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Carl Layden

Bristol Beaufighter

Top Gun 2013 Photos

Many consider Top Gun to be one of the best (if not THE BEST) R/C events on the planet, I have to agree.  On May 1st of this year I travelled to Paradise field to take a few photos.  I had the opportuinity to meet many of the pilots and organizers of the event.  These are […]
Free Flight Scale at 25th Annual Top Gun Event

Free Flight Scale at 25th Annual Top Gun Event

As part of the 25th Annual Scale Invitational, Frank Tiano has included a scale Rubber-Powered Free Flight “Mass Launch” to the activities for the Top Gun Silver Anniversary. And this is open to everyone to participate including Pilots, Crew Members, Judges, Staff and Press. Frank asked us to get the word out so here it […]
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Build an RC Model Storage System — Do it yourself organization!

Build an RC Model Storage System — Do it yourself organization!

Airplanes on the workshop floor always seem to catch “Hangar Rash.” Organizations is a great way to keep the our of harm’s way. Aviation modelers are an eclectic group coming from all walks of life.  Once we conquer the basics of flight we tend to acquire a variety of aircraft varying in type or style as […]
Build a Stand for your RC Model

Build a Stand for your RC Model

During the spring I designed & built an RC model stand for a friend.  The idea was to build a stand that would make it easier to assemble and disassemble the aircraft.  This stand should work for most 40-60 size airplanes, modelers may want to create/change to suit their own tastes too.  The construction is […]
A >30 year wait is in the air.

Spirit of Ob: The Rest of the Story

Those over 40 probably know who Paul Harvey is and the significance of “The Rest of the Story”.  Bringing this project to conclusion and completing that first test flight reminded me of those wonderful stories on radio.  I did it, completed the build in time to have the first test flight on Father’s Day.  The […]
Ready to Fly

Spirit of “Ob”: Final Assembly

It’s well into the second week of the build, time to get this project finished and ready for test flight on Father’s Day.  The fuse and wing are framed just a few things to do, mount wing, final sanding, covering, hinges, install hardware, engine, fuel tank, radio gear, balance and set-up. During the construction of […]
Fuselage parts

Spirit of “Ob”: Fuselage Construction

  The fuselage for most Ugly Stik (& Stick) models is basically a balsa box.  Many builders have modified the fuse a variety of ways adding a round cowl, canopy, guns, raising the wing saddle or lowering it.  It may be one of them most modified designs, one of my favorites is to flip the […]
Wing finished, on to the fuse.

Spirit of “Ob” : Wing Construction

  Construction of the Das Little Stik began with the wing.  This is a 30 year old die cut kit, the quality of the balsa and die cutting was good.  If a kit is properly stored in a dry place it can be built many years later. The building board is as important as the […]
Ready for flight

My first kit: Spirit of “Ob”

During the summer of 1977 my Dad bought me my first ‘real’ R/C airplane kit.  It was a Midwest Das Little Stik.   It still needed a motor and radio system, however it was a beginning.  The parts & plans must have come out of the box and put back in a hundred times or more before […]
Personalizing your ARF add Colour

Personalizing your ARF add Colour

Some modelers are like sport-stars with superstitions and idiosyncrasies that are followed for every flight or build.  A friend once told me he makes every airplane the same colour that way his wife never notices the new ones.  A successful pattern pilot gave me a tip for competition; always cover the bottom of the plane to look […]
Twas the Night before an R/C Christmas Poem

Twas the Night before an R/C Christmas Poem

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the workshop Not a creature was stirring or sanding, the work had all stopped. The airplanes were hung from the ceiling with care, In hopes that new ARFS soon would hang there. The R/C Modelers nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of IMAC gold danced […]
Personalizing your ARF with a Movable Pilot Head

Personalizing your ARF with a Movable Pilot Head

Every flightline has many ARFs sometimes several of the same plane.  Many aviation modelers like their aircraft to stand out, be a little different than all the other ARF clones.   In the ‘olden days’ of the 80’s & 90’s when aircraft were built from kits or scratch, models were unique and personalized.  This will be […]
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