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Posted by rdstarwalt | Oct 23, 2015 @ 10:54 AM | 8,452 Views
...that the Siebel SI201, first published in Model Builder, February 1972 and then in Aeromodeller December 1980 represents another failed aircraft as far as history is concerned? I think the wing rigging, obviously a major source of drag, was a factor. As a pusher engine aircraft, this is unusual, especially prior to WW2. Read over Jack's comments and you will find that from a modeler's perspective, the Si201 will work fine. This is another CO2 powered model. It might surprise you to know that there has been an RC version of this plane documented here on RC Groups.

I previously discussed this model from the 'multiple published' perspective in Blog #5. The fact is that there are a few lost issues of the Northrop newsletter (it might have been seen there), but at this time there is no evidence can tell us it was there. The Si201 is not seen on Outerzone though it might have been as a Model Builder plan before the AMA Plans service request for taking them off the site.

The Aeromodeller feature was a free plan. The Model Builder plans are now available from the AMA Plans service. I present the Aeromodeller version here in pdf, not certain where it came from. The text for each article is nearly word-for-word identical. Also added is the complete text from the Model Builder article so you too can compare the texts. Through my collection efforts, I obtained an issue of Aeromodeller, with plans, but have not performed the Scan/Gimp cycle. If anyone needs this, just reach out to me via PM.

Next post will be the last Aeromodeller article by Jack Headley.

RC Groups blog build from 2010 https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1120662

Posted by rdstarwalt | Oct 16, 2015 @ 07:35 AM | 5,933 Views
...that the CO2 motor powered PT-108 seen in the November 1977 issue of Aeromodeller was loosely based on the Livesey DL5? Jack Headley relates to us he obtained the Telco CO2 motor on one of his summer trips to the UK. If you read the article, it seems this was the first encounter Jack had with this particular motor and he had previously sketched out some lines for an aircraft that would employ it. After doing some motor testing, the lines were revised into the full-size plans seen in the issue.

I am not sure where I came across the pdf of the article that is attached to this blog post. It is perfectly readable and at the time of this post, the PT-108 was not seen on Outerzone. The plans were stitched somewhat poorly with a clear misalignment is seen on the right side. In my 'Headley Collection' I have the November 1977 issue and perhaps I will make a fresh scan and plans fix at a later date. At this time, the pdf will suffice for our accounting of Jack's work.

A screen grab of the pdf plan is included just for eye candy. I guess an electric version could be built from this. Maybe a 3 channel project using micro servos? How about a 30 to 36 inch wing span? The wing is essentially another rectangular shape with the taper coming from the LE and TE rather than the rib sizes. Regardless, the PT-108 is a simple project. That is a frequent trait of Jack's designs.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Oct 09, 2015 @ 03:50 PM | 6,120 Views
...that Jack Headley usually preferred rectangular wings for his designs and scale/semi-scale models? Except for a few occassions, Jack's models have rectangular wings. This type of wing makes for easy rib production using either the sandwhich method or the template method of fabrication. Add a leading edge, trailing edge, a couple spars and there you have it, a wing! Another commonly seen Headley wing is the 'sheet wing' using ribs and other common long parts, but with the advantage of not needing covering. Think 'fast build' and you will understand. The fast-build mindset was common with Jack and Kevin Flynn. This has been seen many times in comments in their articles.

In this CO2 model of the Messerschimdt 33, you should notice the rectangular wing. For our study of Jack's models, this is the last one to be posted from the Model Builder issues. If you recall, Jack's last published Model Builder article was the Walfisch Blog #4, was published 4 years after his passing! It too was a FF CO2 model. By no means are we finished with Jack's model list. Though we are nearing the end, there are few more to reveal (or remind) you about.

The Me33 would be an interesting and fun build for electric if double the size seen in the issue. Remember that the Model Builder collection is now available through the AMA plans service and this month, the Plans Service is offering 20% off for AMA members though October 31, 2015. Check it out at: http://www.modelaircraft.org/plans/plans.aspx

The 20% deal is not mentioned on the webpage, but is in Jay Smith's editorial in the October issue of Model Aviation.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Oct 02, 2015 @ 06:41 AM | 6,156 Views
...when Model Builder published the 'Moskito', designed by Jack Headley, in the January 1978 issue the plans were full size and free? This was another of Jack's CO2 motor planes and in his frequent style it was conceived and built in a few days. What you see attached is a lower res scan (not my scan but I did tweak the image contrast, shading, highlights), but full size. If CO2 is not your thing, why not double (or triple) the size, go with foam board and a small electric motor?

