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ood friend, Howard Terrell, of the Kansas City area, showed me the tank mount on his Top Flite Tutor II, and his innovation encouraged


Bill Allen, of DeKalb, Illinois, to manufac- ture (for his own use) an almost all alu- minum tank mount. The mount supports a plastic tank and holds the tank at an angle which allows the fuel cell to use all the fuel syringed into the tank. The front and rear end braces are cut and bent from sheets of aluminum; 3


⁄32 -inch alu-


minum will suffice for strength and weight. Note the shape of the holes. These can be changed to fit the plumbing needs of your system. A length of 4–40 all-thread rod is in- serted into aluminum tubing. The tubing is long enough to just fit between the front and rear mounting plates. The all-thread rod must be long enough to extend past the tub- ing, pass through the brace plates, and al- low a 4–40 self-locking nut to be threaded on each end. Your specific measurements will depend on the tank you want to hold. Notice that the two tubing/threaded rods


are angled so the back of the tank is held out about 1


⁄8 inch more than the front of the tank.


Howard and Bill both put fuel tubing over the aluminum/threaded rod combination so the tank will not rub a hole in the plastic container. The accompanying pictures should explain the setup better than my written words. My wooden version of an ad- justable tank mount for my Rayette was part of my September 2010 column in FM. You might want to take a look back at that arrangement. Thanks to Howard Terrell and Bill Allen for the photographs.


Gerald Schamp Veco Chief Gerald Schamp has provided a couple of pictures of his Wagner/Veco Chief. The plane is scratchbuilt from the Joe Wagner plans. It is painted with Brodak dope, uses silk span for covering, and is powered by a Byron Barker Magnum .36. He has used vinyl lettering and states that it weighs a porky 48 ounces due to too many refinishes trying to make it perfect! Anyhow, this


by allen brickhaus You can reach Allen Brickhausat PO Box 206, Golconda, Illinois 62938, or via e-mail at abkb801@shawneelink.net


PHOTO: GERALD SCHAMP


Gerald Schamp’s Bob Palmer designed Veco Chief, built from Joe Wagner plans, is in full dress waiting for the next time on the circle. This is an outstanding model and worthy of interest.


plane was started over 10 years ago, and he has finally finished it. He is looking forward to flying it at the Northwest Regionals. A Chief has always been a favorite of mine, al- though I could never find the time to build, finish, and fly one. I congratulate Gerald for a very nice rendition of the Bob Palmer de- signed Veco Chief from Joe Wagner plans. That yellow and red really stands out in the pit line of models.


Lew McFarland’s passing The New Albany Skyliners hosted their


annual Swap Meet at Charlestown, Indiana, and that was the last time I was able to vis- it with a wonderful modeler and person, Lew McFarland. The January 2011 New Albany Skyliners’ Swap Meet gave many of us the opportunity to tell tall tales and kibbitz with Lew at this special get-together in southern Indiana. He passed away in the early Spring


of 2011, and we all miss him. Take advan- tage of any time to be with friends, as they are all in our family of precision aerobatics. Lew brought the Stunt world the Dolphin,


the Ruffy, and especially the Shark 45. Lew’s Shark was actually called the Hum- bler after George Aldrich designed the Nobler. When Jetco decided to kit the mod- el the name was changed to the Shark 45. The Ruffy name was coined after Bob Palmer published the Smoothie. Lew always did have a wonderful sense of humor. I will miss his smile and commitment to excel- lence in all things.


Brodak line reel changes When putting a new Brodak reel into ser-


vice, I make a few changes to keep the lines more secure. Notice from my pictures that I add a soft cloth to the inside of the reel and that helps absorb moisture, fuel residue, and dirt. I also cut a hole in the inside of the reel so the lines make a softer curve to the line holders. The shot provided shows the cut hole, the blue soft cloth, and the attach- ment wood I also added to keep the lines more secure on the reel.


Another .40 sized Gypsy by Jim Silhavy Pictures showed up at my house with an-


PHOTO: JIM SILHAVY


Jim Silhavy is shown with his more famous .40 sized model and the similar Stunter built for the F2B FAI Team Trials and possible inclusion in the Control Line World Champs.


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other .40 sized Gypsy built by Jim Silhavy. The only difference between the .40 sized model as published in the February 2005 is- sue of FLYINGMODELS and the one shown on the pool table with the more famous blue, white, and silver version is the covering and paint. Although not a new set of numbers to work with, it gives us insight into an all-FAI version to be used for the U.S.A. Team Trials and subsequent possible flights at the F2B World Champs.


MARCH 2012


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