November 6, Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA; What terrific flying weather we had for the late Fall Stealth Sqdn meet! Clear blue skies, mostly warm temps and light breezes made for a great season-closing outdoor contest. John and Kathi Rood joined us again to laugh with old friends, run a few events and take some great pictures which you can see
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Hatchbacks galore as Stealth Squadroneers wind their models for flight.
With distinctive headgear and borrowed pants (blame the mid-stream recovery), Matt K focuses on preparing his Debut Embryo Endurance model for flight. Matt and spouse Vicky traveled from downstate NY to fly and compete at Woodsom Farm. Debut was treed and recovered unscathed, only to be treed again and lost on it’s 3rd and final official flight. It did win the Embryo event. Well deserved and congrats Matt!
Dapper Sam B shows off his pretty Bonanza with the rolling fields of Woodsom Farm as a backdrop. Light winds for most of the day combined with thermal activity resulted in many long flights. Contestants had to be careful not to fly beyond the boundaries of the big field.
Sam B’s big Herr Beech Bonanza circles high over Woodsom Farm
Steve E puts in a test flight on his Cessna Airmaster built from the Golden Age Reproductions plan. This model logged a hair-raising 3+minute flight at Woodom Farm a year or so back with the model landing on the edge of the field near the farmhouse.
Sean R is set to launch his pretty Volare Rider Jackrabbit on another nice flight. Sean has been campaigning this model in the Greve and National Air Race mass launch events this season.
Ed P scans the skies for thermals with his Baby Cyclone Goodyear Racer at the ready. Several Stealth Sqdn outdoor meets featured the Goodyear peanut scale mass launch event this year. The Goodyear racer event will be flown indoors at Georgetown Middle School meets this indoor season as well. Pylon racing anyone?!
Fast Eddie P’s high flying Chambermaid dime scale model climbs out on another long flight.
chambermaid cruises at altitude. We’re pretty sure this racer was also built from a Volare short kit.
Son and mom joined in the fun at Woodsom Farm flying their Guillow’s stick model. We hope they’ll be back – perhaps with a new model?
Steve E runs a model building course at Westford’s Roudenbush Center to help interested folks get started. He hosts reqular Zoom meeting for the same purpose.
Check out the sidebar on the homepage of this site for more info and how to reach Steve.
It looks simple, but many famous aviators including John Glenn and the folks who recently flew the first helicopter on Mars started out the same way.
Even Ziggy Stardust himself (David Bowie of course!) flew rubber powered free flight model airplanes!
Surely it must have been a wandering flight pattern. Hawww!
Sheesh! You bend down to pick up your model and someone comes along and lands their model airplane on your back.. What are the odds?!
Not easily done when there’s no fancy radio gear to control the airplane. And no harm done of course as the flyweight P-51 weighs but a few grams. It’s all FUN
Tom N test flew his new Fleet Floatplane in the crisp early morning air before the contest opened.
The morning sun illuminates the Fleet’s structure as it passes overhead.
September 19 White’s Farm, Durham, CT; The Fall meet on the same field where many of the early Flying Aces Club meets were held was a lot of fun. The wind was up in the morning (still flyable), but had dropped by mid afternoon which resulted in many nice flights. Sometimes it pays to wait to get your official flight in for the events. Clubster and FAC IT Czar Rick Pendzick was awarded his Blue Max by John Stott while Phineas looked on with approval. Next meets coming up are October 9 back at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, followed by a couple of season-ending meets in November. Check the dates on the Calendar page of this website for the contest flyers with all the details and events. See you on the flightline Skyster!
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John Stott few the original Blip model from the Dave Stott hangar. This model has personality and was a construction feature in a long ago issue of Model Builder magazine.
Blip flew great for John as it always had for Dave. Fun!
Rick P stands tall with Phineas (as in Pinkham of course) showing his newly awarded Blue Max with pride. Congrats Rick!
