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The Ampeer Electric Flight Newsletter

     The Ampeer is the newsletter of the Electric Flyers Only, Inc. (EFO) and is published monthly.
     The name sounds like ampere, but comes from I AM PEERing into Electric Flight. It contains information relating to many different aspects of electrically powered, radio controlled flight.
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2017
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June 2017 (1.3MB) .pdf version
The April EFO Meeting Bob Blau's WonderTech Quantum FPV quad, Richard Utkan's Baby Buzzard OT, Ken Myers describes how he converted his FMS SuperEZ trainer to A123 batteries, Ken's quiz regarding some battery graphs, . Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2017 Upcoming Electric Fly-in announcement.
Keith Shaw's New, Award Winning, 1/4-Scale Rider R6 8-Ball Photos and specifications of Keith's latest model. Mark Rittinger's Trishula Awards at Toledo Info and photos of Mark's award winning sport plane.
The 2017 33rd Annual Mid-America Electric Flies Links to this year's flyer and map A Change in the Stock ESC for the FMS SuperEZ Ken notes that the stock ESC power wires have been changed from 14 gauge to 18 gauge.
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May 2017 (7.2MB) .pdf version
Build the Award Winning 1/6-Scale Mooney Mite Learn where to get the plans for this great looking, good flying plane. An Editorial: Grumman F8F Bearcat, Construction Article, Model Aviation, April 2017, p. 36 Ken shares his OPINION on why this construction article did not provide the same kind of basic info available in Denny's construction article.
A TechOne No Gravity Review Joe Hass reviews this thrust-vectored 3D fun flier. Ken Myers' Dollar Tree Foam Board (DTFB) Ugly Stik Ken describes and gives some details of his Dollar Tree Foam Board Ugly Stik.
Upcoming Watts Over Wetzel Upcoming Electric Fly-in announcement. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2017 Upcoming Electric Fly-in announcement.
A Flite Test Pietenpol Aircamper Ken Sulkowski shares some photos and information on his version. Another White Sport, an I-75 sign & a Slow Cub Ken Sulkowski shares three more planes with photos.
The 2017 33rd Annual Mid-America Electric Flies Links to this year's flyer and map
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April 2017 (999KB) .pdf version
New Event and Award Added to the 2017 Mid-America Electric Flies The Foam scratch-builts are having a big welcome at the Mid-Am this year. Speaking of the Mid-Am Ken shares a couple of old photos from the Mid-Am, held in Saline, MI.
The March EFO Meeting Highlights include; Roger Wilfong's 3 indoor models, Hank Wildman's EDF, Ken's "What is wrong with today's construction articles" group project, video of electric flight in the 1980s, the vollrathd IR meter, calculating flight time, and hints for selecting LiPo batteries for a specific task Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2017 Contest Director, Dave Grife, provides the details for this upcoming event.
Hobbico Returns to the Ultimate Soccer Arenas Joe Hass announces this upcoming event in Pontiac. Follow-up Information from the February EFO Meeting Ken answers some questions regardign IR meters, heavy duty LiPo batteries, wire gauge and connector choices.
The 2017 33rd Annual Mid-America Electric Flies Links to this year's flyer and map
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March 2017 (2.9MB) .pdf version
Debbie McNeely Ken provides us with remembrances of Debbie. The Ampeer Celebrates its 30th Year Ken talks about the Ampeers' beginning.
Arthur's Hatch Latch Arthur describes his simple hatch latch, with photos. Chet Lanzo's SWAYBACK Bob Aberle shares his version, with photos.
Denny's Tipsy S2 for Your Winter Build Ken suggests that this might be a good 'winter' build for you. Some Winter Fun With a Mini Quad-Copter Dave Stacer shares his experiences with teh ProtoX Mini-Quad.
The Dimwatt IV David Hipperson describes how he created this plane, with photos. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2017 Contest Director, Dave Grife, provides the details for this upcoming event.
The February Meeting meeting coverage with photos Hobbico Returns to the Ultimate Soccer Arenas Joe Hass announces this upcoming event in Pontiac.
PMAC & Skymasters Joint Swap Shop upcoming swap shop info The 2017 33rd Annual Mid-America Electric Flies Links to this year's flyer and map
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February 2017 (1.3MB) .pdf version
Why Small Planes and Biplanes Glide So Poorly Keith Shaw explains why small models and biplanes glide so poorly. A Bit More on Keith's SparrowJet Keith Shaw adds some finishing touches to his SparrowJet.
Flyzone Rapide Performance Glider EP Rx-R Review Joe Hass reviews this nimble "sailplane". January EFO Meeting with Some Follow-ups A lot went on at the January EFO meeting. Lots of information was shared, and Ken followed up on some of the questions and comments.
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January 2017 (2.8MB) .pdf version
Looking Back in Time Ken discusses the Complete Ampeer Index and how he just added 1993 to the Ampeers available online. Does This Mean We Won? A pictorial editorial by Ken Myers.
My Revolextrix Gt500 Follow-up Ken Myers does a follow-up to his review on the Revolectrix Gt500 Charger. The November EFO Flying Meeting Photos and information from the flying meeting on November 6, 2016.
A Pedestal Tail Solution Keith Shaw shares how he solved the problem of a raised horizontal stabilizer. Another Sticky Building Issue Solved on the Sparrow Jet Keith Shaw describes how he engineered the wing spar to allow the ducted fans to pass through them and still be strong.
Finishing Up the Sparrow Jet Framework Keith Shaw shares some of the airframe finish work. More Sparrow Jet Finish Work Keith Shaw continues with more finish work on the Sparrow Jet.
Wayne Giles ESR Meter Availability Ken discusses the availability of this meter and where to purchase one.
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2016
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December 2016 (3.5 MB) .pdf version
Flightline Hobby's New Location Joe Hass tells us where Flightline Hobby is located now. AMA Update with District VII VP, Tim Jesky Joe Hass announces the upcoming District VII AMA meeting.
Building Airframes with Dollar Tree Foam Board (DTFB) Ken Myers shares what he's learned about using Dollar Tree Foam Board to create airframes. The October 23 EFO Monthly Flying Meeting Photos and information from the flying meeting.
AXI Outrunner Motors Ken shares thoughts and information on AXI outrunner motors. Innov8tive Designs is on the Move Innov8tive Designs is moving to southeastern Michigan.
2016/2017 Indoor Flying in Brighton Announcement of an Indoor Flying at the Legacy Center in Brighton, MI. Upcoming Foam in the Dome 2016 - A Toys For Tots Benefit Announcement of an Indoor Flying event in western Michigan.
Oh RATS! I KILLED IT! Ken describes a somewhat costly lesson.
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November 2016 (3.1 MB) .pdf version
Jim Northmore We remember Jim, Midwest RC Society founder and long time EFO member. September EFO Flying Meeting Highlights and photos from the September EFO Flying meeting on Sept. 3.
Upcoming Midwest RC Society Swap Shop Info Here's the info. International Control Line Competition with Electrically Powered Models Fred Adler shares photos and information on a great control line competition.
Skymasters' Indoor Season Starts at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas Info about indoor flying this year in Pontiac. Feedback Regarding the October 2016 Ampeer John Bell comments on the October issue and Ken responds and also discusses A123 cells again.
Another Look At Two 'Similar' Motors With Different ESCs and Timing Ken discusses how different ESCs and their timing advance affects two similar motors.
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October 2016 (573 KB) .pdf version
My LiPo Won't Charge to 4.20V On My Charger Ken discusses, tests and verifies LiPo charge voltages, the initial rapid voltage drop after charge termination and LiPo cell/battery self discharge.
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September 2016 (1.8 MB) .pdf version
Thank You Hobbico, Joe Hass & the Ultimate Soccer Arenas Ken shares info on this well attended event. A Couple of Designs from John Hoover Designs;The Mega Bat & DAS FLEDERMAUS Joe Hass shares a couple of new John Hoover designs.
A Very Good Charger for Your 12V Field Battery Keith Shaw shares info and does a short review on the NOCO Genius G7200. Initial Safe Center of Gravity Range, AGAIN Once again, Ken discusses the importance of using an ISCG and how to locate it.
Upcoming CARDS Electric Fly-in Electric Fly-in Announcment
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August 2016 (1.6 MB) .pdf version
Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Mid-America Electric Flies 2016 - The 32nd Annual The report on this event. The HTML version has a section of bonus photos, not included in the .pdf version.
Sad News Regarding Charles Langley Everydayflyer's son post some news about his father's stroke. Upcoming CARDS Electric Fly In Event Announcement
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July 2016 (664 KB) .pdf version
Warren Plohr Remembered Keith Shaw shares his thoughts about Warren Plohr. Sid Kauffman Remembered information from Greg Gimlick.
More on the Old Fogey's Old Fogies (Includes Power System Comparisons/EMAX & Cobra motors - EMAX ESC & CC Thunderbird) Ken shares his mods for the Mk II version and discusses the difference in the system efficiency between his two chosen power systems. Upcoming Electrics' Over Lake Orion Electric Fly-in Electric Fly-in Announcement
Upcoming CARDS Electric Fly-in Electric Fly-in Announcment More on the Revolectrix Gt500 Charger & A Possible Problem with the RC Buddy Paraboard V3 Ken discusses his use of the charger and where to find information on a possible problem with the Paraboard V3
32nd Annual Mid-Am Flyer
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June 2016 (680 KB) .pdf version
Avoiding Some 'Crashes' Ken notes some ways that some crashes might be avoided. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2016 Meet announcement from Dave Grife.
FlightTest.com & The Old Fogey Ken discusses some of the problems with the Flite Test Old Fogey, some solutions, and his enlarged version.
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May 2016 (864 KB) .pdf version
An A123 Conundrum Bob Comerford notes how difficult it is to get A123 cells in Australia any more. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2016 Meet announcement from Dave Grife.
The March 2016 EFO Meeting Highlights from the March meeting; Keith Shaw's GeeBee & indoor Taube, Part 3 of "Learning About LiPo Batteries", the Revolectix Gt500 charger. Revolectrix (FMA Direct) Gt500 Multi-Chemistry Charger Ken reviews this charger.
A C-47 Owen Morgan shares some photos of his new C-47 model. The April EFO Meeting Highlights of the April meeting including Keith's new and restored planes and a photo of Ken's Old Fogey.
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April 2016 (1.3 MB) .pdf version
The FMS SuperEZ PNP AKA SupREZ Review: Part 2 Ken Myers continues his review of this plane, along with some final thoughts about it. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2016 Meet announcement from Dave Grife.
The February 2016 EFO Meeting Highlights from the February meeting; Ken's SuperEZ, Denny's 1/6-scale Mooney Mite, Roger's Lazy Cub & Part 2 of "Learning About LiPo Batteries". Thoughts On AC/DC LiPo Chargers: An Editorial Ken shares his views on AC/DC chargers and charging inside.
Some New Tools Added to the Collection Ken shares information on some new tools he's recently purchased.
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LiPo Batteries: I Don't Know Jack! - Parts 1 & 2 Ken Myers starts his multi-part exploration of learning about LiPo batteries, facts and fictions. The FMS SuperEZ PNP AKA SupREZ Review Part 1 of Ken's review of this plane.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2016 Meet announcement from Dave Grife.
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February 2016 (631 KB) .pdf version
The December EFO Meeting Highlights and photos from the Dec. 2015 EFO Meeting. Help With a Scratch-Built Champ John Tice asked for some help with project and Ken responds.
AeroFly RC7 Update 7.4.7 Ken Myers shares info on the most current update to AeroFly RC7. What's Going on With LiPo Battery Suppliers? Ken describes some problems he has had when ordering some LiPo batteries.
A HobbyKing.com Gripe Continued Ken continues to describe his frustrations with Hobby King. Hitec X4 Micro Charger and Getting the Correct Cables Dave Stacer explains how he FINALLY got the right charger cables for this Micro Charger.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2016 Meet announcement from Dave Grife.
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January 2016 (1 MB) .pdf version
Inside Don Belfort's Luscombe Silvaire 7E Some nice photos of the bare airframe. Denny Sumner's Bellanca Cruisemaster Info and link to video of this great plane.
Collecting Motor Data for Input Into Drive Calculator Ken Myers' How to for adding tested motor data to Drive Calculator. What Happens When An ESC with a BEC Stops Working? Ken Myers attempts to answer this question.
Flying Efficiently Keith Shaw describes how efficiently his planes can fly. A Building Tip or Two Dave Stacer shares a couple of good building tips for this building season.
A HobbyKing.com Charging Board Warning Rick Sawicki warns us about a possible charging board reverse wiring. A HobbyKing.com Gripe Ken Myers complains about HobbyKing.com service.
Happy Holidays Happy Holidays from the EFO.
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2015
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December 2015 (483KB) .pdf version
Indoor Flying Season Has Started in Brighton, MI Indoor flying dates announced. A Response to: What Happens to the Amp Draw if a Cell is Added to a Battery Pack and the Same Motor, Prop, and ESC Are Used? Burkhard Erdlenbruch responds to Ken's Add a Cell article.
An E-Flite Charger Safety Recall Jim Yuzwalk shares this important safety information. Maxford Gee Bee E / Y Bash - More Drama Gary Gullikson shares more information on this ARF.
A Battery Hatch Latch Arthur Deane, EFO member, shares info and photos on a type of simple hatch latch he is using. The Minnie Mambo in the March 2014 Ampeer Ralph Bradley and Bob Aberle share Mambo information.
Wire Sizing for Amp Draw Scott McKie asks for suggestions on this topic. Photos from the October 2015 EFO Meeting Enjoy the fall photos.
Hitec Aurora 9 System Gary Gullikson shares what he's learned about this radio. New Era III Denny Sumner shares information on this classic kit build.
AkroJet Update Keith Shaw shares some knowledge gained after a bit of an oops with this plane.
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Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Upcoming Midwest RC Society Swap Shop event announcement & details.
What Happens to the Amp Draw if a Cell is Added to a Battery Pack and the Same Motor, Prop, and ESC Are Used? Ken Myers shares his research on this topic. More on the Dynam Waco Gary Gullikson shares more information on this nice flying ARF.
Skymasters Indoor Flying at Ultimate Soccer Arenas Dates, times and cost for the indoor flying season at Ultimate Soccer. Vista Power Quadplay Q3620 update, Maxford Gee Bee E/Y & Sig 1/6 scale Cub Gary Gullikson shares more information on these items.
Maxford Gee Bee Flying Update Gary Gullikson shares flying info on his Maxford Gee Bee.
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October 2015 (995KB) .pdf version
Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Upcoming Midwest RC Society Swap Shop event announcement & details.
Dynam 50" WACO YMF-5 Gary Gullikson shares his views on this fine flying ARF. Freewing Pandora Review & Some General RC 'Trainer' Thoughts, Part 2 Ken Myers continues his review of this plane and sharing thoughts in general on RC 'trainer' planes.
Regarding Fuselage Top Loading of the Battery from Robert Comerford shares his views on this topic. Thank you Ken for your incredible part 1, "Selecting a Brushless Outrunner Motor Power System for Sport and Sport-Scale Airplanes" Article in the June 2015 Ampeer! Dave Peterson shares his thoughts on this article.
Denny Sumner's Omen III information on the maiden of this great flying Mark Rittinger design.
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Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Power Wire and Power Wire Sizing Ken explains how he selects the power wire gauge for his projects.
NEW - Electric Flyers Flight Box from Retro RC Joe Hass shares information and photos of this new product from Retro RC. Freewing Pandora Review & Some General RC 'Trainer' Thoughts Ken Myers starts his review of this plane and sharing thoughts in general on RC 'trainer' planes.
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Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Note that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Mid-America Electric Flies 2015 - The 31st Annual The report on this event.
Upcoming CARDS Electric Fly In Event Announcement
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July 2015 (1.4MB) .pdf version
Upcoming Skymasters' Electric Fly In Event Announcement. Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative.
Upcoming CARDS Electric Fly In Event Announcement Selecting a Brushless Outrunner Motor Power System for Sport and Sport-Scale Airplanes (Part 2) continued from the June Ampeer
The Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in Report a report on this fly-in A 63" Jack Stafford Alon Aircoupe Takes to the Air a report on the the maiden of this great flying plane.
Lower-Minges LM1 Flies a report on the maiden of this plane Materials Used in RC Modeling a Website recommendation listing types and uses of common materials used in RC aircraft construction.
Blast from the Past an old, old ad for the Elecra-Fly, free flight, e-power. KeeCat Electrified Joe Hass explains the power system he chose and describes how well it flies.
Reformatting the HTML Version of the Ampeer Andy Kunz makes a suggestion. 31st Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2015, info and links to the flyer and hotels and field map.
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June 2015 (647 KB) .pdf version
Upcoming Skymasters' Electric Fly In Info on this upcoming Lake Orion, MI event. Upcoming CARDS' Electric Fly In Info on this upcoming Lansing, MI area event.
Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2015 - Info and map for this upcoming event.
Speaking of the Birthday Fly In Plenny Bates shares a photo of Bob Livin's plane at 2014 Keith Shaw Birthday Fly In & news on a very good lubricant. Selecting a Brushless Outrunner Motor Power System for Sport and Sport-Scale Airplanes (Part 1) Ken explains explains his latest technique for selecting a power system. (Part 1)
31st Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2015, info and links to the flyer and hotels and field map.
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May 2015 (979 KB) .pdf version
New North American Supplier for A123 Systems 2500mAh Cells Ken Myers shares information on the new North American supplier for 2500mAh A123 System cells. Reminder About EFO Flying Season Meetings Ken shares that EFO Flying meeting dates are tentative.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2015 - Info and map for this upcoming event. The March EFO Meeting Highlights from the March EFO meeting
Turnigy 2 in 1 Power Meter/Servo Meter 1.5 TFT Review Ken reviews this inexpensive meter from Hobby King. Installing a 3S "A123" 2300mAh LiFePO4 battery into a Flyzone Sensei Ken explains the modifications to use a 3S A123 pack in the Sensei trainer from Hobbico.
All About Tactic Radio Systems An announcement of a local seminar on the Tactic Radio Systems. 31st Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2015, info and links to the flyer and hotels and field map.
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April 2015 (1.3 MB) .pdf version
Flyzone Tiger Moth & Tactic TTX850 Update Ken Myers describes how he found the wing cube loading of the Flyzone Tiger Moth and updates the performance of the Tactic TTX850 in the all metal Ultimate Soccer Arenas. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2015 - Info and map for this upcoming event.
Flyzone Sensei RTF (Ready To Fly) Review - Ken reviews this excellent trainer. Hobbico to Visit Our Area for Two Days in April! Joe Hass presents info on this two day event..
Team USA F3P Pilot Ryan Clark Visits Ultimate Soccer, February 10, 2015, Joe Hass reports on this event. An A123 Distributor Closing, Erik Vandermey, buyA123.com will no longer be selling A123 cells.
A Take Along Folding Plane, Mark Couling describes how he folds up a mini-Stryker to take it along on business trips. 31st Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2015, info and links to the flyer and hotels and field map.
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Hobbico to Visit Our Area at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas for Two Days in April! Event Announcement. Curtiss-Wright Air Sedan, Dick Flemming describes his research and build.
The January EFO Meeting The happenings at the January meeting. More On Dave Stacer's Charger Monitor/Logger Dave shares a bit more about his charger monitor.
Inside the Tactic TTX600 Non-computer 6CH 2.4GHz Radio Dave Stacer takes apart his Tactic TTX600 and shares what he 'found' in photos. Eze-Kote Tip For 2nd Coating Arthur Deane shares what he learned about adding a 2nd or 3rd coat of this product.
Mambo Revisited Bill Bowne shares details on his recreation. Peanut Druine Turbulent
Jeff Kelety tells us where his build thread for this little cutie is located, with photo.
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The Tactic TTX850 8CH Transmitter & 8CH TR825 Review and Comparison to the Tactic TTX650 Ken reviews this new 8-channel transmitter and compares it to the Tactic TTX650. A123 1100mAh Cells, End of an Era, Erik Vandermey notifies us that the 1100mAh cell will no longer be available.
An Alternate Throttle Lock Method for Spektrum Radios Bob Comerford shares his thoughts on the topic.
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January '15 (561 KB) .pdf version
Review: aerofly RC 7 RC Flight Simulator for the Mac (Windows too), Standard Version 7.0.7 Ken reviews and relates his experiences with this RC flight simulator. Horizon Hobby - PRODUCT RECALL: Power Supply and 3S Li-Po DC Balance Charger Found In HobbyZone® Super Cub S RTF (HBZ8100) and BNF (HBZ8180) Products, Jim Yuzwalk alerts us to this danger.
The December EFO Meeting The happenings at the Dec. meeting as well as extra information on the Scorpion Backup Guard (SBG). A Quick and Easy Throttle Lock for Non-computer Radios and the Spektrum DX-6i Ken shares a simple throttle lock for non-computer type radios.
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2014
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The Electric Motor Constant Kv
AKA The Generator Constant, RPM/volt, Annotated as Kv
Ken updates his information about the generator constant, RPM/volt and explains what it is and what it isn't.
Sullivan Products acquires Harry B. Higley and Sons, Inc., Product Announcement
Wing and Power Loading From 1952 Related to Wing Cube Loading Andy Kunz shares some very early wing cube loading information. A Very Large Depron Monocoupe Scott McKie shares info on a 100" Depron Monocoupe.
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November '14 (385 KB) .pdf version
Upcoming AMA District 7 Town Hall Meeting Meeting Announcement Upcoming November 2 Swap Shop Info Upcoming Midwest RC Society Swap Shop info
Skymasters' Indoor Flying Starts Soon Winter Indoor flying starts at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI. Indoor Flying in Brighton Fall/Winter 2014/2015 info for winter season flying in Brighton, MI
Follow-up from Owen Morgan via email regarding his planes at the March EFO meeting Owen shares more details on the planes he shared at the March EFO meeting. Min-E Mambo May 2014 Follow-up Ken describes some of his first flights with the Min-E Mambo.
LiPo Puffing Question Ken Myers tries to explain the causes of LiPo puffing to an Ampeer reader. Can Adding a Cell to an A123 Pack Increase Flight Time? Ken explains how the answer can be yes or no. Huh?
Thinking About Going LiPo Ken thinks about it a bit.
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Upcoming AMA District 7 Town Hall Meeting Meeting Announcement Making Sense of Brushless Outrunner Names and Nomenclature Ken Myers describes brushless outrunner nomenclature and explains why a motor's name does not always indicate its glow equivalent power.
March 2014 EFO Meeting Details and photos from the March EFO meeting. April 2014 EFO Meeting, Details of the April EFO meeting.
May 2014 EFO Meeting Details and photos from the March EFO meeting.
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Hitec Weekender Extra 300S ESC Instructions Found! Ken Myers tells where to find the manual with the settings for the ESC used in this ARF Extra. How Scale Is the Weekender Extra 300S? Ken Myers looks at how scale this standoff scale plane is.
The Weekender Extra 300S Stock Motor Has a Problem Ken Myers describes a motor problem he had with the stock motor. Cobra C-2820/14 840Kv Outrunner Tested, Ken Myers shares the bench test data from this motor.
Why Can't 'THEY'? Ken Myers questions why suppliers can't seem to get simple data about their products correct. There Is Good Weather and There Is Good Flying Weather, Ken Myers Dave Stacer and Rick Sawicki take a light-hearted approach to good flying weather.
ZIPPY Flightmax 4200mAh 3S1P 30C LiFePo4 Pack Report Robert Comerford describes how these LiFePO4 are working out as power system batteries. Keith Shaw's Thoughts Regarding Efficiency and Thoughts On a POSSIBLE Next Project, Keith muses on airframe and power system efficiency and shares some photos of additional trim on his AkroJet.
