A ring of Ringmasters flown for the first Fly-A-Thon at Hobby Hideaway.
Jim Swearingen photo.
Slovakian children display their new 900E Ringmaster variants. The electric-powered
900E was designed by Attila Csontos and makes a great trainer. Arpad Csontos photo.
This Pat King-designed X Wing Ringmaster belongs to
Steve Villve from Australia. John Lemont photo.
Dee Rice and David Gresens held another popular CL
event, the 8th Annual Ringmaster Roundup contest, on the
Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon weekend. This is an AMA-sanctioned
Stunt contest for S- 1 Ringmasters that is held annually in
Houston. By scheduling it on the same weekend, each of the
contest’s 52 flights counted as a Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon flight.
A touching event was held at the Napa Valley Vintage
Stunt Contest in California, where 13 pilots flew Jim Aron’s
Ringmaster at the Jim Tichy Memorial Circle provided by
the city of Napa. Their Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon flights were
dedicated to the late Jim Tichy.
Attila Csontos, from Slovakia, joined in the spirit of the
Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon by designing a 900mm electric-powered Ringmaster. He cut a number of foam wings and
he and others helped a youth group build the models to fly
in the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon. Attila gathered 77 pilots and
they made 168 flights. There were six novice pilots and the
fliers’ ages ranged from 3 to 77. Twenty-five of the pilots were
In anticipation of the 2015 Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon, Attila
has again been helping a youth group build a new fleet of
Ringmasters. These models have a traditional wing (ribs and
spars), but otherwise are the same 900mm electric-powered
models that were used for last year’s event.
A goal of 3,250 Ringmaster flights has been set for the 8th
Annual Worldwide Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon. Although the
event emphasizes the number of pilots and total flights, the
Brotherhood of the Ring appreciates every single flight.
Although numbers are a driving force, the event is not
simply focused on the tally results. Flying a Ringmaster
during the fly-a-thon promotes CL modeling and a feeling of
camaraderie that is hard to describe.
Some modelers and groups set goals for themselves such
as Dee Rice who spent an entire day making 71 flights on
his 71st birthday, but the spirit of the event is to join others
around the world flying CL models. It is also an opportunity to
promote model aviation by acquainting others with the hobby.
Participating in the Ringmaster Fly-A-thon is a great way to
celebrate model aviation and that is a worthwhile goal.
What qualifies as a Ringmaster model for the event? The
original S- 1 Ringmaster was first kitted by Sterling Models
in 1950 and is the premier CL model in terms of kits sold in
the US and Canada. The model was originally designed by
Matt Kania for the Fox . 35 Stunt engine, but it flies well using
modern engines such as the Brodak . 25.
Several companies still sell kits for the S- 1 Ringmaster and
original kits occasionally appear for sale on auctions sites such
as eBay. Sterling subsequently kitted several variations of
the original Ringmaster, including the 1/2A Baby Ringmaster,
the 1/2A Beginners Ringmaster, the 1/2A Ringmaster Biplane,
the Ringmaster S-1A, the Ringmaster Sportster, the Super
Ringmaster, and the Ringmaster Imperial.
Any Ringmaster variant can be flown for
the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon. However, only
the original S- 1 Ringmaster is eligible for
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