It is worth reading the article to get more insight into Jack Headley's approach to tuning an airplane. FF planes, like the Moskito, usually are trimmed to fly circles and ascend while flying the circle. Even then a fly-away is not uncommon if they catch a thermal. In one of Jack's UK articles (I think) he describes a 'out of sight' experience. This is a good sign the plane is well trimmed and capable of an enjoyable viewing.

The Moskito plans have Jack's style (at least I can see it), but the use of large block versions of his initials is different. A future post I keep thinking about will try to show you the many different ways Jack 'signed' his work. Another post idea I have is to try and collect all his sketch work, that is not plan design, into one large image. It will certainly be taken out of context from one perspective, but it will demonstrate his huge talent.

I updated the 'Flying Sorcerer' post (#59) with a link to a YouTube video. A fellow in France found Kirk's Airplane and Rockets site with the AAM article on the Flying Sorcerer. He built one with a different material for the disc wing. Two important things to watch in that video are: 1) The trimming flights to achieve a circular path, 2)At about 3:50, something very special is caught by the camera. I imagine a similar thing was seen by Jack in the mid 1970's. Then again, maybe I have read too many Jack Headley articles?

Watch the video and tell me what you think.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Sep 26, 2015 @ 10:11 AM | 4,857 Views
...Kevin Flynn still thinks fondly of Jack Headley and that the bond of friendship they shared shows greatly in his article on the RC aerobatic slope plane 'Merlin' as seen in Model Builder, May 1978? Merlin's plans are now available from the AMA Plans Service. What you see in this blog post is a low res capture of a low res scan (not scanned by me). Merlin is one of several planes Kevin designed and if you look carefully, you will see that Jack Headley drew up the plans! This plane uses Ace Foam wings. Recall a previous blog post where a fellow still offers modern copies of this popular foam wing. A unique aspect of Merlin's design is the aileron and rudder mixing single channel! No elevator control is used!

When you read the Merlin article, take note of Kevin's initial attempt to get an old Testor's single channel system running. For some pre-history, attached are some pages from the October 1967 issue of the Norair Modeler. In 'We Test Testors' Jack Headley and Kevin Flynn perform a review article (of sort) on a Testors Skyhawk model. You've got to read that article to get insight into why I suspect the RC gear Kevin attempted to put in Merlin is none other than the gear from the Testor model. You have also got to read the article and think about the times you have experienced exactly what Kevin and Jack did. If you fly model planes, you have been in their shoes.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Sep 18, 2015 @ 08:29 AM | 4,998 Views
...that Jack Headley's design of two C/L triplanes, published in the Model Airplane News (MAN) September 1973 issue is the only 'mainstream' example of this model type by him? To be sure, Jack had his fingers in all examples of aeromodelling in his lifetime. The models in this issue of MAN are interesting but we also see the first picture of a very young Samantha Headley, sitting with the models near her.

There is nothing amazing in the design of these two planes. Today, like then, the most expensive part would be the motor. The Cox .020 might set you back some money if you find a new one on eBay. I guess a conversion to electric is possible though the whine/scream of the Cox motor is something to experience. The plans are full size as printed in the article. It seems though they are a bit small, but there was no listing for 'full size' plans.

Jack's other line controlled models are rare. In the process of compiling a 'complete' Jack Headley index (soon to be seen on these pages), I found a 'Round the Pole' model and another CL model. The RTP model is only a B&W photo. The CL model is just a drawing. Both are in issues of the Norair/Northrop newsletter. This index of his work will be chronological and inclusive of other references to his name and work.

This concludes all the MAN articles I am aware of for Jack Headley. If you discover, or know of, other Headley items in MAN, let me know or simply comment below.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Sep 11, 2015 @ 07:19 AM | 5,140 Views
...the Focke-Wulf 47 by Jack Headley was a jumbo scale rubber power model first seen in the June 1973 issue of Model Airplane News ? The plans for this model are available on Outerzone (link at the end). I have included my scans of the article because for some reason, those at OZ are not very clear.

