2017-05-11 UteRC Meeting & Stories From The Past

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First, here's a story by Jan from the mid-60's to early 70's.

Dr. Ralph C. Brooke, FAI World Champion, and his Gladiator.


Dr. Ralph C. Brooke, DDS, Seattle, Washington, was a two-time FAI World Champion ('63 and '65). He was a dentist and university lecturer. Dr. Brooke was a high placer in the '70 Masters and the '72 Nationals. He is pictured here with his original design "Gladiator".

Held every two years, the FAI World Championship event was won by Dr. Brooke on two consecutive occasions. He was the first person to win consecutive world championships in FAI Pattern competition.

See more on Dr. Ralph C. Brooke here: https://www.modelaircraft.org/files/BrookeDrRalphC.pdf

In my early days as a novice in the hobby I was interested in learning precision flying. Dr. Brooke's design of the "Gladiator" looked typical of FAI aircraft of the day but it had a sleek look that appealed to me. I bought one. It was typical construction of partially built model aircraft in those days i.e. Fiberglas and resin body, built up and covered empennage, foam core wings sheeted with balsa, all requiring finishing of one's favorite paint and decals and a 60 2-stroke engine. I used the Webra Black Head and Webra Speed 60 engines. Four-stroke engines were not marketed at the time.


Jan with his first "Gladiator" and friend club member Tony Ohtsuka standing by.

The "Gladiator" was a beautiful aircraft and with wheels up it tracked on a rail. I flew my first "Gladiator" for five years. After a fatal contact with the ground in 1980, I called Ralph to purchase another one. At that time he mentioned that "...with present day engines (4-strokes) the "Gladiator" should make a step up". I was excited! Unfortunately or fortunately I received the new parts and never assembled them. I have them to this day. I have a great model to revisit sometime soon.


Pictures from the May 11, 2017, UteRC Meeting

Rick Marshall's new electric Cub on floats. Rick says he is going to maiden and flight trim the Cub with conventional gear, from a runway, before he flies her off water with floats.

Roger Kramer's nearly completed electric P-51D. A beautiful 37" wingspan RC model built from a Mountain Models kit powered by a 350 brushed motor geared to the 4-bladed prop, and with flaps and slow-rate retracting main gear and tail wheel.

Jim Buchmann's 1/4 scale Cub with all the bells and whistles and full telemetry. Power is from a 160 motor running on 2 5-cell 5000 mAH LiPos in series.

Scale landing gear detail on Jim's Cub. The belly opening is covered with an air scoop to cool the electronics and batteries during flight.

Bob West Describes the wiring he is installing for lights in his Kadet for the upcoming Night Fly in June.

Bob demonstrates the landing lights - he wants to see the ground when he is landing because that night will be pitch black with no Moonlight.



Orson Porter gives Evan Higginsen a Carl Goldberg Sr. Falcon, a 3-axis pattern training plane of the 70's.


Jim Buchmann prefers incandescent lamps for safety lighting and describes how he accidentally acquired 100 Boeing instrument panel bulbs instead of the 10 he ordered. He thought he'd ordered 10 bulbs, but he got 10 bags with 10 bulbs in each bag.


Jim built the plane from a kit, but reinforced the entire underside with a sheet of thin plywood to strengthen the fuselage right behind the cabin where Cubs tend to break even in minor accidents.

The instrument panel on Jim's Cub is so detailed you'd swear the gages were real.

Jim's Cub features removable seats and flooring, held in place magnetically, that can quickly be removed without tools to access the electronics, servos, and batteries below the floor.


The electronics below the floor of Jim's Cub. He described how the plane has full telemetry back to the DX-9 Tx with verbal status reports and warnings in a feminine voice from the Tx.


Rick Marshall shows his smaller version of a Cub here mounted on floats with simulated riveted metal skin. Rick has an extra servo in one float to control the water rudders rather than a linkage to the Cub's rudder.



Roger Kramer displays his scale P-51D, here in a cradle to demonstrate the slow retraction rate programmed in his Turnigy Tx. More about the kit at: http://www.mountainmodels.com/product_info.php?products_id=201



Dean Allen, tired of carrying box after box to and from his truck every time he flies, found these DeWalt stackable tool boxes with hand cart for carrying workmen's tools at Home Depot. The boxes are kept water tight by the silver latches in front and are locked together by the yellow latches on the sides. The whole stack is locked to the hand truck via the bottom box. They hold all he needs to fly all day and make repairs. Now he never forgets to bring everything needed to fly - except perhaps an airplane.

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