FAC member Howard Koverman created the
basis for the cover of the May/June 2015
Flying Aces Club News more than 20 years
ago. To his credit, it still sparkles! Photo
courtesy of Flying Aces Club News.
Right: Juniors Benjamin
and Jocelyn Buxton
with their Catapult
Gliders at the Kent
State Indoor meet.
Benjamin won the Jet
Catapult Scale event
with his Bell P- 59
Airacomet. Photo by
duo, Chuck and Don
their Phantom Flash
models for a flyoff.
Don placed first in
the event. Slusarczyk
by Dennis Norman
This year marked the 61st anniversary of the Toledo Show: R/C Model Expo. Although not
an RC modeler, I began attending the
Toledo trade show in the late 1960s,
and I have been a swap-shop vendor
After setting up on Thursday, April
9, I invited my buddies and fellow
vendors, Roger Wathen and Pat Tritle,
to join me for a delicious supper at
the nearby Iron Skillet restaurant.
We had just sat down to eat when a
powerful storm erupted. Lightning
flashed, winds howled, and a torrent of
rain fell sideways across the windows.
Moments later, storm sirens sounded
and the management relocated us to
a safe area away from the windows.
Climatically, a tornado touched down
near us and supper was over.
The following day began with clear
weather and the show opened with
a huge, enthusiastic crowd. All went well until 11: 45 a.m.,
when the power failed in the SeaGate Convention Centre.
Fortunately, power in the adjoining Park Inn hotel remained
generators kicked in,
but provided only
minimal lighting in
the venue. In the
hallway where we
had our displays,
only two widely
spaced lights came
on. Amazingly, one
of them was right
over our tables!
remained black and
were navigated only
by flashlight. The
crowd shifted to
rooms with windows
was not restored
until nearly 9
lacked the drama
of the previous
two days, but we stayed at our tables, hoping to counter
Friday’s dismal showing. Despite our efforts, Saturday’s sales
were disappointing. Because of this, most of the independent
vendors (including yours truly) decided to pack up and go
home rather than incur possible further losses on Sunday.
Great News About Flying Models
A few days later I received the May/June issue of the
Cloudbusters club newsletter and learned that Flying Models
(FM) magazine had a booth at the show! I was stunned that
I had missed it, but was delighted to learn that Thayer Syme,
a former FM editor, bought the magazine’s rights and plans
service, and assumed its obligations to subscribers. Be sure to
contact Thayer for more details. (See the “Sources” list.)
The rebirth of FM is by far the best news for us from this
year’s Toledo show. Many thanks to the Cloudbusters for
spreading the news. The Cloudbusters club is in its 76th year
and the informative club newsletter remains an outstanding
example of what a newsletter should be.
Flying Aces Club News
The Flying Aces Club News is today’s most comprehensive
Free Flight Scale newsletter. It is vibrant and chock full of
current events, tips from some of the world’s best modelers,
and much more. Even the cover art is exciting.
Howard Koverman created the basis for the May/June
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