A highlight of the Sept 19 Durham meet was the awarding of the FAC Blue Max to clubster Rick Pendzick for his 16 victories in FAC contest events. The award was presented by John Stott, the longest-serving member of the modern Flying Aces Club present at the meet. In addition to building, flying and competing, Rick serves as the current IT Czar for the FAC.
A late afternoon glow lights up the fuselage of Paul’s FAC Sport model as it is prepared for flight.
Paul Stott carefully loads winged maple seeds into the bomb bay of his high flying Flying Aces Sport model as John S looks on. A mid-air collision shortly after launch resulted in the seeds being prematurely dropped by the model.
Mark G winds his Cessna Bird Dog built from the Guillow’s kit. John K had another Guillow’s Bird Dog and both models were fine flyers.
Marc G gets off a nice launch of his AMA Alpha stick model. This ARF stick model can be ordered on the AMA website and is quite a value as it includes a winder in addition to the fine flying model.
John K and John S yuk it up under the umbrella. John is holding his Airdevil Rearwin Cloudster which either won or finished high in the Pinkham Field Ten Cent event (Dime Scale)
John K smiles as he retrieves his Great Lakes Trainer from another nice flight. This model, built from the super-detailed Cleveland Plan got in a nice thermal flight later in the day helping to cement the 1st Place FAC Scale win. a
John’s Great Lakes shows it’s fine lines and excellent craftsmanship in this photo. This is a model of the earlier upright Cirrus powered Great Lakes with the high-pressure wheels/tires. Great color scheme!
And here’s the 1st Place winning Peanut Scale model – a Volksplane VP-1 by Paul S. Nice ship!
Jim H, a regular at the Durham meets, proudly shows off his Embryo Endurance event winning model. Note the unique V tail on this model. Jim also won the NoCal event with his high flying Piper (Vagabond we think).
No, that’s not a light bulb illuminating the inside of this Hung Aereon fuselage. It’s the late afternoon sun on the beautiful fall day of the Sept 19 meet. Wind conditions were a bit gusty (but flyable) earlier in day, but had calmed down considerably by mid afternoon which led to some terrific flights being made later in the day. Sometimes it pays to wait to put in your “official” flights.
The Hung Aereon is a blimp like FAC Embryo Endurance model designed by Dave Stott many years ago. First flown at Pinkham Field in Durham, the Pinkham Field Irregulars (a couple long standing members pictured here) hold a ceremonial Hung Aereon mass launch at many of their meets. John S, missing in this photo, also flew his model in this mass launch. Model is available as a laser cut kit from Easybuilt Models….look for it on their website.
Flyers walk along the flightline at the Sept 19 Meet at Whites Farm in Durham CT.
Paul S placed 2nd in the Flying Aces Scale event with this Aeromarine Klemm “Blotka” model. The full size aircraft resides at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck NY.
Gotta love those peanut shell peelots!
Here’s Blip on the winding stooge being prepped for another flight. Note the old school design and construction techniques including bamboo wing and tail outlines, all sheet balsa fuselage….and how about that classic Kaysun propeller!
Never Ready Eddie (NRE) shows off his contest attire. But where’s the pipe??
August 15 (Durham, CT) & August 21 (Amesbury, MA), We had two great back to back meets at Pinkham Field (CT) and Woodsom Farm (MA). The grass was still long at Durham which made model retrieval a bit more difficult, but the flying was tons of fun nonetheless. The Amesbury field had just been hayed and flying conditions were near perfect. Next meets coming up are September 11 at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, followed by Sept. 19 at White’s Farm in Durham, CT. Check the dates on the Calendar page of this website for the contest flyers with all the details and events. See you on the flightline Skyster!
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Some of the Pinkham Field Irregulars relax after a hard days flying at Whites Farm in Durham, CT on 8.15.21
The Colonel and Never Ready Eddie (NRE) confer under the tent at Whites Farm in Durham 8.15.21
The Time to Beat is posted on the whiteboard after the initial AirDevil Mass Launch early in the contest. VG lost his Rearwin Instrument Trainer OOS on this flight with only 79sec recorded.
