The Northwest's Favorite Planes

Northwest control-line model airplane fliers are invited to submit photos and information about their favorite planes, for posting on this Flying Lines page.

Steve Lindstedt's Dil-Bod

Noting in the January-March 2021 Wolf Call the passing of Louise Spears of Portland, widow of the late Wayne Spears, a longtime noted Northwest modeler, Steve Lindstedt of Silverton, Ore., recalled how Wayne Spears was one of several Portland area modelers who helped him get started in control-line flying many years ago. Among those helps was Wayne's gift to Steve of a kit for the vintage 1/2-A Team Race plane called the Dil-Bod. Steve built two Dil-Bods. One was crashed, but the one above remains healthy after decades. It is powered by an OK Cub .049. Steve Lindstedt photo.

Mike Hazel's Cro Magnon Air Force Two

Here is another pandemic project from the workshop of Mike Hazel. Many Northwest control-line fliers are familiar with Mike's Cro-Magnon Air Force, a sport-Carrier plane built in the 1970s and still flying. This plane is the Cro-Magnon Air Force Two. But there's something special about it. Mike explains: "This plane is flown on the Uniline system as suggested in a recent Model Aviation magazine article. Essentially, it is an RC plane flown on a tether. There is a three point bridle that has two points attached to the steering mechanism of the transmitter. By moving your hand, the transmitter becomes a handle and the reaction is the same as a control-line handle. And of course there is also a servo for the throttle. I know you are already asking yourself, "Why?" And the answer of course is .... "Because I can!" Mike Hazel photo.

Potter/McCartney Spitfire

Mike Potter of Auburn, Wash., built this Spitfire in 1971 while he was in the Air Force stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, Calif. The plane hung in his garage for 30 years, until he recently gave it to Jim McCartney, who recently returned to the control-line model aviation hobby after a 60-year layoff. McCartney refinished the plane and installed an OS .40F engine. It's awaiting good weather for its first flight after restoration. Mike Potter photo.

John Thompson's Gypsy

A rare emergence from the Flying Lines workshop -- this Gypsy for Classic Stunt, completed in February. Built from a Brodak kit, finished with Randolph and Brodak dope, powered by O.S. .46LA. Flying Lines photo.

Robin Mason's Demon

Robin Mason of Lebanon, Ore., has joined the recent fun of building vintage Combat planes. This is his Demon, powered by a K&B .18. Robin Mason photo.

Paul and David Underwood's Humungous

Paul and David Underwood of Nuneaton, England, built this Humungous during the 2020 lockdowns. The Vintage Stunt plane will be powered by an OS .46LA engine. Covering is tissue over mylar. David says they have been using the covering technique for 19 years; it gives the appearance of tissue with the strength of mylar. Underwood photo.

Three Paul Walker Impacts

Former control-line Precision Aerobatics world champion and many-times U.S. champion Paul Walker of Deer Park, Wash, was busy in the 2020 pandemic year, finishing a new Impact for 2021 and refinishing his 2019 plane, both of which are presented here with his 1992 World Championship plane. The 1992 plane (right) is tissue covered, and after 29 years the covering is extremely brittle. It can almost not be touched. The refinished Impact (left) is the 2019 plane, which crashed one week before that year's U.S. Nationals. It is now back to its original weight, and once again very colorful. It is the largest of the three at 700 square inches. The new plane (center) has the same wing area as the original Impact but a slightly lower aspect ratio. It also has a longer nose length than any of Paul's previous planes; it weighs 64 ounces. At left is a detail of the front of the new plane (click on the photo for a larger image). Paul Walker photos.

Gene Pape's Half Fast III

With no contests in 2020, competition fliers like Gene Pape of Eugene, Ore., had their fleets of contest planes ready for action -- which gave them time to build something just for fun. Gene spent the pandemic year building a series of vintage Combat planes, all powered by period corrrect engines. This is a Half Fast III from the late 1950s, powered by a Fox Black Head Combat Special. Gene replaced the hard tank with a tube for a bladder fuel system. Gene Pape photo.

Mike Hazel's Orange Tiger

Here's another pandemic project from the shop of Mike Hazel of Mehama, Ore. This small jet plane is an Orange Tiger, powered by a Tiger Jet, which produced about half the power of the better-known Dyna Jet which is used in Speed competition. The Orange Tiger has a 22-inch wingspan, a tricycle landing gear and a conventional two-line control system. Construction is balsa and plywood. It flies on 60-foot lines. This is one of two built; Craig Bartlett of Adair Village, Ore., has the other. Flying Lines photo.

Mike Hazel's Otto the Gyro

With most competition suspended during the pandemic, there's been time in 2020-21 for control-line fliers to build some more unusual aircraft. Mike Hazel of Mehama, Ore., built this Otto the Gyro, a throttled control-line autogyro with O.S. FP .35RC power. It's seen here at a Eugene Prop Spinners flying session at Orchard Point County Park in the Eugene, Ore., area, on Jan. 16, 2021. Flying Lines photo.

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