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Alaskan Flying
Midwest P-63 King Cobra & Cosmic Wind - These two planes were my mainstay's in Alaska.  
Boy!  The crazy stories they generated - like the day the Cosmic Wind got wrapped around phone
lines.  Broke off the tail, but only took about a day to get it back in the air.  You might note that
the P-63 is in Russian markings.  Of the many thousands of full-size P-63's that were built, most
(95%) went to Russia to serve as "tank busters".  I thought the plane's history was reason enough
to put it in the "proper" markings.  These two were really a lot of fun to fly.
Geez, I must be getting old or something - I'm the last living member of that group.

Anyway, the five C/L planes on this page were my mainstays while stationed at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage Alaska.  
Unfortunately, none are still in service - either retired or destroyed.
Fourney Aerocoupe - Also given to me by Paul, the Aerocoupe was originally designed by Hal
DeBolt (see the
Champs pages) for R/C.  I converted it to C/L and put a Fox .15 throttle
engine on it.  Great flier but it didn't like to come down, even with the engine on idle - the
wing has that much lift.  I had to literally fly it onto the ground to land it.  Very slow and
stable machine.

Reconverted to R/C, she's a wonderfully gentle sport flier.  Still working the Fox .15, I use a
8x4 prop with 4-channel radio (using 3, elevator, ailerons & throttle) and she's nearly scale in
her flying characteristics.  Hands-off T/O's are long and low, flying and landing is gentle and
slow.  She's the perfect "Sunday" flier with a top speed of maybe 40 mph,
MAYBE!!  One added
bonus is that when I originally built her, it was for CL so she's all one piece.  Field prep time is
about 30 seconds.
Midwest ME-109 - My "109" was given to me by a friend (Paul Eaton) up in Anchorage.  It
was originally built with a Enya-.35RC engine and with that throttle available, I flew her as a
"carrier" plane.  She was tough as nails, but also did decent basic aerobatics.
P-82 Twin-Mustang - The Twin-Mustang was an experiment, pure and simple, one that worked
out decently but not what you'd call Great.  It started life as a Midwest P-51 profile plane
with a Fox-.35 and 6-oz Perfect metal CL tank.  Unbeknownst to me, the right wing had just a
bit of warp in it and on about the 3rd flight it turned in at me, crossed over my head at about
10' altitude and hit the ground - breaking off that right wing and right landing gear.

I took a second kit that I had, did a bit of hemming and hawing, and used the original plane with
the 2nd kit to make a Twin-Mustang.  In this pic you see the original fuse and wing on the left,
the second kit made the center and right side.  At the same time, I replaced the original fuel
tank with a pair of 6-oz "clunk" tanks, added a second Fox-.35 and flew the bird for close to 3
years.  Last I saw of her, she was hanging in the LHS in Anchorage.
This plane was over 30 years old when I finally retired her.

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Hobby Supply Sources
These are the places I get my supplies
Organizations & Forums
On-line sites for my clubs, forums, etc.
Academy of Model Aeronautics
The National Organization that regulates all model aircraft activities in the U.S.
Aerobatic Patterns
Old-Time/Modern Control-Line Aerobatic Patterns
Engine Sizes and Propellers
Flight Chronicles
Some of my flying activities over the past couple years
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
My Radio-Control Airplanes
SIG Kadets
The original 3-channel kit by SIG, from 1973,
and today's 4-channel Mk-II kit, from 1980
My Indestructible Sr. Falcon
Advanced trainer kit by Carl Goldberg, from 1974
LiveWire Champion, Mark-2
Basic 3-channel trainer by Hal DeBolt, from 1967
Craft-Air Butterfly
Original Craft-Air kit, from 1979
Goldberg Eagle-II
Sport trainer kit by Carl Goldberg, from 1978
SIG Midstar-40
Sport aircraft kit by SIG, from 1983
Goldberg Gentle Lady
2-meter glider with Cox .049 power, from 1972
Dynaflite "Bird of Time"
118" Sailplane Kit, from 1976
Spirit-100 Sailplane
Great Planes Kit, includes the Chronicles of The Spirit
The Venerable Piper J-3 Cub
Great Planes .40-size Kit
My Old Great Lakes 2T-1A Biplane
Restoration of a Scale Lines Kit from 1961
Mad-CAP Adventures
Chronicles of the Great Planes CAP-21
My Control-Line Airplanes
SIG Banshees & Akromaster,
Midwest Biplane
Sterling Skylarks
Some of my many Skylarks over the years
Alaskan Flying
P-82, P-63, Cosmic Wind, ME-109 & Aerocoupe
Dale's Planes & Adventures
Dale's Flying General Lee Dale's Hobbico Nexstar ARF Dale's Adventures With The Spirit-100

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At first, she was incredibly fast and not very maneuverable.  Howled like a banshee (Fox .35's with NO mufflers tend to do that).  I
eventually replaced the original 10x6 props with a pair of 3-blade 9x4's and she settled right down.  A bit of lead in the tail brought
her CG to just behind the main spar and she became quite the basic aerobat.  Loved the sound of those 2 engines!!