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30th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2014, a report by Ken Myers on this fun gathering. Upcoming Flint, Pontiac, WOW, National Model Aviation Day (Ultimate Soccer Arenas), and Lansing Meets
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Hitec (Multiplex) Weekender Extra 300S ARF Review Complete Review of this P2GO Extra stand off scale ARF by Ken Myers. 12 Volt Power Supply, How To from Nick Bisonni via emal.
Upcoming 30th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2014, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2014 Mid-Am.
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Part 2: An Initial Safe Center of Gravity (ISCG);
Using the Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC) and Aerodynamic Center (AC)
Ken Myers continues his article on finding the initial safe center of gravity (ISCG).
80" Span Eindecker David Hipperson shares information and photos on his build.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2014 - Info and map for this upcoming event. 30th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2014, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2014 Mid-Am.
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May '14 (664 KB) .pdf version
Part 1: An Initial Safe Center of Gravity (ISCG);
Using the Mean Aerodynamic Chord (MAC) and Aerodynamic Center (AC)
Ken Myers presents Part 1 of a two part article on finding the initial safe center of gravity.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2014 - Info and map for this upcoming event.
30th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2014, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2014 Mid-Am.
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April '14 (578 KB) .pdf version
Measuring Maximum Servo Torque Revised Ken Myers corrects a HUGE oops in his March article on this topic. Sorry! Min-E Mambo Specifications Ken shares the Ready to Fly specifications of his Min-E Mambo, electric conversion, tribute and restoration project. Link to the plans page.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2014 - Info and map for this upcoming event. Two Reasons for Scaling Model Airplanes and How I Do It Ken explains how and why he scales model planes.
Head's Up on a New, Powerful Charger, Gary Gullikson tells us about is new Vista Power Quadplay Q3620. 30th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies 2014, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2014 Mid-Am.
Live Wire Rebel Remembered, Rick Sawicki, EFO member, shares thoughts on his old Live Wire Rebel.
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More on Servo Sizing, Keith Shaw shares information on servo sizes he's used. Control Surface Weight and Servos Steve Ralph shares an observation regarding the weight of the moving surface and servos.
Finding Required Servo Torque Using a Nomogram/Nomograph Plenny Bates describes how to use a nomograph to calculate required servo torque. Measuring Maximum Servo Torque Ken explains how to measure servo torque.
the Min-E Mambo Ken shares his e-conversion of a 1963 Minnie Mambo. New Tactic TTX850 On the Way Updated Hobbico information on the Tactic TTX850.
The February 2014 EFO Meeting The February EFO meeting featuring Roger Wilfong's Flying Flea, Denny Sumner's 1911 Caudron Racer, Arthur Deane's Blinker & Ken Myers Min-E Mambo. Brighton Indoor Flying Date & Time Change Indoor flying now on Thursday's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..
New Safety Rules Applied to Indoor Flying at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas Peter Foss explains the new safety rules and why they will be enforced. Grob With a New Wing Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares info on his updated wing and comments on indoor flying.
OSG Glider with a V-tail Owen Morgan shares the details of his v-tailed One Sheet Glider.
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Sanyo Eneloop LSD NiMH Cells are Now Panasonic, Plenny Bates shares some updated information on these cells. Maxford Antonov An-2, Sig 1/6-scale Cub, Maxford Gee Bee E, and Some Thoughts on the Hobby Gary Gullikson shares information and ideas about these planes.
Willie's Escapade Willie McMath shares information on his e-powered versioin. Ryan NYP - Spirit of St Louis Owen Morgan shares the details of his version.
New Hobby Shop in Ypsilanti Joe Hass informs us about a new Nankin Hobby. More Thoughts on Motor Sizing Tom Cimato shares more thoughts on motor sizing.
The October 2013 EFO Flying Meeting Photos from the October 2013 EFO Flying Meeting. Remembering KRC David Segal shares some memories from this iconic e-meet.
Walt Thyng's Big Cub Walt Thyng shares the details of 99" Cub. More on Selecting Servos David Hipperson shares his thoughts on selecting servos. David Surry also shares his thoughts on this topic.
The December EFO Meeting The guys share a 'ton' of interesting stuff!
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Cobra C-4120-18 540Kv Outrunner Tested, Ken Myers presents the data he collected while bench testing the Cobra C-4120-18 540Kv outrunner. The Servo Conundrum Continued Ken Myers continues his research into selecting the appropriate servo(s) for a given RC model airplane.
Comments Regarding the December 2013 Article, "Servos, I Don't Know Jack" Ampeer readers share their thoughts on this article and provide some information. A Better Way to Set Up the Throttle Cut Feature on the Tactic TTX650 to be Used as a Throttle Lock Roger Wilfong provides information on a better way of setting up a throttle lock on this transmitter.
Time Flies Joe Hass shares a "growing up" composite photo of Chris Hass. Mark Freeland Receives the Carl Goldberg Vital People Award Information on Mark and his 2013 Carl Goldberg Vital People Award.
A Balance Cable for a CellPro 10XP David Stacer, EFO member, explains how he made a very useful cable for charging A123 in the plane without having to 'mess' with an adapter board. Eneloop Tests Keith Shaw evaluates the self-discharge characteristics of these LSD NiMH cells and finds them very useful as receiver and transmitter packs.
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Servos, I Don't Know Jack!, Ken Myers discusses what he knows, has learned and doesn't know about servos. Ah, Spring, Can It Be Far Away? Some photos from the April 2013 EFO Flying Meeting.
The 3 Watts In Per Gram of Motor Weight Rule of Thumb Ken Myers discusses this 'rule of thumb'.
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Tactic Brand Radio: A Follow Up, Ken Myers presents follow-up information this transmitter and receiver. The article also includes how to set up a throttle cut safety switch. More on the Tactic TTX650 and TR624 Receiver Joe Hass shares his positive experiences using Tactic TTX650 and TR624 receivers.
National Model Aviation Day Wounded Warrior Fundraiser Report Joe Hass reports on the event held at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, MI Upcoming November 3 Swap Meet Info Information on Midwest's upcoming Swap Shop in Northville, MI.
A Problem with a CellPro Balance Adaptor, Arthur Deane discusses a problem with the CellPro balance adaptor and the solution. An Oops with My Maxford USA An-2 Ken describes an oops he had with this ARF and how he fixed it.
Do You Ever Read Stuff and Just Go, "Huh?", Ken Myers discusses why you should think while you read, AKA critical thinking skills.
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Follow-up on a Hacker A50-12S, Jim Young notes the performance increase in his Super Skybolt with this motor. The April EFO Meeting Roger Wilfong's Eraze, Stingray, Fast and Furious and a glue tip, Hank Wildman's scratch-built retracts for his airliner, Charlie Dochenetz LT-25, Keith Shaw's Akro-Jet, Bill Brown discusses the motors for his Wright Model 'B' scratch-build, Arthur Deane shared info on new, safer Li-Po batteries, and Ken Myers shared an Antonov An-2 Video and information.
TigerKitten Landing Gear Suggestion Ron Fikes suggests an alternate landing gear for the TigerKitten to reduce bouncing on landing. Brushless Motor Wattage Rating Question Don Patterson asks a question about wattage ratings and Ken replies.
More on Selecting a Li-Po Battery for a Given Motor, Roger Wilfong explains another method to use to select a Li-Po for a given motor. Heads-up On the O.S. Motor OMA-50xx-xxx Motors, Ken shares info on the reverse thread socket head cap screw used to secure the shaft in these motors.
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Maxford USA Antonov An-2 ARF, assembly tips and review by Ken Myers. Includes information on the set up and flying of this ARF.
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Mid-America Electric Flies 2013 - The 29th Edition, a report by Ken Myers on this fun gathering. Detroit Aero Modelers Upcoming E-Meet upcoming meet announcement
National Model Aviation Day Indoor flying at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas on Aug. 17 Upcoming C.A.R.D.S. of Lansing 3rd Annual Electric Fly In upcoming meet announcement
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Tactic TTX650 6-Channel 2.4GHz SLT Computer Transmitter and TR624 6-Ch Receiver Review, Ken Myers reviews this transmitter and receiver. Detroit Aero Modelers Upcoming E-Meet upcoming meet announcement
Don Belfort's New Ercoupe info and photos of Don's new Ercoupe Tips for Preventing Voltage Droop Roger Klingbeil points us to a good article on the Web regarding this topic.
Announcing the 29th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2013 Mid-Am.
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More on Selecting the Capacity of a Li-Po for a Given Motor, Ken Myers looks more into this topic. Review: Eagle Tree eLogger V4 Ken Myers reviews this useful device.
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2013 info and map Upcoming Lake Orion E-Fly-In Pete Foss provides information on the upcoming Skymasters E-fly-in in June.
More on "Can the Data From the Castle Creations/ Phoenix ICE 50 (8S) Be Used to Collect Inputs for Drive Calculator?, Ken shares more thoughts on this topic. Announcing the 29th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2013 Mid-Am.
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Saving Our Hobby, from the DAM newsletter, comments on the biggest threat to our hobby today. PBY 5-A in the Planning Stages Scott Copeland shares some information on the design for his new plane.
Selecting a Li-Poly Battery for a Given Motor, Ken Myers answers a question from Phil Alvirez regarding battery selection for a given power system. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2013 info and map
The March EFO Meeting, Joe Hass; Hangar 9 Meridian 10cc ARF, Hobby Lobby F-35 Lightning II 360 Degree Thrust Vectoring Jet, Great Planes ElectriFly Citabria, and Flyzone Fokker Dr.1 WWI Micro EP, Tom Bacsanyi - Hangar 9 P-51D Blue Nose 60 ARF, Bill Brown - Wright Model B, Richard Utkan - Hobby People Wild Wing and Denny Sumner Gee Bee model Y Upcoming Lake Orion E-Fly-In Pete Foss provides information on the upcoming Skymasters E-fly-in in June.
EFO Member Howard Shorr Passes, a note of Howard's passing. Announcing the 29th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2013 Mid-Am.
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Review of Hobby King's Turnigy G25 710Kv Outrunner, Ken Myers tests and reviews this motor. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2013 - Info and map for this upcoming event.
The February EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong shares his little Rivets and a giant Lazy Bee, Richard Utkan shares his 'Or What', Hank Wildman shares a retract he's working on for his airliner, and Ken Myers showed the members how to gather data for insertion into Drive Calculator using Jim Young's Hacker A50-12S. Motor Review: Hacker A50-12S V2 Outrunner, Ken Myers tests this motor with specifications given and prop recommendations. The EFO members, at the February meeting, also helped with the collection of the data.
Announcing the 29th Annual Mid-America Electric Flies, links to the Flyer and map and hotel info for the 2013 Mid-Am.
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Another TigerKitten, Ron Fikes shares photos and information on his recently acquired Bob Benjamin TigerKitten. Invasion Stripe Rant Comment - Dave Segal comments on John Bell's comment about Invasion Stripes.
January 2013 EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan shares his Tom Hunt EDF, Charlie Dochenetz shares his under construction Sig LT-25, Jim Young shares progress on his HABU 32, and Ken Myers shares progress on his Bob Benjamin TigerKitten. O.S. Engine/O.S. Motor OMA-5010-810 Review, Ken Myers tests this motor with specifications given and prop recommendations.
Regarding Replacements for AF 15G Motors in a Bell YFM-1A in the January 2013 Ampeer, Robert Comerford recommends a brushless replacement for this brushed motor. Feather Merchant, Art Lane describes his electric conversion w/photo.
China Clipper Q500 and an Extra 300XS, Willie McMath shares info and photos of his electrified versions. Looking for RC Micro World?, Ken Myers gives the current Web address for this publication.
One Cure for Motor "Rumbling", Greg Gimlick discusses how the PWM setting in an ESC should be set. Power Meters and a Bristol M1C, Art Lane discusses power meters and his new Bristol M1C.
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November EFO Flying Meeting, A surprise meeting; Keith Shaw with his 1905 Wright Flyer, photos of the day, Rick Sawicki's air force and some of Jim M's planes. December 2012 EFO Meeting - Richard Utkan's multipurpose radio, Roger Wilfong's and Bill Brown's Camp-e Racers, Bob Blau's F-22, Hank Wildman's big Falcon EDF and Ken Myers new O.S. OMA-5010-810.
O.S. Engine/O.S. Motor OMA-5010-810 Preview, Ken Myers explains why the battery/prop data presented by both O.S. Motor and Tower Hobbies is incorrect. Painting and Detailing a Parkzone Albatros DV5a, David Hipperson explains how he painted and detailed his parkzone Albatros DV5a with photos.
Some Recommended Winter Reading, Ken recommends some articles to digest this winter. Repeat of January recommendations and only available in the online HTML version.
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Custom Privateer, Ken makes suggestions on powering this plane. Some Nice Motor Mounts, Mike Russell shares a source for some nice motor mounts.
More on "A123" Toughness
and
a Little Complaint About Invasion Stripes
on EVERY Model
, John Bell shares his experience with "A123" cells and shares his feelings on Invasioin Stripes.
Replacements for AF 15G Motors in a Bell YFM-1A, David Plummer is seeking a replacement for the Astro Flight 15.
A Note from Canada, Art Lane shares thoughts on several topics. Regarding the October 2012 Ampeer and Batteries, Willie McMath shares his thoughts on batteries.
Electric Motor Kv or RPM/volt, Ken describes what Kv is and how to derive it several ways, as well as other motor "constants". Hobby King/AEO Tech PO Wattmeter, James Frolik describes his experiences with this power meter/wattmeter.
Some Recommended Winter Reading, Ken recommends some articles to digest this winter.
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The Power Meter, a MUST HAVE Tool, Ken Myers reviews the Electrifly PowerMatchTM multipurpose meter. Ah, Summer Photos from the August 2012 Pontiac Miniature Aircraft Club (PMAC) electric fly-in.
The EFO September Flying Meeting, Photos from the Sept. 2012 EFO flying meeting. Converting the SR Batteries X-250 to Brushless and "A123" 1100mAh Cells, Dave from Santa Rosa explains his conversion of this classic sport plane.
The Hass Fleet, Joe Hass shares photos and info on some of his and Chris' fleet.
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The Power Meter, a MUST HAVE Tool, Ken Myers reviews the AEO P1 HV Watt Meter. Upcoming Midwest RC Swap Shop Northville, MI, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.
Agri-duck Power System Problem, Kyle Matthew describes how he "destroyed" a 5S Li-Poly by discharging it too deeply. Ken Myers suggests some solutions.
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Comment on "Power System for
an OK Model Co. Ltd. Pilot
PT-19 Kit", Sept. 2012 Ampeer
, Cliff Tacie shares how he powered a similar size PT-19 from House of Balsa.
A 50" Profile sBach, Art Lane shares the details of his scratch-built, foam version.
Electrified Caprice, Nick Bisonni explains how he electrified this glow model from about 1997. Electric Flexibility Wins Again, Bob Comerford explains how he modified a few planes in his fleet to accept the same 4S "A123" 1100mAh battery packs.
Looking for 20-amp Emeter Version 1 Shunt Chris Stoddart is looking for one. Indoor in London, Ont., Canada, Art Lane provides info on Indoor flying in this area.
An Oldie But Goodie! photo of Keith Shaw, Stan Shaw, Udo Fibig, London, Ont. 1988. Big Spitfire Flies!, Scott Lillis sent along an update on his big Spitfire and link to video.
Upcoming Midwest RC Swap Shop Northville, MI, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. "A123" 2300mAh, One Tough Cell, Ken Myers explains why he likes them for their toughness.
What Charger Should I Buy? Ken Myers shares his thoughts.
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Power System for an OK Model Co. Ltd. Pilot PT-19 Kit , Ken Myers explains one to select a power system for this glow to electric conversion. Comments On the July 2012 Ampeer Articles "Can the Data From the Castle Creations' Phoenix ICE 50 (8S) Be Used to Collect Inputs for Drive Calculator?" and "A Propeller Quiz", just what the title implies.
Introducing RC Aeronauts, Ed DeLaura, President, RC Aeronauts, informs us about this new site. Don Belfort's Retirement Plaque, Don sent a photo of his special plaque presented to him by Keith Shaw at the 2012 Mid-Am.
Indoor Micro Event at the NEAT Fair 2012, Bob Aberle shares info on this upcoming event.
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Mid-America Electric Flies 2012 - The 28th Edition, highlights of the 2012 Mid-Am with lots of photos and Ken Myers induction into the Academy of Model Aeronautics Hall of Fame.
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Can the Data From the Castle Creations' Phoenix ICE 50 (8S) Be Used to Collect Inputs for Drive Calculator?, Ken Myers provides the answer after a couple of weeks of testing and comparing. A Propeller Quiz, Ken Myers shares information about what to expect and not expect when using the same brand and same 'line' (APC E thin electric) of props with the same diameter and different pitches.
Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2012, some info and photos from the event. Upcoming Mid-Am, flyer, map and hotels list for the 2012 Mid-America Electric Flies.
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More on the Skymasters' April Pre-Toledo Meeting And Bill Brown and Bill Shaftmaster Celebration, photos include the presents received by both 90-year-old RC fliers. RC Surface Throw Gauge, Denny Sumner describes how create one easily and cheaply.
Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2012, upcoming meet announcement. The April EFO Meeting, features photos of the "guys" getting ready, Keith Shaw's Halberstadt & Keith flying a "single channel" escapement type radio.
The Canadair and OS Motors, David Hipperson shares his thoughts on powering the Canadair 215 with O.S. outrunner motors. A Safe Way to Check Prop Rotation, Arthur Deane suggests a safe way to test prop rotation when hooking up an ESC & Ken adds a twist to it.
B-47 Model, David Plummer shares a photo of his model and asks about making the wiring simpler with special connectors. Upcoming Skymasters' Electrics' Over Lake Orion, Skymasters' upcoming E-meet.
May EFO Flying Meeting, The May flying meeting and Denny Sumner's maiden of his LoPresti Fury.. Update on "Power System for a World Models Giant Scale (GS) Spitfire", Scott Lillis updates us on his conversion of his Spitfire!.
Detroit Aero Modelers (DAM) Upcoming 2012 Electric Fun Fly, info and dates.. Don Belfort's Tri-Pacer Maiden, Don tells us about his successful maiden.
EFO Members at the RCCD Electric Meet, Keith, Ken and Paul go to the meet. Upcoming Mid-Am, flyer, map and hotels list for the 2012 Mid-America Electric Flies.
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Is a 50 a 50?, recommended power system for an 80 inch WS Canadair CL415 ARF Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2012, upcoming meet announcement.
The March EFO Meeting, tornadoes, vacu-forming canopies & the Tactic AnyLink 2.4GHz Universal Radio Adapter Keith Shaw's New, Little Halberstadt DV, details and photos of Keith's new indoor flier.
Belfort's Tri-Pacer Update, Don Belfort updates the construction of his Tri-Pacer. Analyzing What You Read, Ken suggests that you put on your thinking cap while you are reading.
Upcoming Watts Over Wetzel, RCCD upcoming meet, May 19 & 20. Upcoming Skymasters' Electrics' Over Lake Orion, Skymasters' upcoming E-meet.
Thayer Syme Joins 2 Brothers Hobby, What Thayer is up to now that he's no longer at Fly RC. Bill Brown & Bill Shaftmaster Honored, a special night for Bill Brown (91) and Bill Shaftmaster (94)!.
Upcoming Mid-Am, flyer, map and hotels list for the 2012 Mid-America Electric Flies.
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Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-in 2012, upcoming meet announcement. Power System for a World Models Giant Scale (GS) Spitfire, recommended power system
The February EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan shares his FuglyJet and foamboard construction, Denny Sumner shared his gorgeous Pou-du-Ciel, everyone helps Bill Brown with questions he had in planning his Wright Model B, the problems associated with "under-pitching props" and much more. A Tiger Moth, Ross Taylor shares details on his 20-cell (NiMH) 1//5-scale Tiger Moth.
Returning to E-flying in Australia, Robert Comerford explains why he's once again excited about e-flight. Upcoming Mid-Am, flyer, map and hotels list for the 2012 Mid-America Electric Flies.
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A Different Power System Recommendation for Harvey's 80" PBY, Ken suggests another power system possibility Electric Twins, Are You Ready?, Ken discusses the four factors that must be considered for a first twin project.
A 1/4-scale Piper Tri-Pacer, Don Belfort shares a photo of his plane under construction. Michigan Source for Indoor 3D Types, Bill Mackey shares a source in Michigan.
Musing From Iowa on Wing Cube Loading, Plenny Bates shares info on the WCL of two of his gliders. Looking for Plane Plans?, Tom Cimato reminds us where to look for some classic plans.
Good February 2012 Issue, Art Lane shares photos of his Lasy and indoor Heli and an indoor venue in Canada. RC Safety Item: ArmSafe, Doug Schumacher shares info on his latest product.
Maxx Products Arming Switch, info on the arming switch from Maxx Products. Indoor Flying Equipment Source, Alex Stockli shares a source he found
A Brooklyn Dodger Conversion, Willie McMath shares his conversion of this old-timer with photos. RC Micro World Continues, Bob Aberle shares some info on this e-zine.
RCadvisor Calculator Now 100% Free, Carlos Reyes site now FREE and more and articles available.
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Indoor Information Needed, Ken requests more indoor info for the Ampeer. Indoor RANS S-6ES Coyote, Jeff Kelety shares info and photo of his design.
Indoor Info from Canada, Art Lane tells us about the neat indoor planes of FoamStar Models and invites folks to join in in indoor e-flight in London, Ont., Canada. Information About Kline-Fogleman (KF) Airfoils, link to KF video & Ken provides more info on this type of airfoil.
The January 2012 EFO Meeting, Ken Myers started off the meeting with a discussion of the March 2012 edition of Electric Flight and other magazines, Richard Utkan lead off the show and tell with his version of a "Blue Wonder", Hank Wildman showed a Kyosho F-16, Jim Young shared his son's Animal Planet Remote Control Falcon ornithopter, and Ken was notified of the birth of his second granddaughter. Twins: An 80" PBY Power System, Harvey asks about powering a scratch-built PBY and Ken makes some power system suggestions and also provides info on twins in general. Note: It is best to read this article online as Ken has included extra photos not in the .pdf version and the active links point to important information.
Skymasters Ultra Micro Racing, report on this race by Joe Hass. Online version has bonus photos.
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Dave Thacker On Motor Selection, Dave explains the method he uses to convert glow powered planes to electric power Power For an AT-6, Ken Myers explains why larger C-rated packs of the same capacity may deliver more power to the same motor and prop combination using a "60"-size glow plane for the example.
Diameter to Pitch Ratios, Ken Myers explains why, with graphs and tables, it is "better" to use higher pitched props with electrics when compared to glow and gas engines. Determining the Diameter and Pitch, Ken goes over, once again, the prop selection process for converting glow powered planes to electric.
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John Worth Passes, a note on this great man's passing. Social Media, explains why I don't use it.
Sig Ryan STA E-Power, Ken recommends a power system for this glow to electric conversion. EFO September & October Flying Meetings, photos and text of our September and October flying.
Glow 2 Electric Excel Spreadsheet Questions, Ken answers questions about his glow to electric power spreadsheet. Indoor Flying Season Reminder, announcement
More on the E-Powered Magic, Willie McMath discusses how he reglued the magnets in his big Turnigy motor. Venus 40 Power System Recommendations, Ken explains his power system recommendation for this plane.
Ken Myers Presented Coveted Goldberg Vital People Award, article on why Ken won the award and photos. Upcoming E-vents

