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Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:57 PM | 1,893 Views
I was excited by the thought of graduating to an elevator/aileron ship, and this was the model I built to help get me there. I never did finish it - between baseball, college, and girls, somehow life got in the way, . We tried a different, fabric-like covering material, which looked good at the time of application, but after years of sitting in the shop, became 'sticky' and impossible to clean. The new owner, raventech, should have this one back in the air soon.
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:51 PM | 1,834 Views
The Gnome was born out of the excitement which came from the handlaunch glider movement of the early-mid 80s. After working with my Dad on the Bird of Daylight Savings Time (60" version of the Bird of Time), John Lupperger went on to design this great flying sailplane for several single-design contests through the Inland Soaring Society in Riverside, CA. At some point, an electric conversion was made, although I'm not sure if those were ever offered as a kit. Radman615 is now the proud owner of what is probably one of the last models my Dad ever built.
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:45 PM | 1,803 Views
I don't believe we ever flew this one, but I built this during a phase of single-channel obsession that led to many other similar small airplanes in the 80s. The story goes that this was originally designed as a test bed for Babcock escapement systems, and a feature article appeared in R/C modeler (yep, with a small 'm') back in December of 1964. Full-size plans were included in that particular issue, and the total cost of all needed supplies to build it came to...$7.04
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:34 PM | 1,900 Views
Quite possibly the most majestic looking (and flying) sailplane I've ever built. That this bird is still just as flight-worthy and good-looking as the day I built it is testament to the design and materials of the Airtronics kits. Now owned by a gentleman who used to work one desk away from Lee Renaud, the original designer, this sale prompted a packaging/shipping job that was far more challenging than the construction of the airplane itself!

Yes, that's a 36" ruler on top of the finished 'package'. I was about ready to jump into the box myself after spending two full nights on this project. My new mantra: "I will not ship a built airplane. I will not ship a built airplane......Continue Reading
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:22 PM | 1,853 Views
This humble collection of airplanes says more about my childhood than anything else. Seems I was always building, throwing, or chasing some kind of airplane in my youth. This group includes two of those airplanes, the world-class 'Polly' glider, and the 36" Schweizer towline sailplane. The others, which appear to be aThermic 18 and a Thermic 20, were both built by my Dad long after I was an adult, so I guess he never shook the free flight bug . All are now in the hands of radman615.
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 10:07 PM | 1,884 Views
You probably won't see this one too often at the local flying field...a scale model of the famous 'Weedhopper' ultralight from the late 70s, appropriately called the 'Grasshopper'. I saw this at one of the big conventions back in the day and just had to have it. We never actually flew this one - it hung from the model room ceiling for years, and I recently sold it to a real Weedhopper pilot from Indiana who's also into R/C. Somehow that seems appropriate....Continue Reading
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 09:46 PM | 1,837 Views
Another fantastic floater, this was built with a modified, narrower fuselage, centerline rubberband wing dowels, rib lightening holes, and a more rounded empennage to make it a bit more aesthetically-pleasing. Any shortcomings in looks are definitely forgotten once in the air, as this is a great flying sailplane. New owner: xplaneguy
Ro8
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 09:40 PM | 1,728 Views
This is absolutely one of my favorite sailplanes, with a finishing job I'm still proud of to this day. Not sure if there ever were any ROx models prior to number '8', but this is one of the best flying sailplanes I've ever flown. Super gentle as a floater, but able to move out when necessary. New owner: jmcneil86043
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 09:33 PM | 1,429 Views
My Dad scaled the original Bird of Time plans down and prototyped the first version of this now popular hand-launch sailplane. Unfortunately, turning performance of the micro-bird was not good. Fellow friend and modeler John Lupperger saw promise in the concept and went on to improve on the flight performance by increasing the dihedral and simplifying construction. A partial kit followed, and shortly thereafter the category of hand-launch glider competitions really took off! Both BoDST models are now in the appreciative hands of Tspin.
Posted by sdrob15 | May 30, 2015 @ 09:23 PM | 1,395 Views
Made with the optional 8% airfoil, this is a fantastic flyer with equally fantastic looks. The original wing was built with the 11% airfoil, but my Dad folded that wing with an overly zealous 'zoom' launch on a hot 12-volt winch. Maybe it was for the best, as the 'new' version with the thinner wing was even more amazing in the air. Now in the hands of xplaneguy.
Posted by sdrob15 | Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:19 AM | 2,835 Views
Hello, and welcome to my first blog entry. I thought it would be nice to share a bit about the items I'll be listing, along with some photos to help tell my story.

I grew up living and breathing model airplanes in the 70s and 80s - static display, free flight, radio control...you name it. My Dad was one of the pioneer R/Cers as far back as the '50s, when pulse control (think buttons instead of sticks on your transmitter!) and rubber-band escapements were the standard.

He was an outstanding builder, and could sand a nose block like no other. Many of his perfectionist qualities rubbed off on me, to the point where my first paid job as a teen was building airplanes for others. Before long I was off to college, and while my energies were necessarily directed elsewhere, the skills and qualities he shared would serve me well in virtually any endeavor that required precision and attention to detail.

Dad had a range of interests in the hobby that spanned from power, to sailplanes, old-timers, quarter-scale and beyond. If it flew, he liked it, and probably had at least one example on-hand at any given time. Sadly, my Dad passed in 2010, but not before sharing much of his passion for the hobby with a relatively new family member, my brother-in-law Eric (known on this forum as 'tolladay'). Eric and Dad shared lots of great flying moments and stories together, just as I did in my youth and teens.

Virtually all of the items you'll see me list for sale in the coming...Continue Reading