A quick look at the scoreboard for the FAC MidSummer Melt meet at Durham CT on 8.15.21
The beautiful rolling fields of Woodsom Farm in Amesbury MA are serene before the Stealth Sqdn model airplane meet on August 21, 2021. The field was hayed just days prior to the meet which made model retrieval much easier. Thanks to Chris M who coordinated with the local farmer on the timing.
Chris M and George S look sharp on the flightline at Woodsom Farm. Looks like Chris was dressed to impress the steady stream of dogwalkers who passed through the action and enjoyed the flying of these quiet and majestic model airplanes. What fun!
Braulio C and his handsome sons prepare to fly his new Comet Hurricane dime scale model. The charming Mrs C also joined us at the 8.21 meet. Braulio’s Hurricane model looked fabulous in its Hummingbird Models printed tissue covering. It flew well too – with at least one long thermal-assisted flight to its credit already.
Sam retrieves his Davis in the near-perfect Woodsom Farm “Field of Dreams”.
Sam B with his great flying Davis D1-W from the Golden Age Reproductions kit. Pretty airplane.
Sam’s Davis D1-W Golden Age scale model on the winding stooge at Woodsom Farm. This model was build from a Golden Age Reproductions kit.
Sean R winds his Nassise P-51 model “Old Crow”. Old Crow flew well in the WW2 Mass Launch event, which was won by another Nassise Mustang piloted by George S.
George S’ high flying Chambermaid managed to keep it’s prop and freewheeler in one piece and went on to win the hotly contested Greve Trophy Mass Launch event.
George shows us the amount of downthrust needed to counteract all that wing above the thrustline on his Cycle Plane model. Note the pilot pedaling away madly in the cockpit side window. Hawww!
The Gerhardt Cycle Plan soars out over the fields of Woodsom Farm. Seven wings and human powered no less! OK, ok — this scale model is powered by a rubber band motor.
Pop George and son William sure did bring along some unique models to the August 21 meet.
Chris M is stopped in his tracks by William’s outrageous peanut model!
William S showed up with his extraordinarily large Bumblebee peanut scale model. The full sized Bumblebee is in the record books as the smallest man-carrying airplane by wingspan. Does this make William’s model the largest peanut scale model ever made? We thing it does!!
The Bumblebee 2 flies! The drama of free flight scale modeling is captured in this action shot. This 13in wingspan model is powered by 2 loops of 3/16 Tan driving a 9in plastic prop. Not many Peanut Scale models can handle this much power.
William S shows off his new Bumblebee 2 Peanut Scale model. A few more details are yet to be added, such as tip plates on each of the four wing panels.
Vance G brought his new Keilkraft Piper Super Cruiser model. Superbly detailed this model was built from the English Model company’s kit plan.
VG shows off the working tailwheel on his superbly detailed Piper Super Cruiser.
The Keilkraft Super Cruiser gets off on another nice flight!
Tony M considers wind conditions aloft as he prepares to launch his Fokker DVII scale model.
The always popular WW1 Mass Launch event came down to the final sortie with Sam’s BE-2 flying against the Rittmeister’s Roland D-2.
Rich Z’s high-flying Roland D2 took second place in the WW1 Mass Launch event. The skull and crossbones graphic on this model’s spinner creates quite the menacing effect!
Sam lets out a whoop as he celebrates his victory in the WW1 Mass Launch event. Congrats Sam!
Tony M’s Pacific Ace 20 flies high over the Woodsom Farm field. This reduced size version of the great flying 30in wingspan Pacific Ace model was built from a Golden Age Reproductions kit. With slight modifications (reduced wing area) it qualifies to fly in the FAC Embryo Endurance event.
Not all flights end well. Here, Tony M’s pretty GAR Mustang lies in pieces after a collision with a tent pole. Hopefully the model can be repaired and flown again.
Vance launches another gorgeous free flight flying scale model. This one is his Kalinen Russian ambulance airplane. We love those spoked wheels!