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Correction to: Sending in Chargers, a phone conversation with Joe Hass clears up some errors in the original article. Odd Occurrence: FMAdirect CellPro 10S, Ken describes a problem with his charger that appears to be due to humidity.
Midwest RC Swap Meet info, announcement New Online RC 'Magazine', info on RC Pilot Magazine.
Skymasters' Indoor Flying Season, announcement An E-powered Magic, Willie McMath describes his conversion of this "60"-size pattern plane from glow to electric power.
Carl Goldberg Eaglet Conversion, Ken recommends a power system for this plane and gives some details about his 1998 conversion. A Couple of Twins, Victor Madison shares photos and info on his B-25 and TT-62 Alekto.
A Note from Australia, Robert Comerford shares what it is like to fly where he lives in Australia and thoughts on using "A123" 2300mAh cells. New Format for Some 'Books' on the EFO Site, Ed Anderson's EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ELECTRIC POWERED FLIGHT formated for use on smart phones.
Glow to Electric Followup Questions, Ken answer's more questions about his Glow to Electric Conversion guide and spreadsheet. Upcoming E-vents

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Mid-Am Thanks, thank you emails from some of the 2011 participants. Sending in Chargers to FMAdirect for Service, Joe Hass gives advice on what to tell FMA when you send in a charger for repair.
H K Lipos Gone for Good?, speculation about air shipping from Hobby King. Radical RC Blog and Podcast, announcement from Dave Thacker.
"Stick - E" Update, Nicholas Bisonni updates his progress on the "old" e-power kit. Fred Reese Swallow Under Construction, Dan Bono shares the progress of his full-size Swallow.
4 Interesting Flying Machines, Robert Ness shares photos of a flying hydro, parasol, shoulder-wing and biplane. Identifying the Usefulness of an Unknown Brushless Outrunner, Ken describes how to determine the Kv of a brushless motor using the drill press method and the describes the other useful characteristics of an outrunner motor.
ARF Bashed Champ, Ben Rufli shares how he modified this ARF to match the full-size that he owned. Rick Sawicki's Latest Project: a P-38, photos of Rick with his Banana Hobbies model.
News from RCBKits, new releases of a 1929 Monoprep and Mig 25 with photos and info. Upcoming E-vents

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Jun-Si PowerLog 6S Review, Ken reviews this multi-purpose power meter and more. Re-gluing Motor Magnets, Tom Cimato, Mr. MaxCim, explains how to glue motor magnets correctly.
The Stinson Reliant SR-7 Flies, Gary Gullikson describes the maiden of this plane created and modified from a Pat Trittle kit. E-flite Rhapsody and E-flite PT-17 Stearman; A Comparison, photos of Ken's Super Stearman and Paul Sockow's Rhapsody for a side by side comparison.
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Global Hobbies Stik-E Kit, Nick Bisonni describes how he's going to build and power this old e-power kit with photos. The Feather Merchant and Using Drive Calculator, Ken explains how to use DC to help select a power system for Art Lane's old-timer.
Keith Shaw Maidens the Yak UT-1, info on the maiden of this Toledo Show winner with text and photos. The 2011 Mid-America Electric Flies Information, announcement
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Oh Dear, DEWALT Changing Lithium Batteries!, John Bell lets us in on some bad news about the loss of an A123 source. The Event Formerly Known as E-Fli-owa, announcement
Don Belfort's Nesmith Cougar Update, Don announces his successful maiden with photo. Willie McMath's Loving's Love, Willie gives the details on this big one with four photos.
Two 'Big Brand Name' Companies Are Now Suppliers of Outrunner Motors, O.S. and Futaba announce outrunners. The April EFO Meeting, topics included props and RPM limits, glow to electric conversions, the use of low pitched props, several useful Web site address and more.
RCCD WOW Meet Postponed, announcement RBC Kits, reminder to visit the RBC Web site.
Shoulder-wing Toledo Special, Jim Blanner explains the modification to this ARF with photos. A Foam Antonov An-2, Dereck Woodward sent a photo of a foam An-2 that he saw at a booth in Chicago.
Put this one on your Event Schedule, announcement for the Keith Shaw Birthday e-fly. The 2011 Mid-America Electric Flies Information, announcement.
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Outrunner Motor Nomenclature Drives Us Nuts, Ken explains the problem and recommends a solution that we can all use. The March EFO Meeting, Denny Sumner's Top Dawg, Jim Young's Howard Ike, Lynn Morgan's super charging box with two power supplies and two chargers, and Ken Myers' update on his An-2 project.
Another Stearman, full-size photo from Neil Johnson of the one he flew in 1947. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in Info, announcement
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E-Power for a 1/4-scale Spacewalker Revisited, Ken updates the power system info for this plane. How Long Will Rich's Plane Fly?, Ken answers the question.
Is It a Prop Range or Not?, Ken describes how supplies mislead consumers with the way they annotate suggested props. Electric Plane Performance Calculations, more info from Arthur Deane on whether it is a range or not.
Keith Shaw Birthday Party Fly-In Info, announcement Greetings from Up North, John Zook describes indoor flying in the Traverse City, Kalkaska, Gaylord, Charlevoix and Alba area.
Don Belfort's Nesmith Cougar Progress, more progress with photo. Which Motor?, Brian Amato is looking for an equivalent to a 1/2A glow motor. Ken answers.
Chris Hass Flies at Operation Homefront Benefit, Chris demonstrates indoor flying at this charity event. Upcoming April EFO Meeting, announcement
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Do You Ever Think About What You Read?, Ken asks readers to think when they read with some specific examples Modern Power for a 48" Lazy Bee, Ken recommends a power system based on a reader's question
E-Power for a 1/4-scale Spacewalker, Ken suggests a power system for this big one February EFO Meeting Roger Wilfong shares a Retro RC glider and the Hyperion EOS Sentry Battery Checker, Ken shared some sheeting tips and we watched Jim Young's sheeting video.
An-2 Progress from the Middle of January to the Middle of February, Ken updates his progress on this design Belfort's Nesmith Cougar Progress, Don's progress on his Nesmith Cougar with photo
Spektrum Starts Hopping, information about switching from DSM2 to real spectrum frequency hopping technology Thanks for the February Ampeer, a thank you
Some Good Advice on Trimming, Frank Gue gives some advice on trimming and setting the CG Upcoming E-vents

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Ampeer Article About Charger's Voltage Measurement, a thank you EFO Meeting WEDNESDAY Feb. 9, announcement
Model Builder Magazine on DVD Update, an update on the information in the Jan. 2011 issue An A123 Story - Update, suggestions for correcting Bob Kopski's A123 problem noted in the Jan. 2011 issue
Thanks and a Giant Flying Boat, info on a very large B&V-238 flying boat The January EFO Meeting Denny Sumner's Tipsy, Richard Utkan's Simple Corsair, the AEO-RC Motor KV/RPM Digital Meter, Bill Brown's new Li-Poly bag, the Multi-Charge Cable from Progressive RC, and Ken shared the Model Builder DVDs.
Ken Myers' Antonov An-2 Project, Ken Myers previews his design and build with photos of the model and its engineering. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-In, announcement
Learning to Cover, Ken tells where to find a DVD on the topic Fibertech N More Is Now A Dealer for Balsa USA, now a Balsa USA dealer, from Plenny Bates.
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Christmas Week Indoor Flying!, announcementEFO Meeting WEDNESDAY Jan. 12, announcement
Model Builder Magazine on DVD, where to get it An A123 Story, Bob Kopski explains a problem he had with one of his 4S packs
Li-Poly Charging Question, Ken explains nominal voltage and when a pack/cell is fully charged Discharging Li-Poly Batteries for Storage Charge, Ken provides a simple solution
Voltage Drop in Charge Leads, comment regarding and confirming an article by Dave Thacker in a previous Ampeer Possible Indoor Site in the Detroit-Metro Area, suggestion
What's On Your Building Board?, Ken wants to hear about it. December 2010 EFO Meeting Hank Wildman's HET F/A-18 Hornet Blue Angels ARF for a 70mm fan, Richard Utkan's combat Zero and coax heli, Jim Young's 2nd prototype of his 1/8-scale WACO YMF-5, Tom Bacsanyi's big Cutlass EDF, Ken Myers shared a Power Point on the Basics of E-Flight that he'd prepared for his presentation to the Cloudbusters.
More Photos from the EFO Spring and Summer Flying Meetings, lots of photos. The Power Meter, why it is an essential purchase
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2010     Return to Select a Year
December '10 (636KB)
Bob Kopski BDM .pdf Link Corrections, correct links posted EFO Meeting Day Changed announcement
Skymasters' Indoor Flying Special Day! announcement A Charger Voltage Test Dave Thacker writes about why your digital charger screen information just may not be correct due to voltage drops in the charging leads.
RC Micro World e-zine now FREE announcement A New PT-19 for Rick info about Rick Sawicki's Nitro models 63-inch span and 612 sq.in. ARF with photo.
More on the Problem with CellPro 10S Adapters several readers share information about this problem. A Polaris Takes Float Denny Sumner describes flying his Polaris off of Grand Traverse Bay with photo.
Control Line EDF with Thrust Vectoring tongue-in-cheek info from electric power control line expert Rick Sawicki The November, September, August & July EFO Flying Meetings photos of the EFO members and their planes.
The New Solder - RoHS Solder (95% Tin) Tom Hunt explains why it is harder to use and how to use it correctly Upcoming E-vents

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Ke variation, Tom Cimato explains why identical production motors may have Ke variations. Ke is related to Kv. Learning from the Ampeer, thanks for the inspiration from Scott McKie
Using an Inline Fuse for Free Flight Electrics, John Riese explains why and how to do it photos. A Micro Flyer from Brazil, Paulo Scheidegger shares his self-designed micro with photo.
Beware of the Yellow and Black Sunburst "Legacy", Rick Sawicki shares photos and information on his electric powered control line stunt model. Another Comment on Bob Kopski's BDM, Jim Halbert praises Bob's BDM and explains why.
A Couple of New Models from Bob Aberle, information and photos on Bob's Electron and Park Pattern models and where to find the plans for them. Hantelmann's Fokker DVII, Juan Vidal Miguel of Spain provides info and photos of his version of this plane. Beautiful!
parkzone T-28 Trojan Article Updated, announcement New 'How to' Videos posted, links to great videos by Lucien Miller of Innov8tive Designs. Really worth a watch!
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October '10 (432KB)
Mid-Am Thanks to ALL of our GREAT VOLUNTEERS!, a thank you to all! Electric Flyer Magazine Reminder, check it out.
Part 2: How Electric Power Systems Compare to Glow and Gas Engines, Ken continues his discussion on this topic from the August 2011 Ampeer Comments on Hitec 2.4GHz & Wiring Twin BEC, Gary Gullikson shares his thoughts on the Hitec 2.4GHz system and getting a simultaneous twin brushless motor LVC.
More Mid-Am Thanks & Other Related Topics, more thank you emails from the participants A Strange "A123" 2300mAh Occurrence, Ken describes how he found one of his 6S "A123&quor; 2300mAh packs over voltage and what happened.
Bob Kopski's BDM & Some "A123" Info, Richard Golding requests info to build the Kopski BDM and shares his experiences with "A123" cells in a Precedent Fun Fly. A Problem with FMAdirect Adapter Boards, Joe Hass finds and shares a problem with the adapter board from FMA along with a fix.
Horizon Hobby Possibly Selling Non-FCC Compliant Transmitters, Ken finds no FCC compliance sticker on some radios from Horizon Hobby. Upcoming E-vents

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September '10 (948KB)
The 2010 Mid-America Electric Flies Upcoming Events

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August '10 (464KB)
Scorpion SII-3026-710 Review, Ken reviews this motor with all of the measured specifications. The Battery Discharge Monitor (BDM), Bob Kopski covers using his DIY Battery Discharge Monitor (BDM) and provides a schematic for folks who want to build their own.
Comparing Glow Engines to Electric Power, Again, Ken provides hard data on how 2-stroke and 4-stroke glow engines compare to electric power systems and makes some recommendations about glow to electric conversions. Stinson SR-10 Modifications to SR-7/8, Gary Gullikson provides info and photos on how he modified the SR-10 to a SR-7/8 version with a link to his build thread on RC Groups.
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July '10 (448KB)
Current Information on "A123" 2300mAh Cells, includes; Storage: Ken's Observation, Storage: Keith Shaw's Observation, Changing Over to "A123" Cells , and Another "A123" Source Lithium Battery Low Voltage Cutoff (LVC) for Brushed Electronic Speed Controls (ESC), Ken discusses where to find one and the alternative of using a timer.
eRC Micro RAF Spitfire RTF Airplane from Hobby Lobby, Ken reviews this plane. Hitec Optic 6 with Spectra 2.4GHz Module & Optima Series 6-channel & 7-channel Receivers, Ken reviews this radio system and notes his likes and dislikes.
Denny Sumner's Super Sportwin, Denny's version of this plane built from Mark Rittinger plans, inc. photos. Ultimate Racing at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, announcement
Mark Wolf's WACO & Ken's Super Stearman, side-by-side photo or Ken's Super Stearman and Mark's WACO built from a Jim Young kit. Upcoming E-vents

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More on the Spektrum Radio, Philip Hinkle discusses problems and points to a thread on RC Groups where he posted a conversation he had with a Spektrum tech. The Rufe Is Done, Robert Ball shares a photo of his finished float plane.
A WACO 10 Preview, Roy Day shares photos and info on his self-designed version of this plane. It has a 44" span and 600 sq.in. of wing area. "A123" 2300mAh Pack for a Geared AstroFlight 40 cobalt, Ken and Jeff Kelety discuss using "A123" cells with the noted motor.
First Flights of the Super Stearman, Ken describes his first flights with the converted E-flite PT-17, with photos of the great day. A Classy Charging Station, Walt Thyng describes a very nice charging station that he helped design and build at his club field. He calls it the Juice Bar.
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May '10 (508KB)
Red Zephyr Power System, John McClure asked about a power system for this old-timer and Ken shares his thoughts. Top Flite Contender Maiden, Walt Thyng shares his maiden of this old-time RC model with photo.
Some Questions about "A123" 2300mAh Cells, More Thoughts on Motor Nomenclature,
My Super Stearman is Ready to Take to the Air, Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Fly-in Info announcement
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April '10 (584KB)
The Useful Outrunner Numbering System, Ralph Cook shares his views on motor nomenclature and notes that they differ from Ken's. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in Info announcement
Upcoming Mid-Am Info announcement A Video Worth Watching, link to a video of Gary Gullikson's friend, Bob Goff's geared inrunner electric DH Mosquito built from Cleveland plans.
The March EFO Meeting, Hank Wildman's EDF F-14, James M's Mountain Models Swtichback, Roger's Wilfong's resurrected Beaver from the trash, Keith Shaw's Ellis Grumer Buecker Jungmeister, Richard Utkan's eMoth, Arthur Deane's CF-105 Arrow, Ken Myers Super Stearman, and how to use a Venessa rig to locate the CG. A Winter's Work, Walt Thyng shares photos and info of his E-Hog, Contender, Wilga the witch, and SureFlite Spitfire.
More on Binding Spektrum Radios, John Rossetti gives some good advice. Planes for Sale old ad
Rick Sawicki and his Electric Powered Legacy Control Line Stunt Plane, Rick shares details and photos about this reborn stunt classic. Ken's Progress on the Super Stearman, Ken shows an almost completed photo.
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March '10 (504KB)
From Rich Flinchbaugh, photo of a Sikorsky S-39 and float/flying boat information. Electrics at the US Scale Masters Championship, Randy Smithhisler shares photos and info on some of the electric powered planes at this event.
Sparrowhawk and More, Dereck Woodward shares info about full scale and models of this design. The February EFO Meeting, Tim Young's Hovercraft and Blu Baby, Richard Utkan's foam Fred-e, Dave Stacer's Aggressor flying wing, Denny Sumner's prototype build of the Mark Rittinger Super Sportwin, Arthur Dean's scratch-build foam eagle, Hank Wildman's A-6 Intruder, Jim Young's Gloster Meteor, and Ken Myers Super Stearman.
Help With Using Spektrum Radios, Ken gives a link to a Horizon Hobby help page for problems with these radios. Crimping Warning, Robert Fishwick gives some good advice about crimping.
Problems with Long Battery Lead Wires, Gary Gullikson discusses this topic. Put This One On Your Event Schedule!, announcement
How Drive Calculator Can Help In Prop Selection even if the Motor is Not in the Database, Ken shows how to make this program even more useful. Wing Cube Loading, Once Again, Ken goes over this topic once again with hard data based on his extensive data collection over the years.
A Couple in Interesting Links, hydrogen fuel cell and Electric Flyer Magazine online. Upcoming Events

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Small Battery Connectors, Ken answers Ned Watts' question with what he uses on small Li-Poly batteries for power lead connectors. Hobby Lobby eRC P-51 Mustang Battery Polarity Reversal Warning,Pete Foss warns about it being reversed from other single-cell types.
A Bristol, A Cub and An Eyeball, Walt Thyng shares info on these planes and other interesting info, with photos. PT-17 (and 13 and 18), Weldon Smith shares info on the full-scale planes , which were actually Boeing Model 75.
Some Answers and Suggestions for Phil Alvirez Regarding His AR6000, Joe Hass and Derek Brook try to answers Phil's question regarding this receiver. Thanks to the Folks That Make Indoor Flying Possible, Joe Hass thanks the folks who make it possible and Ken adds a note.
Vic Walpole, longtime friend to the EFO and leader of the EMFSO for many years, passes. The January EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong's Mini Telemaster, Jim Young's Gloser Meteor and Hughes H-1, Bill Brown's Jenny, and Ken Myers Stearman.
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January '10 (432KB)
Note About Paper Ampeer Subscriptions, notice that paper subscriptions are ending. "Black Friday" Flying at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, announcement
Aerokote Availability as ToughLon and Light Tex, Dave Stacer reports on these products being the same under different names. Li-Poly Equals Bad?, Phil Alvirez disagrees with that statement and tells why.
Spektrum AR6000 Report & Question, Phil Alvirez reports on a problem he had with this receiver. More on the E-flite Stearman PT-17 15e ARF, Ken sums up some problems with the stock kit as noted on RC Groups.
The December EFO Meeting, Ken's wheel pants and cowl for the Super Stearman, Tom Bacsanyi shared Twin 90 mm Sukhoi SU-27, Richard Utkan's Foamie Rascal 27, Jim Young's Blu Baby, Sukhoi Su-26m, and Turner Special, small magnet source, and Richard Utkan's arial photos. Another TigerKitten, Nick Bisonni shares info on his with photo.
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December '09 (396KB)
Info for Indoor Flying in Pontiac, announcement Control Line E-Power, Rick Sawicki shares how to convert glow control line planes to electric power, including the types of equipment necessary.
Some Thoughts and a Plane, Rich Flinchbaugh shares his new Sportwagon float plane and shares his thoughts on floats and float planes. A Miles Sparrowhawk, David Hipperson tells how he modified a Seagull Models 63" version to a more scale appearance and electric power.
1/10-Scale F-100D, David Plummer gives all the specifications and details on his latest creation. Jim Young's Transmitter Bag/Mitt, Jim Young shares where he found the pattern for his transmitter mitt with photo of him using it.
Two Indoor Tools, Plenny Bates tells were to purchase an excellent balsa stripper and glue dispenser. Power for Big Radial Engine Models, Gary Gullikson discusses how he comes up with the "best" prop and power systems for these types of models.
The E-flite Stearman PT-17 15e ARF:
A few words of caution
, Ken Myers notes a few problems with the stock kit and the link to the RC Groups thread about this plane.
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November '09 (736KB)
Info for Indoor Flying in Pontiac, announcement Selecting Power Systems, Ken Myers describes how he selects power systems for his sport and sport-scale models.
It's Combat Time, photos from an impromptu EFO RC combat session. New Planes from Carlos Reyes Based on the Modifly, Carlos shares some new planes that he created using the ModiFly as the basis.
The October EFO Flying Meeting, Ken describes the flying meeting and the maiden of Tim Young's new plane, with photos. Upcoming E-vents

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October '09 (340KB)
A Gee Bee Power System Question, Ken recommends a power system for a 262 sq.in. Gee Bee purchased off the Internet. Mid-Am Comments, Suggestions and Thanks, comments and thanks for the 2009 Mid-Am
Some E-Planes from Australia, David Hipperson shares info and photos about the Bill Stevens Groove and the Sebart Shark. How to Convert Li-Polys to Equivalent "A123" Cells, Ken discusses how to do this and provides an equivalent chart.
NiCads Aren't Dead Yet, Randy Smithhisler take 5th place at the USSMA Qualifier using a scale J-4 with 36 2400mAh NiCad cells. One More Mid America 2009 Thank You, another thank you
August EFO Flying Meeting, an extremely windy flying meeting with video of Tom Bacsanyi's new Giant biplane. Upcoming Events

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September '09 (1100KB)
The 2009 Mid-America Electric Flies, the report and coverage Upcoming Events

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August '09 (608KB)
RC Advisor's ModiFly, Ken reviews the book and shares what he learned from it. The Myers' ModiFly, Ken shares his version of a Modifly with templates and photos. Includes Scorpion S-2205-32 review as well with all the details.
The June EFO Flying Meeting, Photos and info includes; Denny Sumner's Polaris and Ryan's Daughter, Jim and Tim Young with Tim's Hobbico trainer and also a photo of many of Jim's planes, Dave Stacer with his AcroPro and ElectroFlying Fusion, Rick Sawicki with much of his "fleet", Paul Sockow with his planes on charge, Roger Wilfong's ElectroStik and Cutie on his unique charging/field stand, Ken Myers' Modifly, Son of Swallow and Fledgling trainer with Jon Quisenberry's J-3 Cub in the background, and Jim Lapham grills up some hot dogs. Own a Bob Aberle Review Plane ad for Bob's planes
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July '09 (408KB)
Setting Up Twins, Bob Seeger supplied a link to help set up twin throttles using a Futaba radio. Good Weather Site, Plenny Bates sent in a link to a very good weather site for RC modelers.
How to Get a Constant 12v From a 3S2P "A123" Pack, Guy Fawcett explains how he did it to power his onboard sound system. Mid-Am Information, info for the 2009 Mid-America Electric Flies.
Multiplex Multilock UNI, a very good system for wing attachment. "A123" Cells are Really Good!, Plenny Bates shares why he likes these cells.
A new e-Book about e-flight, Ken lists the table of contents for this online book and gives a link to it. It is excellent for beginners and for instructors to supply to their students. Electronic Speed Controls, Ken explains, in a simplified way, how they work and clears up some misconceptions.
Amps Versus Volts, Ken explains the differences and why he prefers higher volt, lower amperage systems. Important Note About Motor and Propeller Safety, Ken shares propeller safety tips and concerns.
May EFO Flying Meeting, Richard Utkan shared his new Hong Kong 2.4GHz radio system, Jim Young flew his Wadell-Williams #44, Denny Sumner maidens his Ryan's Daughter, and Ken Myers' Fusion 380 caught in the air. Upcoming Mid-Am Info, announcement
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June '09 (496KB)
Model Tech Fledgling Gen-II, Ken reviews this excellent trainer and describes how he set it up to use 3S "A123" 2300 pack. Info on Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in, announcement
Info on Upcoming Mid-Am, announcement New Book: The World of Indoor/Micro Radio Controlled Model Aircraft (The Why and the How) On CD, Bob Aberle's latest book available on CD.
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May '09 (512KB)
It Is Not Just the Kv, Ken tells why Kv in only one factor to be used in selecting an electric motor for a given project and shares what else to look for. Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies info, announcement
Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-In info, announcement In Search of a "Good" 4-channel Trainer, Ken describes the attributes of a good trainer plane and gives details on why he feels that some don't make the grade.
Upcoming Meet In Our Area, announcement Special Thanks from Ken Myers, Ken thanks those who sent cards as he recovered from his shoulder surgery.
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April '09 (632KB)
More about RCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy, ordering information for this book. Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fly-In Announcement, announcement
Mid-Am Announcement, announcement Indoors Up North, John Zook of the Charlevoix Area BUFFS fills us in on what's happening up north in Michigan and shares his Stevens Aeromodel 1919 White Sport Monoplane with notes and photo.
The February EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong brought in a very large F.E.2b that he picked up at a swap meet, James M. shared a Mountain Models Swtichback, Hank Wildman shared a pink foam flying wing, large aerobatic model and the retractable landing for his Corsair, Jon Quisenberry showed off his new Thunder Power TP-1010C, and Ken Myers showed the progress of his Fusion 380. Indoor Fliers, Have You Seen This One?, Bob Aberle shares info on the SUKHOI Micro Aerobatic and ParkZone AR6400 Brick.
The March EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong shows off his eMoth from Retro RC, Rick Sawicki shared a 110 mph flying wing, Arthur Deane brought a brought a new Sopwith Bipe from Aerodrome Models, Richard Utkan made his own foam flying Eagle, and Tim Young showed the progress on his Cloud Ranger. Mark Freeland's e'Moth, John Lewis shares his thoughts and a photo of this Retro RC plane.
Dremel Saw Blade Endorsement, Cedric Longman notes that Micro Mark has excellent blade replacements for the Dremel Table saw. Upcoming E-vents

