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Howard McEntee won many trophies (above left) with his Kaydee designs. The plane’s name came from the type of early proportional control system Howard used called “Kicking Duck”. That name came from the constant

tal control receiver and transmitter combi- nation kit for $29.95. The Super Aerotrol ad highlighted that “no operator’s license re- quired” to distinguish it from radios on the amateur radio band where a “ham” license was required.

That same issue of MAN featured an R/C design, the High Diver. Strangely the au- thor was not mentioned in the article but I found the design very interesting. The thing that caught my eye was in the first paragraph which read “After deBolt’s ex- periments with full symmetrical airfoil and short coupling, à la U-control Stunt, the High Diver was begun as a more mod- erate experiment, using convex undercam- ber (NACA 2412) airfoil in combination with rudder and elevator.” The article mentions many desirable characteristics from using the NACA 2412 airfoil but the increased speed was a real test for the pi- lot’s nerves.

In April 1954 Schmidt Radio Controls of Erie, PA was introducing their “Channel Master” featuring five separate usable chan- nels, powerful motor driven servos and stick operated controls. The transmitter was ground based and fed

the control stick

through a cable. This was one of the very first commercially available “reed” systems and sold for $216.00. The magazine ad bragged that the system had logged hundreds of “un- biased development flights” by such R/C fliers as deBolt, McElwee and Swank. At the same time Vernon McNabb’s Citi- zen-Ship Radio Corp. was introducing their “Revolutionary New Citizen-Ship 465 mc Model AR Receiver”. Their ad said that it was for small planes including 1⁄2A and although it did not say how much it weighed.

A reader writes:

From Bill Hanshaw, Fort Worth, TX: “I’ve enjoyed your column very much in the past years....thanks for your contribution, especially the older R/C pics. I too am an old- time modeler. I was a control-liner as a young boy, and in 1954 I started R/C with a DeBolt Kitten and McCoy .049 diesel, with a Lorenz two-tuber and rubber-powered es-


fluttering of the control surfaces. Bill Henshaw of Forth Worth, TX built this Miss World(above right) from a Japanese kit produced in the mid ’50s. See text for details.

capement (don’t recall who made it). Really just sort of ‘disturbed freeflight’. Ha. “Well Bob, what I have to show you is a completed but not-yet-flown model kitted in Tokyo, Japan. I believe it was kitted in the mid-fifties, judging from the primitive sin- gle-channel (rudder-only) radio setup shown on the plans (all in Japanese, millimeter di- mensions, but very well detailed). It showed a homemade multiple-battery box, a big dot- ted line outline of the receiver, rubber-pow- ered escapement, etc. That’s why I’m dating it in the mid-fifties....maybe you’ve seen one before and can identify it better. The only English on the plan is the plane’s name— “Miss World”! I tried to find it on the Inter- net but there are many such named planes, not mine.

“The plane’s wing span is 64 inches, about 704 square inches with a Clark Y airfoil. The stab is semi-symmetrical. There was very little balsa in the kit. All the L.E. and T.E. sheeting, formers, spars, and longerons are obechi wood. The ribs and nose sheeting are balsa (a sorry grade at that, so I replaced it). The kit called for 4-inch wheels, and I had a pair of 4-inch Trexlers, so I’m using them. The landing gear wire is double-thick-

ness 1⁄8-inch diameter on the front struts, and a single 1⁄8-inch wire on the rear struts. Lots of wire and a large tread distance as you can see.

“I used polyester fabric on the fuse, with Stitz dope, and transparent MonoKote on the wing and stab (silk is just too darn ex- pensive!). The plans showed an Enya .09! I’ve installed an E-flite 25 with 50A ESC, and 3S 4000 mAh 20C battery. Radio is a Futaba R617 with two Hitec standard-duty servos. I’ve used E-flite 25s in my full size Debolt Live Wire, and English Scorpion, and they have plenty of power, for sane and se- date flying, anyway. I haven’t flown this beauty yet, but I expect it to be very fun and relaxing to fly. Those big Trexlers are just too neat....kind of what Walt Disney would draw in an airplane cartoon!

“I hope you enjoy the pics. Maybe someone out there will recognize the plane and let me know at “Happy flying and thanks again for your contributions to our sport. Let’s keep some guys building instead of ARF. I’ve heard that’s an acronym for ‘Am too Retarded to Fabricate’. But you can’t print that, I’m sure!”

Date Feb. 7–8

May 11–12* May 22–23 May TBD* July 5*

July 19* Aug. 16*

Aug. 29–30 Aug. 29–30 Sept. 8–9 Oct. 13*

VR/CS 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Event/Location

Fellowship Gathering, Punta Gorda, FL Glory Days Fly-In, Julian, NC

Kentucky Bluegrass, Lexington, KY SpringFest, Wellsboro, PA

VR/CS Culpeper Challenge, Culpeper, VA deBolt In-Memoriam Fly-In, Rochester, NY VR/CS Fun Fly, Denver, CO Spirit of Selinsgrove, Owego, NY Northwest Fly-In, Medford, OR Muncie Reunion, Muncie, IN Octoberfest, Oxford, PA

* These dates are tentative. 27

Director Joe Fife

Bob Harris

Dan Thompson Perley Bowen Terry Terrenoire

Giuseppe Fascione Norm Berger Bob Noll

Bruce Tharpe Ron Howard Mike Denest

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