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January 2024’s cover shows member Andy Green giving an expert shove to his ‘Ace’ rubber model

 SAM35 Speaks – January 2024 Summary

This month Chairman Ian Lever explores the perils of building a rubber-powered Auster indoor kit while suffering from man-flu, advises members that yet another CAA model-flying consultation paper is doing the rounds, possibly leading to all C/L models weighing over 250g having to fit a positional transponder – how crazy would that be! He also celebrates the launch of the SAM35 Facebook page CLICK HERE!

Rubber is clearly an expanding topic this month with a plan for the 6” span disk-wing Space Scooter (elastic band launched) to terrorise r/c indoor fliers, and Roger Simmonds talks us through his re-creation of the FROG hand/rubber launch Aero Scout slot-together from the 1950s. If this still fails to satisfy the rubber-fanciers amongst you, John Ashmole has several pages in glorious colour devoted to the rubber Bowden event with Scirroco, Skokie, Ace and Sky Trekker models whirring skyward, followed by Andrew Longhurst with a flight comparison between the Comet Sparky and the KK Competitor – all lovely traditional stick and tissue builds.

Meanwhile, vintage R/C fans are not forgotten by Mike Goulette, who suggests that Fred Reese’s Pocket Rocket high-wing trainer from 1992 or maybe Juan Domenech’s ’ 1983 ‘Pulga’ (Spanish for ‘Flea’) would make a good trainer model. If you’re into gliders, then his elegant 110” span Multiplex Alpha is also featured – what a lovely-looking thing that is!

Wesley Denton continues the Power Struggle with a retrospective on how SAM35 was accepted as a Special Interest Group by the BMFA and thereby gained regular access to the national flying centre at Buckminster, which of course we still enjoy. Wesley also explores spray-painting his Cambrian kit Spitfire with airbrush and Polyvine paints; it’s powered by a Thunder Tiger .28. For those of you who keep an eye on modern youth culture, Wesley suggests that the discarded one-use vape tubes scattered around your local park can (upon disassembly) provide a useful 1S 400MaH rechargeable battery for use in lightweight electric models – who said that nothing good ever came out of the mouth of teenagers?

Wind in the Wires sees Mike May trying out the local sports hall as an indoor venue for his small electrically-powered C/L models – a great idea in theory, but not very satisfying in practise due to flat batteries, too-far-aft CGs and feeble motors – the Quality Inspector was NOT amused! His plans section features a 12” span CO2-powered indoor model and (at the other extreme) the plan for building a monstrous 83” span C124 Globemaster – better buy shares in a balsa plantation if you want to build one of these!

Finally, the anonymous ‘Taleplane’ promotes the new ‘Speed+Stunt event to be held at Old Warden and Buckminster this year (a Peacemaker could be a winner in this). However, he regrets offering to provide a finished body for his tether-car team’s 1949 BRM F1 model, finding that he’s in far deeper water than he expected – but never fear,, help is at hand!

With classified ads, readers’ letters and an event calendar, the January 2024 Speaks is yet another informative and inspirational 52-page read!

December ’23s cover features an incredibly detailed and beautifully-finished model of an Avro 504N by George Kandylakis – absolutely fabulous!

Inside the magazine Jetex Jim ruminates upon scale-ish rocket-powered models, including the Jasco Sabre, a stick and tissue Yak 23and a neverwazza jet-engined Spitfire – sacrilege! He also waltzes off-piste with tales of rocket-propelled sledges and Austrian rocket pioneer Max Valler’s cars and aircraft. Jim also bids us goodbye after more than 200 columns – can he be replaced? Our thanks go out to him!

Andrew Longhust’s Rubber column (wobbly?!) looks at the use of silk to cover elegant models – no sir, he means aircraft! The question of getting the silk to adhere to a balsa framework, and how to apply dope, has exercised Andrew muchly – in the end using silk on sheet sides and tissue on the wings seemed a good compromise for his new-build Airyda Monitor model from Ron Calvert, designed in the 1940s.