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Meaningful Naming of Outrunner Motors, Ken proposes a meaningful naming of outrunners and explains why he thinks this system works "best". The January EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan shares a profile foam C-47, Jim Young shared the progress on his Wedell-Williams Model 44, Keith Clark gave the Dremel table saw blade part numbers for the Micro Mark blades, and Ken showed how he uses his new Hyperion Emeter II.
Hyperion Emeter II & RDU: A Closer Look, Ken reviews and demonstrates some of the features of the Emeter II. RCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy, Carlos Reyes announces this book's release.
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February '09 (288KB)
Why CWL Gives About the "Same Number" For CWL in Imperial and Metric Units, Ken explains why. Handy Nylon Motor Spacer Tip , Walt Thyng tells where to find some handy 1/2" motor spacers in the scrap bin.
A Tiger Kitten Under Way, Nick Bisonni shares the progress on this plane with photos. CWL Questions, Ken answers some cubic wing loading (CWL) questions.
Arming Switches for the Power Battery, Ken explains when he does and doesn't use them and how he makes them. How to prevent sparking, illustrations show how to use a resister to charge the capacitor of an ESC before the power leads are connected. It prevents sparking.
Emeter II: First Impressions and Use, Ken compares it to the Emeter I and explains some of its new features. Scorpion S-3020-11T & Scorpion Commander V2 45-Amp ESC Review, Ken gives all the pertinent data for the specially wound Scorpion motor.
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January '09 (304KB)
Keystone Indoor Electric Fly Article: URL Correction, correction. Cubic Wing Loading (aka Wing Cube Loading), Ken explains what it is and why it is a better "flyability" predictor than wing area loading.
Why Can't They?, Ken asks why can't magazines get more accurate information printed? The December EFO Meeting, Keith Shaw shares his 150% Phantom Fury, Rick Sawicki shares a SUNRACER II F5D PYLON RACER, and Jim Young showed off his T-Rex 450 and the plans for his new WACO YMF-5.
Measuring Kv Using the Drill Press Method, Ken demonstrates the technique at the Dec. EFO meeting and provides a worksheet to do the math. Switches For the Power Battery, Ken explains about power lead switches and shows a good one from Maxx Products.
Why Can't They 2?, Ken asks why suppliers can provide accurate information and explains what to do about it. Upcoming E-vents

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December '08 (276KB)
RCadvisor's New EZ Optimizer, announcement Converting a Lou Andrews Aeromaster Biplane to Electric Power, Ken suggests a power system for this plane using "A123" cells.
Bob Livin's Super Quaker with "A123" Cells, Bob shares the details on this old-timer which uses "A123" 2300mAh cells. More on Keith Shaw's Bearcat, Ken shares more details on this 10S2P "A123" biggie.
Power Question, Ken answers the question, "What data do I need to collect to determine the power output of an Eflight system?" Lots of Indoor Info, Indoor flying at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas, Pontiac, RC Indoor Flying in Saline, Michigan, KIEF Report by Bob Aberle, and a preview of Bob Aberle's Turn-Around.
Increasing a Hangar 9 Sopwith Camel's Flight Time, Ken suggest how it might be done. Upcoming Events

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November '08 (476KB)
The Saga of the E-flite T-34 Mentor Continued, Ken continues find and fix problems with this plane. New parkzone T-28 "Problem", Ken describes a problem he found when replacing the prop adapter on this plane.
Fury, Spitfire and Bearcat, Keith Shaw provides the information on his 150% scaled up Phantom Fury and updates to "A123" cells for his Spitfire and Bearcat. PMAC Impromptu Fly-in, text and photos from this meet.
New Electric RC Plane: the Retro e'Moth, Mark Freeland, owner of Retro RC, fills in some background on himself and shares his new kit with photos. A Sort of Ercoupe, Jim Breeya shares info and photos of his "bashed together" sorta Ercoupe.
TU-95 (follow-up), George Maiorana sent a link to more details and photos of his great planes. Jim Cross's Porterfield Collegiate, Jim Cross shares how he collected the motor data for his plane.
MIDWEST R/C SOCIETY R/C SWAP MEET announcement EFO Membership 2009: Special Notice! Notice about the 2009 dues
Dave Stacer's Electro Flying Fusion Takes to the Air!, a report, with photo, of the maiden and listing of the power system components. Upcoming E-vents

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October '08 (452KB)
A Good Glue, Jim Yuzwalk recommends Weldbond and tells where to purchase it. George Maiorana's Tu-95 Takes Flight, George Maiorana sent links to info and video of this fantastic model.
A New Fusion Takes to the Air, Bill Mackey shares info and photos of his new ElectroFlying Fusion. The Scorpion S-4020-12 Tested, Ken reviews and gives the test results for this motor
Photos from the EFO August Flying Meeting, Denny Sumner's P-51, Jim Young's Skybolt, and Tim Young's trainer and EasyStar. A Super Fly Delta, John Houvener shares his version and info on this plane.
Cal Smith's Sportwagon Conversion from Glow to Electric Power With Floats, Rich Flinchbaugh shares a conversion of this plane from glow to electric and with floats. In Search of the "Perfect" Aileron Trainer, Ken tells why and what he's looking for in the "perfect" aileron trainer. Includes his experience with the parkzone T-28.
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September '08 (824KB)
The Mid-Am 2008, report on the meet with photos. Important Correction to: The Node/Balance Connector Gotcha with the FMAdirect CellPro 10S In the August 2008 Ampeer, Ken's apology to FMADirect.
An Indoor, Lightweight Grob 109, Paulo Faustino shares information and photos of his version of this plane. Indoor Flying "Up North" and More, John Zook reports on indoor flying in the Charlevoix and Gaylord, MI area.
The RCM Funster ARF, Rick Sawicki tells how he's using this plane as a trainer for several of his student pilots. One Man's Junk is Another Man's Treasure, Red Scholefield explains how he adds aircraft to his fleet from the trash bin at the field. Ken adds how his Son of Swallow, "totaled" on the first flight, rose once again to the sky.
The FMAdirect CellPro 10S and Battery Resistance Readings, explains what to do if they seem inconsistant. A Lazy Bee Takes Flight, Jim Yuzwalk shares info and photos of his version of this timeless Clancy design
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August '08 (608KB)
Upcoming EFLIOWA 08, announcement More A123 Successes, Ed Summers shares his feelings about these cells.
The Keith Shaw Birthday Party Fly-in, a report on this meet with photos. The June 21 EFO Flying Meeting, Roger Wilfong's Minu Ugly Stick (MUS) and Ugly Stik, Jim Young's little Goon, Richard Utkan's Quickee 500 ARF, James M's Mountain Models Senior Switchback and Ken Myers Son of Swallow are all featured in photos.
Understanding a Battery's C-rate and It's Relationship to Time, Ken explains this concept. The Node/Balance Connector Gotcha with the FMAdirect CellPro 10S, Ken explains why he feels it is a "gotcha".
Keith Shaw's New Crosby CR-4 Racer, Keith Shaw gives the details, with photos, of this great one. Upcoming E-vents

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July '08 (652KB)
An A123 Success Story, John Houvener shares how he successfully changed his modified LT-25 from a 4S1P 3700mAh Li-Po battery to a 6-cell "A123" 2300mAh pack. Total Performance Factor Questions, Ken explains why he chose to put a form factor of 0.5 into his performance factor formula.
More on Large electrics from California, Don Hofeldt shares photos and a video link of some of his large electrics; P-51, AT-6, Stinson Reliant, Hangar 9 Pawnee and FW 190. Electrically Powered Beginner Planes: Three Decades With No Real Change, Ken explains his frustration with trying to find a decent "beginner" plane.
Is Balancing 26650 Cells From A123 Systems, Inc. Necessary?, Ken answers this question. K2 Energy Lithium Iron Phosphate 26650 Cells, Ken tests these cells and shares his results when compared to A123 Systems cells.
Sanyo Eneloop Cells, better than Li-Poly batteries for use in a transmitter. Ken tells why he chose these cells to replace the standard NiCads in his Transmitter. Upcoming E-vents

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June '08 (784KB)
Upcoming Skymasters' Meet, announcement RCadvisor.com Releases Calculator SE, Carlos Reyes releases free model design software.
The May EFO Flying Meeting, Bill Brown with his Taylorcraft, Rick Sawacki's Japanese canard fighter, Ken Myers Son of Swallow MKII (i.e. after the maiden crash) and pictures of the flying field. Smitty Gets the Shaft!, Sterling Smith shares details and photos of his electric powered Shaft.
Miss Texas, Dan Bono shares photos and info on this low-wing sport plane. More on the FMA CellPro 10S, Bob Aberle shares his thoughts on this charger.
Large Electrics from California, Don Hofeldt shares links to several of his large electrics, P-51, AT-6, P-47, Hangar 9 Pawnee, FW-190 and Stinson. A Miss Kitty, Randy Smithhisler shares info and a photo of this Bob Benjamin design. He uses a 6S "A123" 2300mAh pack in it.
An Indoor SE5a, Paulo Faustino sent a photo of his nicely constructed indoor model. And More on the 26650 M1 Cells from A123 Systems, Inc., John Riese shares his experiences using "A123" 2300mAh cells.
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May '08 (796KB)
CWL Review, Ken explains cubic wing loading (CWL), aka wing cube loading (WCL). A Performance Factor, Ken presents a formula for comparing the performance of one plane against another, electric or internal combustion powered.
The April EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong shares his "25" size Stick, James M. shares a foam flying wing, Richard Utkan shared a gyrocopter and a combat plane, Jim Young showed his little Goon racing plane and the retracts for his Comet, Hank Wildman shared two EDFs, and Rick Sawicki showed of his big Hyperion Chipmunk. Mid-America Electric Flies (Mid-Am) Information, announcement
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April '08 (444KB)
Correction/Clarification for The "Skinny" On A123 Cells, Ken clarifies which end is positive on the 2300mAh cells and the 1100mAh cells. They are different! Zip Charging the 3S1P ANR26650M1 (2300mAh) A123 System, Inc. Pack, Ken explains Zip charging of "A123" 2300mAh cells and how he does it.
Upcoming New Jersey E-meet, announcement A Beaver Takes to the Air, Bill Mackey shares his experience with "A123" 2300mAh cells in his Beaver.
News from "Up North", John Zook fills us in on his modeling in northern Michigan. The March EFO Meeting, Pres showed off his rubber powered Aichi Seiran, Dave shared his "Dime scale" 16" Staggerwing, Arthur Deane shared his old-timer Zoomer, Richard Utkan showed off his 7.5 oz. all Depron Fokker DR.1, Rick Sawicki shared a lot of information about his ZeroGravity Pitts Python, and there was a discussion about the new 2.4GHz radio systems.
CADding up a Tree Hugger, Rick Benjamin shares his cading experience and design. A P-51 and AT-6, Don Hofeldt shares info, photos and video links to these large electrics.
Upcoming Mid-America 2008 info, announcement Upcoming E-vents

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March '08 (412KB)
The "Skinny" On A123 Cells, by Ken Myers, Ken gives the link to his latest article on these cells. The February EFO Meeting, Jim Young discusses the mounting of retracts in his Comet, Ken shares how he modified Fred Reese's Swallow into his Son of Swallow, James M. shared his Radical RC Das Mini Low Stick, Roger Wilfong shared his 2-Cutie - a Cutie converted into a biplane, Bill Brown showed the mounting of his specially made "A123" pack in a big Sopwith Camelone of his Wright Flyers, and an old time delta for possible conversion to e-power.
Upcoming Illinois Event, announcement Upcoming E-vents

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February '08 (432KB)
January EFO Meeting Report, Rick Sawicki had a couple of flat "foamies", Roger Wilfong had a new SR Batteries Cutie, and Jim Young showed his new Goon in the bones. Upcoming Feb. EFO Meeting Info, announcement
A Good Read, Bob Aberle gives a link to Greg Covey's "What Motor Do I Use?" article on RC Universe. EFLIOWA 07 Report , Orville Shields reports and provides photos of this meet.
Keeping Li-Pos Warm at the Field in Winter, Ken shares an excellent recommendation via Keith Shaw. Weights of Various Covering Materials, Ron AKA Sky Sharkster provides links and gives weights for various covering materials.
Gary Gullikson's Berkeley Aeronca Sedan, Gary Gullikson shares info and photos of his model. Nice Australian Spitfire, Stuart Smith shares photos of his scratch-built model.
One Way to Draw Plans Using CAD, Ken explains some of the Cading techniques he uses. Upcoming E-vents

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January '08 (348KB)
Bob Aberle Receives 2007 Zaic Award, Congratulations! How Much Better Are the "Better" Outrunners?, Ken discusses this topic with Jim Kroger.
A Bingo 20, Hyperion & Scorpion Motors and More, Dan Bono shares info on his plane and some motor and Li-Poly tests. Phase 3 Models EF16 EDF, Michael Southwood reviews this plane and shares his experiences with it.
Upcoming Event of Interest, announcement December EFO Meeting, Bill Brown shared his new Taylorcraft ARF, Rick Sawicki shared his Addiction 3D ARF, James M. showed off his Mountain Models Dandy GT, and Ken Myers demonstrated the CellMeter-8 from Hobby Lobby.
Important January EFO Meeting Note, announcement E-flight calculators (compilation), links to various power system calculators.
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2007     Return to Select a Year
December '07 (896KB)
A Smaller Super Miss, Rich Flinchbaugh shares photos and details on his smaller version of this float equipped plane. Cobra Takes to the Air, Walt Thyng shares the construction details and photos of this unique, high performance biplane built from plans and using a MaxCim brushless and a 12S2P "A123" 2300mAh pack.
November 2007 EFO Flying Meeting, great weather, Roger Wilfong flew his scratch-built 4 Star 40, Tom Bacsanyi flew his big P-38, andDave Stacer had a lot of fun with his QuickWing. The 2007 Mid-Am Report, report and photos of the 2007 Mid-Am.
Some EasyStar Upgrades, Fred Marion offers some thoughts on upgrading this great trainer. An Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) Test Rig, Michael Southwood shares his test rig.
Upcoming Event of Interest: Skymasters Spread "Spektrum" Forum, announcement For Sale: Pulsar 2005, plane for sale
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November '07 (480KB)
October 2007 Ampeer Correction, correction to "More On Selecting a Brushless Outrunner for a Sport or Sport Scale Project Using M1 Cells", wrong units of table corrected. One Way of Selecting a Brushless Outrunner Electric Motor for a Radio Controlled Sport Plane or Sport Scale Plane Using M1 (A123 Systems NanophospateTM lithium ion) Cells, Ken tells how he does it in this article.
Fly in Your Living Room, link to Plantraco Living Room Flyers. Keep Those Batteries Warm, Ken demonstrates how a "rice bag" can be used to keep Li-Poly cells warm.
HXT 42-60/06 500kv Brushless Outrunner from Untied Hobbies, a review and testing by Ken. Sig "Somethin' Extra" Conversion, Robert Fishwick shares information on his conversion.
Some Timing Thoughts, Rick Page chimes in on this topic. October EFO Flying Meeting, Roger Wilfong's glider and Stits SA-2 Skybaby biplane, TomBacsanyi's Big & Beautiful P-38 in the air, and Ken Myers flies the motor out of the front end of the Flite 40.
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October '07 (444KB)
More On Selecting a Brushless Outrunner for a Sport or Sport Scale Project, Ken shares his thoughts with tables provided. Dymond RC Flite 40 Review, Review of this plane by Ken.
Quick A123 Question, Ken says he's only used packs constructed by others at this time. Nice photo of Walt Thyng's Cobra sans covering. An Experience with Spread Spectrum, Dick Corby shares his thoughts and experiences with this new technology.
Thoughts on Power System/Plane Matching, Burkhard Erdlenbruch shares his ideas on this topic. Electric Motors: Speed Type VS Brushless Outrunners, Stuart Smith tests and compares both types with a very interesting table.
Thoughts on Motor Cooling, John Riese shares his ideas on this topic. A P-26 Peashooter, Gary Gullikson shares info and photos on his beauty.
Microx Taylorcraft, Bud Carlson shares the details and photo of this model which would now be considered a park flyer. Upcoming E-vents

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September '07 (300KB)
One Way to Select a Brushless Outrunner for a Sport or Sport Scale Project, Ken describes how he does it. KATANA MD: Advanced Freestyle EP Model Review, Michael Southwood shares information and photos on this 3D model.
More on M1 (A123 Systems) Cells From Bob Kopski, Bob tells about one of his packs and how it seems to be "failing" Upcoming E-vents

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August '07 (580KB)
Some up-coming meets, announcements Timing Test, Ken digs into "timing" and performs tests to show the difference that timing can make.
Upcoming EFLIOWA, announcement 1970's Freshman Trainer Updated to E-Power, Ralph Brehmer shares both this plane and an electrified Falcon 56 with photos.
Battery Heat Indicators, Jim Yuzwalk tells where to purchase them. Bob Kopski on M1 (A123 Systems) Cells, Bob gives his take on these cells.
2.4 GHz in Europe or (Adapting the Futaba system to a Multiplex Evo), Christen Persson notes its progress in Europe and what he's using. Mid-Am 2007 Thanks, thanks to all the Mid-Am workers and participants
Quotes With Comments, KM, statements that Ken found "interesting" regarding this hobby and his comments about them. Upcoming E-vents

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July '07 (232KB)
Looking For Laser Cutting?, Gary Gullikson suggests Manzano Laser Works of Tijeras, NM. Upcoming National Electric Fly In, announcement
Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies announcement Tower Pro 3520-07T: A Review by Ken Myers, Ken reviews this motor and presents test data.
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June '07 (244KB)
DFW T28 "FLOH", Keith Shaw's latest and very unusual biplane. So You Think This E-Power is New!, announcement of the Radio Aero Modelers of Seattle/Puget Sound Electric Model Flyers 25th Annual ELECTRIC R/C Fly-In.
Upcoming Michigan E-flies, announcement Emily Flies!, John Riese shares a photo and info on this 4-engine Japanese seaplane.
Electric seaplane advantages, John Riese explains their advantages. More On Tailless Aircraft, Dereck Woodward shares the ins and outs of this type of design.
Tailless Airfoil Correction, Ken corrects the airfoil Reuben Scheider suggested, as he'd reproduced it incorrectly. Upcoming Events

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May '07 (288KB)
Lithium Face Off: A Head-to-Head Comparison of Li-Po, M1/A123 & Emoli, Ken tests and compares these cells all in one plane. West Wings Hawker Hunter Build, Mike Southwood shares his build of this plane with photos.
More on the Bill Evans' Designs, Reuben Schneider shares more information on this type of design. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in, announcement
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April '07 (636KB)
RC Micro World Newsletter, John Worth gives the details about his monthly online magazine devoted to Micro flying. February EFO Meeting, Rick Sawicki shared his new RipMax ARF and also shared the info on his two combat foamies, Roger Wilfong shared his 1/4-scale Clancy designed fun-scale bipe, Pres Bruning had three beautiful rubber-powered free flight models, Dave Bubolz shared his rubber powered free flight, Jim Young showed a good start on his Savoia Marchetti S.65, Hank Wildman brought along one of the first commercially available coaxial helicopters
Bill Evans' Saracen and Future Shock, Claude Vest shares info on these designs with photos. Big Fun for the Money!, James M shares how to have big fun on the cheap with the GWS Tigermoth slope soarer.
The Portable Plane Perch, a new, useful product. A123/M1 Info, John Riese shows how he adds balance taps to "A123" packs for use with the Astro Flight Blinky.
Another DX-7 Curiosity, John Mrozinski notes that it does NOT have a lithium backup battery. Bench Supply for Charging, Dan Kahn shares how he scrounged a power supply from an old PC.
The March EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan brought along is shoulder-wing Clancy Bee, Paul Sockow brought along his new kit for a Cessna from Hobby Lobby, Jim Young showed the fuselage for his Laird Pesco Special "Meteor" named Matty, and Keith Clark brought a Ted Davey designed E-3. The Upcoming April EFO Flying Meeting, announcement
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March '07 (188KB)
Separating Fact from Fiction When Selecting a Brushless Outrunner Motor, Ken shares his thoughts on this topic. More on the Jeti Spin 44 and Spin Box, Ken provides more information on this electronic speed control (ESC).
The January EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan shared information on his Cox Corsair, Rick Sawicki shared his modified Wedgie, and Ken Myers showed the physical differences between a 16-cell 3600mAh NiMH pack, 5-cell 4000mAh Li-Po Pack and a 5-cell Emoli (Milwaukee V28) pack. Spektrum DX7 Transmitter Charging, John Mrozinski notes a "problem" when using the stock wall-wort charger.
New Kyosho Micro, link to this new type of RC plane. Upcoming Events

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February '07 (656KB)
The December EFO Meeting, Arthur Deane showed his Hyperion Cap 400 ARF, Hank Wildman shared a new, all foam EDF kit, Jim Young brought his barebones prototype of the WACO YMF-5 in 1/12 scale, and Ken Myers shared his latest project, the Sportsman Aviation Sonic 500 ARF. JR Columbus Indoor Meet, Bob Aberle shares photos that he took at the meet.
Some Iowa Planes, Paul Hartman shares his Viking and Zipper old-timers. More Planes from Iowa, Plenny Bates sent along photos of Bob Nelson with the prototype of the Sig Dornier Do217, which he designed, Bob Livin with his Faultless Chick, and a Monocoupe that uses 24 NiCads and a brushed AF 40 w/Super Box.
Sportsman Aviation Sonic 500 25-46 ARF Review, Ken reviews this plane. His third Quickee 500 type. Upcoming Events

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January '07 (272KB)
The Jeti Spin 44 & Spin Box, Ken reviews this electronic speed controll (ESC) and programmer. BP Hobbies 3520-6 Outrunner Brushless Motor, Ken reviews this motor and shares test data
How to Subscribe to John Worth's RC Micro World (Webzine), John Worth explains how to subscribe to his ezine. Lil Eaglet-II Update, Bob Aberle explains the updates he made to this design of his.
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2006     Return to Select a Year
December '06 (244KB)
Connector Info, information regarding various balance/node connectors from Don "Doc" Mrozowicz, Jim Porter, and Ed Harris. Sometimes Li-Po Batteries Can Be Too Light, Clint Taylor tells why he believes this to be true.
Find An RC Club Near You, dead link. From John Riese, shares info on his LCDS and current Emily seaplane project.
Clarification On "Chilly" Li-Po Cells, Ken clarifies his statement about using Li-Poly cells below 50-deg F. Two More Advantages for A123 Cells, Bob Aberle shares two more advantages of these cells.
Two New Micro Models, Bob Aberle shares photos of his POLY-T and EAGLET-II. More Motor Stand-off Info, Walt Thyng shares info on nylon spacers found at the hardware store.
MM_Calc AXI, Louis Fourdan links to his motor calculation software. Letter from Ottawa on Good Service & Li-Po Specs, Rod Woolley talks about good service from cheapbatterypacks.com and warns about Li-Poly "C" ratings.
Some Big Planes, Hank Wildman shares a photo of some of his big electrics. Mathematical Motor Modeling, Again, Ken notes what happens to mathematical models when "timing" enters the picture.
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November '06 (448KB)
Exploring New Power Sources, Ken compares; Gold Peak GP2200 NiMH, Milwaukee E-moli, "A123" 2300mAh, and Poly RC 2500mAh Li-Poly. Jim Young's New Web Site, link to where plans and kit's for his planes can be found.
News From Rick Sawicki, Rick shares his Viking Classic Stunt Control Liner, Hangar 9 Pulse XT, and notes that a Fly RC article may have an inaccurate amp reading regarding data they gave for the Pulse power system. Update to "Using Relatively Inexpensive Li-Po Batteries with Typical Mid-size Sport and Sport Scale Planes", Ken tells how to measure individual cell voltages with suggestions from others.
Ultrafly Models Ultimate Bipe, Roy Day shares the specifics on his version. News from John Zook, John reports on Jim Maine's large "Mother Ship" from FlyingFoam.com and his Aerodrome Models kit of a Fly Baby with photos.
Hidden Servo/Receiver Battery Plug Danger, Ken warns that all servo and battery pack connections should be very carefully inspected after a serious crash. AMPERE HOUR DETERMINATION, Bob Kopski presents his Battery Discharge Monitor (BDM) and explains how it works.
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October '06 (236KB)
The Official Mid-Am Birth Date, a copy of the certificate given out at the first Mid-Am, which was then known as the Electric Dawn Patrol. To Li-Po or Not to Li-Po, That is the Question, Ken discusses this question and how he feels about the current cell choices.
New From SLK Electronics (Sid Kaufman), the MM7 is a Multi-cell Monitor and the LiPoDapter, which can be used with many of the older NiCad/NiMH chargers to charge Li-Po batteries. Sportsman Aviation Ryan STA 40 ARF, Ken reviews this ARF and notes several problems with the design.
Brushless Motor for a Sig LT-25, Dennis Kordes asks about going brushless on this plane and Ken responds. Bristol "Brigand", Robin Andrew shares info and photos on his version.
Upcoming Events September 2006 Ampeer Correction, Ken reversed a couple of statements about using an Astro Flight Whattmeter.

