PS: The model weighs 24
pounds. It has two AXI
motors, two 80-amp speed
controllers, and runs on
four cells per wing. Every
surface on this airplane
comes off for repair. The
aircraft is family, so no
matter what happens to it,
I will rebuild.
As I was making my way
to the main line for the
I spotted a Discus Launch
Glider (DLG) pilot. It
turned out to be Peter
Merkel. I got some
background about the airplane and
Peter’s other RC interests.
JG: What types of RC airplanes do you
PM: I fly everything—helicopters,
gliders, floatplanes—everything. That’s
why I have a golf cart at Joe Nall! I fly
3-D more than anything.
JG: I noticed that you were flying an Elf
PM: I picked this up a couple of years
ago at the Toledo R/C Expo from
Kennedy Composites. I had never had
a glider before and wanted something
different. In fact, Devin McGrath was
at a Scale rally in Canada and he was
flying one of these.
Flying the DLG airplane takes a
different kind of skill. You can’t yank
and bank as much as you do with a
3-D aircraft. You have to milk the
air and find out where the rising air
pockets are and stay within those.
JG: Where are you based?
PM: North Bay, Ontario.
These are only a few of the pilots with
whom I spoke at Joe Nall, but my goal
was to give you a personal view of
the many different types of RC pilots
gathered in one place.
It’s a rare event when you can see
nearly every kind of RC segment spread
out over multiple airfields. If you are an
RC fanatic, you need to attend Joe Nall.
It’s mind blowing, and you never know
who you might run into!
Joe Nall 2013
Peter Merkel is an RC
pilot who is open to all
forms of the hobby. He
is pictured here with the
Elf DLG that he flew at
the 2013 Joe Nall.
93 Model Aviation SEP TEMBER 2013 www.ModelAviation.com