Free-flight scale focusses upon indoor flying during these wet and windy months, with emphasis upon the models and flying at the 11th International Indoor Fly in Holland. The challenge of building successful multi-engined models is clear from photos of Richard Crossley’s 53″ span Short Shetland with four electric motors, but weighing in at just 190gm -wow!

Wesley Denton continues the Power Struggle by reporting upon Eric Bulmer’s latest cardboard flat-plate model, cut from a Flymo box – how appropriate! Mark Harper seeks guidance on building a Barry Hood Vintage Class A Power Duration design (Y-Bar), while at the opposite end of the spectrum Andy Brough ponders upon the rock-bottom prices for vintage spark-ignition engines (£50-75). The old problems of radio interference shouldn’t faze modern 2.4Ghz kit, but nonetheless there’s good info about where to locate the sparky’s battery and coil to minimise cross-talk.

In Radio Days, Mike Goulette recommends a break from building mega-models by trying a winter, quickie-build, two or three channel sport model such as Czech designer Pipak’s ‘Aviette’ – very cute! Other possibilities could include the Japanese OK company’s ‘Baby’, or Robbe’s ‘Chip’ – all nice traditional designs.

Brian Lever introduces a new C/L competition for 2024 – Stunt Racing! Using non-Schnuerle diesel or glow motors up to 2.5cc, the aim is to spice up one-off racing by adding a requirement to perform three loops, bunts and inverted flight in the middle of the timed flight. What are you waiting for?!

Wind in the Wires serves up its usual Control-Line pot-pourri of vintage and/or weird plans, reports on sport and competition events and what’s being sold on eBay, all book-ended by columnist Mike May’s unfortunate ability to crash models, offset by his feline Quality Team’s best efforts to assist him to repair, improve or reduce-to-produce the unlucky airframes. There’s also a look at using glass-fibre in the repair process – is this heresy?

Indoor flying gets another endorsement from a new correspondent who recalls a past visit to that high cathedral of the art, the airship hangars at Cardington – is 26 million cubic feet of space enough for you? Alas, it’s now back in use for full-sized dirigibles, so it’s unlikely to become a SAM35 venue. ‘Taleplane’ takes up the indoor story in a Christmas finale (well, it is the December issue!) with a report on indoor events at a venue near Peterborough and sets us a puzzle – to name eight unique indoor rubber-powered models for an interesting prize – a kit of a rubber-powered Ornithopter!

Add in the usual letters from members and the Sales and Wants item and you have a full-fat 56-page seasonal cracker! If you’re not a member yet, now’s the time to join – click here!

November 23’s cover is for rubber fanciers – in his column, Andrew Longhurst compares the wartime Redbreast with the later KK Competitor – which is the winner? We also feature Mike Goulette’s column ‘Radio Days’ focussing on the 60s phenomenon of Galloping Ghost proportional rudder control, Andy Brough describes the BMFA Model Makers’ show and the SAM35 Oktoberfest weekend at Buckminster, Jetex Jim (Roger Simmonds) looks at the fizzle-fizzle-whooshery of free-flight mini-jets (especially the Canberra this month), while Mike May keeps control-line flying twirling (despite several epic crashes of his own!) with the help of his feline Quality Team (the QI and Wally). Finally, Richard Preston describes the thrills and spills of winter indoor flying, while Mystery Contributor ‘C of G’ wraps up the edition with a look at the Frog ready-to-fly rubber-powered models he began with back in the 50s, supplied in a winding box – ah, the memories! With a Sales and Wants section and a calendar for forthcoming meetings, SAM35 SPEAKS should be an unmissable addition to your bookshelf every month!

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The SAM35 SPEAKS magazine index has been compiled by Peter Michel from March 1982 up to and including December 2015. It would not be feasible, for instance, to list every contest success by every modeller. Nevertheless, it is hoped that a fair selection of activities and personalities has been listed. Please contact Peter if any significant entry has been omitted.


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