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September '06 (464KB)
Using Relatively Inexpensive Li-Po Batteries with Typical Mid-size Sport and Sport Scale Planes, Ken describes the tools and techniques for using Li-Poly cells successfully. Ampeater II: The Saga Continues, Laurie Jones provides power system system requirements and detailed drawings of this plane.
Amp Hour Detect Circuit, Bob Kopski provides initial data and info on this experimental circuit. Ken Myers's Newest Plane, photo and info on Ken's Ryan STA ARF.
Two Navy Planes: Lockheed P2V-7 and Martin P6M, David Plummer provides into and photos on these two planes. Upcoming Events

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August '06 (984KB)
Low Cell Detect Circuit Two, Correction, Bob Kopski provides a correction to his circuit and presents more data. LCDC info in the Ampeer, Ken gives the links for this circuit.
Upcoming Portage Aeromodelers Electric Mixer, announcement The Mid-Am 2006 Report, report and photo on this meet.
Update on Hobby Lobby "Delivery Issues", one was resolved. My Foray into Li-Po Land, Ken describes his first experiences with Li-Poly packs and what he'd learned about them so far.
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July '06 (288KB)
Attention Wannabe Micro Flyers, John Worth has a brand-new INTRO TO INDOOR RC GUIDE. Bob Benjamin Inducted Into AMA Hall of Fame, congratulations!
Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies!, announcement Low Cell Detect Circuit Two, Bob Kopski offers an expansion of the June '06 Ampeer article entitled "Building the Low Cell Detect Circuit".
CAP 232 ARTF Review, Mike Southwood reviews this plane with info on the Chinese kit and his power system, with photos. News from "Up North", John Zook checks in with news of norther Michigan; some are trying electric copters, an Aerocat from Model Aero, and Jim Maine's plans built Race E.
Correction to June LCDC Article, Bob Kopski corrects some part numbers. NEAT Fair Pilot Pre-Registration Opens, announcement
Astro Brushless 19 Direct Drive Motor p/n 819-9T Review, Ken reviews this motor and presents his tested data and flight tests. Upcoming E-vents

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June '06 (728KB)
Reader Poll Results: Vendors, the good, the okay and the, well, not so good. Upcoming SuperFly V, announcement
Upcoming Keith Shaw's Birthday Electric Fly June 3-4, announcement Building the Low Cell Detect Circuit, Bob Kopski explains how to build the circuit and the parts needed
The LCDC: An Endorsement, Bob Mugge gives two thumbs up on this device, which he constructed from Bob's information. Clarification on the AstroFlight Direct Drive 19 Brushless, Bob Boucher gives his input.
April EFO Flying Meeting, Ken Maiden's his ElectroFlying Fusion, Roger Wilfong flew his Lazy Bee, Richard Utkan had his Sig LT-25, Tom Bacsanyi flew his Mirage EDF, Jim Young tried out new Li-Poly batteries in his Hughes H-1 and Mr. Mulligan. Keith Shaw's Stomo, info by Ken with photo from Toledo Show.
Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies!, announcement Upcoming E-vents

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May '06 (576KB)
Thoughts on Motor Testing with Props, Ken provides information, data and tables on this topic. More Bantam SRE info, details from Keith Shaw.
Upcoming RAMS Meet, announcement Upcoming E-FLIOWA, announcement
Adjustable Width Hot Wire Bow, Jim Yuzwalk provides us with his design. March EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong shared his Astro Flight 035 powered Clancy Lazy Bee, Rick Sawicki shared his Splash 3D Hydro-Plane flying boat, Richard Utkan shared a blue foam version of a flying hydro, and Ken Myers demoed the Drive Calculator application.
Upcoming Cedar Rapids, Iowa E-Meet, announcement Possible Future Projects for the Ampeer Readers, Bob Kopski asks for other electronic projects that readers might like.
Upcoming MISS Glider and Electric Flying Demo at Lyon Oaks Park, announcement A Correction for the April Ampeer, correction to a misidentified manufacturer.
Two Brushless Motors on One ESC, dead link to Castle Creations Web page on this topic. Upcoming Events

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April '06 (456KB)
A Couple of Observations, Ken editorializes on a couple of planes he read about in the mainline magazines. Ampeer Reader Feedback Wanted, announcement
Feedback from Adding a Balance Connector, Camille Goudeseune provides additional warnings. Upcoming Battle Creek E-Fly Info, announcement
More on the "New" Charger Supplied With the EasyStar, Dave Petre provides information on this charger. Some "Real World" Li-Po Experience, Dick Corby shares his experiences with these new batteries.
Keith Shaw's Birthday Electric Fly Info, announcement Chispas Li-Po Beeper, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares a simple circuit for this warning device.
Student Flyers e-Books & Mini Review, Colin Bedson reviews and gives the links to these useful e-books. More on the "Best Wire Bender", Tony Ives tells why he agress with Ken about this wire bender.
Multipurpose Tiger Moth and More, Dick Adams explains why the Tern Aero Tiger Moth is so versatile. Low Cell Detect Circuit (LCDC) For Li-Poly Batteries, Bob Kopski provides more info and data on this device.
Upcoming April EFO Flying Meeting, announcement Drive Calculator 3.0 Beta 4 Released, announcement
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March '06 (732KB)
May E-meet Announcement, announcement Adding a Balance Connector to a Li-Poly Battery Pack, Jim Yuzwalk explains how he does it. NOTE: the address is NOT correct. It is Bob Kopski's address, don't know why.
Why Discharging Li-Poly Packs To 2.5 V/CELL May Not Be a Good Idea/Kopski, Bob Kopski explains why discharging this low is NOT good. More On Early Li-Po "Death", Robert Peberdy shares his experience with this phenomenon.
RaidenTech Long EZ, Kempf Sebastian shares his info and photos of this plane. Small Magnet Source, B-17 Power Update & More, Bob Mugge updates his B-17 build and shares a good source for small magnets.
The February EFO Meeting, Pres started out by sharing three more of his beautifully crafted rubber powered free flight models, Richard Utkan had the new Cox P-40 and a very nice Steven's Aero DiddleBug, Hank Wildman shared his Kyosho Corsair, GWS A-10, a C-47 with onboard video, Ken Myers shared his completed Electro Flying Fusion, we flew our AirHogs Bipes in Rick's basement. A Quick Note About the Aero Ace, Robert recommends the bipe.
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February '06 (472KB)
Multiplex EasyStar RTF Review II, Ken reviews this great trainer and fun plane. Premature Lithium Polymer Battery "Death", Bob Kopski discusses this problem.
January EFO Meeting, Tom Bacsanyi showed us three of his latest ducted fans, a Cutlass, Mirage and F-16, Richard Utkan shared his new little E-flite helicopter, Pres showed us his rubber powered Otter, Dave Stacer showed us a very interesting AA and AAA charger, Ken Myers showed his new Graupner thermometer and also talked about about his Hyperion Emeter, and AirHob bipe flying in Rick's basement. Upcoming E-vents

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January '06 (552KB)
Why Limiting Throttle Will Not Protect Batteries in Systems that are Propped for "Over the Limits", Shawn Palmer of Castle Creations explains why. December EFO Meeting, Keith Shaw discussed the choices for the connectors he uses, and why they are his preferences, also he had a great new plane, the Bantam SRE, Richard Utkan showed his AirHog Bipe, Dave Stacer shared his built up Flutter B, and Rick Sawicki shared his latest electric control line, a Smoothie.
AXI_Calc, Louis Fourdan let's folks now about his program. Some Planes in Progress, Louis Dionne sent a photo of planes he's currently building; a 60" Pfalz DIIIA. Walt Thyng sent some photos of his Fokker Tripe.
Serendipity, Again!, Ken shares some items that he's recently acquired; Sombra Labs Shadow 3 receiver, "Best Wire Bender", I ordered a Hyperion Emeter, Hyperion Z3019-10 outrunner and Hyperion Titan 50A Opti ESC, and a lot more random electric thoughts. YAK-54's, Dick Corby shared info and photos of the glow to electric conversion.
More on Future Lithium Polymer Battery Systems, Dave Manley and Ken discuss these batteries. Pitts Conversion Suggestion, Herr Pitts Special conversion to e-power.
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2005     Return to Select a Year
December '05 (572KB)
Air Hogs' Aero Ace, Camille Goudeseune reviews this fun, little indoor bipe. Grant Calkins Gray Delta, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his Mini Delta 2000.
More on AXI/Model Motors, Don Belote and Jim LaLone add information on this motor that Ken had big problems with. Winter 2005 Indoor Flying in Fenton, announcement
Hobby Lobby is Hurting Electric Flight With Overstated Ads!, Ken's editorial on this topic. Watts In Isn't the Whole Story, Ken looks at other factors as well when selecting a power system.
November EFO Flying Meeting, Ken flies two new students on the EasyStar, Richard Utkan had his 1 oz. Rookie RTF, and Dave Stacer had his Mountain Model's MiniFlash. Polk Tracker III Radio, Jim Yuzwalk reports on this radio.

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November '05 (520KB)
Digital Aerial Photography in Toronto, David Summers shares how he does it with a SoarStar. Czechmate Update, Keith Shaw shares more info on this spectacular plane.
Direct Connections Sea Fury, Walt Thyng shares info and photos of his version. What In the World is Going On with AXI/Model Motors?, Ken explains the problem he had with a 2820/10.
Cubic Wing Loading (CWL): An Explanation, cubic wing loading explained. It is the same as wing cube loading (WCL). The October EFO Meeting, Pete, Caroline and Samantha Foss joined us and Pete flew his fleet of foam 3-D planes as well as his hydroplane flying boat, Jim Young flew the Kantana Mini, Bob Blau had several nice planes, including a Mini Funtana, James M had his fleet of Mountain Models planes, Rick Sawicki checked out his new control line epowered Flite Streak and also flew his CL Tutor, Rudi Reinhard has his nice flying E3D, an Attitude electric and his glow aerobatic plane with him, Keith Shaw and I went flying the previous Sunday and I took a few more photos of the Czechmate to share.
How Do I Make It Watertight?, Rich Flinchbaugh asks this question and hopes for Ampeer reader responses. Herr Pitts Conversion, Jim Breeyear shares info and a photo of conversion to brushless and Li-Poly battery.
News From Skymaster RC Club!, announcements. Upcoming E-vents

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October '05 (684KB)
Wattage Reno Racer, Mike Southwood shares info and photo of his version. Update on the Tiger 2 Conversion, John Zook updates some info on his conversion.
J-3 Cub on Floats, Rich Flinchbaugh share info and a photo of his plane. Small Motor Data, Jim Yuzwalk shares his information on these motors.
Czechmate Flies!, Keith Shaw provides the details and info about the maiden. The Mid-Am 2005 Report, report on this meet with photos
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September '05 (548KB)
Learning to Fly in New Zealand, Bruce Pearson explains his entry into RC using electrically powered planes. Building a Vacuum Press System, Jim explains his vacuum system for bagging foam wings.
Two Nice Flying Conversions, John Zook shares his conversions with info and photos of a Sig LT-40 and Goldberg Tiger 2. Fusion Review, John R. Houvener reviews his version with photos.
Corby Starlet & Paramount 46, Dick Corby shares info on his Sportsman Aviation Corby Starlet and Sportsman Aviation Paramount 46 with photos. Mid-Am Report to be in Upcoming October Issue, announcement
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August '05 (584KB)
Upcoming AAA 1st ANNUAL ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELECTRIC FLY, announcement Upcoming BALSA BEES OPEN ELECTRIC FLY, announcement
Upcoming LCRC Electric Fly-In, announcement Jungmann Is Back, Again!, Keith Shaw describes repowering his bipe with Li-Poly batteries. Also, the information on the original conversion with 20 Ni-Cad cells.
E-flight in Nebraska & a Sig Kadet Senior Conversion, Larry Bailey shares info and photos of Dan Cramer's Sig Senior Kadet. Motor Definitions Comments, more discussion about how can we select motors if the suppliers do not give us enough information.
Thoughts on Going Li-Po, John Houvener shares his thoughts on this topic. Upcoming PMAC Electric Meet, announcement
One More Day of Flying, Rich Flinchbaugh shares info and photos of his Donald 4 from Hobby Lobby and 80% scratch-built Dreamboat. Camel Finally Flies!, Walt Thyng shares his conversion of a VK Camel with photos.
Coldwater Meet Report, report on this meet with photos Upcoming E-vents

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July '05 (364KB)
Upcoming Mid-Am Info, announcement What Information Should Be In Plane Reviews?, Jim Young shares his thoughts and Ken lists what should be in every review.
A Little 4-Star & Vacuum Pump, Jim Halbert shares a photo of his scaled-down 4-Star and asks about do a vacuum pump article. A Follow-up on the HL Mini Telemaster, Joe Morgan shares how he did it and what he learned.
Comments on the May Issue, Bernard Cawley shares his expertise on many topics. Thanks for a Great Meeting, Greg Cardillo thanks Jack Lemon, Jim Young, Ken Myers and Keith Shaw for participating in a fantastic Skymaster's electric forum meeting.
Comments on Li-Po versus Ni-MH, Pierre Audette weighs in on this topic. May EFO Meeting & MISS Aviation Day, announcement.
Adhesives, Keith Shaws recommends some specific adhesives for the job and explains why. Upcoming E-vents

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June '05 (428KB)
A Quiet Storm, Ken discusses a couple of "poorly written" reviews of the Fliton "Quiet Storm" and why he felt they were poor reviews. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party Electric Fun Fly, announcement
April EFO Meeting, the meeting was held in conjunction with the Michigan International Soaring Society, there were a couple EasyStars present, and Jim M. had his Mountain Models Switchback and a 4D, more to the planes flying are described in the article. Thoughts from Rich Flinchbaugh, Rich thanks some of the folks he feels are leading this hobby well.
Higher efficiency Can Motors, Richard Duczmal speaks to this topic via the Electric Model Flyer. An Open Letter to the AMA on Bob Kopski's "Retirement", Ken was very upset when Bob Kopski was FORCED to retire as the columnist for Model Aviation.
A Further Update on the Alfa Models Corsair Review, Mike Southwood provides more info on this model. Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies Info, announcement
Li-Poly versus NiMH, Ken's editorial on this topic. Upcoming E-vents

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May '05 (464KB)
Quotes Without Comment, Ken prints some incredulous comments without comment. Upcoming Coldwater, MI E-fly, announcement
The March EFO Meeting, James M was very excited to describe his Mountain Models Switchback, Jack Lemon shared his 9.1 oz. Fan-Tastic Models AT-6, Richard Utkan had his nearly completed Great Planes U-Can-Do 3D Flight-Flex EP ARF, and we watched the video produced by Ken Myers and Jeff Hauser "Electric Flight in the 90's" showing electric flying in 1988 and 1989. More on Motor Selection, Dick Corby chimes in why the suppliers don't give us enough information.
Update on the Alfa Models Corsair Review, Mike Southwood updates info on his model. New Texas Indoor Club, announcement.
Some Thoughts from Joe Hass, Joe shares thoughts on being a reviewer and tells the story of his garage fire caused a Li-Poly fire. Dave Thacker on Li-Po Batteries, Dave shares use and safety tips on these batteries.
Gasoline Engine versus Electric Motor, Ken compares a Zenoah G26 with an appropriate e-power system. Li-Po Cells versus NiMH, Ken compares the two types.
New Ryan Aircraft Zero, Jim Ryan shares his latest offering. Toledo 2005 & Keith Shaw's Czechmate, Ken shares the details on Keith's plane and what he found interesting at THE show.
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April '05 (404KB)
KressJets Today, Ken shares the latest from this EDF supplier. Different Motor for the HL Mini Telemaster, Joe Morgan describes his power system choice.
Alpha Models F4U-1 CORSAIR, Mike Southwood reviews this model with photos. Lithium Sulfur Cells on the Horizon?, Jon McVay provides info and link to these cells.
Push-E Cat is Back, Darwin Garrison announces the rerelease of this classic. Greg Gimlick New Electric Columnist for MA, announcement
February EFO Meeting, Roger Wilfong shared his newly designed and purpose built electric flight field box and Tim, Rick Sawicki's student pilot, shared his EasyStar and Micro Flyer. Combat with Pico Tiger Moths, Dave Behner shares how they do it in Portland, Oregon.
Upcoming Skymasters Electric Flight Forum, announcement Upcoming Events

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March '05 (272KB)
Correction to "I Hate When This Happens!" Article, Ken explains a number transposition in the original article. Prop Adaptors, Dereck Woodward and Bernard Cawley speak out for decent prop adapters to be supplied with motors.
Predictions from Azarr, Azarr predicts the future of e-flight. Royal C-47, Walt Thyng shares info on his e-version.
Awesome Website!, Ken Welch recommends a Web site. Upcoming Cedar Rapids (IOWA) Skyhawks E Fun Fly, announcement
Indoor Flying, Doug Ward shares his experiences in Pennsylvania. Seabee Questions, Ken explains the power system he'd recommend for this plane.
Race-E Updated Information, Harry Stewart shares info on his version. Upcoming March EFO Meeting, announcement
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February '05 (352KB)
I Hate When This Happens!, Ken describes marketing problems he noted with an Ammo brand motor. Upcoming Sharks All Electric Fun Fly #2,
Comparison of AXI 2212/26 and Top Creations 22S4019A Geared 5.28/1, Warren Plohr agrees with Ken's evaluation of an outrunner compared to an inner runner. New Canadian Chat Group, announcement
Mods for the EP Superstar, Dick Corby shares his mods and photos. 4-Motor Seniorita, Claude G. Vest shares a photo of version.
It's a Conspiracy!, Ken pleads with the magazines to give us complete and accurate information. My Race-E, Ken's virtual plane for the Reflex simulator.
Prognostications, Ken makes predictions about ESCs, receivers and general electric flight. Upcoming February EFO Meeting, announcement
SuperUniversal Mounting System, Again, Jon McVay fills us in on the supplier of this unique and useful product. Upcoming Events

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January '05 (404KB)
The Meaning of Some Brushless Motor Designations, Ken explains how AXI outrunners are named. Motor Kv Question, Ken discusses Kv, Kt, Rm and Io.
Charging Parallel Li-Po Battery Packs, Doug Ingraham speaks on this topic. Interesting Suppliers, links to some suppliers.
Powering a Pair of RC Seaplanes, Ken suggests some power systems for a Seabee and Lake Buccaneer. Monsoon RC, supplier announcement.
Upcoming Las Vegas Soaring Club SuperFly IV, announcement Charlevoix Area BUFFS New Year's Day Fly-in, John Zook describes the club and upcoming fly-in.
Comments and Compliments on Keith's Bugatti, several of both. Upcoming Jan. EFO Meeting, announcement
My SR Batteries X250, the virtual version of one of Ken's favorite planes for the Reflex simulator. Tom Hunt's Bugatti R100, Tom share's info and photos via the Silent's Please newsletter.
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2004     Return to Select a Year
December '04 (532KB)
Bugatti Flies, Keith updates the power system to brushless and remaidens this plane with photos and a lot of details about this plane. FMA Low Voltage Cutoff Device, FMA's version for electronic speed controls (ESC) that do not have a lov voltage cutoff (LVC) built into them.
Upcoming Dekalb Fly-in, announcement Removal of Micafilm from a Water Soaked Airframe, Thomas Darragh tells us how he does it.
We Live in an Amazing Time, Ken notes that we now can share our hobby around the world. Photos of Laurie Jones' Ampeater from England and George Jurasinski's Slow Stik on floats from Vermont. Thoughts from Bernard Cawley, Bernard shares his thoughts on props, AXI motors and Robert Fishwick's LT-40.
West Mountain Radio Crimping Tool, a relatively inexpensive Anderson Power Pole (APP) connector crimper. Upcoming December Meeting & November Meeting Notes, Dave Stacer with a forward sweep foamie and Paul Sockow with a profile, wood 3D plane.
MRC Reflex XTR Review, Ken reviews this excellent RC flight simulator program. Upcoming E-vents

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November '04 (388KB)
The 10x7 vs the 11x4.7 Props, Ken and several readers discuss the somewhat surprising fact that, power-wise, these are similar props. "Outrunner" Responses, Ampeer readers respond with very positive comments about outrunners.
Needs Help in Finding 18ga Wire, Ed Carter is looking for a source of this wire. Another LT-40, Robert Fishwick discusses his second one.
2004 Cedar Rapids Sky Hawks Electric Fun Fly Report, Plenny Bates reports on this meet with photos. Upcoming 2005 Southeast Electric Flight Festival Info, announcement
Lee B-29 Kit Conversion, Daniel R Tracey reports on converting this large foam "chuck" glider to electric power. Bantam Bipe Landing Gear Mod, Tom Steinhoff tells about his mod.
New E-kits from Australia, announcement Upcoming EFO Meetings, announcement
Upcoming MIDWEST Swap Meet, announcement More On the Zare Jr. Falcon, Dick Corby reports on his build of this plane.
Improved Whattmeter, features an increase in resolution Upcoming E-vents

