Your columnist voted Tim Wescott’s finely decorated Ringmaster as “Best of Show” among a
number of nice aircraft photos submitted by Brotherhood of the Ring fans after a call went out.
Megow, including four Free Flight and
three CL models. He later became
chief engineer for P.D.Q. Models,
where he designed the Super Clown,
another popular CL aircraft.
In 1950, he designed the famous
Ringmaster for Sterling Models.
He later designed two other sizes
of the Ringmaster, plus the Super
Ringmaster. He designed seven kits
for Sterling, of which I’ve built and
flown four. Since those early days,
the Ringmaster has been copied and
redesigned in many forms and by
other kit and plans manufacturers.
Matt entered the Navy during World
War II, where an early assignment
had him building recognition models.
Later, at Naval Air Station Patuxent
River in Maryland, he was assigned as
an aircrew chief. Harold (aka “Hal” or
“Pappy”) deBolt was also stationed at
Patuxent, and Matt, along with Hal
and Bob Dishong, established the
Patuxent Model Engineers.
A highlight of Matt’s career came
in 1945 when Charles Lindbergh was
a guest at a big military air show and
conference. Charles asked to fly one of
Matt’s assigned airplanes and Matt got
to meet him and check him out for
Matt retired to Florida where
he continued building, flying, and
promoting modeling while staying
active in model club work.
Brodak Ringmaster Kits
Brodak Manufacturing Company
has long been a major supply source
for CL kits and specialized CL
supplies. The company makes a copy
of the original Sterling S- 1 Ringmaster
kit, plus an almost-ready-to-cover
version, and other Ringmasters,
including a couple for electric power.
The company’s online catalog features
many other models that many of us
knew and flew during the heyday of
Incidentally, I received this note
from Jack Hiner:
“I attended the Toledo R/C Trade
Show last month. Brodak had a ready-to-cover original Ringmaster that
looked great. Lightweight, unlike the
old kits. I almost bought one.”
Jack’s note was one of a barrage
of responses I received after I put
a request on the internet for a nice
Ringmaster photo. I received the
most responses that I’ve ever had
with respect to this column. These
Ringmaster modelers are passionate!
Ringmaster as Art
It didn’t start out intentionally, but
for this issue, my column has morphed
into a Ringmaster column. When I
received a photo of Mike Keville’s
Ringmaster painting, I knew it needed
to appear here.
Mike did a great job of writing this
“Old-Timers” column for several years
before retiring in mid-2007. He wrote
to me that he would be pursuing his
I’ve seen of his work. It characterizes
the Ringmaster as well as, or better
than, any photograph. Dee Rice has
it nicely framed and on display in his
home, but the photo cut off part of
the frame, so I cropped it out.
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