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Old Aug 13, 2012, 08:00 PM
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The Bootstraps

Berkeley kitted an airplane designed by Henry Struck called the Bootstraps. Also designated A RC- 1 Berkeley's first RC kit.

My dad had one back in 1952 or 53. It promptly flew away and was grabbed by a passing motorist.

A couple years later the motorist tried to sell the plane at the local hobby shop.
I don't think they realized how rare RC airplanes were, and that the hobby shop owner knew my dad.
We got it back and my dad made some radio equipment that was almost reliable. We got to fly it for a few years.

It was single channel, rudder only and no throttle or elevator.
Push the button and the rudder went full swing to one side, Next time the switch was pushed, the rudder went full swing to the other side.
By 1962 I was getting pretty good at flying it, and more often than not I came home from flying with an undamaged plane.

I have a picture of my cousin and myself with my two single channel airplanes in 1962.

Now I decided to build another one, this time electric and with elevator control. How neat is that?

I started construction and I'll be posting pictures as I progress.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Outstanding, thanks for sharing the story and the plans!! looks like she's coming along nicely.
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 09:32 PM
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Now I decided to build another one, this time electric and with elevator control. How neat is that?
That's pretty darned neat alright!!

What a great history this model has with your family!
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Old Aug 14, 2012, 05:34 AM
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Thanks for the comments. I have the wing started now. Pictures at 11.
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Old Dec 25, 2014, 08:00 PM
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The Bootstraps

Seasons greetings to all!

Hi pd1. Did you finish your Bootstraps? It would be great if you could post a photo of the completed model.

I am returning to modelling after nearly 50 years absence and Bootstraps seems to be coming to the top of my list for first build. Your construction photos will be a big help, thank you.
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Old Dec 26, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Thanks for all the kind words.
I haven't finished the Bootstraps yet. I got side tracked and did a few other projects.
I plan on finishing up the Bootstraps as soon as I finish the S Ray I'm almost done with.

Last August I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and building has been hit or miss.

Paul
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Old Dec 27, 2014, 08:32 PM
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Sorry to hear about the health issue Paul.

Will look forward to future posts on your S Ray and Bootstraps. H Ray was a design that crossed my radar also, but I settled on Bootstraps as it appears to be a more "forgiving" design for my first venture into RC (as an old free-flighter, I like the polyhedral). I have an Enya 09-III for power and will start building soon.

Best wishes for 2015.

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Old Dec 28, 2014, 07:11 PM
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Hi RobrtP,
The Bootstraps is a very forgiving design and will take a little punishment if built lightly.
I do prefer the H-Ray, S-Ray or Falcon 56 as rugged trainers. I think the Falcon is the best.
The H and S rays are great for smaller fields and the are incredibly strong.

If you build one of the above please post pictures here. Some days I can't build, but I still like pictures.

Paul
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Thanks for the thoughts Paul.

The Falcon 56 does look a really nice design but might be too much aeroplane for my little Enya. Bootstraps looks like it will have good free flight stability and with that airfoil should be a bit of a floater, things I find attractive as I still have a hankering for free flight, but also like the idea of RC for rudder and throttle control. Time will tell how well this works for me.

I will certainly post pictures when built, but at my rate of construction that will be a few months away.

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