Clubster Sam Brauer flies all types and sizes of free flight rubber powered model airplanes, both indoors and outdoors. In this article, he presents his experience with commercially available plastic propellers and the rubber motors that power them.
The prop and rubber motor combination is one of the strongest contributors to flight duration. Certain props and rubber motors work better with certain models.
Sam has tried most all of the combinations over his modeling career. His article presents many thought -provoking ideas (e.g., easily made prop mods) and includes an informative Table listing different plastic props, key specifications and suitable rubber sizes.
This is really good stuff for anyone starting out in the hobby.
Experienced modelers will benefit from a new perspective on prop/rubber that may help increase their models performance.
Another ripping Jack Sharpe Mystery from the author of “The Cursed Squadron”
A Jack Sharpe Mystery
G-2 was facing a menace that threatened its very existence: Mysterious ships, piloted by witch-doctors that could shoot down a man without a single bullet. Jack Sharpe knew something was amiss – and it had something to do with those long-range Gothas!
Well gang, the Pony Express meet in Ipswich on July 24 was a big success. We had lots of fun flying on the new field and Sean R won his first Kanone in the hotly contested Embryo Endurance event. We hope to fly at Pony Express again next year.
But hey, the next Stealth outdoor meet on August 21 is back at the big field at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury. Check out the Event Flyer (links above) as the event roster has been changed up a bit.
Golden Age and Modern Civil are being combined so you can fly just about any scale civilian model airplane in this event.
Goodyear Mass Launch is also being added. This is for peanut scale models of Goodyear and Formula 1 midget racers. Rich Z handed out a good selection of model plans at Pony Express – contact him if you want a plan. We’ll fly this event again in September if you need more time to complete your model.
As always, experienced flyers will be on hand to help you with any flight trimming or modeling questions.
See you on the flightline at Woodsom Farm skyster!
May outdoor free flight model airplane meets can be among the best – still cool but warming weather, tall but not too tall grass, etc. We hope you’ll join us for another great day out on Woodsom Farm!
The event roster has been shaken up a bit too. We’ll be flying Dime Scale, OT Fuselage, Goodyear Mass Launch and the National Air Races in addition to old standbys FAC Scale, Peanut and Embryo Endurance. So expect to be seeing some new models flying.
Update: The April 17th Stealth Sqdn meet is moved to Sunday April 18. Same location, Same Time, same events (see Flyer
Season opener is the April 18 meet at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury MA.
This is due to predicted poor weather conditions on Saturday 17th. And better weather predicted on Sunday 18th.
Mass Launch events will be moved up and begin at 10:30 and hopefully wrap up by 12:30 when Scale judging will begin. The ML schedule will be as follows WW1, Thompson, Greve, and WW2 all run consecutively.
Rubber-powered Free Flight Models Only
Stealth Sqdn is a rubber FF club and we welcome all who want to try this hobby. Flying rockets, drones, choppers and fixed wing RC is not permitted.
“Angus says… Check upcoming dates for meets and contests on the Calendar page or sidebar of this site”
Trailing Edge takes the top 3 spots and the Cap! Daedalus wins the NBM Kanone!
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And just like that – it’s over.
The snow has melted, the ice has thawed, the crocus are sprouting and the 2021 Postal Dime Contest is closed and in the books.
Trailing Edge Triumphs
And the Wing Commander’s Cap now resides (virtually) in the great state of Virginia with Trailing Edge. Yep, like it was “no big deal” on a nice mid-January day, the Edge put up three multi-minute flights with three different Dime Scale models. Quite the aerial FAC Hat Trick for sure.
Our heartiest congrats go out to Trailing Edge for this stellar performance!
Daedalus Wins Top Non-Blue Max Spot
Ah, so it turns out Trailing Edge is a well-known Flying Ace with lots of experience winning contests. We suspected as much!
Our top NBM finisher was Daedalus putting in a one minute flight on a small frozen local flying field in Massachusetts.
Hat’s off to both winners and all of the flyers who braved the winter weather with their fragile stick and tissue models. From Vermont to Texas and NY, CT, MA, KY, and VA in between, we enjoyed hearing from you. Stand proud and get ready to go for it again next time!