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Contest Calendar Updates


Contest announcements have been coming in all spring.  Don’t forget to check the calendar for events in your area.

One update/fix put in this morning:  If you are planning on going to the McCook meet in Muncie, I have added the stray and wayward event list.  Go to the calendar or find it right here:


Miss Productions in New Jersey

Here’s a photo of three intrepid OT Stick flyers flying their new “Miss Production” model in tribute to the late Dan Driscoll.  This happened at the Tuckahoe Squadron meet this past weekend.  They flew on 15% rubber and 9″ props with the models weighing in at about 40-45 grams.  Dave reports he had a 169-second flight (2:49 minutes)!  I am sure they will have them all ready for the Dan Driscoll Memorial event in Raeford, NC next month (check the FAC Calendar).  I am sure there will be other Miss Productions in the air, too!


Curt Sanford, TX, Passes Away

I received this note from Duke Horn:

This is a notification that another Squadron 17 member has passed away. Curt Sanford, on February 2nd, 2023. he was an inactive Blue Max holder (38 kanones) from Dallas. He was my flying buddy for many years. He and I grew up together building model airplanes, since nobody’s dad knew anything about it. We taught ourselves. Here is a link to his obituary:,jr./59895/

Duke Horn


The FAC 2023-24 Rule Book has been Published

The new Rule Book is out!  Grab your copy HERE, save it, print it, and familiarize yourself with the (very minor) changes.  In short, the new areas cover:

1) exotic materials in Phantom Flash (see page 13)

2) Jet Cat scale appearance (see page 14)

3) honing down what “combat” aircraft are eligible (see page 17)

That’s it!



Save the Date! – 2023 FAC non-Nats – 12-15 July

Mark your calendars!  The 2023 FAC non-Nats has been scheduled!  Reserve the 12-15 July!  We will have a schedule of events soon.

Don’t forget – you can always check the Official FAC Calendar of events for this event and other events near you and across the country!

Here is the LINK.


Bruce Foster earns his BLUE MAX!

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


Race Planes – Their Original Colors

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.


2023/24 FAC One-Design – 1946 Schweizer SGU 2-22

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.


Modeling Legend, Don Srull, has passed away.

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.

Here is a biography from AMA:

Here is an article about Don in the Smithsonian Magazine:

from the Smithsonian article.

Form the D.C. Maxecuters – Don and his Westland Pterodactyl

From Model Aviation – Don Srull inpecting Wally Farrell’s Bestetti-Nardi BN-1


Free Flight: Front and Center!

Thanks to Don DeLoach, Rick Pangell, Thayer Syme, and Tom Hallman, I read – oh wow – FIVE FREE FLIGHT ARTICLES in the Nov 2022 issue of Model Aviation!

And, in case you didn’t know, Tom Hallman has picked up the Free Flight Scale banner (column) in MA that Dennis Norman carried for years.

Thanks to the authors and photographers that made this issue possible, BUT it wouldn’t be possible without all of you modelers!


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