1FLY SOME FORM OF RINGMASTER DURING THE FIRST WEEKEND OF OCTOBER.
2RECORD THE NUMBER OF FLIGHTS, THE NUMBER OF PILOTS, THE LOCATION OF THE FLIGHTS, AND
ANY SOLO FLIGHTS BY A NEW PILOT USING A
RINGMASTER. A FIRST SOLO FLIGHT IS COUNTED AS
3EMAIL THE DATA TO A DESIGNATED ADDRESS BY NOON EDT (USA) ON TUESDAY FOLLOWING EVENT
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND PHOTOS ARE WELCOME,
BUT NOT REQUIRED. THE FINAL TALLY/REPORT WILL BE
POSTED ON THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE RING WEBSITE AS
WELL AS OTHER FORUMS.
Expert pilot Joe Gilbert is flying an S- 1
Ringmaster. Elwyn Aud photo.
Jim Carter’s Red Baron Ringmaster triplane variant is a Pat King design and is a great
flier. Jim Carter photo.
competition in Old-Timer (OT) CL events.
The Estes Company took over the Sterling line of
models and continued to kit Ringmasters until well into
the 1980s. Today there are many additional variants of
the Ringmaster, including a giant 1,000-square-inch
Ringmaster and a tiny micro Ringmaster.
To qualify for flying in the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon,
the model must have a wing that is scaled up or down
from the original S- 1, but the airfoil can differ. Likewise,
the tail appendages must be scaled up or down from the
original. The fuselage can be in any configuration as can
the landing gear. I have included photos that illustrate
some of the remarkable variants that have been built by
Because the Ringmaster and its derivatives are so popular
in the US and Canada, there are many available to fly for
the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon. Although Estes no longer sells
Ringmaster kits, kits and short kits are available for the
original S- 1 and a number of Ringmaster variants. Brodak
Manufacturing sells almost-ready-to-cover S- 1 Ringmaster
models, ARF S- 1 Ringmasters, and an electric-powered version
of the model. Electric-powered S- 1 Ringmasters aren’t allowed
in OT Stunt contests, but they are becoming increasingly
Participants in the Ringmaster Fly-A-Thon are welcome
to fly electric-powered Ringmasters and I fly several during
the event. RSM Distribution has a take-apart electric S- 1
Ringmaster kit available, as well as a regular S- 1 kit. Micro-Scale Models sells a laser-cut Super Ringmaster that can be
either electric or glow powered.
In Brazil, Cremon Hobby sells S- 1 Ringmaster kits, which
are quite popular there. Other cottage industry individuals,
including Pat King and Pat Johnston, are able to supply
excellent kits, short kits, and plans for various Ringmasters.
Mike Griffin sells the RSM Ringmaster kits and also contracts
to build the models. There are probably
additional sources of kits and plans of
which I am not aware.
CL fliers in Australia have joined in
the fun with increasing enthusiasm,
but modelers from other countries
have been slow to take up the challenge. The lack of available
Ringmasters to fly has hampered overseas participation.
In 2009, I made contact with Italian modeler Gabriele
Marci, who graciously drew a set of plans for the original
S- 1 Ringmaster. The plans were in Italian and used metric
measurements. Gabriele designated the plans to be in public
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