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October '04 (460KB)
Serendipity, Ken notes many different topics; AMA president, retrieving AMA password, Model Sport Aviator, Bob Aberle's Bonnie and more. Horton-like Reborn in Portugal, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares a photo and info on this plane.
Sheboygan Fun Fly Report, Graham McAllister reports on this event. Shorts 360 Update, James Frolik shares info and photos of his model.
A Home Depot Field Stand, Walt Thyng suggests the sidekick for a good field stand. Electric Kadet LT 40, Charles Sparrow shares info on his version.
Jr. Falcon, Dick Corby shares info and photos of his, built from Jim Zare kit. Jim Zare Electric Model Design, Jim fills us in on all the plane kits he has available including the Jr. Falcon and Jr. Skylark.
Why Can't They: Revisited, Ken notes that Fly RC is doing a pretty good job. Sometimes You Find What You're Not Looking For, Ken notes that Rob Smith's "Sport Electrics: Techniques" column in the October 2004 Quiet Flyer had excellent info regarding the AXI 2212/26.
Rich Flinchbaugh's Playboy & EasyStar, Rich tells how he dropped 13 oz. out of his Playboy old-timer with a new power system. Upcoming Events

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September '04 (604KB)
Deep Cycle Battery Alternative, Merle Davies shares another possible field power source. More on the Ampeater, Laurie Jones shares more details on his Ampeater with photos.
NEAT Fair Reminder, announcement Big-T, Crash Siegel shares info and photo on his plane.
Li-Po for Big Cessna, Ken explains how to replace Ni-Cads or NiMHs with a Li-Poly battery. Reviewing the Reviews: "Little Looper Plus", Ken reviews this review.
Why Can't They?!?, Ken remarks about the lack of useful information in typical magazine reviews. Using the Graupner Ultra 3300-7, Ken answers a question about this motor.
New Denver E-Club, announcement Kyosho's Spree Sport in Portugal, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares info on his.
Looking for Silk?, a source is noted. Mountain Models Tantrum 3D, Dave Stacer shares info and photos of his version.
August EFO Flying Meeting, a nice day at the field The PMAC Electric Fly, a report on this meet with photos.
Porterfield Collegiate & Amptique For Sale, items for sale Upcoming Events

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August '04 (516KB)
Upcoming NY meet, announcement Push-E-Cat kit 4 Sale, item for sale
Upcoming SHARKS E-vent, announcement Specifications for GP Gee Bee, Chris Balser shares the power system he used in this one, with photo.
NEAT Fair Reminder, announcement Prop Stoppers Reminder, announcement
From the Cape, Richard Flinchbaugh shares details on his 80% Dreamboat and his EasyStar. EasyStar Follow-up, Dave Roberts confirms it is a great trainer.
Spitfire Drawings, Louis Dionne tells us where to find them. Sig Rascal 40 ARF, John Stellato asks about a Li-Poly battery for this plane to replace Ni-Cads.
Mid-Am Report, meet report and photos. Upcoming Events

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July '04 (336KB)
Steinhoff's Bantams, Tom Steinhoff shares his bipe and modified monplane. Wire and Connectors Revisited, James Frolik weighs in on using good quality wire and connectors.
The April and May EFO Meetings, flying with MISS and our flying, with photos. Upcoming NEAT Fair, announcement
Upcoming Prop Stoppers E-Fly, announcement No More Push-E Cats, announcement
Building With Foam: a book, Keith Sparks informs us about this useful book. UBA4: Battery Tester, Marc Venis supplies this battery tester.
Upcoming Voltaires Electric Fly, announcement Coldwater Meet 2004 Report, report on this meet with photos.
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June '04 (388KB)
Li'l Poke, Dick Corby shares info and photo of his model. Blue Fan-Fold Saucer, Ron Fikes shares info and photo of his model.
Fancy Foam Models, Mike Hammel shares info on this supplier. New Electric RC Kits from D.C.R.C., announcement.
EasyStar Review: Another Point of View, Mike Forrester shares his opinion about my review. Herr Star Cruiser and Aqua Star, Ricardo N Jorge shares info on his e-power versions.
Power for a Piece O Cake, Merle Davies asks for a power system suggestion and Ken replies. More on JIS Screwdrivers, Ross Jones provides more info on these.
Rittinger B26 Marauder, Mark shares his design with details and photos. Micro Jet "Tuck Under", Azarr shares his input on this phenomenon.
Upcoming Indoor Nats Here in Waterford, MI, announcement Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Fly-in, announcement
Li-Poly SR Batteries X-250, Michael Prager shares how he used a Li-Poly battery with the stock components. Upcoming events

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May '04 (284KB)
E-vent Announcements, announcements March EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan brought in the Multiplex MicroJet and Rick Sawicki brought his just completed P-51 profile 3D type flier and shared his Freedom 3D.
Wire and Connectors Revisited, Ken covers the topic by answering a question from Camille Goudeseune. EasyStar RTF Update, Ken highly recommends this trainer.
Glow to E-Power Conversion, Don't Do It!, in response to a couple of questions, Ken tells why people without a sound electric power background should not do it. X-250 & T3D, Doc shares some info on these planes.
Japanese Industrial Standard Screwdrivers, Ross Jones is a supplier. Upcoming Mid-Am Info, announcement
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April '04 (372KB)
Ron Daniels URL, no longer valid Latest on Storch, David Hipperson shares info on his latest version.
Another X-250, Don Mrozowicz shares info and photos of his version. Viking/Li-Po's, Dick Corby shares info on using a Li-Poly battery in his AF Viking old-timer.
Upcoming TRC 04 & Southeast EFlight Festival, announcement CA-Proof Plans Covering Material, Gary Wright makes a suggestion of what material to use.
Wire & Connectors Matter, Ken discusses why good connectors make a real difference. Push-E Cat's Back!, Darwin Garrison announces the return of this classic.
Inexpensive Wind Meter, Dave Behner recommends a unit from Radio Shack. February EFO Meeting, Dave Stacer had another little wing, Norm Dmuchowski brought in his Slow Stik photo plane, and Ken showed his Radio Shack wind meter.
GWS MC2002, Bernard Cawley provides info on this charger. Lettering Supplier, announcing a supplier.
Multiplex Condor, Siegfried Kaltenbrunner provides info and a photo of this very large powered sailplane. Weights When Scaling Models, Mike asks, but Ken has no answer. (Ken will in the future when he learns about wing cube loading (WCL).
Reviewing the Reviews: Jumping Jack Review, by Stephan Rojecki, Quiet Flyer, March 2004, Ken reviews this review. New RC System Explored, Warren Plohr provides information on frequency hopping spread spectrum radios.
More on Li-Po, Dick Corby questions Li-Poly fires. Thoughts From Bernard Cawley, Bernard shares his thoughts on batteries, the EasyStar, Kontronik with Great Planes and the Steven's DiddleBug.

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March '04 (432KB)
Upcoming Meeting, announcement Response to Brushless/Li-Po Article, Tony Turley responds to my article "Why I Haven't Jumped on the Brushless/Li-Po Bandwagon"
Kyosho PT-19, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares info and photos. Gearbox Replies, James Frolik is looking for a gearbox to swing a 5-blade prop.
RC PlaneMaster, Anthony Tate talks about this flight simulator. Twin Brushless With Single ESC, Dave Harding says he thinks it will work.
Profili: Airfoil Plotting Program, Bruce van-Schalkwyk asks for the new link to this program. varioProps & More, Scott Black shares his thoughts on these props, Li_Poly fires and finding the correct CG.
Kontronik Electric Power Systems Info, Heather Rose tells why these systems are the future of e-power. The January 2004 EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan brought along a "top" R/C plane, Jack Lemon showed off his scratch-built Bonanza, Ken shared the information on the EasyStar and photos of indoor flying at the Oakland Yard.
Multiplex EasyStar RTF Revisited, Gordy Sthal feels that my EasyStar review was of the power system, not the plane. VK Camel, Walt Thyng shares a barebones photo and info on this project.
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February '04 (338KB)
Upcoming Meeting, announcement Building On Glass, Ken explains how to do it.
Multiplex EasyStar RTF Review, Ken reviews this plane and its power system. Amp-eater, Laurie Jones shares his design with photos.
Battery University, Merle Davies gives the link to this site. Upcoming Events

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January '04 (300KB)
Upcoming EFO Meeting, announcement varioProp Revisited, James Frolik praises these props and explains why.
Newsletter Opinion, Bart shares his feelings about the Ampeer Comment On Letter to SIG Mfg, Bob Ferrante agrees with Ken's letter.
LiPo Blow Torch?, Steve comments on Li-Poly safety. AF #109 Li-Poly Charger, Ken provides a lot of info on this charger.
A-26 Power, Nick Spagnuolo tells about his power system for the Wing Manufacturing version of this plane. DETERMINING CENTER OF GRAVITY ON YOUR AIRCRAFT/ Fine-Tuning the CG, based on the JERRY NEUBERGER article. Also includes Fine Tuning the CG by Keith Shaw.
Why I Haven't Jumped on the Brushless/Li-Po Bandwagon, Ken explains his reasoning. Putting Your Club Newsletter Online, Merle Davies asks how its done and Ken responds.
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2003     Return to Select a Year
December '03 (484KB)
Upcoming Dec. Meeting, announcement New Online RC Site, announcement
New Easy Battery Removal System from DJ Aerotech , a plate mounting system instead of Velcro/hook and loop fasteners. Power for Wing Mfg. A-26, Larry Lewis confirms that he needs an electronic speed control (ESC) for each motor of this twin.
Nov. EFO Flying Meeting, a good day of flying at the field. Other Flying Model Magazines, James Frolik discusses several of the European magazines.
Break Time Gee Bee, Steve Hardenbrook shares a photo of a tiny static model he built on breaks at work. Storch, David Hipperson shares info and photos of his semi-scale version.
Multi-bladed Prop ?, James Frolik asks what gearing is appropriate to turn a 5-blade prop. 4-Ch Recommendation,
Servos & 4-Ch Recommendation, Bernard Cawley, Jr. discusses these topics and recommends a power and radio system for an Sig LT-25. SuperStar EP Comment, Bernard "Crash" Siegel shares info on his modified version.
RCB Kits Update, announcement Where I Get My Supplies, Ken discusses E-cubed RC and Azarr.
We've Lost Some Friends, Ken notes the passing of Howard Chevalier and Al MacDonald. WHERE FOR ART THOU AMPS?, Frank Korman created a check list to use when trying to diagnose why the power system isn't creating as much power as it should.
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November '03 (144KB)
Li-Po Fires, Rick Sawicki sent info on a controlled test causing a Li-Poly fire. Servo Tests, Brian Taylor shares the results of his tests and research on servos.
Upcoming Midwest R/C Swap Meet, announcement Let's Be Careful Out There!, Steve Elwell shares an incident when an ESC energized unexpectedly and "bit" him.
Zero Seven Finale, Robert Comerford fills us in on the results of his efforts. Gearstick, David Hipperson shares info and photo of this 28 oz. 50" span "stik"-type plane.
A Good 4-Channel Sport Model Basic Recommendation, Ken suggests what power system might be used to achieve this result. SR Batteries X-250 Power System, Greg Cardillo shares the power system he chose.
Reviewing the Reviews/SuperStar EP, Ken reviews a review on this plane. The October EFO Flying Meeting, a great day at the field.
Open Letter to SIG Mfg., Ken writes an open letter regarding Sig calling the Nitro Rascal a park flyer. Upcoming Events

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October '03 (708KB)
Fly RC Launches!, announcement Reviewing the Reviews/Vermont Belle 1300, Ken reviews a review of this plane.
Firefly, Robert Comerford shares info and photo of this plane. Model Tech Magic 3D, Walter Thyng shares info and photos on this plane.
Aileron Zero Seven, Robert Comerford shares info and photos on this version of the Zero Seven. Jumping to Conclusions/Readers' Comments, Ampeer readers share their thoughts on the failure of Ken's Hitec Focus 4 transmitter.
R/C Trainers, Robert Comerford shares his thoughts on what makes a good trainer. Figuring the Power System for a Great Planes Fokker Dr. 1 60 ARF.46-.75, 60", Ken makes his suggestions.
Flight Data Recorder Update, Bill Parry describes the enhanced features. Jamara 480 Motor, David Hipperson presents his test data with various props.
RC Hobbies Online, announcement. Upcoming Events

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September '03 (620KB)
2003 Report on the Mid-Am, report on this meet with photos. Upcoming September EFO Meeting, announcement
More On Speed "XXX" Motors!, Dereck Woodward explains why some of the names "stuck". Upcoming 1st Annual JR Indoor Electric Festival, announcement
The Bugatti Flies, Keith Shaw gives the details on the maiden flight. Electric Tiger Moths, Richard Adams shares some info on his Speed 400 version.
Jumping to Conclusions, Ken explains a problem he had with his Hitec Focus 4 and how he originally misdiagnosed it. PMAC 1st Annual E-fly In, report on this meet with photos.
Upcoming NEAT Fair, announcement Upcoming Events

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August '03 (316KB)
Portable Pond, Lowrie McLarty shares how he made one, with photos. More from Parsons on His TigerCat, Dan shares Li-Poly info.
A Push-E Cat Success, Reed Jackson shares info on his version. Motor Designation Question, Ken answers Walter Steckenreiter question about Speed 350/400 motors.
New Flight Sim, announcement of RC Plane Master by Kevin Earland. Zero Seven, Robert Comerford shares his info and photo of this David Boddington design.
Motors from Australia, Malcolm Buckmaster shares info on these. Upcoming August EFO Meetings, announcement
Indoor Nats Report, Ken reports, with photos, on this event at the Oakland Yard. 10-Cell LT-25, Rich Flichbaugh shares a photo of his Mega brushless version.
Kyosho Viento, Chispas shares info and photo of his version. RBC Kits Update , kit announcements.
SR Gets the "Blues", an indoor flyer from SR. The Plank, Robert Comerford shares Bob Meyer's latest flying wings.
More on my Cap 232, Ken updates info on this plane with a replaced power system. Li-Po Battery Flights of the F-7-F, Dan Parsons reports on using Li-Poly batteries in this project.
Upcoming Skyhawks Event, announcement Full-scale Electric, Ken gives a link to a full-scale electric plane.

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July '03 (340KB)
Embracing Li-Po's, Bernard Cawley explains why he is. Aeronaut F-7-F Tigercat, Dan Parsons tells what Li-Poly batteries he's ordering for this project.
Bob Meyer's Planes, Robert Comerford shares Bob's powered slope soarer and and a shoulder-wing sport plane. JK Aerotech "Big T", Glenn Campbell shares info and photos of his version.
Re: Li-Poly, Mike Banyai shares a lot of information on these "new" cells. Hatches, Newbies & Li-Po's, Chispas shares his thoughts on these topics.
Thoughts on Li-Po Cells, Robert Comerford shares his thoughts on these cells. Sanyo's HR1950FAUP & KAN 950, Jim Halbert reports on these cells that have replace Sanyo 500ARs in his planes.
Vertical RC Cap 232 Review, Ken reviews and gives the details on this 3D indoor/outdoor flyer. Upcoming Mid-Am Info, announcement
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June '03 (300KB)
Goldberg Eaglet 50 Conversion, Robert Van Housen asks about converting this classic and Ken responds with info about his conversion. Formula for CG Location, Lowrie McLarty provides a formula and diagram.
Goldberg Jr. Falcon, Pat Harvey describes how he built one. Sig Somethin' Extra Plane Rating, Dave Thacker shares info on his conversion and rates it 4-stars.
The Hastings NZ E-rally, Nick Furmage provides a short report. Keeping Small Gunther Props On, Ray Williams provides his solution.
Serious error in May 2003 Li-Po article, Ken confused series and parallel connections. Aeronaut F-7-F Tigercat, Dan Parsons shares specs and info on his version.
Upcoming Mid-Am Info, announcement Avro in Australia, Benny Laird shares a photo of his.
Arial Photos & a Gear Ratio?, David Summers shares an arial photo and there is information about gear ratios. Upcoming Events

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May '03 (260KB)
Li-Poly: Where Are We Now?, Norm Dmuchowski fills us in on these "new" power sources for low power applications. Then, Ken Myers describes using Li-Poly power for Powering Sport Planes. A Simple Slow Flyer Wing, Lowrie McLarty shares his design for a simple slow flyer wing.
Dave Grife's 1/4-Scale "Ike" Flies, Dave shares his details and photos of his model. FIRST ANNUAL INDOOR R/C CHAMPIONSHIP, Announcement
Mid-America Electric Flies 2003 Announcement, announcement Upcoming Events

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April '03 (512KB)
Indoor Flying in Northern Michigan, John Zook describes flying indoors in "tight" spaces in northern Michigan. Upcoming Efliowa, announcement
Keith Shaw's Jungmann, Keith shares the details on his Aveox 1412/4Y powered biplane using 20 Sanyo 1700mAh NiCads. New Models From RBC, announcement
New Product Release, announcement from Hobbico. Lil' Horten, Phil Pham shares a photo of his under construction.
Nieuport 17, photo of Pete Water's homebuilt, man carrying version. John Lewis's Planes, John shares info on his Push-E Cat, Amptique, SR Batteries Cutie, Sig LT-25, Sig 4-star and Sig Somethin' Extra.
Electric Conversions, Ken lets Michael J. Singleton know where he can find info on this topic. Slide in Power Unit, Greg Harvey gives a link to where one can be found.
March EFO Meeting, started off with a little general discussion about Li-Po cells, Richard Utkan shared a 250 sq.in. self-design, David Stacer shared his Frogs with us, James M. had a modified T-52, and Steve Elwell shared information on his Mini SpeedWing. Motor Mounts and Removable Tails, Reuben Schneider shares the mounts he uses and a drawing of making a removable tail.
Super Universal Mounting System, Dave Grife fills us in on the details of this unit, with photos. Upcoming Events

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March '03 (360KB)
Filip 600, Larry Bailey shares his power system problem with this plane. Getting Started, Dave Segal gives advice on getting started with electric power.
How to Plan Build, Dave Segal gives advice on why and how to build from plans. Comments on "Getting Started" Editorial, Richard Flinchbaugh comments on my January editorial on this topic.
Universal Motor Mount ?, Armand Hadife is looking for a way to "cartridge" load a power system. Cool Clamps, Walter Thyng recommends some clamps for our hobby use.
Molybdenum Source, Rod Woolley tells where to find this grease for gearboxes. Starting Out, Howard Hilton notes a problem he had with Leisure Amptique.
February EFO Meeting, Keith Shaw shows his newly recovered and repowered Bucker Jungmann, John Lewis shows off his 20-cell Sig Somethin' Extra, Roger Wilfong shows off his Estrellita, Norm Dmuchowski shared his knowledge of Li-Poly batteries, Joe Bileti shared several of his foam prototypeRick Sawicki shared his Tiny, and Richard Utkan shared this flying tiny wing. Dreamboat, Rich Flinchbaugh shares a photo and details of his model.
NIRAC, meet announcement. Being Fair to Tower, Charles Todd responds that he didn't think that Ken was fair with Tower Hobbies on a dispute he had with them over an Astro Flight motor.
Receivers, Air Hogs motors, Bernard Cawley shares his thoughts on his Tiny-X and more. R/C Photography, Kent Williby shares what camera he uses for this task.
GD600 Gearbox Repair, Robert Comerford shares how to do it with photo. Switchback Framing, Michael Pad shares his progress on this plane.
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February '03 (416KB)
Looking for Wright Flyer, Graham Taylor is looking for plans. Australian Aeromodellers Tribute, John Bird describes what's on his Web site.
Electric Flight Yahoo Groups Forum, Ron Fikes has started a group. Kyosho Trainer 40 & Multiplex Skycat, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares info and photos of his planes.
Bernard's New Plane, Bernard Cawley shares info on his Todd Long Tiny-X. Amptique Update, Robert Comerford praises this great trainer.
Ben Howard's "IKE", Dave Grife shares a photo and link to his build thread on RC Groups. Our Eyes Were Opened, Jeff Sayre learns that electrics really work.
Typical Comment and Question, Ken shares a typical beginner question and answer about getting started. Upcoming Indoor Fly in Cedar Falls, Iowa, announcement
Lightweight, Inexpensive Digital Cameras, David Summers discusses developments in this field. Barry Wilson's S400G Design, Barry shares his new design with photos.
Electric Control Line, Robert Comerford provides info on a small CL electric. Guy's Favorite R/C Aircraft, Guy Marshall shares details on the Bill Grigg's Assault.
Figuring Wing Area, Alan Whitworth explains why Ken did it wrong. Glow Power/E Power Relationship , Ken responds to John Lewis' question about this relationship>
Aspire EP, Larry Bailey shares info on this model and rates it 3-stars. Getting Started, Robert Comerford explains why choosing the right equipment is essential to success.
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January '03 (196KB)
A Pitts, George Zhopasruchkoy shares info and photo of his little Pitts. An Old Plan Modernized, Ray Williams brings a Premier up to date with e-power
Battery Supplier, EFO member, Jim M., recommends cheapbatterypacks.com. Molybdenum Disulfide Question, Roy Day asks where to find this grease in small quantities.
FYI News, publication from SR Batteries with some examples. Getting Started in Electrically Powered Radio Control Flying, Ken gives his advice on getting started in this hobby/sport.
Ampeer Correction and The Saga of Astro Flight 803V, a weight correction to Powering the JM GlasCraft Cheap Thrills and a problem when ordering an AF motor from Tower Hobbies. December EFO Meeting,
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2002     Return to Select a Year
December '02 (460KB)
GatorFoam, Rueben Schneider informs us about this product. Upcoming EFO Meeting, announcement
Fast ROG Planes, Lyndon Percey complains that the e-powered planes he's done so far are not impressing the glow guys. Model for Geared AF15, John Stellato asks what would be appropriate and Ken replies with the Bob Benjamin TigerKitten.
Bantam Update, David Stacer updates his build and asks some questions about an appropriate receiver and electronic speed control (ESC). More On Chargers, John Konstantakatos recommends the Schulze 330-d.
Dale Martell's Planes, Dale shares his self-designed glider and Piper Pacer PA-20 with details and photos. David Byrd's Macci and Scott Black's Latest, Scott share's his thoughts on powering a Macchi 205 and shows his plug for his new Sabre EDF.
November EFO Meeting, Jim Young brought his B-29, Richard Utkan showed plans for The Frog, Sterling Smith had a couple of planes from JM GlasCraft, Keith Shaw had his Skybird RC Ornithopte, Tom Bacsanyi shared information on his Hobby Lobby P-38, Jack Lemon shared the balloon wheels heÕs been making for his "light" planes, and James M. showed what appeared to a Clancy Yard Bee. Powering the JM GlasCraft Cheap Thrills, Ken explains how he plans to power this plan and why.
MFA Belt-Drive & Amptique, Robert Comerford discusses these and why so many so-called trainers are not all that good out of the box. Bantam done (almost 99%), David Stacer reports on his completed Bantam with photo.
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November '02 (452KB)
Questions About E-Flight, David Byrd asks about his VQ Macchi mc.205 ARF and Ken makes some suggests and explains some of the limitations of e-power. More Planes from Walt Thyng, Walt shares info and photos of his 1938 Ben Shereshaw CommodorE, 1/4-scale Nosen Citabria, and Top Flite Hot Kanary,
On the Four Star 40, Dereck Woodward shares the details of his conversion of this glow plane. That Club Plane, Lex Davidson shares a photo of this club plane design.
Gee Bee, Tim Knowles shares info and a photo of his version. Electric Bipe, Bud Carlson shares his 13 oz. cabin biplane (bipe).
New Version of Profili, Stefano Duranti announces a new version of this useful computer airfoil plotting program. Ciao Ken, Bisi Gian Paolo why he now prefers electric power.
Great Advice, Ray Williams thank Ken for his advice about using a 480 motor in his Yorkee. Tom Hunt's New T3D, Tom Reilly fills us in on Tom Hunt's new one.
Cutting Tools, Ed Moore suggests using sections of a golf club as a cutting tool. Upcoming 36th Annual SOAR for FUN, announcement
UNI-DOME FLYING SCHEDULE, announcement RX Problem Solved, Bob Larson tells how he solved a receiver "noise" problem with chokes in the Rx lead.
Robbe Starmax 40 Question, Tony Ives asks for an alternate to the suggested motor and Ken replies. Oakland Yard Winter Flying, announcement
Charger Question, Kent Williby asks the question and Ken replies. Upcoming E-vents

