|Flying North (Re-print, cover view), Arecord of the Models and Achievements of Jack North, Price and Contact Details|
|Tandy's 75th Birthday 50 Years of Modeling pics (posted Dec 2009, 22 pages) x|
|The Wonderful Years 1906-1910, by Ellery Lanier, published MAN Feb 1959, from Charlie Reich (5 pages).|
|Herb'y Greenberg's 1993 Story-A classic Old-Timer-by Ned Nevels (pub.here Mar.2009)|
|History of the Wakefield Cup A History from 1911 by Charles Dennis Rushing (pub.here prior to Dec 2008)|
|The Comet Models Story by Dave Harding Also see link to web site about a Historical Documentary called “ The Comet Model News ”|
|Dick Korda's 82nd birthday bash November 1997 Sam Speaks, story by Bucky Walter, (pub.here Mar. 2009)|
A Note from Hank Sperzel.
Last spring, before the flying season started I did an “Annual” on my Kerswap. It failed, Grounded until Recovered! Yesterday I started the recovering. The Kerswap was covered with red and yellow silk and Nitrate dope and it has been on the airframe for over 12 years. I used the Acetone in the “garbage bag” method and it worked like a charm to remove the silk. I was able to save the silk on the front of the fuselage with careful use of Acetone on a rag and sandpaper. Stripping the silk off the wing was simplicity its’ self. I covered the top and bottom half of one wing with paper towel, inside the bag, and poured on about a cup of Acetone, closed the bag and had a cup of coffee. When I opened the bag it was a simple matter of cutting a slit in the silk, to get my fingers in to pull the covering off. The stab was much the same. If you have never tried this method give it a try. (But not if you used Ambroid as you will end up with a bag of sticks!)
Inspecting the bare bones for damage I came across a fond memory. The left wing was repaired about half way between the root and the poly-break. I remember that break well. The late Ted Dock and I were in a fly-off at Muncie, it was the close of the days flying and a large black thunder storm was moving in fast. I went first and drop short of the max. As I was retrieving I saw Ted’s Kerswap going up like a rocket as it passed me. As I was picking up my Kerswap I saw Ted riding by me on his bike in pursuit of his airplane that had landed in some very tall weeds a couple hundred yards away so I went to help him find his airplane before the rains came. The weeds were so tall that I couldn’t ride my Honda 110 through them. I started to fall over and I couldn’t get my feet off the pegs. I’m not a good rider and I know it, so I carry my airplanes on a rack on the luggage carrier on the back of my Honda leaving both hands free. Remember OLD BONES HEAL SLOW! As I started to fall over I heard a CRUNCH, yep broke the left wing. After we found Ted’s airplane I was congratulating him on his win, he said he had an over-run so I had won after all. Ted is no longer with us but he was a great SAM competitor and I think of Ted every time I fly the Kerswap. Hank Sperzel from a SAM Talks post.
From Hank Sperzel via SAM Talks
I bought a kit and an engine sight unseen from a guy in Lincoln. The guy said the kit was a Playboy Sr and he said it was complete. When I got it home I found that the wire L.G., plywood firewall and all the hardware is missing as well as the dual motor mounts. The engine is a pre war Forster 29 and it was frozen. A little heat and WD-40 loosened it up and it runs well. I think my kit was produced about 1941 – 42 time frame. The copyright on the plans is dated 1940.
Fun to Make; you bet! Remember how much fun it was to cut out all those 1/8” sheet ribs from print wood with a razor blade? My first gas model was the Playboy Junior and I remember using a coping saw to cut the wing tips and the stab parts. The lay-out of the print wood was definitely in the interest of saving wood and those print wood gussets shown sure wouldn’t add much in the way of strength to the wing, the grain of the wood runs the wrong way. The print wood in my particular kit isn’t very good but the pre shaped LE and TE isn’t to bad. Think how far we’ve come, no print wood to cut, no die-crushed parts, today we have lazar cut parts that fit and plans that are well presented. How about the adhesives we use today? Today when we glue something together it stays together and the firewall doesn’t come unglued either. By the way,here is a picture of the Forster 29 that was a part of the Playboy deal. The price on the Playboy box is $3.95. I think the Forster 29 sold for $14.85 didn’t it? I paid what the seller asks and I am a little concerned about the price, $35 for both; did I take it in the shorts again?
Lanz'o "PUSS MOTH" some
unknown facts about this model.
This story really begins at a spring get
together at Bucky Walters (SAM 39 president) home in 1989. Our
spring contest was a blowout, windy and rain, so we all ended up
in Bucky's basement talking models. Somehow the conversation turned
to Chet Lanzo's "Puss Moth".
Bucky claimed the Moth had an undercambered wing and I said it didn't.
The Shelby, Ohio meet was bitter sweet memory for me. Chet died on August 14th, 1989, just three weeks after the contest. Shelby was his last model meet.
SAM Historian, Gene Wallock, with his Lanzo Puss
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