by Rich Lopez
In the times in which we live, with the disappearance of brick- and-mortar hobby shops, obtaining supplies and modeling equipment necessary to participate in CL Combat seems to
require the Internet. The delivery of any ordered products is
generally good through either the United States Postal Service
or other private delivery services such as UPS or FedEx.
You must be willing to spend hours on your computer
researching individual products and sources. You will also have
to be mindful that some of the once reliable sources are no
longer viable. I dealt with ViKo Models in the Ukraine for many
years and had good results, but that is no longer the case.
Yuvenko in the Ukraine has been reliable for many years. The
company will provide an estimate for how long it will take for
you to get your order. (Yuvenko appeared to be backlogged as I
wrote this in early December of 2013.) I know Vasyl Yuvenko
and I have also seen the name Alexander Yuvenko on some of
Russ Graves and Bill Maywald recently received shipments
of models from Yuvenko. All arrived free of damage and in
well-packed boxes. The quality of the company’s models is
outstanding and there is a variety from which to choose.
A source closer to the US is in Canada and run by Yaroslav
Melnikov. Several members of the Southern California Combat
Team have recently ordered from Yaro.
Although I have only purchased products from Alberto Parra
of Spain during the World Championships, he offers plenty of
Combat equipment for sale.
Most CL Combat competitors these days fly prebuilt models,
but Alan DeVeuve, Lester Haury, Phil Cartier, Pete Athans,
Howard Williams, Russ Hester, and James McKinney are a few
Lester Haury manufactures a high-quality kit that you can
order from him. Some of the other pilots design their own
models and cut all of their own wing cores.
I am happy with the way prebuilt models perform and at
approximately $50 each, I would rather use my shop time to
repair and rebuild than build from scratch.
Chuck Schuette runs MBS Model Supply and always sets
up his hobby shop at the AMA Nats. He has plenty of the
common items such as bladder tubing, syringes, lines, Nelson
glow plugs, etc. The pilots who have ordered from him get
New Pilot Support
I started an email group notification system for Southern
California Combat enthusiasts. I send messages every Thursday
telling everyone when we will be at the field for the upcoming
Fora and Cyclon
modern, ball-bearing 1/2A
Left: The Cox Tee
Stels, and twin-exhaust Stels 1/2A
engines have old-school bushings.
New pilots are included in the email group. They can come
to the field and get assistance from more-experienced pilots. I
sometimes sell used models that still have plenty of serviceable
hours left in them. Many of the new modelers have modified
them to accept 80 mph engines and use them as trainers.
Don Repp is our local engine guru who can make nearly
anything start and run. He has set up engines that pilots can
easily start and operate. It is essential that the new pilots feel
successful in operating engines and flying their models.
My fellow club members and I attempt to teach new pilots
how to recognize a flooded engine and a dry one. We also show
them how to remove warps from a less-than-perfect model.
We have been coaching the novices on flying. We have
them repeatedly practice certain maneuvers then move on to
something else. We are lucky in Southern California to have
a dedicated site and weather that supports year-round flying.
The most important aspect of helping a novice pilot is to make
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