This 1929 Soaring Glider might be old-fashioned, but it
still flies great. Emailed plans are the prize for guessing
the mystery airplane.
This is an easy one! This mystery airplane is
on display aboard the USS Hornet. Guess the
aircraft’s name and receive plans for the Soaring
Will hold most ¼ scale.
Arms adjust to
fit any project.
Work tray holds
tools, batteries, etc. Breaks down for
Raises and lowers easily
32” to 38”.
stable with 3
Use it for 4 months…if you’re not
happy with it, we’ll buy it back!
L.R. Hammond Co.
airplanes were rare and old-fashioned
enough to qualify, so he stocked a
display with classic Guillow’s products.
I wondered how a kid would fare with
one of those kits and no outside support.
I also thought about the people who
buy flying machines from the electronics
store or other non-hobby shop retail
outlets. The clerks know nothing about
safe flight operations, local clubs, or
the information-packed AMA
website. This looked like a safety
issue to me!
I recently wrote in my column
about a modeler who printed
business cards with useful
information about his club and
AMA’s website. He left stacks of
them with local store managers,
asking that they be given to those
who purchase RTF models.
I did likewise and brought the
manager of Galco’s Soda Pop
Stop some information sheets for
model buyers. He thought it was
a fine idea to give the sheets to
customers to help them with their new
If some future accident can be avoided
simply by sharing information (such as
the Know Before You Fly website), isn’t
it worth the effort?
Charlie Johnson often sends me his
excellent Control Line Competition
Newsletter. There is a gorgeous little
model on the cover of the February
2016 issue. It’s a John Ross Special
version of the Perky racer, built by Al
Ferraro. What a snappy airplane! Al did
an immaculate job on it.
I was also impressed by the no-nonsense tone of the articles where
safety was concerned. This newsletter
has a lighthearted feel, but the editor
takes safety topics seriously. There are
some aspects of Control Line (CL) flying
that require care and attention. Having
sturdy control linkages, and conducting
pull tests and frequent inspections
are part of the flying routine. A new
pilot can get a good feel for proper
procedures after reading Charlie’s
publication. He can be contacted at the
email address listed in “Sources.”
CL flying is tremendous fun, and has
something that RC flying lacks: You
actually feel the model in flight and get
physical feedback from your control
inputs. If you have never tried this type
of flying, I think you are missing out on
CL has one more special advantage
for pilots. After a mishap, I know exactly
where to look for the wreckage—merely
follow the lines.
A Quiz and a Prize
This month’s mystery airplane is an
easy one, so don’t cheat and look it up
on the USS Hornet Museum website.
That famous aircraft carrier is now a
floating museum in Alameda, California.
If you get the chance, you should visit
this grand, old ship.
Email me your guess (at the email
address in the masthead) and you’ll
receive digital plans for the classic 1929
Soaring Glider. This model has old-fashioned engineering, but is still a fine
Some might consider converting it to
a micro RC aircraft. Poppycock! But if
you do add radio control, think about
reducing the size of that big old rudder.
I mentioned the possibility of spiral
instability to the girl who scanned the
plans for me at the copy store. She said,
“Sir, I really have no idea what you’re
talking about.” I get that a lot.
Control Line Competition Newsletter
Know Before You Fly
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
USS Hornet Museum
80 Model Aviation JULY 2016
SAFETY COMES FIRST