STADIUM SWAP MEET RELOCATED
California's biggest RC swap meet, which for some years has been
held in the parking lot of Jack Murphy Stadium (now known as Qualcom
Stadium) will be held later this month at a brand new location.
The swap meet will be held on Saturday, July 17th at the
Inspiration Point parking lot next to the Balboa Naval
Hospital in Balboa Park. Hours of operation will be from 0700
to 1100. This event has always been one of the highlights of
the year, and is extremely well attended.
JMRC FUN FLY SCHEDULED
At the May meeting, President Dennis once again brought up
the topic of a JMRC Fun Fly, an event which has been hanging
fire for quite some time with nothing definitely scheduled as yet.
Some results of the discussion were that members present were of
a majority opinion that a date in August would probably be a good
time to hold the fun fly. It does appear that majority sentiment
was for limiting contestants to JMRC members, not to charge
an entry fee, and for keeping the value of prizes down to a minimum.
Furthermore, it was decided that the contestants will be divided
into teams to promote a spirit of camaraderie. No doubt this subject
will be thoroughly discussed at the forthcoming 27 July meeting
and a final decision should be made at that time.
Jack Read our contest director, has outlined three events
for the fun fly, starting with the Climb and Glide; in which
a climb is made under maximum power, then power is cut and the airplane
glides to a landing. The team with the longest total time wins the
event. The second round will be the Aerobatics Timed Event
in which each contestant must complete a series of assigned maneuvers,
such as the balloon breaking, spins, loops, rolls and a landing.
Shortest overall time wins. The last round will be the Egg Drop
Event, which does not refer to a Chinese soup, but rather it
involves an egg, a target and a measurement of accuracy.
JULY MEETING SET FOR
The next bi-monthly JMRC meeting will be held on Tuesday
July 27th at Sharkey's Club in the Del Mar area of Camp Pendleton.
Time is set as usual for 1900. It is expected that we will have
some beautiful entries in the MOM (Model of the Month) contest and
plans are to have a really great selection of door prizes to be
distributed to the lucky ticket holders attending.
MODEL OF THE MONTH
The May meeting produced a small number of MOM entries; just
two. But as always, the quality of the models were of the very highest
Daren Savage showed up with a magnificent Steen Skybolt
built from a Sig kit. Wingspan was 51 inches and length was 46 inches,
but the weight was unrecorded. Powered by a Saito 80, it was propped
with an APC 13x8 and was finished in 21st Century paint and Super
Monokote. The model was 80% built and engineered by Del Swartz who
gave it to Dan Savage, who turned it over to
his brother Daren, who completed the model. Daren is real pleased
with the way it flies, calling it "Great!! Very fun!!"
Unfortunately for Daren, Charlie Strange, the perennial
master builder, turned up with an airplane that just edged out the
stiff competition to win the MOM award for the month. He
brought an RV-4, covered in a symphony of white, green, yellow and
black Super Monokote, built from a kit made by an unknown manufacturer.
Power was a Saito 50GK and prop was an 11x7-1/2. With a wingspan
of 55 inches, an length of 44-1/2 inches, a wing area of 555 sq.
inches and a weight of 5-3/4 lbs, the wing loading came out to only
22 oz/sq. ft. Subsequently on its test flight it proved to a real
Congratulations to Charlie on another well deserved win!
HEARD AROUND HORNO
It has sadly come our attention that one of our longest standing
charter members, Bill Barner has passed on. Your editor remembers
Bill flying at Horno as far back as thirty years ago. He was a lifetime
surfer and a very colorful character, especially in the way he flew.
Though he never achieved a great deal of proficiency as an RC pilot,
Bill was always on the flight line giving it everything he had,
showing how deeply he was in love with our hobby/sport. Though he
is no longer with us, we know he is smiling down at Horno whenever
any of us are flying there.
Occasional mishaps at Horno just seen to be unavoidable, but a
few weeks ago some of us were witnesses to a disastrous, tragic
crash. This involved Bill (Burr) Drever and his beautiful
turbine powered jet. Burr has always been one of the most accomplished
and skillful flyers in the club, and has put on countless successful
flight demonstrations with his turbojet. Unfortunately, on this
day he let the airplane get a bit further away that usual, and it
seems he lost sight of it, leading to a totally destroyed airplane.
Burr has our sincerest sympathy and we are all confident that he
will return to Horno with an even better airplane with which to
wow the spectators.
It took a long time, but it looks like really decent weather has
returned to our flying site. With any luck, it should last for at
least the next four months, so this is the time to dust off those
inactive planes and get them down to the flight line.
Our hard working Field Marshal, Jose Tellez, usually sends
your editor a field report after a weekend of flying activity. One
report he sent in described some things that took place at Horno
over the Father's Day weekend.
It went as follows:
"Saturday afternoon was as usual windy but not too much
across. Richard Verano arrived with some airplanes and associated
equipment to test in preparation for the FAI competition coming
Sweden. As usual his flying was exceptional and a pleasure to
watch, but his conversation was even more interesting.
His buddy had an airplane with a finish the like of which I never
thought possible. I have never seen a piano, a competition show
auto or anything with a finish like this model, it was astounding.
And, they flew it just as hard!
The remarkable thing is that the field box pertaining to this model
had the same matching finish in black and deep purple.
Sorry you guys missed this.
On Sunday the population was somewhat short of usual since
all fathers were probably accepting their greetings and presents!
We has an interesting show from a young coyote that I guess fell
in lover with Everett's dog!
The dog went out to greet the coyote and Everett finally succeeded
in calling him back; then the coyote would not leave; it came down
to the runway and quite boldly near where we were, barking (not
growling) and trying to get the dog to join him and totally undisturbed
by the airplanes landing and taking off.
The rather big guy who flies a BIG green and orange "Robin Hood"
with a big gas engine was also giving us a show doing outside spins
and snaps with the big bird. ‘Twas fun and no problems.' Cheers!"
Del Swartz keeps showing up at Horno with weird medical
contraptions around his neck. Seems like every time he shows up
he's just had another operation of one kind or another, but he says
that after his last one he is feeling darned good and expects to
be able to resume normal activities before too long.
Anyway, we are all looking forward to his making a real recovery
and to get back into building and flying as soon as possible.
The RC Swap Meet held on Father's Day at Discount RC
Hobbies' parking lot (formerly West Coast Hobbies) was real
success. Charlie Strange reduced his inventory somewhat,
managing to sell five of his superb airplanes.
Your editor picked up an unknown Cessna Cardinal with a Saito .65
installed, and it flies like gangbusters! It was bought from Roy
Stephens, who used to won American Hobby Supply in San
Marcos, But closed up and moved to Sun City when his wife passed
Remember the great Father's Day swap meets we used to have in his
parking lot? Anyway, it was just as much a social occasion as a
buying and selling opportunity. It was also a time to meet and socialize
with old friends and many JMRC members showed up to take part in