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Pipit – the 2019-20 indoor One Design model – seemed to be all over the sky inside the Glastonbury HS gym at this first indoor flying session in November. Clearly lots of clubsters are building them and some nice flights have already been posted to the Glastonbury Leaderboard (I saw at least one 47 sec flight).
This photo may be helpful for those of you still building, or yet to build your Pipit. This particular model carried a bit of noseweight which is unusual (and good) as these models tend to be noseheavy with a stock plastic prop. Liberal scraping of the plastic prop is allowed and advised to help balance the model without ballast. Also, be aware that the thin fuselage stick aft of the fin and before the sheet balsa stab can be a weak point. Tissue covering the motor stick here can help..
14 gram Bostonian is an ever-popular event at the Glastonbury Aeromodellers indoor meets. Here a pretty one does a fly by at the 11/10/2019 Glastonbury flying session.
Is it an Me 109 or a Bf 109? I get confused. At any rate, this is Sam B’s smooth flying modified Guillow’s 18in wingspan kit doing a nice flyby for the camers.
Sam gets ready to launch his pretty Me 109 model.
Since it’s inception, there has always been a lot of Science Olympiad action in the Glastonbury HS gym. The November 10 flying session was no exception. Here a student tests aerodynamic design and configuration variations on model performance.
Tom N’s Lil Zip one design model from a couple seasons back does a flyby.
John K was trimming out his large and light P-51 Mustang model in the gym. I think this is from the large Golden Age kit. John will likely add the spinner after initial flight trimming…a good idea!
Another shot of the Mustang coming around the turn while a young modeller looks on.
Glastonbury Aeromodeller indoor honcho John K readies to launch his Mustang.
I think this is a pic of the collection of indoor catapult gliders that the Science Olympiad students were experimenting with.
Catapult Glider is another popular and very competitive event at the Glastonbury Aeromodellers indoor meets. Lots of trimming takes place in the morning flying sessions in the Glastonbury HS gym.
John K’s relatively new Waterman Racer peanut scale model was turning in some real nice flights in the gym. We’re not sure if this is from the classic Dave Stott plan sold for years by Hannan’s Runway. Love those spoked wheels!
William S launches his new P-51 Mustang scale model off on another great flight. William built this model to replace the Mustang he lost at White’s Farm while competing in a Pinkham Field Durham outdoor contest. I believe this is from a Mike Nassise plan.
George S considers next steps with his smooth flying Comet Spitfire built for last season’s One Design contest. Son William appears skeptical..
Rittmeister Z’s veteran Golden Age Repro’s Airacobra was putting in some long flights centered nicely in the sweet spot (highest) part of the gym. Surely Rich is readying it for WW2 combat sorties in the coming Glastonbury contest in January. Better get ’em ready to battle gang!
Rich Z had several new models to trim out, including this sweet little Comet Fok. DVII. Great looking lozenge camo on this ship and the hand-carved Cedar prop was a treat. Rich’s hangar was smelling downright nice!
This Henschel 123 dive bomber in Russian Theater “winter white” color scheme was another promising new model flown by Rich Z. A fabulous scale model effort with full markings and a somewhat complex landing gear.
Tom N’s bright orange Ki-107 Japanese trainer is a veteran of Glastonbury indoor FAC Scale competition. It was seen doing several smooth takeoff and landings during the morning flying session.
The Ki 107 rolls out on a takeoff run.
With classic Free Flight form, long-time Glastonbury Aeromodeller John H sends his Bostonian model off on another fine flight. Applying all the body english he could muster, John elected to hold his valuable Wilder Winder in an unusual manner. Hope his dentist wasn’t watching!
Check out this very unique Science Olympiad endurance indoor rubber FF model. Not sure of the builder/flyer.
This Pink Floyd-inspired Pugnacious Pursuit embryo endurance model was see carving nice slow circles inside the Glastonbury HS gym at the Nov. 10 flying session.
Off on another great flight!
Ready to send the ‘Cobra off on another rafter-rubbing flight!
There are some beautiful scale models flying in the Glastonbury HS gym. This fine P-47 Thunderbolt WW2 flying scale model was certainly one of them.
