Long time FACer, Bruce Foster, traveled to the chilly north and visited the Escadrille Harfang (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) last November (2022). He won their Dime Scale event, flying an XP-40 against four Canadiens! This was his 16th kanone and it has earned him the coveted BLUE MAX (“pour le Merite” up north). He has elected to be awarded the medal this summer in Geneseo. Here are photos from Ronny Gosselin. CONGRATULATIONS BRUCE!!!
clockwise from lower left: Bruce Foster, Gustavo Durieux, Octavian Aldea, Luc Martin, and Ronny Gosselin
Last month (December 2022), there was a discussion on Facebook regarding the Chambermaid. The modeler was asking what color was acceptable for the Chambermaid. Being the helpful sort (?), I piped in and said that the Chambermaid is often modeled with coloring ranging from white to cub yellow and that “records” state is was a cream color.
James Vliet (an authority on F1 racers) provided an image as proof of color – and we should likely accept it as gospel:
As we can see, this is more yellow than we traditionally think of “cream”. James also showed a Berryloid color brochure that showed a light lemon yellow called “Diana Cream” – so we should expand our thoughts of cream color to include light yellow. After all, butter used to be more yellow (not margarine) and cream probably was, too (since butter is made from cream). In fact, more natural and organic egg yolks are much richer in color (orange) than the yellow that we are accustomed to. Our mega-processing of food has changed things for us.
All of this talk of the Chambermaid and its original fabric swatch made me remember back in the dawn of the internet (1997), there had been an online discussion regarding the Pearson-Williams “Mr Smoothie” and “what color was it, really?” I cannot recall the hows and whys of the discussion, but I dug around in my archives and found some details. The discussion was on the old Free Flight Mailing List. I saved the image and pertinent details and here they are:
Keep in mind that colors change in photographs, scanning, and reproduction on the web.
Lastly, not so much of a color definition (as this plane is not much in question), is a swatch I have in my personal collection that I obtained from the estate of an air racing historian:
These are photos, swatches, and the face of the fuel gauge from the crash of Johnny Livingston’s Cessna CR-3. He bailed out of this plane somewhere near Columbus, Ohio in August 1933. The plane was only six months old and had never lost a race (about half a dozen races). He couldn’t fully extend the landing gear and jumped (who know why he didn’t land the plane – maybe the gear was partially extended and would have tripped a belly landing?) Regardless, a life-saving decision was made and that was that.
So there you have it – three fabric swatches from long-gone racers.
We asked Tom Hallman to develop a model for the next FAC One-Design. He chose the 1946 Schweizer SGU 2-22 for FAC hi-Start/Towline Glider. This is a 36″ wingspan glider and will be kitted (short kit, likely with canopy) and provided in the 2023 Flying Aces Outdoor Champs Registration package – to be flown as the One-Design in 2024. The short kit will be available for purchase after the Outdoor Champs (but not before).
Hopefully, this will get more people into the Hi-Start/Towline Glider event.
Here is a video of Tom’s construction of the prototype model.
The D.C. Maxecuters report that Don Srull died yesterday. What I report today about Don is woefully incomplete, as I am sure that Don had significant contributions in his professional career and is clearly known as an outstanding designer, builder, and flyer of model airplanes.
Don was an inductee into the AMA, NFFS, and the FAC Halls of Fame. He was an early adopter of electric power for Free Flight Scale, starting the Hi-Line company.
Do you fly JetCat? How well do you fly it? Are you on the Sierra Hotel list?
JetCat is a fun event. Well maybe I should say “fun”. It is an easy event to fly, it doesn’t take much time to prepare, and you can generally fly it in a smaller space than many of our other events. But it is not easy to fly it well and it can be frustrating.
It is also a pretty simple event: choose any full-scale jet-powered aircraft you like, build it out of sheet wood, build it in profile, and make a hand-held rubber catapult and go fly! The sheet wood can be built up, if you like, and you can also do a full body, as opposed to profile.
Personally, I have spent more time on developing and adjusting JetCat plans and models than any other type of model. I often go through at least two, maybe three or more prototypes before I have a model that flies in a reasonable manner. I consider “success” to be a model that can fly at least twenty seconds regularly.
Don DeLoach set up an Unofficial FAC Recognition for great JetCat flights. What is a “great” JetCat flight? Any official flight over ONE MINUTE. In FAC circles, one minute (in our rubber categories) is probably a notable milestone for newbies. But in JetCat is it VERY difficult to hit one minute. I have been flying JetCat since about 2014 – that’s eight years – and I have hit 40+ seconds a handful of times, and my high time is 57 seconds, but never 1 minute or more. And I fly a lot – I have 69 recorded 1st, 2nd, or 3rd results in JetCat in those eight years.
Anyway – Sierra Hotel – it is a significant achievement. Last night, Don sent me the latest entry into the Sierra Hotel group: Rick Pangell. Most FAC’ers probably don’t know Rick; here’s what I know. He’s a long-time and dedicated Free Flighter. He is the editor of the Magnificent Mountain Men (Colorado) newsletter. And he has been the AMA Free Flight Nats photographer for many years. And he’s a nice guy, too!
Don sent along this photo of Rick with his P-59 (a popular JetCat subject) – which is a LARGE JetCat; Don says it has a 20″ wingspan, at least. He reports that it is a real floater. Being that large, it doesn’t get up super high, but floats “every bit as good as an AMA catapult glider”. Rick recorded a 63-second flight yesterday (16 Oct 2022). Welcome to the Sierra Hotel, Rick!
P.S. you can find the Sierra Hotel list HERE. Check out those flight times!!!
Rick Pangell and his Sierra Hotel P-59 JetCat (DeLoach photo)
Sad News – Long time Cloudbuster and friend, Pete Azure, passed away yesterday. He had been fighting cancer for many years, probably 10 or more. Pete was a mountain of a man, and was always bringing new – and big – models to the flying field. The last few years had been rough on his flying, but he still showed up to the occasional meet and almost never missed a picnic, bringing many family members to the field. He always had a dry wise-crack for those around him.
Pete served the Cloudbusters (past newsletter editor) and the Flying Aces Club (past Council Member). Of course, he held the FAC Blue Max – with a total of 40 kanones earned on the field. Condolences to his family, including his brother and fellow Cloudbuster, Ray Azure. Pete will certainly be missed on our field.