Dr. David Roberts’
Michael J Roll’s
or update the information before it is
published on AMA’s website.
Q. Where do I send finished biographies?
A. Mail a copy to the AMA History
Program, attn.: Archivist/Assistant
Historian, 5151 E. Memorial Dr.,
Muncie IN 47302.
Email an attachment to
fax it to (765) 281-7904, Attn: AMA
Q. What happens to the biographies and
histories? Where can I find them?
A. Biographies and histories are added to
AMA’s website at www.modelaircraft.
org/museum/ history.aspx. The AMA
History Program’s physical records
are maintained at the National Model
Q. Is a biography like an obituary?
A. Our biographies are intended to
be ongoing and updated as people
accomplish more, but we also keep
biographies of those who have died.
In several columns throughout the past few years,
museum employees have asked for help in locating
information about some of the museum’s acquisitions.
Thank you to everyone who has offered his or her
knowledge about these subjects. It is time to share some
The June 2011 “History Preserved” column discussed
two models loaned to the museum by Dr. David Roberts
in 1989, and asked for help in locating Dr. Roberts or his
family. The Stuka Ju- 87 and Mitsubishi A6M Zero are both
well-built, detailed, static scale models, likely built from
Guillow’s kits. Despite a promising lead, we have been
unable to contact anyone related to Dr. Roberts.
The museum is announcing that if no contact or
claim is made by the family of Dr.
Roberts by June 1,
Stuka Ju- 87 static scale model and the Mitsubishi A6M
Zero static scale model will become legal property of the
National Model Aviation Museum, as operated by the
Academy of Model Aeronautics.
The June 2012 “History Preserved” column showcased
an unidentified RC helicopter. Many people commented
about the model, speculating that it might be a Schluter
design. Others suggested we look into American RC
helicopters and GMP. We looked into all of these
possibilities, and although several model designs nearly fit,
none matched closely enough for a conclusive decision.
The December 2010 “History Preserved” discussed a
gull-wing model that we believed was designed by Michael
J. Roll, although information about him was scant. Thanks
to two people who knew him, we learned that the model
in the collection is a RC version of Roll’s 1938 Berryloid
entry. It was built by Roll in the 1980s after he rediscovered
his interest in model aviation.
Feel free to contact Maria VanVreede at mariav@model
aircraft.org, or (765) 287-1256, extension 508, to share any
comments or memories regarding these models.
—National Model Aviation Museum staff
13 Model Aviation MAY 2014