Tom N was flying his Bristol Brownie peanut. Still sorting out the prop and rubber combination…
October 13, 2019 Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA. Yet another excellent flying day with light and variable winds and boomer thermals. Unfortunately, we had a light turnout to experience Woodsom Farm flying at its Fall best. There were many long and memorable flights – William’s Fok DVII at 90sec+ to win FAC Scale; George and Steve’s Embryo’s flying 90sec+ three flight average; Kevin’s Goon winning the Racers ML; Tom’s Puss Moth dimer 2:44 overhead flight. Photos courtesy
Tom N.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
CD Steve Evans stands by at the Contest Registration tent. Steve did an excellent job keeping all of the events running smoothly – and he even did the scale judging as well! Many thanks Steve.
Steve E’s Ira Eaker Lockheed Altair flew very well at the Amesbury Fall 2019 meet. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through in the Racers Mass Launch event which was won by Kevin Barrett and his smooth flying Chester Goon.
Steve launches his Altair racer on another fine flight. The Woodsom Farm field is at its gorgeous best in October and we had a great flying day for this meet.
Long-time Stealth clubster Lincoln Ross flew his antique GAR Seversky racer at the Amesbury Fall meet, but finished out of the money in the Racers ML event. Rumor has it Lincoln’s Sev model is old enough to vote!
Lincoln’s well-flown GAR Seversky model in Frank Fuller racer colors. Note the hinged rudder which effectively reduces vertical tail area and helps cure spiral instability. Lincoln is well known as an ace model trim specialist. Look him up if you need some help.
George launches the Mustang while CD Steve Evans looks on.
George Skelly’s pretty Mustang in British markings does a low flyby at the Fall meet.
Remember William Skelly lost his P-51 Mustang last year at Durham? Well, he’s built a new and better P-51 so look out. William says it trimmed out just like his old one, which means it’s a fine flyer indeed!
Long-time local Free Flight modeler Stan Colson attended the Fall 2019 Amesbury meet and put up some great P-30 flights to win the event. Granddaughter Elizbeth (sp?) assisted Stan throughout the day.
The Colson clan hard at play readying Stan’s P-30 for another official flight. That’s son Carl at left, granddaughter Elizbeth center, and Stan at right.
September 15, 2019 Pinkham Field Irregulars/Glastonbury Modelers Fall Fly-In, Durham, CT. This was an excellent flying day with light and variable winds and boomer thermals. Several Stealth Squadroneers and Glastonbury Aeromodellers attended and watched William Skelly’s retract-gear Dayton Wright RB1 peanut model fly OOS (Out of Sight) over the hill on a 5min+ flight. All wail! Don’t miss your last opportunity to fly outside at Whites Farm in Durham CT on November 17, 2019. Check the Calendar page on this site for more info. Photos courtesy
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John Kramer’s dime scale event winning Airdevil Rearwin Speedster off on a high and long (~2min) flight which secured the win against the Rittmeister’s dreaded Ong Continental. Congrats John!
Steve Blanchard with his neat Armstrong Whitworth FK-8 scale model and Paul Stott with his trusty Arrow Sport scale model. What a pleasure to see these models in the air!
Vance Gilbert and William Skelly ended up in a tie in the hotly contested FAC Scale event at Durham. William came out on top in this fly-off with his GAR Fok DVII. Vance’s veteran Mossie suffered some damage, but is happily repaired and flying as well as ever.
Vance and Sam Brauer walk back from a successful flight. Sam entered a fine Martin Marauder (B-26) in FAC Scale – and word is Vance provided some multi-engine tips to help out. VG also judged FAC Scale – thanks!
John Koptonak receives his award for winning the FAC Peanut event (or was it Victory Stick?) from CD Paul Stott. John performed a stirring “Victory Dance” to celebrate which brought quite the razzing from all present at the awards. Luckily it was not captured on video.
William receives an award from CD Paul Stott at the end of the meet. Richard Zapf resurrected the old Stealth Sqdn “Harvey Wallbanger” trophy and awarded it to William for his RB1 flyaway – which being prior to scale judging, meant he could not officially enter the Peanut Scale event.
Richard Zapf receives his award for winning the Dave Stott memorial event with his Airdevil Ong Continental dime scale model.
