to keep things secure at the front of
the model and to stay out of the likely
paths if something goes wrong despite
our efforts. It’s a great story anyway—
as long as we can read about it and not
star in it.
Mike David wrote about how a big
four-stroke engine caught him in the
knee. He thought he had it secured to
a test stand, but as he moved to where
he could operate the throttle, things
went wrong. Mike said he now uses a
device to remotely hold the throttle so
he doesn’t need to get so close, and he
moved the stand out into a clear area.
Seven stitches can be a powerful
teaching tool! He nailed the broken
18 x 6 propeller to the wall as a
reminder to be careful.
Some models have powerful engines
and motors, and they do their thing
whether we are in the way or not. A
single, careless moment can lead to a
trip to the emergency room.
We must also remember that
countless pilots find safe enjoyment
with their flying machines. These
stories are rare exceptions, and
the victims/perpetrators share the
information with us to keep us from
joining the ranks of sadder—but
The new Mystery Airplane this
month is so distinctive that you only
need a peek at the tail to identify it.
Email me your guess and, right or
wrong, you get free digital plans in
PBY Catalina that I drew for my club’s
annual Pearl Harbor contest. It won’t
set any records, but you’ll get nice
flights indoors or outdoors. And yes,
I admit that I’m trying to encourage
old-fashioned model building and even
older-fashioned FF. This RC fad has to
blow over, eventually.
The PBY is visible in the photo of
the display case my club set up in
a local recreation center lobby. We
wanted to show nonmodelers the
variety of fun that they could have.
Big airplanes wouldn’t fit, but we got
several smaller types in there. It has
paid off by attracting spectators to our
Jeff Higginson flew his AMA Racer at
one of my club’s indoor meets, so he gets
his picture in the magazine. It couldn’t
have happened to a nicer guy.
87 Model Aviation MAY 2014