Ron Sims uses cut-off glass pin heads to create
finger rests for balancing his E-flite Viking.
The author with a few of his small-field models. It’s been a great journey!
Marston Ptero Works.
A friend of the column, Rom Sims,
sent me a note outlining his solution to a
situation many of us might encounter.
Ron purchased an E-flite Viking 280
biplane. He came across a problem while
checking the center of gravity (CG)
location. The CG location called out is
in reference to the top wing.
Ron generally uses his fingertips to
hold the model at the wingtips. To make
checking the CG easy when balancing
the model on his fingertips, Ron cut off
two straight pins that had colored glass
balls on their heads. He left roughly 1/16
inch of the pin shaft below the heads.
He inserted the pins in the bottom
of the top wing and glued them at the
specified distance back from the leading
edge for the CG location. After the
Viking’s wing was installed, the pin
heads made an easy place to put fingers
when checking the CG. Neat trick, Ron.
What a Great Journey
A wonderful personal journey began
in March 2002. That journey has
been this column. I have met so many
delightful modelers in person and
virtually through this column.
My “Small-Field Flying” journey is
heading in a new direction starting in
2017. I have decided to transition from
being the writer to again being a reader
of the column. It is hard to believe that
14 years have come and gone since
my first “Small-Field Flying” column
appeared in Model Aviation.
The hobby has changed during that
time, but it has also remained much the
same. Technology continues to evolve
and bring new things for us to enjoy. My
love of flying model aircraft remains as
strong as ever.
The world of small-field models has
never been better. We have so many
great choices available, with a nice
variety of kits for those who like to
build their own models. There is also
an excellent selection of RTF or ARF
models that are suitable for small-field
Because I plan to read this column
well into the future, I sincerely hope
you will keep sharing your small-field
projects with the new author. Your
submissions notify the small-field flier
community of what is happening and let
us in on the latest innovations.
It has been a great journey for me.
I thank all of you for your support
throughout the years and for allowing
me to share your projects in these
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