AMA Plans Services now houses
all plans formerly sold through
Model Builder magazine, Bill
Northrop’s Plan Service, and the
Scratch Builder’s Almanac. There
are more than 1,000 plans in the
Curtiss P- 40,
is a large,
RC Sport Scale aircraft that is
powered by a . 90 two-stroke, glow-fuel engine.
You can order the Curtiss P- 40,
plans number 6811, for $33 by
calling AMA Plans Service at (800)
435-9262, extension 507.
freezing. Electric-powered models and indoor flying have
made the challenge easier in recent years.
Two VRCMC members, John and Dan, completed their
500th month in a row of at least one flight on August 7, 2016.
John is 84 years old and Dan is 66 and they both plan to keep
flying each month for as long as they can.
Bruce Nelson 1941-2016
A longtime AMA district
associate vice president and vice
president has passed away.
Bruce Nelson, 74, served as an
AMA District XI associate
vice president for 21
years, and a vice
president in that
district from 2000
through 2011. He
died September 28.
“He led a full and wonderful life. We wish to extend our
heartfelt gratitude for each and every person who touched
his life and made it an incredible experience,” Wendy Nelson-Lloyd said in a statement sent to AMA.
In addition to his leadership roles in AMA, Bruce served as
president of the Barons Model Club in Spokane, Washington,
was a contest director and contest manager for the U.S.
Scalemasters in the Pacific Northwest, helped find a location
for the AMA Nats when it was held in the Pacific Northwest,
was the manager and a charter member of the Barons
Flying Circus air show team, and helped local aeromodeling
organizations become AMA-sanctioned clubs. In 1999, he
received the AMA Distinguished Service Award.
Bruce began modeling when he was 10 years old. The first
aircraft that he built was a balsa Grumman Hellcat. He later
began building and flying Free Flight aircraft, and then Control
Line. Bruce became interested in RC in roughly 1971.
His work in law enforcement, from 1965 to 1999, included
conducting homicide investigations, and teaching criminal
investigation for the Washington State Criminal Justice
Regional Training Academy.
The following report on the passing of AMA member Jack
Moses came from Ted Allebone:
On September 22, the Cloudbusters Model Airplane Club,
the Flying Aces Club, and the Free Flight modeling fraternity
as a whole, lost one of its greatest ambassadors. At the age of
86, Jack Moses succumbed to cancer, passing peacefully while
attended by immediate family members.
I was privileged to share Jack’s company for many years—
both as a flying buddy and as a close friend. A finer, gentler
soul would be hard to find.
He was a prolific model builder and would turn up at our
regular Tuesday lunchtime get-togethers with a new rubber-powered model every two weeks or so. Jack built so many
models that many never took to the skies, but no matter, as
he was as fond of
building as he was
I have the use
of a small (
one-minute max if
calm) field a few
my house and
Jack loved to
fly there. Many
times, I would
receive a phone
the voice at the
other end of the
line would say,
“Hi Ted. Jack here.
I’m at the field.”
I would grab a
couple of models
and join him for a couple of hours of flying fun.
Jack epitomized what modeling is all about. He derived
tremendous pleasure from seeing his models fly, and while he
would enter many events, he didn’t give a jot about winning.
Many times I heard him ask a clubmate, “Whadya think I
should do to get it trimmed?”
More often than not, he had a better idea than the person
he was asking! Jack knew how to make everyone feel good.
The world is a poorer place with the passing of “Smiling
Jack,” but many of us will forever treasure the memories of
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