This article gives us some insight to Jack's FF contesting efforts and mentions his membership in the Flightmasters. This plane was not featured in the Northrop newsletters. We have no clear idea of how many of the Norair/Northrop newsletter were printed and we also have no idea where the masters for the pages ended up. I fantasize that there are several boxes of 'Dad's Stuff' still in possession of Jack's family. Those boxes are historical gold as well as family heirlooms.

I think the FW-47D would be yet another good candidate for a 'micro RC' conversion. It is without a doubt Jack would be having a grand time with today's gear. Kevin Flynn thinks so. A recent email response from him regarding a future blog post topic confirms my belief. Enjoy reading this article and I hope the weather is good where you are and allows you to find some time to fly.

Outerzone link to the FW-47D: http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=5716

Posted by rdstarwalt | Sep 06, 2015 @ 04:27 PM | 4,354 Views
...in continuing the discussion of Jack Headley's FF models, he published an article and plans for the Fairey Barracuda in the December 1973 issue of American Aircraft Modeler? The Barracuda plans are available via the AMA Plans Service so, you will only find a low res version attached to this blog post. Jack's comments about FF Scale are interesting and should also be taken in context with the next blog post (another FF Scale model from another magazine). The Barracuda was first seen on the December 1969 cover of the Norair Modeler.

The photograph seen in AAM and on the Norair cover are the same. A little more page turning gave me another view of the model. This is seen in the advert for the plans listing and is also attached in this post.

This article is somewhat brief regarding insight to Jack's scale FF philosophy. There is a bit of his humor seen regarding the repurposing of a L'eggs Egg for the propellor spinner on this model. If you have read earlier blog posts, you will remember that Jack employed a L'egg Egg for his model 'Percy'. I wonder how many of the original L'eggs Eggs are still around in closets and attics? They did have a minor reissue a few years ago. Today there are dozens of plastic eggs from Easter items that could be employed. Those were not around much back in Jack's day.

My apologies for the late post. A work issue had me travel late Thursday and arrive home yesterday evening. Long hours at work and the wheel pretty much kept me from a Friday deadline. Let's hope next week will be better.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 28, 2015 @ 06:54 AM | 4,580 Views
...Jack Headley offered another free set of plans in the April 1968 issue of the Norair Modeller (cover spelling but 'Modeler' was on the title page). 'The Ono Bird' a rubber powered FF plane - plans specify that the wing and tail assemblies were from another model seen in the January 1968 newsletter. That plane was the 'Hurricane'. Unfortunately the NMAM in Muncie does not have this issue in their collection. If you know of any issues of the Norair Modeler (or Modeller), contact me or the NMAM. It would be great to complete the known list of the newsletters and to determine how long Jack Headley was the editor.

While at the NMAM this year, I delivered some materials, now legally transferred and accepted into their collection. One of the materials was an issue of the Norair Modeler they did not have. I found the April 1968 issue on eBay and knew that it was needed for the collection in Muncie. How did I know about the missing January 1968 issue? Jack himself put the clue in the plans of Ono Bird.

Another rubber powered model by Jack, that looks similar to Ono Bird, has no plans seen anywhere so far. The model is 'Ajax' and is seen on the cover of the April 1969 issue of Norair Modeler. Remember that Jack was the editor of the newsletter. The plane on the cover is identified on the table of content page . That issue has the Flying Sorcerer, feature in Blog #59.

Ono Bird has classic stick fuselage construction. We can only speculate about the Hurricane until the...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 21, 2015 @ 08:52 AM | 4,786 Views
...it seems Jack Headley was able to enjoy a career, single focused, in aviation. One RC Groups member, David Terrell, discovered what I think (so far) is the oldest printed reference to J. W. Headley. The clip from the February 1951 issue of Flight magazine describes an award that the young apprentice received at a large meeting at Blackburn and General Aircraft.

