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Also notable here in the snapshot above is that Jack is wearing a T shirt that has the logo of the regional club called TOPMAC which was our club’s name until it was changed to Heart of America Free Flight Association or HAFFA as we know it today.
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GETS RESTORED & converted to Electric RC
Our webpage Restoring and Converting an Old-Timer Model Airplane to RC Electric will show you in pictures and text how this was done. The original Altimeter was built probably sometime in the 90s by Carl Perkins. It was damaged and the tissue was fairly tattered. As you follow along in the slide show at the bottom of the page, you won’t believe the transformation. This page also points out tips and pointers on resorting an older model like this one.
More and more aeromodelers are converting these old “birds” because the technology has come of age.
It’s not uncommon for this bird to get flight times of over an hour using a single battery charge. “That’s the challenge—to make the plane and electronics light enough and efficient enough to get record times.” says Paul. “Plus—it’s a bonus not to have to chase it and instead have it come down feet from where you launched it. It’s a win win.” he added.
This plane was originally built and flown by Carl Perkins of Prairie Village KS a few decades ago (Incidentally, Carl was on the US F1B team at the World Championships in 1961). With trimming help and advice from several fliers at Marion, and serendipitous thermals, the Double Feature went on to make a 9+ minute flight later that day. Suman continues to fly the plane regularly.
More about Carl Perkins can be found on Restoring an Old-Timer.
Jerry white enjoys fabulous first flight after little or no trimming of the plane.
Jerry is the first to admit that he is new to this hobby. With a little bit of encouragement from other HAFFA members and an excellent introductory novice model airplane plan provided by Jeff Renz, Jerry put together basically his first outdoor model aircraft—the Island Flyer. Shown at right is a screen shot of the plan but if you want the real deal here is the actual PDF that Jerry used.
Everyone watching was hopeful but not expecting a lot as Jerry prepared to launch his creation for the first time.
To everyone’s amazement Jerry’s Island Flyer took off, gained a considerable amount of altitude, circled perfectly, and came down in a gentle glide. All of this happened with an impressive flight time considering it had literally came off the building board straight to the flying field for its maiden flight.
Smoothie crash lands in clover as HAffa president, jeff renz, races over to inspect the damage.
A sigh of relief was in order when it was discovered that nothing serious was broken. Built from an Easy Built Models Kit over the winter months, Jeff Renz was happy with the Smoothie’s flights later in the day after the incident. “It flew as good as can be expected, given the circumstances.” Jeff said as he packed it away July 7th, 2020 at the end of an evening of flying at one of our Summer Fun Flys.
Jeff Renz was a little less amazed because he knew the Island Flyer had a history as a relatively easy build, and that most if not all all of the planes built from this plan were successful flyers.
This plan explains everything a novice builder would need to know in building his/her first built up fuselage model airplane and it uses ready available 1/16″ sheet balsa and 3/32″ balsa cross section for most of the longerons and cross pieces. Drawn in February of 1987, it has stood the test of time.
After downloading the PDF file, you can take the file on a thumb drive to a business like Fedex to do the actual printing at full scale.
You can find additional plans like this one on our Plans & Documents page.
a fitting tribute to Emil Schutzel
Photography by Jeff Nisley
Here’s a Slide Show featuring Emil Schutzel.
Use the dots at the bottom or the left & right buttons for navigation.
Did you know that haffa member Emil Schutzel made Miniature Furniture back in the 1990s?
Here is one of the many fine examples of Emil’s miniature furniture. Each of the drawers of the dresser above pull out and they all have dove tail joints on all four of their corners (do the math!). To give you some perspective, this piece is about 11 inches tall.
At left are three matching Windsor chairs that emil hand made. He scaled down real sized plans to accomplish this. And yes, he had a small lathe to turn out the many spindles needed and a working miniature table saw to accomplish all this. Amazing!
One can’t even imagine the number of hours needed as well as the skills necessary to produces masterpieces like these.