Vance G’s Peanut Scale General Airistocrat model looks just fabulous on the winding stooge. We think this was the highest scale-scoring model at the meet…. and deservedly so too. Wow!
In a familiar pose, Vance G launches his pretty little General Airistocrat peanut scale model.
William walks across the field with his big Peanut model.
July 24, 2021 Pony Express Field, Ipswich, MA. We had our first “small field” meet at the Pony Express (ex Polo field). Wind speed was a bit higher and the flyer turnout a bit lighter than hoped for, but the grass was lush, the skies blue and the shade trees glorious. And we had lots of fun. Next meets coming up are August 15, 2021 in Durham, CT followed by Aug 21, 2021 back on the big Woodsom Farm field in Amesbury, MA. Check the dates on the Calendar page of this website for the contest flyers with all the details and events. Whew! No shortage of opportunities to fly.
Photos courtesy of Steve E., Tom N., George S. and Sean R. Thanks all! Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Steve E brought a new own-design widebody Embryo to Pony Express for initial flight tests. Quite striking in it’s pre-war US Air Corps livery, the model put in some very promising flights.
Sean R, one of our newer flyers, went home with his first Kanone, winning Embryo with his Tomahawk. Quite an accomplishment as this was a really hotly contested event and it was challenging to get high flight times yet still keep the model on the field. Congrats Sean!
Rich Z and grandson Marcus prepare the Vickers Supermarine 559 for a flight in the Peanut Scale event.
Looking more like a fiction flyer than an FAC Peanut Scale model, Rich Z’s Vickers Supermarine 559 climbs to altitude. This model has put in many excellent flights over its long competition career.
Tom N’s Pat Tritle designed Ultimate 10-300 Peanut duked it out in the Peanut Scale event with Rich Z’s Vickers Supermarine 559. Both models flew well with flight times averaging mid-50 seconds.
We just had to show another shot of this unique rubber powered free flight model airplane. Steve E took this fine photo.
OK, one more… Here’s the VAS-559 model cruising at altitude. This Peanut model (13in wingspan) packs a lot of power with a long loop of 1/4in Tan rubber turning a 7in North Pacific plastic prop mounted as a pusher. Plenty of room in that long fuselage to hold that powerful rubber motor!
With fingers spread wide, Steve E releases his “Guppy” Embryo model into its element. Gotta love the twin finned, T-tail arrangement!
While some work – Steve E scale judging (thanks!) and Bill M getting his Gee Bee Y ready for flight – others relax (that;d be Rich Z and Marcus). Flyers set up under the shade trees at the edge of the field which really helped everyone stay cool. Nice!
All was not Peaches & Cream at Pony Express. Steve K managed to tree his Embryo model – the retrieval pole a sure sign of trouble. We think that Steve did get it down eventually. George S also treed and successfully retrieved a model. Rich Z suffered the ultimate loss, however, with the OOS (out of sight) flyaway of his Miles Magister dime scale model. All wail! (Alas, ’twas a beautiful flight..)
Clubster George S’ showed off his Boulton Paul Sipping Cup Embryo model at Pony Express. George took up the fictional transport model challenge from a recent Vance G Muse column in the Flying Aces Club Newsletter. Yessir, that IS a Red Solo Cup cowling that you see. Could it be some sort of fizzy-powered engine? Such an imaginative and creative group we have in the club!
Pour Rite…. get it? Get It? Look harder..
Not sure who those passengers in the cabin are, but they sure look happy.
Well here it is then… a play on one of FACdom’s highest awards, the Blue Max. Or Pour le Merite for you anglophiles..
(I know the pic’s upside down – whaddya want everything handed on a silver platter? Sheesh)
Another pic of George S’ Gerhardt Cycleplane. The original aircraft had 7 wings (20 feet high) and was piloted and powered by Gerhardt himself. (That’s him pedaling away in the cockpit). A Popular Science article reported he flew 20 feet at a height of 2 feet.