One item in the clip that adds to the credibility that this is 'our Jack' is the mention of the town of Hull. In a previous post (Raven) we have Jack's sizing a model to be able to ride a 'Hull Corporation bus'. The occassion in the Flight article was the presentation of apprentice 'bonus awards' and our man Jack received the 'S.B.A.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship'. It is not clear from the rest of the article if this was his introduction to the program or another recognition. The room was quite full with over 180 apprentices plus the supervising engineers and those working at 'Hull Technical College' where night coursework would lead toward a Diploma Course in Aeronautics.

David Terrell found only one more 'Headley' reference in Flight. It is not clear if this person was a relative or not. It would take more information from the family or UK records and research to confirm this. Recall that General Aircraft was the builder of the Hamilcar, previously mentioned in a blog post. Clearly this apprenticeship set the course of Jack's work and hobby life. There are a few comments that provide some insight into...Continue Reading
Posted by rdstarwalt | Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:32 AM | 4,557 Views
The time for a break is over. There are a few more Jack Headley topics to discuss before I have to switch modes and simply wait for feedback from a family member.

Have you ever wondered what kind of impact you have with your blog posts here? The other day I did a quick accounting of 'Views' and put them in a spreadsheet. Here are the results.

The highest viewed post was about the Caproni Vizzola, 5789 views.

The second highest viewed post was about The Cook Flyer, 5560 views.

Why did the Caproni get so many views? Who can tell? There might have been something about the last known published picture of Lisa Headley that caused the spike. It was published posthumously (Jack passed, not Lisa) and the plans are still available.

One thing the attached chart does not figure in is the amount of time a post has been available. I like to chart activity for about 2 weeks. If I break 1500 views in less time than that, the topic must have been interested to someone.

Although I took a break from documenting Jack's work, I have been busy with models. Moving from being a pseudo historian back to a builder/flyer will be a good transition.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Jun 21, 2015 @ 07:42 PM | 3,741 Views
...we will taking break for the next 3 or 4 weekends. Work, time off, home projects, visits by grandchildren and other events have cut into the Headley research and development time.

I am not quite finished with information about Jack Headley and his friend Kevin Flynn. It is great to see more of their work being available on OZ and the new look of the site is obviously targeted to mobile users. I am not sure how many people use a tablet or phone device for actually building an aircraft, but it was Steve's decision to make a change and time will tell if it is a good one.

For those of you reading this, how about a quick survey?
Of all the planes listed in this blog - so far - which 3 would you build?
Order of choice does not matter.

Here's my answer:
1) EZ2
2) Sun King
3) Puffin

Ask me again next week and it might be different, but those are my choices today.

Posted by rdstarwalt | Jun 12, 2015 @ 03:03 PM | 3,878 Views
...that the Flying Sorcerer, by Jack Headley, was another model seen in more than one publication? This FF flying disc model is one of Jack's oldest published designs. The first appearance is in the Norair Model Modeler, April 1969, Volume 6 Number 2 (cover of the issue is attached). The plans were a free, full size set on blueprint paper. Jack drew and inked them himself. I have not Gimped the scans of the plan from my last trip to the NMAM yet. They will come in due time. The other two appearances of the plane were in Aeromodeller Annual 1971-72 (TOC attached) and in American Aircraft Modeler September 1970. You can see the AAM issue and article at Kirk's Rocket and Airplane website (link at the end).

I don't know if this plane would make a good foam board version converted to RC with added micro servos, and electric brushless. It would certainly attract a crowd at the flying field. If you scale it up and make an RC version, be sure to respond to this blog post with a photo of it.

When I finish the Norair version of the plans, you will note the big differences. The AAM version is much 'cleaner', but lacks the 'Headley flavor' I enjoy in the blueprint versions of his plans. The AAM version is available from the AMA Plans Service. I have included a portion of the Norair version for your early enjoyment. When finished, they will be posted as a response here.


Posted by rdstarwalt | Jun 05, 2015 @ 08:58 AM | 3,995 Views
...that the Curtiss-Wright Junior, as modeled by Jack Headley, was first seen when Kevin Flynn and Jack were scouting aircraft to model? Outerzone has the complete plans and the article as seen in the April 1970 issue of Aeromodeller. As previously mentioned in an early blog post, the article mis-identifies a photo of Kevin holding the model as Jack. This model also used a diesel motor. It may be the very same motor Kevin described in an email as having locked up one day, much to Jack's displeasure and grief.

