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Gus Crosetto (12500 Palatine Ct., Potomac MD 20854; email:
email@example.com) created his Popsie-Toad after his grandson, Marco,
walked into the workshop and showed him a cutout of a frog, which is
now the model’s pilot.
Gus wrote: “I had just completed building the bones of an old Popsie
from a set of plans I found on the Internet. As I was pondering a suitable
color scheme, Marco pointed to the model and said, ‘frog.’ What a
“The colors and finishes come from the frog, but Marco’s
contribution to the model was significant enough to earn his ownership
of the model. Since he can’t fly yet, I took him to the DC/RC field a few
times, enough to trim the model and prove its air worthiness.”
This version of the Popsie has a 40-inch wingspan and weighs
approximately 24 ounces. Gus built a pair of floats so it could spin around
the pool. When not in flight, Popsie-Toad hangs proudly in Marco’s room.
Terry Bolin (Neosho, Missouri) submitted a picture of one of his
This model is an Allen Brickhaus Legacy made from balsa and
plywood. It is a Brodak Manufacturing kit. A Super Tiger . 51 powers
the 61-ounce model.
“Great project!” wrote Terry.
One Nite 28
David Gerspacher (5164 Fischer Dr., Clarksville OH 45113; email:
firstname.lastname@example.org) submits a picture of his son, Kyle, and
his One Nite 28 P- 30 model.
This was Kyle’s first fully built-up stick-and-tissue model. It flies
well and trimmed out easily. Kyle was 11 years old at the time of this
photo and enjoys building as much as flying. He entered a contest
at the International Aeromodeling Center in Muncie, Indiana, and
received first place in a P- 30 event.
Hernan Paulet (222 Ranchview Dr., Vandalia OH 45377; email:
email@example.com) purchased the plans for this Skyfire in
Hernan wrote: “The 1970s design used a heavy construction
technique. I altered it to save weight and simplify the control system.
Originally the power plant was an Enya . 45. Due to balance problems,
I switched to electric power toward the end of the build. The batteries
in front helped. I added a lower air scoop to provide cooling air to
the speed control. The airplane flies very smooth. Characteristic to
canards, the stall speed is very, very slow.
“The first flight was January 18, 2013. The airplane is dedicated to
my greyhound friend, Skye.”
Features on the Skyfire include a Rimfire . 46 outrunner motor, five
Futaba S3004 servos, a 12 x 6 pusher propeller, and a Futaba 7C radio.
The model spans 58 inches and weighs 7. 5 pounds.