And now for something “magnificent”; George S’ free flight rubber scale model of W. F. Gerhardt’s Cycleplane. Dimensions and shapes were measured from screen-shots taken from the opening clip of “Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines”. In that scene the airplane trundles a few feet before the wings collapse on the poor pilot. George showed this model at Pony Express – flight trimming in progress..
No aero-silliness here. No sireee. Here we have one fine looking P-51 (D model we believe) built and flown by Sean R at Pony Express. Sean was one of like hundreds of P-51’s flying in the WW2 mass launch event — ok we kid. There were only 5 or so (check the results). Regardless, ain’t she a beaut?
Sean was kind enough to send along this glamour shot of his P-51 rubber scale model. Some really nice color & markings work there.
And one more because we’re a sucker for a pretty face. The red & yellow checkerboard and spinner, OLD CROW script and nicely contoured belly intake are scale modeling eye candy for sure.
November 8, 2020 Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA. Despite the November date, we had perfect “light and variable winds” conditions for our fourth outdoor contest of the season at Woodsom Farm. The grass was still soft, the sun still shining warmly, but the foliage was well past-peak. A full slate of Mass Launch events were flown and the less rigorous FAC Simplified Scale was substituted for the scale-judged Flying Aces Scale event. This freed up time for all to fly – and that folks did – putting up many high and long flights in the light air. The meet ended a few minutes earlier than usual due to Daylight Savings Time, but all seemed interested in flying more oudoors in coming months, even if on a smaller field. So stay tuned to this site for more opportunities to fly! Photos courtesy of Tom N.
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William S’s Nassise P51 Simplified Scale model flies by, proving that simple rubber powered free flight models can deliver realism equal to or better than larger and more complex models. Just be glad that you’re not piloting an Me109!
With classic form, Rich Z firmly sets his Little Bit Goodyear racer off on a test flight. The broad 13in span wing makes this a large peanut scale model.
Sam B sets his Cassutt Racer off on a test flight prior to the Goodyear Mass Launch event. Tom N’s veteran Leighnor Special won the event.
Sam preps his pusher canard Embryo for flight. Much of a flyer’s success in competition can be tracked back to his/her attention to detail back a the base of flight operations where the stooge, flying box, notebooks and other support gear is kept. Hatchbacks, station wagons, SUVs and vans seem to be the vehicles of choice as they provide ease of access to models and gear.
Steve E shows perfect form in this unassisted ROG launch of his Mad Maxine Embryo model.
Bill M has been campaigning his pretty light blue Rider R-4 in the Greve Race mass launch events this season. These Golden Age air racers have some of the most attractive color schemes!
Bill’s Rider R-4 Greve Racer climbs away from the launch.
Flyers Sam B and Vance G keep a safe social distance while showing off their unorthodox Embryo Endurance models. Sam’s pusher canard model took the top spot in the Embryo event with a near-3 max flight performance. Vance’s push-pull twin Embryo flew extremely well on it’s first day out with flights averaging in the 50sec. Getting it to ROG off of the card table with a prop on both ends of the fuselage was a challenge!
An all-Axis duel to the finish in WW1 mass launch event between William S and Rich Z added suspense to the late morning flying. Richard’s new Roland DII got the better of William’s deadly DVII to win the event. Troubles with the Fokker’s Mercedes engine which threw a rod (broken rubber strand), certainly factored into the outcome.
In another stunning example of FF scale realism, George S’s SE5a models cruises by. This model was scaled up from the very accurate peanut-sized Peerless Golden Age Reproductions plan.
A creatively masked Steve E holds his Mad Maxine 70sq in biplane Embryo Endurance model for the camera. A very creative and unique field of Embryo models vigorously competed for the top spot in the event at the Nov. 8 meet.
Mad Maxine poses for her beauty shot. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming issues of the Flying Aces News for the plans to this unique model.
A Polikarpov I-15 bis model in Finnish markings awaits its turn to fly. There were two Polikarpov biplane fighters flying at the November 8 meet at Woodsom. Note the Comet Supermarine Spitfire dime scale model in the foreground.
