FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Single Channel and
Vintage RC website
Q574: I heard that there is a website
dedicated to some of the original RC
model aircraft and equipment dating
back to the early 1950s. I know I could
try a Google search, but I felt you might
be able to direct me to a specific site?
A574: I did do a Google search
requesting “single-channel model
aircraft.” This produced a long list of
references, which I think you might
want to peruse.
One of the references I found in the
search was mentioned by my Canadian
modeling friend, Chris Moes, in a
construction article. I’ve listed Phil &
Shaun’s Single Channel & Vintage RC
Page in the “Sources” section at the end
of this column. It is one of the best that
I have seen covering this subject.
I suspect it has already been
mentioned in the Vintage RC Society
newsletter. Phil Green and Shaun
Garrity are the creators of this website.
Phil’s email address is provided on
the site if you want to contact him. He
and Shaun are looking for photos of
vintage RC equipment and airplanes.
A black menu border runs across
the top of the opening page. Many
categories are listed in that border,
such as Early Days, Single Channel,
Pulse and Galloping Ghost, Reeds,
Proportional, Models, Kits, Engines,
Archives, and more. Clicking on any
of these categories will open a load
of photos and detailed information. I
spent hours perusing the site.
I think that this site should be
made available on a laptop at AMA’s
National Model Aviation Museum’s
Vintage RC section in Muncie,
Indiana. Take a look and let me
know your thoughts on this
Questions About Foam Building
Q575: Reader/member, Fran
Jansen, has questions concerning
the building of model aircraft
with foam materials. He wanted
information about three kinds
of foam materials: Elapor, Expanded
Polyolefin (EPO), and Z-Foam.
He wanted to know where he could
purchase the material, where he could
find the necessary tools and cements,
and if there were any hobby books
available about this subject.
A575: In 2004, I answered a similar
question (Q62), referring the reader
to a book titled Building with Foam by
noted model designer and author, Keith
Sparks. Keith has a revised edition of
his book under the same title. You can
purchase it directly from Keith through
his website, which is listed in the
A list is in the book provides
telephone numbers, websites, and
Keith Sparks’ book, Building with Foam,
Revised Edition, is a beginner’s guide to foam-constructed models.
email addresses for foam material,
cements, etc. The book includes
chapters on types of foam, locating
supply sources, how to cut the foam,
shaping the foam, use of cements,
and painting. There is even a chapter
about repairing foam that will interest
modelers who fly ARF and RTF models.
I recommend this book as a general
reference for foam model structures.
Servo Current Measuring
Q576: I noticed that on many
Phil Green provided this photo of three single-channel, vintage RC aircraft and equipment.
At left is a 48-inch, scaled-up version of Vic
Smeed’s Tomboy. In the center is the Sharkface
designed by Eric “Dr. Diesel” Culton, and at the
right is an electric-powered Junior- 60.
AUGUST 2013 www.ModelAviation.com