Ron Liska is shown with his 1/3-scale Piper Cub
and other airplanes in the background. He is
inside the 22-foot trailer he and his wife, Joan,
often use. Photo by Joan Liska.
what might be in cartop carriers? What
does Scott Annis, former president
of the Millis Model Aircraft Club in
Massachusetts, carry? Only in our hobby
would wings and other airplane parts
be found, wrapped as carefully as a
newborn baby swathed in blankets.
“This is the ideal solution for me to
carry my wings,” he said of the Fokker
D.VII wings that are housed in his
cartop carrier. “Sure, it might be meant
for fishing poles or skis, but this does the
trick, fitting perfectly and keeping them
separate from what’s in the rest of my
Move It Like You Mean It
As for people who go above and
beyond when it comes to transporting
their items to and from various events,
Joan and Ron Liska have it down pat.
The members of the Wintonbury RC
Club of Bloomfield, Connecticut, both
have well-thought-out plans, depending
on how many airplanes are involved.
There’s a system, you see, and it works
wonders for them.
“One plane will fit in our Chrysler
Town and Country van by mounting
the wings in a double sling,” said Joan.
She went on to explain their various
methods of securing certain airplanes
using wide bands, bungee cords, wheel
chocks, and Velcro to prevent the wings
and fuselage from sliding.
However, when two or more models
enter the picture, their routine changes.
That’s when they roll out what Joan
refers to as the big rig—their Dodge
3500 dual-wheel pickup with a camper
body to which they hitch their 22-foot
“With this rig,” Joan explained, “we
usually put the delicate wings on the
queen-size bed in the camper and
anchor the fuselages of the two or three
planes we bring to the floor of the car
trailer. Now we have plenty of room
to bring whatever additional ‘stuff’ we
want to tag along.
“When we get to the field, the benefit
of the car trailer is that we can keep as
many as three fully assembled models
(including our 12.5-foot Curtiss Jenny,
our 1/3-scale Piper Cub, and 1/4-scale
S.E.5a) in the trailer at night so we can
bring them out in the morning ready for
an early morning Dawn Patrol flight.”
The Bicycle-and-Tow Method
In direct contrast to the Liskas is
Russell Hall, a member of my club, the
Winnipesaukee Radio Controllers in
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