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hings are cooling down some these days, resulting in flying days being selected with much more care and forethought. As a result, building

season is taking on a much higher priority. And when we come out the other side, we should all have a few new projects that need flying, and sharing. And what better way to share the fruits of your labors than to either send photos for the column, or to head off to a fly-in and enjoy the result of your efforts with other like minded modelers.

A great way to share your efforts I’ve been attending fly-ins all over the Southwest for several years now and have made many great friends and acquaintances along the way. I feel for you guys up north with your no-doubt-about-it winter seasons, but here in the Southwest we can escape to Phoenix and Tucson for a nice break from the Albuquerque cold snaps. Some that come to mind are the Electric Fest at the end of January in Mesa, Arizona, and Watts-Up in Tucson in February. I also attend the Thanksgiving weekend Scale Meet in Tuc- son. And of course we can’t forget the SMALL Meet in Little Rock, AR. The best part of attending a fly-in in your

corner of the world is not only the ability to fly in places other than your home fields, parks, and flying sites, but also to see some of what other modelers are up to, and maybe even gather up some terrific ideas for future projects. You can also find out about kits, equipment and other modeling related stuff you might not be familiar with, and to prof- it from the tips and tricks that other model- ers look upon as the norm in their local area. You can also share what you’re doing with those outside your local area that others might not know about yet. But the best part is flying with people you

don’t yet know, and to ultimately make new friends outside your local community. And before you know it, those new friends will

by pat tritle You can reach Pat Tritle at 10313 Snowheights NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112 or via e-mail at


Len Rozamus built his Bob Martin 2-meter Bobcat and powered it with a pylon mounted Cox .049 Black Widow which proved to be more than adequate power to haul the model up.

become old friends, and those regular stops will become more of a “family reunion” than just a Fly-In. I can’t think of much in this world that’s more rewarding than swapping modeling stories and sharing the fruits of your labors with old friends and acquain- tances. So give it a try, the rewards will def- initely out-weigh the effort.

And speaking of sharing … This month we have a ton of great stuff in

the hopper. I have always been impressed with the ability of the modelers who build small models and read these pages, and this month is definitely no exception. The list in- cludes a bit of U/C, gliders, scale, twins, multis, and even a design still in the works.

So let’s get started. Len Rozamus is at it again, this time with

two projects. First up is the Bob Martin 2- meter Bobcat with a pylon mounted Cox Black Widow .049. The first flight was ap- parently quite the rodeo using Cox Racing Fuel. Subsequent flights will be done with reduced aileron throw and 15% nitro fuel to tame the beast a bit. It’s a great looking model, and it’s a sure bet that when the trimming process is done she’ll be a terrific flyer.

Then in a different vein entirely is Len’s Sterling Flying Fool. Len, then an Army PFC, built the model on his wife’s (then girl friend’s) Aunt’s dining room table. Powered by a SuperTigre .15 diesel, the model sur-

Len Rozamus first built his Sterling Flying Fool in 1963, and has just finished the complete restoration (above left). The model only flew once, and a wild ride it was! As nice as the model looks, it might be best to forego any thoughts of a


second flight. Proudly displaying their Best in Show award are the father and son team of Bob and Rob Gillespie with the Dare B-17 and PCM Jenny (above right). Not only do the models look great, but are reported to fly well too.


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