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October '02 (476KB)
Another Alternate Power System for the X-250, Guy Marshall shares his Mega power system. DIY CNC Foam Cutter, Tal Barnea provides a link to his version.
Another 4-Star 40, Tex Gehman shares info and photo of his version Mongojet Revisited, Tord Eriksson shares more info on his version and his experience with the Multiplex Cargo.
Simple T Turned Electric, Orville Shields shares his conversion to e-power with photos. Pond Plan Service...For Sale!, announcement
Astro Flight Brushless 05 Experiments, Keith Shaws shares some power system replacements he tried with this motor. E- Rally Hastings New Zealand, Nick Furmage reports on this meet with photos.
Attention Detroit Area E-modelers, announcement From Walt Thyng, Walt shares his latest project, a 1934 Commodore and his next project, a giant Lazy Bee.
Thanks Mark Rittinger, Ken thanks Mark for the P-40 and P-51 plans donated to the 2002 Mid-Am. More Plane Suggestions, Bernard Cawley suggests several Park Flyers; Todd Long's Wing-E, Mountain Models Switchback and Todd's Gym-E.
Jeti Powered Hellcat, Greg Mehojah shares info and a photo of his enlarged Ryan Hellcat. Flying Beast, Tord shares details on a plane that is hard to describe!
My Old Four Star 40, Dereck Woodward presents more info on his 4-Star 40 conversion. From Iowa, Jon McVay shares his thought ont the Bantam and Mini Mambo.
RX Problem, Bob Larson shares a problem with the Airtronics Stylus receiver. Barry Wilson's Models, J. Barry Wilson shares info and photos on planes weighing only 14 oz. and a 11.5 oz.
B-24 (Liberator) Plans?, Peter Smith is looking for plans of Don DeGasperi's 72" B-24 Holes for Wing Dowels, Clay Ramskill suggests an easy way to do it.
Lining Up, Irv Allison tells the best way to line up for a landing. Keith & Cake, Keith Shaws photo when being inducted to the AMA Hall of Fame.
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Mid-America Electric Flies 2002, meet report with photos SR Batteries Bantam monoplane Review, dead link to Ken's review.
Finding Small Things on the Floor, Dr. Ralph Cook suggests a flashlight and tells how it works. Mid-Am Thank You Notes, thanks from the participants
OLY II kit now available, link to a source for the Olympic II kit. Upcoming Events

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August '02 (356KB)
Goldberg 550 Motor, Glenn Campbell shares his test data. Get Your Club's Newsletter Online, Ken gives advice on how to do it.
Pond's Plan Service NEW address, announcement Bantam News, announcement of the release of the Bantam kits from SR Batteries.
Supplier of GWS, announcement. Metamorphosis of the XB-70 Bomber, e-power replaced with turbin power. Wow!
New S400 TONY, Mark Rittinger fills us in on his latest with photo. Barry Wilson's Models, Barry fills us in on his models with photos.
To Fly or Not to Fly... Another Version, Robert Ferrante advises to watch out for lightning. What is Motor Noise?, Ken explains motor noise/RF interference.
Charge Rates for NiCads and NiMH Batteries, Ken gives advice on the various charge rates. Flight Times for Electrically Powered Planes, Ken discusses this topic.
A Book Review: GETTING STARTED IN BACKYARD FLYING, Ken reviews Bob Aberle's new book NEAT Fair, announcement
Receivers for Electric Flight - Some Thoughts, Scott Black shares his thoughts on this topic. S400 in the UP, Richard Adams shares his Tiger Moth and a scaled up from the Tern Aero rubber design, with photos.
Molybdenum Disulfide, Gary Baker tells why he uses this grease on his gearboxes. Ratby Aeroplanes, announcement.
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Ridge Runt & Slo-Poke, David Hipperson shares info on these two planes. Tiger Moth, John Zook shares his modifications.
Unionville Beaver, John Rossetti shares info and photo of his project. Upcoming E-FLI-OWA 2002, announcement
Receivers for Electric Flight, Bob Larson asks about the best ones. Firebat Electric ARF, announcement from Hobbico.
Cheap Electric R/C, Merle Davies shares a neat little indoor flier. Ferrite Twin Motors on One Gearbox, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino shares info on this unit in his Kyosho Trainer 40 ARF.
FOXBAT, Grant Calkins reviews this Dymond Modelsports ' kit. X-250 Comment & Schottky Diode, John Konstantakatos tells how he modified his X-250 and info on the diode.
More on Flight Logs, Ray Fontainevze shares a link where a flight log may be found. Ultimate BEC, Jeff Meyers announces this ground-breaking product.
P-47N, Walter Thyng shares info and photo of his Top Flight Gold Edition P47 modified to the "N" version. Plane Ratings, Charles Varvaro shares his info and ratings for the: Aveox EMBAT 4-stars, ESO Speed by JR Models 4-stars, and Combat Pico-Jet ARF 4-stars.
Concerning Serial Packs, Rob Zinck's excellent idea for a serial "jumper" plug. VTOL Fan Model Nears Completion, Andrew Watson's progress on his Boeing X32b Joint Strike Fighter.
R/C EP Interactive Update, Robert Riggle Jr. info and photo of his Electro-Star 600. Aircraft Covering Material, Merle Davies provides information for a table.
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Create Decals, Lionel Bernstein shares how to do it from the AMA National Newsletter. Removable Tail-Wheel Assembly, how to do it from the Loops & Lies newsletter.
To Fly or Not to Fly OR Lightning Never Strikes Twice, Frank Korman warns us about ligthning. Feb. EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan shared information on his GWS 8-channel Dual conversion receiver and shared his Crazy Sparrow, Norm Dmuchowski showed off his IFO Trainer, Ron Lalinsky shared two Robin Hood 10Õs from plans weighing 7.6 & 7.8 ounces. We tested out the motor on the Crazy Sparrow to see how many amps are being drawn. Rich is using a "servo tester" in place of a speed control.
Oh, Those Park Flyers, Russ Cleversley shares his thoughts on them via The Flight-Log newsletter. Flight Log, Edward Russell recommends their use via Talespins newsletter.
Building Tip, Bill Sanderman shares a better trailing edge tip. Ken's Planes, photo of Ken's planes at the Fort Wayne e-fly.
Tracer E-Conversion, Clarke "Tex" Gehman shares his e-conversion. Bullet Spinners, spinners and collet announcement.
Upcoming CHIEFS Electric Fun Fly, announcement Simple V-Tail Mixer, Eric Leadley shows us how.
EFO March Meeting, Gus Nuerenberg showed us his "auto-pilot", Jim Young shared is super-dooper field box and Balsacraft FW-190, Mike Holroyde has his Blue Max ARF ready to go, and Norm Dmuchowski shared information on Li-ion batteries Upcoming Propstoppers Fun Fly, announcement
Upcoming 3rd annual Bluegrass Electric Fly In, announcement Upcoming Third Annual Ottawa Electric Fun Fly,
Fenix 400 Review, Bob Hatmaker shares info and photo of his version. Mid-Am Info, announcement

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Royal Gull, Rich Flinchbaugh shares info and photo of this amphibian. TRIAD ELECTRIC WEEKEND 2001, Dr. Colin McKinley reports on this meet with photos.
Consolidated PBY-2, David Hipperson shares info and photo of his twin Speed 400 version and an Electro Flash and Ballistic "Skyhawk" clocked at 120 MPH. Miss 2 On Floats, Rich Flinchbaugh shares info and photo of his version.
THE BASICS OF FLOAT FLYING, David Summers presents links to info on this topic. Upcoming Mid-America Electric Flies 2002, announcement
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April '02 (552KB)
An Appreciation of John Sermos, Hank Nielsen shares his thoughts about John upon his passing. Upcoming Keith Shaw Birthday Party/Electric Fun-Fly announcement
Bungee Launcher, Michael Rogozinsky explains how to build one. Upcoming Meets, announcements
2001 Wisconsin Electric Fun Fly, Chuck Benner reports on this meet with photos. The Serial Marrying of Packs, Ken explains how to do it using Sermos connectors. aka Anderson Power Poles (APP)
News from Bob Aberle, Bob announces two of his latest writing efforts; "THE STATE OF THE SPORT -- IN ELECTRICS" and Getting Started in Backyard Flying. Upcoming Events

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March '02 (344KB)
Ste. Julie Update, Louis Dionne talks about Keith's twin circuit, computer radios and the Ste Julie Fun-fly. Albuquerque E-flight, Greg Mehojah shares info on e-flying in New Mexico.
Great Planes Mfg. Ryan STA, announcement from Heather Rose. How I'd Power the GP Ryan STA , Ken tells what power system he'd use.
Electric Model Design, Jim Zare fills us in on the models he now has available. RBC Kits Update, announcement
Powering a Kyosho Flash, Paulo "Chispas" Faustino describes his new power system. Upcoming TX E-fly, announcement
New Parkflyer Kits, announcement. Nieport 17, Didier Aouizerats shares info and photo of his version.
Fenix 400, Sture Smidt shares info and photo of this model. XB-70 Follow-up, Grant Calkins shares the maidens success.
Different Delta, Ray Williams shares his design of a 2 foot delta stik, ala Tom Hunt. 10-cell BEC, Robert Comerford wonders why the linear BEC can't handle 10 Nicads and provides modification info for the Olympus Belt-drive.
Radical Edge 540, Dave Thacker provides info and photo of his new kit. SR Batteries Bantams, Larry Sribnick announces his new indoor/outdoor low wind fliers.
Mega Motor USA, announcement. Scale Pilot for E-power, Walter Thyng recommends a couple of nice, light ones.
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February '02 (376KB)
A Little Help Please, John Lewis asks where to go after training on a Sig LT-25 and explaining where he wants to go next. Movin' On Up, Ken suggests a progression from John's LT-25 to a low-wing sport aerobatic type.
48" Kaydet, Ron Daniels shares info on his high-performance Sig Kadet with photos. San Diego Mid-Winter Electrics, announcement
Super PTE, Nick Mati shares in on his Super PT Electric. November 2001 EFO Meeting, Norm Dmuchowski showed his new Hacker B20 w/4:1 gear box, Richard Utkan shared his partially completed, 1/2A Texaco, Rick Sawicki had an Edge 540 3D from Radical R/C, Jack LemonÔs Kavan Sopwith Pup, and Gus Nuerenberg won the Mid-America Electric Flies 2001 video from SKS Video.
December 2001 EFO Meeting, meeting started at Ken's house and moved to the Oakland Yard for indoor flying with photos. Reno P-51, Mark Rittinger announced his Model D P-51 racer is released.
CAP 232?, Al Fisher asks what power system and Ken suggests one. XB-70, Grant Calkins fills us in on the maiden flight.
Request for Plans and Info: Falke 25 SC & Beaufort, Edward Irving wants to know where to find a kit or plans. Nifty Field Box, Walter Thyng says that the Keter Rolling ToolCart is excellent.
Ellipstik 400, Ray Williams gives high praise to this plane in his info. Computer Radios, Scott Black discusses a common problem with this type of radio, wrong plane selection.
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Puddlemaster Paul Combs tells how he slighly modified it and gives it 4-stars Wooden Zagi, Tim Knowles shares in on Joe Colletti's built-up version.
P-63, Weldon Smith shares info and photo of his 72" span version. RF Interference, Paulo Faustino describes the problem with his B-17 and Keith Shaw responds with a possible fix.
Ferrite Motors & Gearboxes, Paulo Faustino describes tests with his DIY gearbox. Uni-Dome dates, announcement
Two Old Timers, Armand Francoeur provides info and photos of his Q-tee and Junior Falcon. RCB Kits Update, announcement
The Twins, Walter Thyng provides info and photos of his Graupner Comet and Rittinger Sportwin. SuperStar EP ARF, Heather Rose announces this new plane.
Mid-America Photos, more photos from the 2001 Mid-America Electric Flies RTL Fasteners, Rich Bastone tells about his new product line.
Herr P-51, Ken shares info and photos of this plane. Flying Indoors, Ken shares info on Cockpit Masters simulator indoor planes.
It's Back, Keith Shaw's 20 year old Aero Commander returns, with photo. Folkerts SK-2, info on this plane and photo.
Cirrus Receiver, Merle Davies has a question about transmitter "shift". Kadet Solution, Mark Stringer recommends a Team Gear power solution.

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December '01 (456KB) New CockpitMaster Info, announcement of new computer flight simulator from MachineWorks NorthWest.
EDF's in California, Grant Calkins shares info on Ray Cannon's magnificent XB-70, Grant's, 48" WS, 49 oz L-39 Albatross, Grant's A-10 Thunderbolt, and a Bandit/td> Wiring BIG Twins, Keith Shaw shares info on an Improved Setup for High Cell Count Twins with diagram.
Casa 212 Success, Bertil Klintbom shares info and photos of his model. Cutie Power, Bernard Cawley suggests another successful power system
Sept./Oct. Meetings, info on what happened at these meetings, no photos. Pacific e Scale Championships, Doug Burt reports on this meet.
Upcoming EFO Meeting, announcement Winter Oakland Yard Info, announcement
Saga of the PT Electric, Merle Davies asks why his isn't working well and Ken responds with some suggestions. EMFSO, Ken suggests contacting this organization if you live in Canada and everyone subscribing to their newsletter.
St. Julie Fun Fly, Scott Black reports and provides photos from this meet. Computer Radios: Responses, Ampeer readers share their thoughts on these radios.

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November '01 (416KB)
Kadet Jr., Ken doesn't feel that it makes a good e-conversion and explains why. Eclectic Electric, announcement for Azarr's Web site.
X-Sounder Trip, Tom Hunt's electric Sounder crosses Long Island Sound from Bridgeport, Ct to Port Jefferson, Long Island, NY Page Aviation Super Cub, John R. Houvener shares details and photos of his model.
SR Batteries Cutie Review, available on the .pdf version.

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October '01 (244KB)
Spear Award, Ken presented with the Award at the Mid-Am. Speedy Bee & Smoothie, Bob Roels shares info and ratings on these planes. Speedy Bee 5-stars, BUSA Smoothie 4-stars
Next EFO Meeting, announcement Fokker EV, Al Flowers shares his design for this plane.
Hummer to a Bummer, John Rossetti tells how he improved the Sig Hummer. Beautiful B-24, Dan Parsons shares info and photos of Don DeGasperi's 72" B-24 with photos.
Getting the Ampeer, Adrian Drayson shares why enjoys receiving it. Lazy Tiger P-51, Rick Sawicki shares the details of his version.
Recommendations for Electric Powered Flight Systems (Part 5), Ken finishes up his article on recommending power systems. Motor?, Bill Reed asks about sizing and power of electric motors and Ken responds.
Rotation Rule, Ken describes the motor rotation rule using the left and right hand. CP-1700 Sanyo Cells, Ralph Weaver describes how well these cells perform.
Great Lakes Electric & R/C Hobby Expo, info on this show and what else will be taking place at the Oakland Yard. Upcoming E-vents

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September '01 (768KB)
Mid-Am 2001 - 2001 Mid-Am Videos Available, report, photos and where to locate video of this meet. Next EFO Meeting, announcement
I'm a Luddite (editorial), Ken muses about computer radios and park flyers. Dick's P-38L, Richard C. Fleming share info and photos of his model.
Upcoming Great Lakes Electric & R/C Hobby Expo, announcement Upcoming Events

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August '01 (404KB)
Don's Four Star 40, Donald Skiff shares info and photos of his version including the pilot he made that looks like him. Sanyo CP-1300SCR's are here!, announcement
MotoCalc Version 6, announcement Saga of the B-17 Continues, Bob Mugge notes an RF problem with his plane and Ken responds.
Canadian Hello, Doug Burt, Electric Committee Chairman for MAAC in Canada, shares info about the organization. Book on CL scale and Electronics is ready!, Fred Cronenwett announces his book.
Sig LT-25, Tex Gehman shares info on his 5-star rated version. Herr Aqua Star Seaplane Rating & Review, Stefan Paneczko shares info and a 3.5-star rating of his plane.
Electwin, Dale Martell shares info and photos of his version of this 650 sq.in. twin. ElectricAircraft.com, Jim Bourke starts Online Hobby Buyers Club.
News from RCB Kits, announcement. Storch Identified, Brian Chan identifies himself as the builder of the Fiesler Storch in the April Ampeer.
Another LT-25, Ken Marks shares info on his version. Me-163, Craig Oakeshott shares info and photos of his version.
Videos & Planes, Ed Lyerly shares info and photos of his; Blue Max (Global ARF) , Ta152Hi (Parkflyers.com ARF), Rumfal (Dymond - JR - ARF), and ElectroStreak with Astro Cobalt 15 direct drive. Astro Flight Viking, John Zook shares info on his version.
Propstoppers Electric Fly, announcement SR Batteries Cutie Released, announcement of release.

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Report from Oz, Peter Haworth reports on a Great Planes .40 size J-3 Cub and a Buzzard Bombshell with photos. Recommendations for Electric Powered Flight Systems: Part 4, Ken continues his discussion on selecting power systems.
Electric Airplane Releases!, info from Hobbico; CoverLite Iron-On Tissue Covering, Kyosho Spree RTF, EP Cessna 180, Sky Trick from FlyZone, and ElectriFly ESC Mid-Am Road Construction Notes, note about the upcoming Mid-Am
Skymasters' Meet, short report on this meet with photos. June EFO Meeting, Tom Bacsanyi with his virgin House of Balsa FW-190, Rick Sawicki had a small fleet of great flying planes including his Lazy Tiger P-51, and Richard Utkan's Push-e-Cat.
Mid-America Electric Flies Info, announcement Upcoming Events

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June '01 (356KB)
Recommendations for Electric Powered Flight Systems Part 3, Ken continues his advice on selecting a power system. Team B-52 Canceled, announcement
2 oz. Indoor R/C for Under $50, Allan Wright tells how he did it with Radio Shack and Wal-Mart projects. P-51 & P-47, Mark Rittinger shares info and photos of his designs.
Sanyo CP-1300SCR's, Ralph Weaver shares his test data on these high performance cells. May EFO Meeting, flying with M.I.S.S. at Camp Dearborn.
Upcoming June EFO Meeting, announcement North Shore MAC -Auckland NZ-Electric promotion and annual rally , Lex Davidson reports on this meet with photos.
Columbus Meet Date Change, announcement Electric Control Line (ECL) Sport & Stunt, George Yatsko asks for help with CL electrics.
Grumman BearCat in Spain, Diego Lopez shares info and photo his model. Ken's LT-25? (not really - but see why called Ken's), John Lewis shares info and photos of a plane he did with Ken's input.

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May '01 (380KB)
Hot Doggin' Fun Fly at the "Dome", announcement Upcoming E-FlIowa, announcement
M.I.S.S. Information, information about the Michigan International Soaring Society here in southeastern Michigan. More Events, announcements
Toledo 2001, report with photos. Includes Keith Shaw's fun-scale design reminiscent of the Vought V-173, Allen Mrock's version of the Sikorsky 39c and Les GarberÕs Wing Ding II. April EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan showed off his completed Puddle Master, Don Skiff brought over his latest iteration of the EFO spreadsheet, and Ken showed how he uses Cockpit Master to "test" proposed planes
Upcoming St. Louis E-fly , announcement. Rib Weights, Ken Marks note a large variance in rib weights of the Sig LT-25 kit.
Hobby Lobby Skimmer Rating, Nikolaus M Combs provides info, photo and rating of this powered glider. 4.5-stars Barter Page Back Up, announcement from Dick Corby.
X-250 & Photo, Sean Toomey shares info and photo of his version. JR Models B-25, Dan Parsons info and inflight photos of Gary Kyle's version.
For Sale, items for sale What's Missing in Reviews and Reports, Bob Aberle notes what he thinks is missing from many model reviews and reports.
Once Again a Sad Report, three of our EFO members have lost their wives this spring. U-2 Revisited, Grant Calkins describes why the model sounded like a "cement mixer" after only two flights.
B-17, Bob Mugge shares details and photos of his scratch-built project. Upcoming EFO Meeting, announcement
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E-flight in Northern Michigan, John Zook fills us in on his Puddlemaster, Mirage, Beetween, LT-40, and Astro Flight Viking and Herr AT-6 A SIMPLE - YET STYLISH - ELECTRIC AIRPLANE FOR BEGINNERS, Hobbico press release on the FlyZone Speed Pilot RTF
10th international Cumulus E-fly-in, Nijmegen/Winssen, The Netherlands, September 2nd 2001, announcement. More Thoughts: Wing Loading, Scott Black shares his thoughts on wing loading and shares why by itself, it does not significantly affect how difficult the airplane is to fly.
Ft. Wayne's 2 E-flies, Patrick J Mattes explains that there are two different meets in this area this summer. Eindecker Photos, Joe Hass shares info and photos of the Graupner Eindecker .
Mid-Winter E-meet Report, Doug Ward shares info and photos of this San Diego meet. B-52 to USA, announcement
One Thought On the X-250, John Konstantakatos shares his thoughts about CG of this plane. Team Gear UK Electric Flight Supplier , announcement.
Keith Shaw's Estrellita Data, Keith shares info on this fast, little plane. March EFO Meeting, Ken demonstrated a spreadsheet that he has created to go along with article in the Ampeer and the evening ended with some "flying" on the computer using Cockpit Master

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New Heli Site, Fitz Walker announces a new site for EP Helicopters Looking for help with Aeronaut A-10 , Ray Richards asks for help.
NEAT Fair 2001 Open for Pre-Registration , announcement. Vacuum Forming Info, Douglas Walsh provides links for help with vacuum forming.
Skyvolt Revisited, Ken provides info on where to get plans and a kit for the original and mentions his three 17% larger versions. Bob Benjamin Online, link to Bob's very useful site.
SlowFly Problem?, Lee Tait shares his worry over radio channel interference with these types of planes. Upcoming Bluegrass, announcement
New E-Mail Address for Flash E-74 EDF , Mark Nankivil announcement. U-2, Grant Calkins shares info and maiden flight of this 72" version.
Seniorita Conversion, Ken suggests a power system for this plane. Kyosho Flash, Bj¿rn Vidar Alsaker found this plane very acceptable, dispite Ken's warnings about it.
Sanyo NiCad and NiMH Supplier, announcement from Steven Hill. Carlo Ciarniello's W1 Tailless Model, Doug Garner share info on his version.
Upcoming Ft. Wayne Fly, announcement S-Models, Sture Smidt announces a new supplier for e-planes.
February EFO Meeting, Jack Lemon showed off his new indoor Tiger Moth, Don Skiff shared the plans that he is drawing up for Bill's unique twin, Rick Sawicki showed his Elipstik 460 ARF, Pete Foss showed off his Piccolo helicopter, Richard Utkan shared his tug boat, and Ken demonstrated how heÕs gathering motor constants. Ed's Airforce, Ed Silva shares info and photos of his Squert and was designed by Derek Woodward, Difina I.a Querandi designed by Dennis Topsfield, Tiger Kitten designed by Bob Benjamin, Die Schwinge (Birdwing) designed by Hal Debolt, Crackle designed by Steven Pauly, and Mega Pepper designed by Dave Roblen.
Recommendations for Electric Powered Flight Systems (Part 2), Kken covers flight factors and pitch to diameter ratios.

