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This is another issue with a wide diversity of articles, for which I thank our authors. Ron Moulton is remembered in an eloquent obituary by Martyn Pressnell, who describes his multi-faceted trajectory in modelling. Although best known as Editor of Aeromodeller, Ron was deeply involved in FAI matters as technical secretary to CIAM; he also served for 24 years in the council of the SMAE. His effort on behalf of Human Powered Flight were outstanding, who could forget those Aeromodeller issues with their superbly detailed drawings of the British contenders and the ultimately successful Gossamer Condor? On top, he wrote several books that were (and are still) great successes in their field, such his book on Model Aero Engines and his book on Kites.
The great Chet Lanzo was of a more retiring nature. The second and last part of his biography is presented in this issue, dealing mainly with his gas models and short foray into the early years of Radio Control. One should remember that two of his greatest successes, the "Bomber" and "Airborne" designs, are now exclusively flown in RC, but were originally FF models.
This issue has the second in the series of models designed by Gerald Zeigenfuse-- the Du-All, an attractive Nostalgia Wakefield and Open Rubber model, that first appeared in print in 1956. Gerald has updated the original article and plan to reflect modern materials and contemporary rubber.The plan is a classic of an era that appreciated great draughtsmanship.
Allard van Wallene and Rene Limberger discuss the complex nature of servo control in the electronics contained in many of the modern FAI and some F1C ships. They show that servo electronics can be greatly improved by digital actuation, the servo responding to bytes rather than pulses, although their servos can handle both digital and pulse actuation.
Claudio Bognolo and Roland Koglot describe the several stages of development of their low-drag F1A airfoil, intended to allow extremely high bunt launches (Roland has achieved heights near 110 m while testing), yet preserving good glide abilities. There is a comparison with similar airfoils developed by Brian Eggleston and Slobodan Midic. This is to provide an the alternative to the successful F1A flapper ships. This battle of technics and ideas is making F1A probably the cutting edge of FF modelling at present.
The electric motor categories in FF are to be expanded with a new one, a simpler, entry level category: the E-36 (span-limited, locked surfaces) that has already attracted wide attention in USA. Bernie Crowe presents here the "Slick Willie" design, a model with an already highly successful career in competition. Most valuable is the addition of detailed description and sourcing of the electrical components: motor, controller, timer, DT module and propeller to help the beginners in electric FF.
In a simpler world we relied (and still do) in Tomy timers for actuation of the DT, VIT, AR functions on small models. In this excellent article, John Pool tackles the conversion of the Tomy mechanism to operate with an outside spring, a subtle modification that not only reduces the weight of the timer to less than 3 gr. but also allows an extremely long timer run, 20 minutes can be achieved rather easily. The whole conversion can be done with simple tools and a bit of patience.
Dave Sechrist has been one of the outstanding figures in the P30 category in USA, winning many contests at National level. His latest design, a development of the Marie II of John Kamla, is described here, with an attractive plan drawn by Thurman Bowls. The model is a showcase of refined, yet simple model engineering and a very detailed follow-up construction article will be presented in the April issue of FFQ.
Sean O'Connor analyzes the function of dihedral in a free-flight model and shows that it is possible to optimize the dihedral distribution to obtain best control and quickest recovery after a disturbance. The resulting mathematical shape of the dihedral is very close to the circular or parabolic arcs used intuitively by designers of the past, and of course adopted by many soaring birds. Sean provides a clever basis for this optimal shape.
As always, the cover for this issue and a detailed index can be found in our website : www.freeflightquarterly/wordpress
Contacting the Duke
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If anyoone needs to call me, Please use 530-400-3562. It is my cell # and is normally on from9 a.m. until 9 p.m. PST.
Thanks, and good flying luck in 2011.
AMA Expo in Ontario, CA
We attended the AMA Expo last week end and met a group of free flighters, unfortunately this year there was not a free flight booth but we have resolved to fix that for next year.
We did meet Randy Archer at show. He was the mechanic to his son Ryan who was part of the R/C demo team. Randy asked to be remembered to all his FAI Free flight friends. We're hoping that he will come the Maxmen to see you all. Ryan has been trying to convince his dad to get back to flying F1C, so we may see more of him again.
Much credit to the AMA as they have involved a number aviation minded group such as the Civil Air patrol and the Naval Sea Cadets with youth membership. I saw some taking part in the Blacksheep's indoor free flight event so we need to be there to with information about our junior programs.
2010 Am Cup Scores and Report-- Jim Parker, Jan 9, 2010
[the Am Cup results were published in the last SEN - with the full results, however this did not get to all people because some people's e-mail will not accept mail with more than 500 lines - so we publish this summary again]
12 entrants was scored with 4 bonus points, the published rules state 3 bonus points
14 entrants was scored with 5 bonus points, the published rules state 4 bonus points