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Posted by Model Aero | Nov 16, 2009 @ 07:50 PM | 10,247 Views
Wow, these last few months have literally "flown" by.

We were very lucky to be able to kit the Steve Shumate designed Polaris Seaplane, based on Laddie Mikulasko's North Star. The appeal of the plane (besides looking great) is how versatile it is. Far from just a seaplane, the Polaris can fly off water, grass, or snow. I believe Jon Barnes has even flown it off asphalt and/or gravel! There are no excuses with the Polaris. It's a true "4 Season" plane!

Indeed, a "Polarisitis" epidemic has struck, and there is no known cure! So for now, we'll wait for the snow to fall, bundle up, and go fly!

Scott DeTray

Model Aero Polaris Seaplane on Snow! (2 min 14 sec)

Posted by Model Aero | Apr 02, 2009 @ 05:23 PM | 14,800 Views
We pulled into Toledo this morning about 10:30 to set up the booth. SeaGate Centre is not a bad venue, but they are building a beautiful new multi-purpose arena across the street. I'm not sure if the RC show will move there or not.

I was able to park the Rendezvous almost right at the front doors for unloading, which was sweet! It takes about 2 hours to unload and set-up the booth. Model Aero is at the point where we need to think about getting two booth spaces. As it is now, we have to leave some planes and product at home as there is simply not enough room. Maybe next year!

Anyhow, we'll be back up early tomorrow morning ready to greet the masses (hopefully!)

Posted by Model Aero | Apr 01, 2009 @ 06:14 PM | 11,326 Views
Hi All,

Well, the Toledo Show 2009 is upon us, and I thought it would be fun to blog about it from a vendors perspective. I have attended this show since I was about 10 years old, and never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever have a booth at the show!

Understand that I only live 50 miles from Toledo, the "Mecca" of RC LOL! Believe me, for all the years I attended the show as a youngster, it really was the Mecca. The excitement level of walking through the doors on Friday morning was intense! I will never forget the old shows at the Lucas Co. rec center and then the Sports Arena. Seeing Dieter Schluter fly one of the first RC helis behind the rec center in the snow is one of my fondest RC memories. It was truly inspiring!

Fast forward 35 years and I started Model Aero, sort of by accident! I guess we built a better mousetrap, and a lot of great customers beat a path to our door! We're very lucky to have made to to year 5, and the loyal support from the RCG gang is much appreciated. Honestly this forum has had a huge impact on the business, and for that I am grateful. (Model Aero is a part time biz, I just got laid off for a month from my real job )

The last couple weeks have been a blur getting ready for Toledo; packing kits, getting the display ready etc. But we are ready to roll out tomorrow morning to set-up the display and see some old friends. I hope the crappy economy doesn't stop people from coming out to enjoy the hobby they love!

Scott DeTray
Posted by Model Aero | Sep 23, 2008 @ 06:18 PM | 11,977 Views
The first E-ROC was held on September 6th, 2008 at the Ohio Huckfest put on by the Flying Giants at Thistledown Field in Napoleon, OH.

E-ROC stands for Electric Race of Champions, a pylon race featuring the Model Aero AeroCat. We had ten pilots competing on a 350' course with pylons at each end. There were two, six lap heats with five planes each, followed by a six lap final for all the marbles! The top three in each heat moved on to the final. The racing was incredibly exciting and we had some top pilots competing, including Mr. Andrew Jesky. Andrew was running a smaller motor than the rest of the field, but due to his excellent flying skills, was able to make the final. Between heats he did a motor swap to the more powerful Spin Max 2212-6 motor.

The final was spectacular, with all six planes racing in a tight pack for more than two laps. Then on lap three, eventual champion Jason Miracle came up behind Jesky and did the classic bump and run, knocking Andrew's elevator loose, and causing a spectacular crash. The last two laps featured Jason and Jeff Heitman in a fantastic battle. Just as it seemed Jeff was poised to take the lead on the last turn, he got too low and made confetti out of his AeroCat at 65 mph!!!

The pilots and spectators all loved the event, and we will no doubt do it again at future events. If your club is looking for something to really spice up a show or event, consider holding an E-ROC!!! I would be happy to help you set it up.

Scott DeTray
Posted by Model Aero | Sep 21, 2008 @ 09:12 AM | 11,626 Views
This is Scott DeTray with Model Aero Id like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my company to the forum. No doubt some of you are familiar with Model Aero and I appreciate your support. Ill talk about a variety of topics so feel free to chime in with opinions and ideas!

I have been in and out of this great hobby for over 35 years. I started out with a Carl Goldberg Ranger 42 with a Galloping Ghost radio, hence my forum name. Cool Galloping Ghost Video! For those not familiar with GG radios, suffice to say they were a flapping nightmare, and I never was able to get the Ranger 42 flying under any sort of control. In fact, it took about 3 years of messing around before I was ever able to actually fly an RC model with any control. And that was with an ACE pulse single channel rig.

From there, I moved on to some other glow planes, helis, and cars. If it were radio controlled, my friend Peter Beck and I were into it!

Fast forward about 30 years, and I started seeing all these new electric planes exploding onto the scene. I had to try this, so I bought a GWS Tiger Moth. That little plane was about the most fun I ever had in the hobby. It was everything we dreamed RC would be when we were kids. Easy to fly, with no engine problems or mess. Just walk out in the yard and fly. What a concept!

After building and flying a few foamies, I saw a foamy design by Michael Connelly based on the BVM KingCat. I decided to build something similar, and...Continue Reading