July 18-20, 2019 FAC Non-Nats, Geneseo, NY. Several Stealth Squadroneers and Glastonbury Aeromodellers attended this annual FAC meet to compete and renew old friendships with FACers who attended from around the country. We had a fabulous time and hope you can join us next year. Photos courtesy
Phil M and Tom N – THANKS! Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
The Stealth Sqdn and Glastonbury Modeller clubsters at the Non-Nats. Steve, Chris, Rich, John, John and Tom. Claudette was busy keeping things running in the GHQ tent and is missing from this photo
FAC CinC Dave Mitchell presents an award from the Geneseo 2018 NATS to a Stealth Squadron member
Mike Kelly travelled from Texas to fly his Spitfire in FAC Scale at the Non-Nats. Mike won or placed in several events.
First Sortie/Heat of the WW1 Peanut Mass Launch Event
John Houck Jr and Sr flew their SE-5a in the WW1 Mass Launch event
Matt really got into the spirit of the event with his colorful headgear. He`s all business here helping Doug ready his Ansaldo SVA5 for the Mass Launch sortie.
Claudette helped run the WW1 Mass Launch event. Here she processes times following a sortie
Tom blew the motor in his Nieuport 17 in the first sortie of the Mass Launch. Better luck next time!
Flyers prepare for the next sortie…several local clubsters flew in this event
Chris helps John ready his Siemens-Schuckert model for a WW1 Peanut Mass Launch sortie
Clive helps Rich W prepare his Aviatik model for a sortie. This model went on to win the event, just edging out John Ks Schuckert.
Golf carts were a key model retrieval aid at the Non-Nats!
A human-powered model “chase” bike at Geneseo. This one is John Ks nifty folding bike – it easily fit into the back of his van.
B-17 Memphis Belle – yes the one from the movie – was on the airfield at Geneseo and Chris M arranged for flyers to tour the inside of the aircraft. What a thrill!
Memphis Belle “front office”
The wind blew hard on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Here Thayer ponders how he can use the golf cart as a rolling launch platform for his Embryo Endurance model…to help offset the wind at the critical moment of takeoff. It worked! …well sort of
March 24, 2019 Indoor Contest Penn Brook School, Georgetown MA. Photos courtesy
Peter Kirby and Tom N – THANKS! Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Rich Z’s dime scale Mechanics Flyabout model is built from the old pre-WW2 Paul K Guillow plan. It’s a great flyer.
George S and his beautiful, slow-flying, hand-carved prop-sporting, Pugnacious Pursuit Embryo Endurance model. Can you tell George is a musician?
Ray H waits until Rich Z’s Flyabout Dimer passes by before launching his Comet Phantom Flash stick model.
Steve E launches Hellcat at Georgetown 3/24 indoor meet as Rich Z mans the stopwatch.
William S’ Peerless Rearwin Speedster on landing approach.
Ray H walks to the flightline with his Pussycat Mass Launch model
Steve E readies his Pussycat “The Cow” for another mass launch heat
Ara D tested his excellent Bristol Scout from the Nassise plan
George S Mustang WW2 mass launch model cruises by
Tom N British Arial Torpedo (BAT) dime scale model from the Backstrom plan
Herb C’s Cessna Turbo profile scale model (NoCal) cruises by
William S Hawker Hurricane Dime Scale for the Battle of Britain event
Tom N Hurricane Battle of Britain entrant
Steve E flew his Comet Messerschmitt Me109 in the Battle of Britain event
William launches his Hurricane BoB model
Chris M helped Herb C trim out his new Whitehead twin Pioneer FAC Scale model. Model was built from Chris’ plan.
The gang confers on adjustments to be made to the Whitehead. Builder Herb C in center.
Rich and William ready to launch in one of the later GA ML heats.
William and Ara this time
William S’ Mustang flew in both WW2 mass launch and FAC Scale events
Rich’s Comet Spitfire and Tom’s Comet Hurricane collided in a Battle of Britain sortie. Hurricane hit the floor first – out!
Rich and Steve line up shoulder to shoulder for a late event sortie
Steve E’ Grumman Hellcat (Wingnut plan) being prepped to fly
The Red Baron’s Fokker Tripe provides close cover for Rich Z’s Halberstadt 2 seater
Get low to keep from hitting the ceiling in the final round!
Rich Z gets low to keep his Halberstadt WW1 mass launch model out of the solid overcast (eg gym rafters)
Pretty Halberstadt built from plans published in FAC News
Tom N tripe heads for the rafters in WW1 mass launch
George S launching his dime scale Comet Rearwin Speedster
Chris M’ Fok D-VII taxis at the end of another successful flight
More Pictures of Free Flight rubber models. Many photos taken at FAC NATS in Geneseo NY.