Rich Z’s Simplified Scale Scientific Mr. Mulligan on the winding stooge being readied for another long flight. Scale judging is not required in the FAC Simplified Scale event and bonus points have a lesser impact on final competition results.
The Scientific Mr Mulligan glides in to a landing on the soft grass of Woodsom Farm. A beautiful rubber powered free flight flying site.
Local Woodsom Farm enthusiast Jonathan, found John K’s Dayton Wright Racer peanut scale model which flew OOS (out of sight) at the October meet and graciously returned it to the field at the November 8 meet. Vance gave him a CD or two of his in thanks. Jonathan was very happy as were we all. Smiles all around underneath those masks!
Jonathan presents the RB-1 model to Sam B who will return the model to John K at an upcoming Pinkham Field meet.
Yes flyers, you will see this model in competition once again next season!
A great flying day wraps up as the remaining flyers prepare to take down the GHQ tent after the awards ceremony.
October 11, 2020 Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA. The third outdoor contest of the season took place on a gorgeous fall day at Woodsom Farm. The foliage was at its peak, the grass soft and just the right height, and even Covid couldn’t keep flyers’ spirits (or models) down. Special thanks go out to the many flyers who traveled some distance to fly and compete in the contest. Several new flyers were in attendance and we look forward to seeing them back on the flightline soon. Photos courtesy of Tom N.
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A smiling Braulio holding a Nakajima(?) Frank built by top FAC modeler Mark Fineman. Vance helped Braulio get the Frank flying at the meet and fly it did….this ship put in a 90sec thermal flight in the late afternoon.
Braulio launches Frank. The fall foliage was at its peak at beautiful Woodsom Farm.
Our cameraman caught Ara D ready to launch his Comet Dime Scale Spitfire in this blurred shot.
Ahh success! Ara’s Spitfire climbs away into the blue sky. Ara joined the meet in the afternoon after attending a control-line meet earlier in the day.
John K entered his stunning Great Lakes 2T-1a Trainer in the FAC Scale event. William S won the event again with his beautiful Fokker DVII.
Enthusiastic new flyer and contestant Noah preparing to fly his Pussycat. Noah is a 1:1 scale pilot and learned to fly before he was licensed to drive a car. Way to go!
William and Noah doing their thing out on the flightline. What a fine mid-Autumn day we had out on Woodsom Farm.
John K launches his Comet Stinson Voyager. This model won the Dime Scale event.
George S and John K walk out to the WW2 Mass Launch flightline. Excellent flights were made by many throughout the day.
John K packs the winds into the small 10% motor in his Mig 3 WW2 combat model. Note the wide-bladed hand carved balsa propeller – surely one secret to this model’s success.
John K’s WW2 Mass Launch winning Mig 3 at altitude. A very stable flyer.
Oh no, he did it again!! John K celebrates one of his victories with his “victory dance” as Herr Rittmeister looks on in horror.
Vance G was awarded the Harvey Wallbanger award for his misfortunes at the meet. The perpetual award was then re-gifted to Steve E on account of unfortunate launches in several of the mass launch events.
September 12, 2020 Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA. The second outdoor contest of the season was held on the beautiful rolling green fields of Woodsom Farm. With Covid 19 still a threat, masks and social distancing protocols were in practice throughout the meet. This was no great setback to the strong turnout of flyers who came to fly their models and enjoy light breezes and strong thermals this fine autumn day. Photos courtesy of Mark B., George S., Rich Z. Thanks guys!
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Flying the Stealth Squadron Flag
Flightline at the Sept 12, 2020 Amesbury meet
Mustang Test Flight
World War 2 Combat Mass Launch
Sam preps the BE2e for the WW1 Combat event
Fokker DVII high flight
William Retrieves his Fokker DVII
William After the Chase
A Nice Facebook Post
Sig Cub Stick Model Flight
Big Truck, Big Hat, Small Model
Readying the Giant Henschel Model for flight
Giant Scale Henschel Free Flight rubber model
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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
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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
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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
Tom N.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
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.