They turned out to be extremely
popular and five lighting systems were
made available. This was the beginning
of the electronic line that would
eventually offer nearly 200 products
for RC and model railroads.
In 1984, Roland Bouche from
Astroflight marketed an electric
conversion of the popular Jerobee
.049 glow-powered race car. Other
manufacturers were also releasing
Ralph jumped at the opportunity to
design sound systems for them. He and
his engineer designed three systems to
make the cars sound like their full-scale
counterparts. A modified system was
also conceived for use with trains and a
division of RAM, called RAMtrack, was
Ralph purchased a 5,000-square-
foot complex for RAM Products in
northern Illinois. He told me he wanted
to continue to develop and produce
products. Throughout its 38 years in
business, RAM has produced more
than 250,000 products!
Ralph is proud to be a founding
member of the Radio Control Hobby
Trade Association in 1985. He served
on its board for 12 years, was show
chairman for two years, and president
for six years.
Ralph still actively participates in
the hobby and enjoys flying model
airplanes, helicopters, and quadcopters.
He no longer competes, but regularly
attends trade shows and flying
from MA and RAM Products!
For an opportunity to win one of ive $50 gift certificates, submit your answer to the following
question: What is the RAM product
number for the navigation lighting
that contains seven LEDs? You can
find the answer on the company’s
To submit your entry via email,
send your answer, full name, postal
address, and telephone number
to MA Editor-in-Chief Jay Smith.
Please include “About Us” in the
subject line. To enter via postal mail,
send the preceding information
to MA at AMA, to Jay Smith’s
attention. Readers can also enter to
win at www.ModelAviation.com/
Entries will be accepted through
March 31, 2014. Five winners will be
selected on or before April 4, 2014.
One entry per person is allowed.
Those that are lost, late, misdirected,
garbled, or incomplete for any reason
will be ineligible.
This contest is open to legal
residents of the 50 states, the District
of Columbia, and US military
members with APO/FPO addresses.
AMA employees are ineligible.
The winner will be selected in
a random drawing from among all
eligible entries with the correct
answer by an Academy employee
or employees. The winner will be
notified by telephone or email
and his or her name and state of
residence will be published in a
future issue of MA and posted on the
5161 E. Memorial Dr.
Muncie IN 47302
events. Ralph is the proud father
of 15 children, two stepchildren,
nd 13 great-grandchildren. He is sharp and has
a great sense of humor. If you speak
to him for more than a few minutes,
you’ll be sure to hear a hearty laugh
as he shares stories and insight into a
lifetime dedicated to the hobby.
Before we ended our conversation,
I inquired as to what he was most
proud of when it comes to RAM. “The
fact that we have introduced so many
new categories and I am still here,” he
told me before laughing again. He also
shared the enjoyment of seeing people
successfully using RAM products and
the positive feedback he receives.
If you’re in the market for a sound or
lighting system, give RAM Products a
call and speak to Ralph. Not only will
you find him knowledgeable about his
products, you might even get to hear a
story or two from the past!
78 Model Aviation MARCH 2014