lines logo

Miscellaneous Stuff

Control-line expert Gene Pape shares his knowledge about Combat, control-line model aviation's greatest spectator sport, and other matters of interest to the general CL modeler as well as the Combat flier. Read on for news, technical tips and miscellaneous thoughts on control-line modeling.

By Gene Pape

New! October 2023 column: Revisiting the past with a restored Voodoo

December 2022 column: Cleaning engines, buying on eBay, oils

June 2021 column: More on batteries, and a simple Fast Combat plane

March 2021 column: Covering models with laminating film

January 2021 column: Fly Me

December 2020 column: Trainers and test stands

October 2020 column: Learning from building

September 2020 column: Covering a vintage model with exam table paper

August 2020 column: Cleaning up an ugly engine

July 2020 column: Tubing, glue, props, etc.

June 2020 column: Fly by yourself with the Combat launcher

April 2020 column:  Batteries, vintage Combat construction

March 2020 column: Try this at home

October 2018 column: Unexpected directions

May 2018 column: Should we consolidate?

A trip to March Madness See article

March 2018 column: New lessons, old lessons in Fast Combat technology

March 2018 joint column with Buzz Wilson: The madness of contest preparation

February 2018 column: Getting the most out of the Fora .049

September 2017 column: Scattered focus, and what to fly at the 2018 Regionals?

May 2016 column: Frayed lines, stiff wings and little engines

February 2016 column: Finishing the Demon, fun with combat, ASP engines

November 2015 column: Finishing Graffiti models, ASP engines, 1/2-A shutoffs

Gene Pape's collection of vintage 1950s and '60s Johnson engines. Gene Pape photo enhanced by Richard Tapp.

  Gene Pape's complete collection of Fox Combat engines. Top row, from left: Early Stunt .35, first version Combat Special, Black Head Combat Special, Series II Combat Special, Series III Combat Special. Middle Row: Blue Ribbon Special, .35X, first .36X version, .36XBB, Combat Special Mk II. Bottom row: Combat Special Mk III, Combat Special Mk IV, .36 Mk V, Combat Special Mk VI, Combat Special Mk VII. Gene Pape photo

Back to Regular Columns

Back to Combat section

Flying Lines Home Page

This page was updated Octd. 21, 2023