Hal Singer’s (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) club in Lodi,
California, the Tokay RC Modelers, likes to build airplanes as a group. “What
could be better than building a lot of the same planes and putting custom
graphics on them?” he quipped. Hal, Ken Knowles, Mike Wilson, and Wally
Felahy are the proud owners and pilots of these Value Hobbies 84-inch Big
Sticks that are powered by DLE- 30 engines.
For fun, the group equipped the Big Sticks with bomb drops, Hal wrote.
Some of them also have smoke systems. At the time of this writing, four
were completed and flying and another four were under construction.
Several of the pilots were planning to fly the Big Sticks in the Basic class at
their upcoming International Miniature Aerobatic Club contest.
The Custom Shark Attack graphics are by Callie Graphics. Hal noted that
the airplanes are gentle fliers with unlimited vertical, and that the group
was practicing loose formation flight and having a great time.
Pete ’n Poke 40
Mike Lavelle (Bethpage, New York; email: mlave36399@
optonline.net) decided that his Great Planes Pete ’n Poke 40
would look better as a biplane. He purchased a second kit
and used its wing as a lower wing and made a set of struts
out of light plywood.
Mike modified one of the fuselages to mount the lower
wing and servos. The new airplane is powered by an O.S.
.95V four-stroke glow engine. On its maiden flight, the Pete
’n Poke performed admirably and looked great in the air
“though it seemed a tad overpowered,” he noted.
Mike’s friend, Rudi, who submitted Mike’s airplane to “Focal Point,” wrote, “Both of us are big-time glider guiders and fly and
compete on Long Island, New York. Mike also flies U-Control [Control Line], Free Flight, and regular RC. [He] designs and builds his
own stuff too. [He’s] a very gifted, hands-on type of guy.”
Bob Smolinski’s (Mt. Clemens, Michigan) Ryan
Fireball weighs 22 pounds and has a 98-inch
Bob drew the plans and shared that it flies great.
Vance Anderson (Ludington, Michigan; email: pata49431@yahoo.
com) has always liked Astro Hogs. Having built four of them, he feels
this one is the best.
The plans were enlarged by 12% and Vance used a six-channel
Futaba radio. His Astro Hog is powered by an O.S. 108 FSR engine. The
airplane also has flaps and weighs 11. 5 pounds.
Vance is a member of the Twisted Sticks Model Aircraft Club in
Ludington and wrote that the Astro Hog flies great.
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