The CW Jr looks like it would be a fun conversion to electric. We certainly have plenty of electric pusher planes in the modeling world today. One aspect that is telling with many pusher types is the tendency for the airplane to start a serious climb attitude with higher levels of throttle. This even occurs with my Aspire EP (brushless conversion). I have to feed in some down elevator when pushing the throttle near the max just to keep it in more of an angle than a curve ascent. In the last few years, many of the foam pushers have the motor mounted at a bizarre angle toward the nose. This must be an effort to mitigate the 'climb tendency' that could lead to an unintended loop. This is not a fun thing for someone with little stick time. The PC simulators certainly don't exhibit this behavior.

With so much hardware 'in the breeze', the CW Jr. should have no problem being slow in the air. With an electric motor, it should provide a fun model for those days you want something different. The small size would also lend itself well to park flying.

Outerzone page for the CW Jr. http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=809
Wikipedia page for the CW Jr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss-Wright_Junior

Posted by rdstarwalt | May 29, 2015 @ 07:40 AM | 4,271 Views
...that Jack Headley's chuck (hand launch for the North American flyers) semi-scale glider of the F-18 Hornet was another set of free plans? These were offered in the April 1981 issue of Aeromodeller. As I recall, this was only the 2nd published HLG/chuck glider that we know of from Jack's fertile mind. The other was in the Northrop club newsletter.

This would qualify for one of those quick builds that Kevin Flynn mentioned to me. Because those guys didn't keep records, that we know of, of all their builds probably a great way to ruin a hobby we have to go by what we can find in documentation available to us today. This model could probably be build in foamboard with appropriate reinforcing with some CF rods. How about a scaled up small motor E-version? Nothing is beyond reason or if you just want to go classic, make it as seen in the magazine.

Like most of Jack's UK articles, brevity rules and the one page we have completely leaves out a section on flying and trimming. There is a launch hook for a rubber/bungee sling. That seems appropriate for a fighter jet. Included is a modified version of the plans with a full wing span. Using Paint, I got some ridiculous size values indicated in the software so, remember that the original prints fit into a magazine. I am not sure where the pdf of the article and plan came from so, use with caution.

Maybe you will want to channel the inner kid in you again and build one? I sure am tempted.

Posted by rdstarwalt | May 22, 2015 @ 03:48 PM | 3,898 Views
...that Jack Headley was not mentioned at all in Kevin Flynn's design article 'Puffin' in the Janary 1975 issue of RCM? RCM was notorious for not giving photo credit except for the cover shots. If you were a young modeler (like me) those issues and their articles were fundamental in establishing a life long love of model building and flying. It didn't hurt that the covers also had pretty images.

I recently asked Kevin (via email) if he remembered Puffin and if he remembered who took the photos.

Doug I do remember the Puffin. God knows what happened to it when Jack passed. It was very difficult for me as I kept a lot of models at Jack's house and they were all in the attic.... All the models and engines, radios all the stuff we had was left at his house... There have been several models in kit form over the years that looked like my or Jacks designs but once the plan was sold to the magazines they owned all the rights to them. My brother took some of the photos. I can't remember all the details. I do remember that RCM wanted 2 1/4 Ektachrome transparencies of all the photos. I can tell you it was a real losing proposition in those days with the time spent and cost of film and processing.

You will find Puffin on Outerzone. Search for Kevin Flynn or just 'Flynn' and the entire article and scanned plan set will be there. I like it. With a Proctor Antic kind of look (read Kevin's article to get the real inspiration), I definitely think it is on my 'to build' list.


Posted by rdstarwalt | May 15, 2015 @ 07:02 AM | 8,766 Views
...that the Caproni Vizzola C-22J was the last known model design published by Jack Headley in a UK magazine? In the March 1984 issue of RCM&E, we also see the last known public photo of Lisa Headley. Gone is the little girl we watched grow up in her dad's articles. We see a vibrant young woman who smiles at the camera, probably operated by her dad. As mentioned in Blog #4, we also know that Jack took his final flight nearly a year earlier in 1983. The oddities of publication schedules and calendars can cause this type of posthumous publication. Even more sad, in my opinion, is the magazine never even mentioned Jack's passing in the article. Model Aviation did with their publication of Jack's last article.

