The Super Pearl E-222 is one of the most popular models in the E- 36 event. Photo by Bob Sowder.
not only in E- 36, but also in A Electric,
B Electric, and F1Q.
Bob covered the wing and stabilizer
with clear 1/4-mil Mylar. He added
Airspan covering to the bottom main
panels to minimize punctures.
For additional color, he used Design
Master spray paint on top of the Mylar.
It’s available at arts and craft stores,
comes in a variety of colors, and it’s
Bob was concerned that the 1/16 balsa
rudder would be prone to warp. As a
precaution, he covered the rudder with
.6-ounce fiberglass cloth using three
coats of nitrate dope. He advised that
some extra tail weight might be needed
to compensate for the weight of the Red
Bob needed to move the pylon
forward of the location shown on the
Pearl E-222 flew off the board with
only minor tweaks. Bob reported that
the 5-second climb is nothing short of
There are many excellent choices for
the electronics. Bob chose Texas Timers
for the motor, propeller, and electronics.
Hank Nystrom from Texas Timers has
what is essentially a plug-and-play
You can order the Super Pearl
E-222 directly from Don DeLoach.
It’s available as plans-only for $9,
including shipping, or plans and a short
kit of laser-cut ribs, shear webbing,
gussets, and plywood parts for $39, also
With the short kit you’ll need leading
edge and trailing edge stock, strip
wood, and sheet balsa for the pylon
and rudder. Tailbooms are available
from Stan Buddenbohm and are
approximately $12, plus shipping.
Bill Schmidt recently completed a
downsized Valkyrie and found it to be
slightly more difficult than the usual
The original 1936 Valkyrie model,
designed by Carl Goldberg, spanned 10
feet. Amazingly, it was Carl’s first gas
model! There were 1,547 sticks in the
wing alone. Friends built parts of it for
him because it was so labor and time
intensive. At the 1937 Nats in Detroit,
it flew out of sight, into Canada, with
a borrowed Gwinn Aero engine, and
was never seen again. Carl gave the
man a new Brown Jr. to replace the lost
Bill’s considerably smaller Valkyrie
was based on kit plans with a 24-inch
wingspan. He enlarged it to 30 inches
because he likes his aircraft a bit larger.
Bill simulated the Brown Jr. engine,
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