After a 5-inch overnight rainfall, Tom Blakeney, Bob Selman, Randy Rogers, and Ken Spenser broke
out their water-based models at SMALL 2013.
Pat Tritle designed this nice 44-inch Bücker Jungmeister.
As we begin the fall season, I like to reflect on the summer flying season. One of my
favorite summer events is the annual
Small Model Aircraft Lovers League
(SMALL) fly-in held in the Little Rock,
Arkansas, area each year during the first
weekend of June.
The first day of SMALL 2013 had
good weather and some great flying.
Overnight, after the first day, Mother
Nature decided to see if the SMALL
attendees could still have fun if she
dumped 5 inches of rain on the area.
The answer was a resounding yes.
Day two at the field found Lake
SMALL had replaced the normal, well-maintained grass field and parking area.
Undaunted by the flooded field, the
well-equipped and high-spirited fliers
broke out their water-capable airplanes
and had a nice float-fly. I was able to
get a picture of some of the pilots with
water-compatible airplanes. The smiles
on their faces said it all.
Because of the field’s overall
condition, flying was slightly limited
for those who did not have suitable
airplanes with them, but that did not
stop or slow down the fun. The people
who attend SMALL know how to have
a great time whether flying or talking
about model airplanes.
More heavy rain arrived on day three
of the event, so all but a few diehards
headed home early. The people who
stuck it out to the end were rewarded
on the last
to navigate a
put a few
I was unable
get photos of many models. One
that I did manage to capture is of the
Cartoon Scale models Keith Sparks
offers under his Park Flyer Plastics
The model in the photo on page 99
is his Cartoon Scale Messerschmitt Bf
109. He has quite a collection of these
interesting-looking, great-flying models
available as kits. See the “Sources”
Rain or shine, windy or calm, I
look forward to SMALL 2014. It is a
special event that involves some great
Pat Tritle’s 44-inch
Pat Tritle has a new short kit offering
in the form of a Bücker Jungmeister.
As is typical of Pat, this lightly built
biplane is perfect for our small-field
The 44-inch-span wings have a
combined area of 558 square inches
and the model’s flying weight is only
26 ounces. Power is a brushless electric
motor in the E-flite 450 class turning
a 12 x 6 electric propeller with energy
coming from a two-cell 2,200 mAh
LiPo battery pack.
Pat says the Jungmeister is a terrific,
stable park flyer capable of simple
A wet, but fun, SMALL event
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