With today's socially connected communication network, we can know within minutes the change in someone's health or what they had for breakfast. We have images from over the years of Jack, Kevin, Lisa, and Samantha. I'd give $100 to actually hear Jack's voice discussing one of his designs and the ideas and development around it. This makes me wonder if that 8mm movie camera he strapped into one of his planes had sound? If so, maybe some home movies exist? Lisa, if you find this and the other posts, please reach out and let us all know.

Getting back to the model, I think this plane plan is still available via the X-Plans path so, I will attach an early version of my rework. [EDIT: Here a link for all the Jack Headley plans at MyHobbyStore. The Caproni is available.] This is not ready for scale up yet and even with my high res scanning, the base material was very difficult to work with and work up into something that might make a plane.

Also attached are the scans of the article. I will let Lisa's smile speak for itself.

As I work with the plans, in time, a response place holder will be created for the 'final' version. There is something bittersweet about a final plan but, it is somewhat appropriate that the model is a glider.

Posted by rdstarwalt | May 08, 2015 @ 07:44 AM | 4,115 Views
...that the Piper Cherokee by Jack Headley, a free plan in the December 1969 issue of RCM&E, is one of the few three wheel aircraft he modeled? I previously mentioned the Piper Cherokee in blog post #20 and will not repost the article pages but, I have the plans at a 'good enough' point to put them here. There were vertical artifacts in my copy of the original plans and I have left them intact. The original is a orange-ish paper stock with large fiber that was easily seen after the 600 x 600 dpi scan. A few imperfections exist in due to my Gimp and scanning skills but, an experienced builder can see the way to a model.

I am not sure why Jack modeled so few tri-gear aircraft. It is clear that his major love was sailplanes as evidenced by the abundant numbers we know about. This model was a single channel design but, with today's small systems and the right skill/mods, you might get a 5 channel aircraft out of this.

I thank you again for taking the time to read these posts. We are nearing the end of known material for Jack and when that day comes, it may be time to expand some of the existing posts into builds of his work.

Posted by rdstarwalt | May 01, 2015 @ 07:34 PM | 4,375 Views
...I am working on cleaning up two plans for future blog posts - Caproni-Vizzola C22J and the Piper Cherokee. Work has been nuts the last two weeks and my RC club is having an electric fly-in this weekend. There was not enough time to get new material posted and I offer my apologies.

The C22J has been mentioned previously and was published posthumously in RCM&E. It may be available via the 'X-Plans' offerings but, I am not certain. The Piper Cherokee, also mentioned in a previous post, was offered as a free plan but, is also not available on OZ.

I am pleased to note that several Headley designs have been turning up on OZ lately. I can't take credit for putting them there but, I like to think bringing his work into modern light is helping build a fan base. Credit is not important but, making them (and the work of many other designers) known is most important.

Until next week - go fly or build!

Posted by rdstarwalt | Apr 25, 2015 @ 12:33 PM | 4,409 Views
...just this past week I found another Jack Headley 'duplicate' plan set? The Beagle Pup 150 was originally published in the October 1968 issue of Aeromodeller as a free plans set. You can download a copy at OZ: http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=3383 As the editor of the Northrop newsletter, Jack Headley also provided some supplementary scale information about the plane in the April 1968 issue of the newsletter. I have included the copy of the Northrop article and when you download the Aeromodeller article from OZ, you will find the text to be nearly identical! There are some hand written notes in the Northrop article that are not found in the Aeromodeller article. But wait there's more!

A second version of this plan was just discovered this past week. I check eBay for certain items every day (preset searches and filters are wonderful!). While going through my model plane search I noticed a listing for a magazine that I had seen before somewhere. The logo for the mag looked like a variation of the RCM 'crest' though different. The real thrill came when I inspected the scan of the table of contents. Jack Headley's Beagle Pup was there! I bid immediately well beyond the initial asking price. A few hours later I received an email telling me the bid was cancelled. That has never happened to me before. A quick email to the seller (I have purchased several items from them before and they run tight operation) and return answer cleared up the reason. When they get...Continue Reading