The Zen of Indoor Free Flight: A Modeler’s Take

“The key goal in successfully flying indoors? A repeatable, reliable, power pattern!”


Sam Brauer

Try indoor FF

Long-time Radio Control (RC)  and Free Flight (FF) modeler Sam Brauer has been having increasing competitive success in our indoor meets in recent years.  His Golden Age Reproductions P-51 Mustang is the scourge of the Glastonbury indoor WW2 mass launch events and his RAF B.E.2c “farm tractor” is a threat whenever it flies.   Clearly,  Sam has figured out how to make free flight models fly really well indoors.

We asked Sam to share some of his learnings and he came through with this informative and thought-provoking article.   Never one to shy away from a debatable point (whaddya mean I don’t have to build straight!!), Sam will challenge your thinking.  You can’t argue with his success…so open your mind, click the link below and listen up!

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From the Beginner’s Workbench: The Amazing In-Flight Rewinder

“And if you overwind your main motor without using a blast tube, the interaction with the Rewinder has a way of spectacularly compounding the catastrophe. “


George Skelly

The Amazing In-Flight Rewinder

a tale from the beginner’s workbench

A newcomer to the hobby shares his humorous take on the esoteric mysteries of stick and tissue free-flying model airplanes and the quest to defy the unyielding force of gravity.   Delving into the gray area between art, science and Rube Goldberg imagineering, the author shares his journey to the realization that there is something more to the magical extended flight of an apparently simple rubber band powered model airplane.  Join him in his light-hearted search for a greater understanding of our hobby.

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“Will could hardly see forward through the smashed windscreen. He pushed back the canopy for better visibility. It moved an inch and no more. He panicked. Then he put both feet on the dashboard and pulled with both hands. “


Dr. Richard Zapf


a post-Battle of Britain short story

Young Will Smythe was Blue 4 in a flight of four Hawker Hurricanes on a mission to wrest control of the skies over France after the tumultuous Battle of Britain.  Having never fired his guns in anger, and dreaming of his girl Melissa and their upcoming Valentines Day date, Will and his flight take on Germany’s best – the infamous Abbeville Boys.  It’s a wild ride as Will takes us through the hair-raising raid behind enemy lines, his frantic escape, and the final encounter as he crosses the Channel and nears the safety of Mother England.

Feel the cold sweat of World War 2 aerial combat..

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