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Posted by rdstarwalt | Feb 27, 2015 @ 09:39 PM | 6,103 Views
...that the EZ2 was designed for a young modeler to build and fly? Jack Headley's daughter, Lisa, was the 'developer' of the EZ2. Well, actually she was the intended consumer and a significant part of 'product development' of the simple sailplane. Don't take my word for it, read the article and you too will see that the EZ2 is another example of Headley's outstanding ability to see the need for a type of aircraft and apply good design practice to the benefit of the builder. This article was published in the August 1977 issue of RCM.

I have applied the usual scanning and Gimp processing to the article pages and the full size plans. Another significant proof that the design has merit is the fact that the editor of RCM, Don Dewey, built one of them with a power pod attached. Jack discusses this mod and also included the information you need to do this. There is a BOM in the RCM specification but, I have added a text file take from the BOM you can use to gather the materials and go shopping.

I stopped by my LHS to pick up supplies for this build. Square sticks, and other simple parts nearly call out for you, and me, to put some of these planes in the air. One thing I noticed at the shop were three SIG power pods in their boxes just begging for a sailplane like the EZ2, or a Gentle Lady, etc. I asked David, the store manager, "Got any Cox .049s in the display case to go with these?" He laughed and replied "I wish!" At less than $10 each, at least one of the pods should have gone out the door with me.

Maybe next time.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Feb 20, 2015 @ 07:43 AM | 6,928 Views
...that Jack Headley saw the genesis of West Coast Quarter Midget (QM aka Goodyear) racing and with Gus Morfis, co-designed a free set of plans for Bill Warwick's 'Hot Canary'? Hot Canary was originally published in the Northrop newsletter. Attached are pages from the newsletter, Winter 1971. It had changed names to Northrop Aircraft Modeler to reflect the change of the company from Norair to Northrop. Another interesting connection with Northrop is that Bill Warwick worked there! Does that make you wonder if Jack or Gus met/knew Bill Warwick too?

Also included is a page often seen in the newsletters (after QM racing was a regular activity). The QM rules for the Northrop club features Jack's artwork blending a 25 cent piece into the front of a plane rounding a pylon. This is pure Headley humor.

The full size pdf of the Hot Canary is from a 600 dpi scan from May 1972 RCM and could be a good candidate for electric and foam but, why not go old school and build with balsa? One problem I have yet to overcome is the size of the files after scanning, color leveling, scaling and converting. Steve has some excellent instructions on the OZ site demonstrating his methods with PS but, I use Gimp and need to spend more time finding the similar command points. The signatures of Gus and Jack suffered a bit during the process.

The Hot Canary plans do not have some details such as the type of hinges used on the control surfaces. An experienced builder will already be thinking...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Feb 13, 2015 @ 08:01 PM | 6,935 Views
...with Valentine's day this weekend in the US, 'roses' play a prominent part in the event and that the 'Gypsy' by Jack Headley was another design that was seen in more than one magazine? This in itself is not so new, we have discussed this a few time previous. The October 1972 issue of RCM was very unique in that not only is the Gypsy mentioned on the cover but, the 'cover girl' seen is none other than Gunilla Knuttson . Who's that you say?

Most Americans males would remember her as the girl in the 1967 TV commercial that said 'Take it off, take it all off.' How did Jack Headley luck out with a design of his in that issue? Could it be that the editors could not resist tying the Noxema commercial music, 'The Stripper' by David Rose, with another famous 'rose' Gypsy Rose Lee?

A coincidence? I don't think so. Anyway, enough about pretty Swedes and Burlesque music and on to our winged Gypsy. The Gypsy's origins are stated by Jack in the early parts of the article and, as far as we know, have nothing to do with the American visual artist. I have been searching for an affordable copy of the book he mentions in the article in the hope that my eyes could possibly be triggered the same way his eyes were. Fat chance but, having the same material he used in hand could go a long way to having insight into his creative processes.

The Australian publication 'Airborne' carried the plans, courtesy of RCM, in one of their issues. This is, to my knowledge, the only Headley design to be...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Feb 07, 2015 @ 12:26 AM | 7,559 Views
...that Jack Headley went retro with his design of the Cook 45 Riser? This article from June 1979 RCM was unique in that it had an introduction by Dick Techinor. The entire article is included with this post and I encourage you to read it through. Jack’s humor leaks out everywhere and you are sure to enjoy the comments regarding his Dornier project (one which was never published).

Dick recounts that Jack brought movies of his build to the RCM office. Want to bet lunch and 25 cents that the movie camera was the same one he installed in the sailplane mentioned in a previous blog post?

This unique aircraft will certainly set you apart from the foamies and 3D crowd at the field. Of course if you do a web search today, you will also gets results for the Sig sailplane called Riser. There is no simlarity between the two models, at all. Amazingly this model is not listed on outerzone but, perhaps it will be after this post? I have a pdf version attached and an expereinced modeller will have little trouble putting knife to wood to make this unique machine.

This aircraft has already been modeled by a member of RC Groups.
I also remember seeing an electric version of this model but, cannot find the page at the time of this (late) post.

15-FEB-2015 EDIT: Here is a link for another build using the Cox motors:

Another link from Google Books with the original posting in Model News of circa 1914 to 1916. Wow!

Thank you again for reading as I attempt to document the models of Jack Headley and his friend Kevin Flynn. I appreciate your attention and hope you find the time spent enjoyable.