Three F1D models
in different stages
of flight. The height
of the hangar can
be seen by the
small size of the
Kirda photo. Inset:
Max’s HLS model in
flight with a partial
Max Zaluska’s 58-minute HLS model. Zaluska photo.
is covered in
and weighs 1. 4
grams with a
Powered by a 19-inch, 1.9-
gram loop of rubber, Max put
in a flight of 54: 25 and a later
flight of 58: 53, nearly breaking
the 60-minute barrier.
Congratulations to Max
on his great flight time and
for joining the ranks of only a
handful of people who have
flown an Indoor model for so
New Indoor Facebook Page
Dezso Orsovai has created a new
Facebook page dedicated to Indoor
model aircraft. Called IndoorFlying, it is a
great way to keep up with the European
Indoor FF community. This Facebook
page is replacing Dezso’s website, so the
next time you are online, check it out.
Dezso is still selling his Violet Dream
microfilm solution. Violet Dream
microfilm is one of the easiest pour-and-lift microfilm solutions I have ever
used and is reasonably priced. He uses a
storage bottle that prevents the solvents
from evaporating, so the solution will last
many years without going bad.
Many years ago, Tony Italiano started
an event called AJI Old-Timer that was
flown at the US Indoor Championships
for a few years. The event was for
Indoor stick models of which plans were
published in the Zaic Model Aeronautics
Yearbooks in the 1930s and 1940s.
Most model aviation disciplines have
a Nostalgia event, except Indoor Rubber.
The long-wingspan models from the
early days of Indoor flying are intriguing,
and I wonder if there is any interest from
others in flying an event such as this.
Years ago I built a Featherette,
an Indoor model that was sold in
kit form in the 1950s, and it would
fly approximately 10 minutes in a
gymnasium. It was covered with Y2K
film and had a hollow, rolled balsa stick
and X-spar design propeller.
The model was roughly the size of a
Limited Pennyplane, but with the weight
of an F1L. Perhaps a One-Design contest
would be a good place to start an Indoor
Old-Timer event. I would love to hear
any feedback on creating an Old-Timer
Until next time, keep the weights down
and the times up!
NFFS F1D blog
Indoor News and Views
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