One Of The Greats Has Passed On-Al Grell - by Bruce Augustus, with assistance from Bob Stalick and the Grell family
North (Re-print, cover view), A Record of the Models and Achievements of Jack North, Price
and Contact Details
Tandy's Life of Model Airplains - (Posted May2021, 58 pages)
The Wonderful Years 1906-1910, by Ellery Lanier, published MAN Feb 1959, from Charlie Reich (5 pages).
Greenberg's 1993 Story-A classic Old-Timer-by Ned Nevels (pub.here Mar.2009)
Wakefield Gold Challenge Cup 1911-2011 Centennial Postal Contest-history updated - (Originally taken from a History from 1911 by Charles Dennis Rushing pub. prior to Dec 2008 for the SAM website)
The Comet Models Story Sourced by Dave Harding. Also see link to web site about a Historical Documentary called “ The Comet Model News ”
Dick Korda's 82nd birthday bash November 1997 Sam Speaks, story by Bucky Walter, (pub.here Mar. 2009)
Hank Sperzel and the late Ted Dock with their freeflight Kerswaps.
Note from Hank Sperzel.
Last spring, before the flying season started
I did an “Annual” on
my Kerswap. It failed, Grounded until Recovered! Yesterday
I started the recovering. The Kerswap was covered with red and
yellow silk and Nitrate dope and it has been on the airframe for over
12 years. I used the Acetone in the “garbage bag” method
and it worked like a charm to remove the silk. I was able to
save the silk on the front of the fuselage with careful use of Acetone
on a rag and sandpaper. Stripping the silk off the wing was simplicity
its’ self. I covered the top and bottom half of one wing
with paper towel, inside the bag, and poured on about a cup of Acetone,
closed the bag and had a cup of coffee. When I opened the bag
it was a simple matter of cutting a slit in the silk, to get my fingers
in to pull the covering off. The stab was much the same. If
you have never tried this method give it a try. (But not if
you used Ambroid as you will end up with a bag of sticks!)
the bare bones for damage I came across a fond memory. The left wing was
repaired about half way between the root and the poly-break. I
remember that break well. The late Ted Dock and I were in a fly-off
at Muncie, it was the close of the
days flying and a large black thunder storm was moving in fast. I went
first and drop short of the max. As I was retrieving I saw Ted’s
Kerswap going up like a rocket as it passed me. As I was picking
up my Kerswap I saw Ted riding by me on his bike in pursuit of his
airplane that had landed in some very tall weeds a couple
hundred yards away so I went to help him find his airplane before the
rains came. The
weeds were so tall that I couldn’t ride my Honda 110 through them. I
started to fall over and I couldn’t get my feet off the pegs. I’m
not a good rider and I know it, so I carry my airplanes on a rack on
the luggage carrier on the back of my Honda leaving both hands free. Remember
OLD BONES HEAL SLOW! As I started to fall over I heard a
CRUNCH, yep broke the left wing. After we found Ted’s airplane
I was congratulating him on his win, he said he had an over-run so I
had won after all. Ted is no longer with us but he was a great
SAM competitor and I think of Ted every time I fly the Kerswap. Hank
Sperzel from a SAM Talks post.
From Hank Sperzel via SAM Talks
I bought a kit and an engine
sight unseen from a guy in Lincoln. The guy said the kit was
a Playboy Sr and he said it was complete. When I got it home
I found that the wire L.G., plywood firewall and all the hardware
is missing as well as the dual motor mounts. The engine
is a pre war Forster 29 and it was frozen. A
little heat and WD-40 loosened it up and it runs well. I think
my kit was produced about 1941 – 42 time frame. The
copyright on the plans is dated 1940.
Fun to Make; you bet! Remember
how much fun it was to cut out all those 1/8” sheet ribs from print wood with a razor blade? My
first gas model was the Playboy Junior and I remember using a coping
saw to cut the wing tips and the stab parts. The lay-out of the
print wood was definitely in the interest of saving wood and those
print wood gussets shown sure wouldn’t add much in the way of
strength to the wing, the grain of the wood runs the wrong way. The
print wood in my particular kit isn’t very good but the pre shaped
LE and TE isn’t to bad. Think how far we’ve
come, no print wood to cut, no die-crushed parts, today we have lazar
cut parts that fit and plans that are well presented. How about
the adhesives we use today? Today when we glue something
together it stays together and the firewall doesn’t
come unglued either. By the way,here is a picture of the
Forster 29 that was a part of the Playboy deal.
The price on the
Playboy box is $3.95. I think the Forster 29 sold
for $14.85 didn’t it? I
paid what the seller asks and I am a little concerned about the price,
$35 for both; did I take it in the shorts again?
Lanz'o "PUSS MOTH" some
unknown facts about this model.
by Tom McCoy
This story really begins at a spring get
together at Bucky Walters (SAM 39 president) home in 1989. Our
spring contest was a blowout, windy and rain, so we all ended up
in Bucky's basement talking models. Somehow the conversation turned
to Chet Lanzo's "Puss Moth".
Bucky claimed the Moth had an undercambered wing and I said it didn't.
Well, we chewed back and forth for a while. Then, who came down the
stairs but the tiebreaker him-self -Chet. This argument was happily
ended when Chet declared we were both kinda right. Chet pointed out
that Bucky was thinking of the small "Puss Moth", which was published in Model Airplane News
March 1939. It had a 27" wing span and did show an under cambered airfoil
on the plans. The model featured an 8" freewheeling prop. This was a full
size plan which took four pages.
It was a little tougher to clear up my side of the argument. I had built
the large "Puss Moth" with which most of us are familiar. This is the
model Chet has been most successful with and which had won the AMA National twice.
It was a real flyer!
After building one myself, I was sure it had a flat bottom wing. I had lost
my Moth at the Lawrenceville SAM Champs the year before (1988). Chet was with
me and helped pick the good air. This model was built from the plans published
by Air Trails in the forties. There was a re-do of the plans by Hal Cover in
the December 1985 Model Builder which was just a copy of Chet's original plan.
This Moth was a big model. It had a 51" wing and was about 300 sq. in.
Both plans showed a flat bottomed wing.
"The flat bottom wing was a mistake", said Chet. "I sent all my
plans, which were on shelf paper, to the Air Trails Editor and he had them drawn
up nice and pretty for the magazine. The airfoil should have been an RAF 32.
The article appeared and it had never been corrected. I can prove it. I still
have the model!"
We all looked at each other, ex-claiming, "You still have the model, a
45 year old rubber job?" - "Yep", says Chet. "I'll bring
it to the next contest and show you guys."
SAM 39 had its July club contest at Shelby, Ohio airport. What a great place
to fly models. Just like the old days, with grass airstrips and a group of
spectators who came out to "see the models fly". And they brought
their kids. Small town America. Just Super! It was a warm July day in a little
mid-America town with a bunch of old kids doing what we loved! Chet
showed up with the "Puss Moth", a tattered 45 year old rubber job.
Sure enough, it had an RAF 32 airfoil!
A side note to this story: the international letters on the undercambered wing
are on backwards - should read left to right, as viewed from behind. However,
my new Moth will have them on Chet's way as far as I am concerned. A big "Puss
Moth" should have the RAF 32 airfoil and the letters as they are in the
The Shelby, Ohio meet was bitter sweet memory for me. Chet died on August
14th, 1989, just three weeks after the contest. Shelby was his last model
SAM Historian, Gene Wallock, with his Lanzo Puss
If you have a memory to share, send it to the webmaster at Contact us
Originally from SAM Speaks #104 March/April 1992 page 9 and recently repeated
on SAM Talks
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