Brayton Paul (Acworth, Georgia; email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
designed this 1948 rudder-only design called the Flyball Special.
The Flyball Special is equipped with rudder, elevator, throttle,
and a steerable nose wheel. Construction is balsa with silk and dope
covering. Brayton’s model is controlled by an Airtronics 2. 4 GHz
Brayton became involved in RC in 1948 while working at Bendix
Radio in Baltimore. In addition to designing and building the Flyball
Special, he did the same for the transmitter, receiver, and everything
else—flyball activator, transistor trigger (electronic relay), test
equipment, and field-strength meter.
Focke-Wulf Fw 61
Bill Welle (1720 Kilpatrick Rd., Nokomis FL 34275) built this foam
scale version of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, Germany’s first successful
helicopter. It was converted from an autogiro to a helicopter through
the use of several test models.
This scratch-built model is made entirely from 3/16-inch foam
board featuring monocoque construction; there is no framework or
covering. Bamboo skewers were used for the outriggers and plastic
straw fairings cover the piano wire landing gear.
Foam insulation tubing was used for the scale wheels and dummy
engine cylinders. The Fw 61 weighs 14 ounces and spans 48 inches.
Bill considers his helicopter a park model capable of flying indoors or
outdoors in light wind.
Gregor FDB- 1
Jim Edwards (614 S. 4th St., Dayton WA 99328; email:
email@example.com) built this 1/6-scale model of a Canadian Car
and Foundry Gregor FDB- 1, a 1938 design prototype.
The FDB- 1 spans 60 inches and is powered by a CRCC . 26 two-stroke gas engine spinning a 16 x 8 propeller. Entirely scratch-built
from three-views, it has retractable landing gear, operational flaps,
landing and navigation lights, and a sliding canopy.
“Like the real one, it loves to climb and is beautiful in the air,”
Nieuport 17c- 1
Bobby Anderson (New Bern, North Carolina; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org) started construction on his Balsa USA
Nieuport 17c- 1 in May 2009 and completed and flew it in November
This model is guided by JR with a Spektrum AR600 receiver and JR
8411 servos. A Zenoah G- 23 provides power. It has pull-pull elevators
and rudder and is covered with Aluminum Solartex with Top Flite
LustreKote paint. Decals are by B&E Graphix.
Bobby wrote: “The aircraft represents the aircraft of Charles
Nungesser, a French Ace during World War I. The first flights were a
bit of a learning curve, and the aircraft requires a lot of rudder input
for coordinated turns. All in all [this was] a great building and flying
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