About 5 decades or so ago, I did the U-control thing. Kept me building
replacements :-( Now, I just try to make 'em pretty and hang 'em up for
It's amazing how they double or triple in weight by adding paint!
Same kind of time frame (early 50's)
U-Control was combat time.
Straight pins in the leading edge of the wing, a crepe paper stringer
connected to the tail, and have at it.
Jimmy Walker had a couple of balsa wood slab side fuselage planes you
could build in a couple of days.
Wipe out on Sunday, stop at hobby shop on way home and buy a plane,
show up Wednesday night ready to fly.
Had a Fox .35 which was a screamer.
Good combat engine.
Free flight was strictly 1/2 A stuff.
Built several "Sniffer" models and trashed a few along the way.
Baby Spitfire 045 was a great free flight engine.
Drug store asked me why I needed salt peter.
Had to explain it was for fuses to destabilize the plane a bring it
Wonder what would happen if you tried that today?
When I quit, must have had 15-18 engines.
Dope is heavy, especially if on fabric rather than paper.
Sealer helps a little.
Doh, man! Servo weights are measured in grams or fractional ounces these
days. Free flight is what happens when the transmitter battery dies. I
didn't take them seriously at first, but the flat foam core things they sell
now fly extremely well. It's worth a look if you haven't peeked since, oh,
These are "toys" compare with the real thing that flies. Yes, it brings back
memories, when I was a licensed A&P mechanic during my early career. I first got
into woodworking making wings' ribs and spars. These are made from Spruce. The
wings and fuselage skins were linen finished with dope. The glue we used was
Urea Formaldehyde. I believed we used Delta's contractors saw and 6" jointer and
no planer. I have worked on Stinson, Waco, British"s Auster, Tiger Moth and not
forgetting Cessnar140, 150, including Pipers Club, DC-3 and many more which I
have long forgotten. I had overhauled, Continental, Lycoming, Pratt & Whitney,
Wright, Royce Royces, Bristol, Dehavilland inline and radial engine. I even have
the pleasure of working on the French's Leonies engine. My end my career in B747
and DC-10 many years ago. I still have my CAB's power plants handbook but
misplaced my airplane handbook, which spelled out detail requirement in repaired
steel tubing, Spruce wood and others requirement.
Apparently you did not read the multiple posts that pointed out this was
a spammer trolling for responses.
If you must respond please, please, please remove the "scorekeeping"
website. In this case it was de.alt.augenoptik.
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