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The January EFO Meeting, Don Skiff showed his beautiful new Four Star conversion, we all learned how to use the Charlie White hammerhead soldering tip in Ken's new Weller SP40L iron, also learned how to use Ken's new crimping tool to crimp Anderson Power poles, and finished up the evening by flying planes on Ken's computer with the new R/C simulator, Cockpit Master. Notes from Don on his Four Star, Don Skiff provides info on his Sig 4-Star conversion.
Park Flier Gear Boxes, Hobbico Press Release about Park Flier Gear Boxes Word to the Wise About Trexler Wheels, Plenny Bates provides info on how to keep the valve from sticking to itself.
Give Your Plane a Pitch, Grant Calkins tells why it is a good idea to add more prop pitch when flying at higher elevations. Casa 212 Aviocar, Bertil Klintbom show the progress of his model with photos.
Upcoming Freeze Fly, announcement Electric NATS 2001, Ralph Weaver announces the rules and schedule for the e-Nats.
MiniStreak is Back, Tim McDonough announces that production has started again on this model. Graupner Eindecker, Joe Hass fills in the details of his build
New EDF Kit Available Mark Nankivil announces that the Flash E-74 is available. Upcoming VA Meet, announcement.
Super Decathlon 40, Greg Potter supplies the details of his conversion. Upcoming Triad Weekend, announcement
Recommendations For Electric Powered Flight Systems: Part 1, Ken starts his series on choosing electric power systems. A Plea From Ken, Ken asks folks to get the Ampeer online if possible.

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January '01 (172KB)
Laker Landing, David Summers shares a photo of a perfect Laker landing. Iowa Indoors, announcement
NEAT Fair 2001, announcement New Electric Planes from Great Planes, PRESS RELEASE from Hobbico for the Albatross D-V biplane , Cap 231 EX, Lazy Sparrow and Crazy Sparrow, and Escapade.
Trexler Online, link to Trexler site December EFO Meeting, Ken shared his tape "Electric Flight in the 90's"" which he produced in 1989 using two VCRs, Don and John came up from Cincinnati and Don shared his tape of his Fokker Triplane, and the group moved to the Oakland Yard for some indoor flying.
Profili Found, Rick Page shares the link to where this airfoil plotting program moved to. Aqua Sport, Rich Flinchbaugh shares info and photo of his version.
Jr. Falcon Info, Ken shares info on his 1970 glow version and discusses an electric version to come, with photos of original.

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THANKS FOR ASSISTANCE, Barrie Hill shares info and photo of his ME 110. SloFli Press Release, A VARIETY OF POWER SOURCES FOR LIGHTWEIGHT PLANES and ElectriFly Peak Charger.
Thoughts on the EFO Site Beginner's Page, Jens Damhoj shares his thoughts to help beginners. Digital Scale, Mike Finnan shares info on one he found at WalMart.
Free Airfoil Plotting Programmes, Lex Davidson recommends Profile. No he did not mean Profili. R/C Site for Cardboard Planes, Brian Cardinal recommends his site.
Where to Get Profili, David Theunissen shares the link to this airfoil plotting program. EMFSO Web Site Moves, Electric Model Flyers of Southern Ontario is now www.emfso.org
Counter-Rotating Gearbox Flies!, Keith Shaw shares the details of his counter-rotating gearbox flight. The motor/gearbox is scheduled for use in a Bugatti R-100. Electric Tu-4, George Maiorana shares info and photos of this giant beauty, which took third at the Masters against glow and gas powered planes.
New Twin, Lee Richter's new twin seaplane info and photo. Ron's Site Pages, links to Ron Fikes' sites.
More Great Plane Releases, Kyosho's EP Cessna 180 Trainer and the CS-5 Nano Servo. Slots Help Needed, Craig Oakeshott asks for help with his ME-163 and describes the one that he's building.
Suggestions-Recommendations for SLOW Flying Indoor R/C Model, Bill Boice asks for advice on this type of model. Notable Model Designer Looses Battle with Cancer , Dave Jones notifies us of Fred Reese's passing.
November EFO Meeting, There were a lot of questions about NiMH batteries, and once again, Rick Sawicki showed off his modification to the Lite-Stik, Keith Shaw demonstrated his new counter-rotating gearbox, and Bob Hatmaker agreed to build and report on Sture SchmidtÕs S400 plane.

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Debbie Resigns, Secretary/Treasurer of the EFO resigns with regrets. Upcoming EFO Meeting, announcement
Plane rating: Twister by CSD, Andre McFayden shares info and a 4.5-star rating. Looking for Hobby Hangar Scout Information, Oded Mazor is looking for info.
Plane Ratings: Kyosho F-16 & Modelair-Tech Ellipstick, Walter Thyng shares info, photos and ratings on these models and more. Oakland Yard Indoor Season, announcement
A NEW RADIO CONTROL ELECTRIC MOTOR POWERED MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB IS FORMING IN THE KALAMAZOO AREA, announcement from Fred Marion. Multiplex Pico Jet and Pico Jet Combat, Ron Brandenburg gives launching tips.
Profili Free Download - Where'd it go?, Ray William asks the question. Help! My city wants to possibly ban electrics!, Kerry Lawrence discusses this topic as it applies to Cedar Rapids, IA.
News from Greece, John Konstantakatos reports on his SR Batteries X-250. First Annual Middle Tennessee Electric Fly Report , Craig Logan reports on this meet.
CL-215, David Summers shares a photo of Robert Pike's plane. X-250 Plane from SR Batteries, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his version.
Romance Rekindled , Craig Oakeshott shares how electric power rekindled his interest in modeling. George Maiorana and Dave Pinegar Did It Again, 3rd place with the TU-4 Bull (B-29) that they took 1st place with at the Mint Julep in May and 1st in Team scale at the AMA Nats.
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October '00 (476KB)
Cessna C-34 Help Requested, Bruce Pickering shares info and photos of his self-designed Stratos and his Al Eastman Twin Eastwind. He asks for help with his new C-34 project. New Era III Twin, Dick Corby shares info and photo of his version of this plane converted to a twin.
Great Planes Brushed Speed Controls, announcing the 5-amp through 30 amp High Frequency ESCs. Another Mirage 2000, Dave Colbert shares info on his Wattage Mirage 2000.
News from NZ, Lex Davidson shares info on e-flight happenings in New Zealand and mentions his Cloud Dancer. Pico Jet, Jean Vautrin shares info on his combat version.
RBC Kits News, announcement SR X-250, John Rossetti shares info on his completely stock version
LT-25 Rating, David Platt shares info on his stock version and gives it a 5-star rating. Soldering Batteries WWW Site, old link to Charlie White's Web site and hammerhead soldering tip.
Wing Shear Web Construction, Merle Davies provides info from Dr. Michael Selig on proper technique. E-FLI-OWA Report, Jon McVay shares info on the 2nd Annual Event.
Grant's X-250, Grant Calkins shares info and photos of his version. Bloody Mary, Bernie Hunt shares info on this plane and gives it a 2-star rating.
Waco YMF 3 (E), Walter Thyng shares info on his 950 sq.in. Platt Waco. Swarm FF, Hobbico press release on this free flight plane.
BMFA Fly, Simon Kidd reports on this meet with photos. Thanks from Joe Hass, Thanks for the Mid-Am and Chris' SIMPROP SUCHOI SU31.
Upcoming EFO meeting, announcement Graupner Buzzard, Ray Wellbaum shares info on his version of this sailplane.
EDF Mongo Jr Pictures on the Web , Tord shares a link to an EDF version of his plane. Upcoming E-vent

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September '00 (988KB)
Mid-America Electric Flies 2000, report on this meet with photos Upcoming September EFO Meeting/Please Read Carefully/non EFO members are welcome too, announcement
Upcoming Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology, announcement Upcoming Second Annual E-FLI-OWA, announcement
Mongo Jr. Goes EDF, Tord shares info on his electric ducted fan (EDF) version. Upcoming Events

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August '00 (416KB)
Hammer Head Soldering Tip, Again, Charlie White tells how he makes the hammer head soldering tips. Three Electric Hots, Lee Richter shares info and photo of his 3 Electric Hots.
Return of Some Airtronics Kits , Dream Catcher Hobbies is bringing back some of the Airtronics kits including the Q-Tee. Fan Test Results, Tord S. Eriksson shares info on two 600-size podded fans from Graupner.
A party you won't want to miss!, announcement of the International Electric Flight Festival 2000 --- August 3 - 6 Upcoming Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology Fair, Tom Hunt announces the first NEAT Fair
Upcoming Second Annual E-FLI-OWA, announcement. Aviation Giggles, RULES OF THE AIR from Australian Aviation magazine.
More Electric History, George Sparhawk shares why electric models were "too heavy" to fly in 1928. Upcoming MISS Contest/EFO Demo, announcement
New RCB kits, announcement RATING SIG KADET LT-25 FOUR (4) STARS, Plenny Bates shares info on his model.
SR BATTERIES SR X250, Clyde Geist shares info on his model via Silents Please. Model Tech P-51, Dan Parsons shares info on his e-conversion
Multiplex & ALpex Rx Upgrade, Irvin J Cooper write in praise of a supplier, Multiplex USA Upcoming Events/Meetings, announcement
It's Back, Ken's Q-500, Ken shares info on his refurbished Q-500 which was originally built in 1988. Electric Control Line , George Yatsko explains why he'd like to electrically powered control line planes.
STOVL Boeing X32b Taking Shape in England, Doc Watson provides info on the full-scale. Flying Big, David Theunissen announces his new electric flight Web site.
FENIX 400 Update, Sture Smidt shares info and photo.

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Mirage 2000-5 from WattAge, Grant Calkins reviews this plane and gives it 4-stars. B-29/Tu-4 Project, George Maiorana shares more details on his project with photos.
NEW POWER PLANTS FOR ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT from Great Planes, press release from Heather Rose for the GPMG0755 S-600 Motor System and GPMG0850 GD-600 Electric Gear Drive w/2.5:1 Ratio. On the Road With the EFO & Ken Myers, Ken Myers, Richard Utkan, Bob Fowler and Tom Bacsanyi represented the EFO at the Romeo RC Club, Richard Utkan and Ken go to Donnelsville, OH for a meet put on by Azarr, EFO and MISS (Michigan International Soaring Society) having a joint get together at Camp Dearborn in Milford, MI, and the EFO meeting held at the Midwest 5 Mile Road field. August meeting is the "Douglas Kursinsky Memorial", hosted by the Radio Control Club of Detroit.
A party you won't want to miss!, info on the International Electric Flight Festival 2000 - August 3 - 6. Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology Fair, Tom Hunt provides info on this upcoming event.
Second Annual E-FLI-OWA , announcement. Mid-Am Info, announcement
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June '00 (364KB)
Bye Bye Blue Foamie, Pat Mattes announces the end of production of the Blue Foamie. Wheel Retainer Tip, Ron Fikes provides info on using the Goldberg "Snap Nuts" as wheel retainers on small models.
A-20 Havoc, Dan Parsons provides info on a Don DeGasprei designed version. George Sparhawk's SR Batteries X-250 , John A. Williams provides photos and info on George's version.
Toledo '00, Ken provides info and photos of electrics at this annual event. Some Upcoming Events, info for Northern Alberta Electric Fly In, NEAT Fair, C.H.I.E.F.S. ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL, Second Annual E-FLI-OWA , River Valley Flyers (WI) Electric R/C Event , Electric World Championships 2000 And International Electric Flight Festival 2000 and the 2000 Land of Lincoln E-Fly.
Balsacraft 48" Sea Fury, Dan Parsons' provides info and photo of his. Important June Meeting Info, announcement
Experience with Cellular Phones..., a warning from Tord Eriksson. Good Bye to Bob Clapp and Doug Kursinsky, two longtime EFO members pass away.
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May '00 (232KB)
USA Service Again, Lex Davidson shares how good Astro Flight service is even 12,000 miles away. Provincial Electric Funfly 2000 announcement of third annual Quebec E-meet.
New Zealand Rally, Lex Davidson reports on this event. Cloud Dancer Rating 5-Stars!, Lex Davidson shares info on his version and gives a rating of 5-stars.
More Eflight History, Dale Wilde reports on some 1965 electric models with photos. Gordy Cells, Gordy Stahl has plenty of high performance NiCads available.
Hobbyflite Clipped Wing Wing, Andre McFayden shares info and a 4-star rating for this plane. Upcoming NEAT Event, announcement
Pattern Question, Jack Heyrman asks about the possibility of electrics used in pattern. Upcoming E-FLI-OWA & River Valley Meets, Coming EWC 2000, Important EFO Notice, and Mid-Am 2000 info, announcements

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April '00 (668KB)
Feb. EFO Meeting, Larry Rice and Ken Welch each had Clancy Yard Bee's, Jim Young is building a big, Weddel Williams, Gus Nuerenberg showed off a neat, little Mini-Amptique that he is scratch building, Don Skiff showed off a very unique structure for the scale Monospar, Ken Myers showed off his completed X250 , and Keith Shaw's gear-drive for an Astro Flight 40 swinging two counter-rotating props. Photos. New Jet Organization, announcement of the U.S. R/C Jet Command
March EFO Meeting, Rich Sawicki showed a Moravia ARF, Richard Utkan showed his Chubby Lady, Mike Holroyde share a BlueMax he purchased from Hobby Lobby, Ken Myers also hauled up his E250 and X250, Wally Brandel brought the fuselage to his Revolt!, and Doug Kursinsky brought along the R/C Report survey forms. Ken's SR Batteries X250 Takes Wing!, Ken shares the successful maiden of his plane.
More X250s, Ampeer readers John A. Williams, Jeff Dessert and Larry Sribnick share info and photos on their versions. Conversion of Sig Seniorita, Grant Calkins shares info and pictures of his conversion.
Bill Evans Slo-Motion Conversion, Brian Sawyer shares info and photo of his conversion. Upcoming E-vents

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March '00 (400KB)
Multiplex Hummel, Andre McFayden shares info on his model and rates it 4-stars. Letter From A Recent Convert, Jeffry G. Brzezinski tells why he's glad he converted to electric power.
In Praise of some US Suppliers/Manufacturers , Lex Davidson of New Zealand praises two suppliers; MEC (Model Electronics Corp.) and Olson Systems. Airborne Video Systems, Monte Salot informs us about his Wireless Video Cameras and how to obtain them.
Hobbyflite Electric Flying Wing , Andre McFayden shares info on his version and gives it a 4-star rating. Why Electric?, Fred Seiler gives us his take on this topic.
Old Electrics, Dale Wilde shares info on Bob Boucher's Bushmaster and a Goldberg Skylark with photos. SR Batteries X250 as built by Ken Myers, Ken's build log for this plane with photos. The article concludes with Comments from Larry Sribnick about Ken's modifications.

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February '00 (264KB) Armand Francoeur tells why he's a happy new e-flier with LT-40
TwinStar & Blue Foamie Rating - New E-flier, George Scrimshaw shares info on both planes and rates both at 4-stars. S&B EPP Focke Wulf, photo
Futaba Service Center New Location, announcement MID WINTER ELECTRICS, SILENT ELECTRIC FLYERS of SAN DIEGO announces the third annual
Gordy Cells, Gordy Stahl has plenty of good cells. A Happy New E-flier,
E-history, Dale Wilde shares an ad from Air Trails, 1960 Annual for electric flight supplies. N.E. ELECTRIC TECH FAIR, Frank Dellamura and Bob Aberle provide more info on this upcoming meet.
Batteries---Watts UP?, Carl Schwab reviews the types in use, including Lithium Cells. Corrections and Additions to Part 1 of "Power Systems for Electric Aircraft", Ken warns, no ten cells use with an AF 020 cobalt and cleans up some tables.
January EFO Meeting, Ken had his new SR Batteries X-250 laid out for all to inspect, it was decided not to pursue the use of the Rushton Rd. Power Systems for Electric Aircraft - Part 2, available only in the .pdf version.

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January '00 (116KB)
Power Systems for Electrically Powered Aircraft, available only in .pdf version. Markys Hobby Shop, Marc Mamiye announces a new online shop.
More S &B Models Focke Wulf, Geoff Barker announces the kitting of this model MID WINTER ELECTRICS, announcement of 3rd annual meet.
Indoor R/C Fun Fly, announcement of meet in Arlington Texas Convention Center.

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December '99 only in HTML
Shortest issue ever, Holiday Greeting and note to Ampeer subscribers. Thanks to Some Great Editors!, thanks to retiring e-flight newsletter editors; George Myers, Frank Korman and Steve Belknap.
The Holiday Meeting and Party, announcement for meeting at Ken's house. A Quick Note to Slo and Park Fliers, AirAge Publications (Model Airplane News) start new magazine,Radio Control microFlight

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New E-club in Calgary Area, Craig tells about new club. S &B Models, Geoff Barker of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia has an EPP FW 190A available
Kyosho F-16, Great Planes announces the new Kyosho F-16. Mid Winter Electrics, SILENT ELECTRIC FLYERS of SAN DIEGO announces the third annual MID WINTER ELECTRICS
Gordy Cells Available, Gordy Stahl has plenty of NiCads RCB Kits Available in the US Again , Gregory Kamysz tells us where to get them.
Wingo Note from Greece , John Konstantakatos shares his experience with this ARF. Plane Review, Flying Wing , Grant Calkins reviews a a 48" WS flying wing
BOB LIVIN'S FORD TRIMOTOR , Plenny Bates shares info and photo of Bob's plane. The SR Batteries X250, Ken sits with Larry at Toledo and closely examines this one, and then orders. w/photo
Plane Ratings, Mirage 550, Flame, Zagi, Andrew Willetts shares info and ratings of these planes; Goldberg Mirage 550 4-stars, Hobby Lobby Flame 66" 4-stars, Trick R/C Zagi 400 5-stars Mirage Rating, Glenn B. Campbell shares info and a 3-star rating.
The Ilyushin IL-30 flys!, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his version. New E-Supplier, Brian Hewitt announces his new business, Wheels Wings & Other Neat Things in Plattsville, Ont. Canada.
Electric Trainer, Ron Oakley shares info on his Great Planes PT electric. MISS/EFO Fall Flyout, Ken reports on this event.
Midwest Essence Rating, Bill Mecca shares info and a 4-star rating for this plane. Thanks from Joe Hass, Joe thanks Keith and Ken for a great Mid-Am.
CYA GLUES A HEALTH HAZARD, Merle Davies shares health concerns with CA glues. US Scale Masters Championship, George Heiman shares info on the photo he took of Bob Benjamin and his big electric Taylorcraft at the Championships. w/two photos
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October '99 (356KB)
A Sig LT-25e On Floats, Terry McGill shares info on his model. Andrew Willetts' Planes, Andy shares info and photos of his Carl Goldberg Mirage 550 and Hobby Lobby Flame.
Two Plane Ratings, Andre McFayden shares info and ratings on his Multiplex Twinstar (4-stars) and Jodel Parkflyer (2-stars) Efly in Iowa, Jon McVay reports on this meet.
Gordy Cells, Gordy Stahl has cells for sale. Patience, Tim McDonough relates how it is worth waiting for that perfect flight.
Bitsodis and Bitsodat, Donald Skiff provides info on the plane he created from bitsodis and bitsodat. w/photo Fort Wayne Swap, announcement
05 Brushless Questions, Richard Flinchbaugh wants to know what other modelers are using this motor in. Sig LT-25 Rating & Fleet Question, John Houvener, Sr. provides info and a 4.5-star rating. He asks how to power his Fleet Bipe and Ken responds.
New Zealand News, Lex Davidson provides info on what is happening in the e-flight area in New Zealand. w/photos HobbyFlite Boeing 747, Grant Calkins evaluates this plane.
Tips on Learning Electric Flight , Pat Smith provides tips on what he's learned so far. Sept. Meeting, Jim Young had his completed Mr. Mulligan, Don had is Bits'o This-Bits'0 That, and Ken did a demo on straightening bent shafts w/photos
E-fly Photos from the UK , Simon Kidd sends along some photos from the UK. Springfield E-fly Non-meet, Ken reports on this meet.
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September '99 (416KB)
Mid-Am Feedback, feedback from participants and more photos. Mid-Am Correction, several corrections to Sunday's award results and additional sponsors.
The PT-29, Weldon Smith shares info and photo of this fanciful could have been. Triad Electric Weekend , Colin McKinley reports on this event with photos.
Bristol Brabazon, Simon Kidd reports on this plane seen at a BMFA event with photos. Twinstar, Mark Goresky shares info on his version.
Folding Flyer Rating, Grant Calkins shares info on his version of this foam board plane. Rated 1-star. Great Planes CAP 232 Conversion , Dereck Woodward shares info and photos of his conversion.
E-FLY-IOWA, announcement Fans of Flight, Tord Eriksson reports on the results of his testing and asks for help.
Tiger Cat, Plenny Bates shares info and photos of his version. SAFT 3000, Simon Kidd reports his findings on these cells.
Electric Sig Wonder, Patrick S.Breen reports on the flying of his version. Amendment to TwinStar Review , Jim Jager adds more info to his review.
The Electric Nationals , a report with photos by Ken Myers. Upcoming E-vents

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August '99 (848KB)
Kv for Robbie 600, Barrie Hill finds the real Kv for this motor. HP/Acrobat Printer Problem, resolved
More on Livin's Custom Cavalier, Plenny Bates provides more info on Bob Livin's plane. A Little More on Electric Control Line Flying, Fred Cronenwett provides info on Grant Hiestand's Boeing 314 China Clipper.
Delta from Sweden, Stefan Tholin shares info and a photo of his plane. News from Modelair-Tech, new releases from Tom Hunt.
From the UK, Simon Kidd shares info and photos of his Tucano and Hawker Sea Fury. Giant Scale Taube , Tom Ramsey shares details and a photo of his 90 size Balsa USA Taube.
Upcoming Iowa Meet, announcement June EFO Meeting, Richard Utkan, EFO VP, demonstrated an air powered free flight, as well as a Zagi, Jim Young joined the EFO and showed off a couple of his new planes, including this great Mr. Mulligan, Corky Boyd showed off one of the most popular planes of the 1999 a Wingo. Inclueds photos by Jeff Hauser.
Royal Gull, Rich Flinchbaugh shares details on his plane and a trip to Astro Flight in Calif. The Dave Strathman Memorial Fly-In, Ken reports on this meet put on by Azarr in Ohio.
Let's do the "Wingo Tuck", Tom Hunt explains what it is and how to avoid it. New Sanyo 3000CR Batteries! , Steve Belknap provides details on these cells
Chilliwack '99, announcement Kyosho Agwagon, Terry McGill provides details on his conversion to e-power
Mid-Am '99, available only in .pdf version Upcoming Events

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July '99 (336KB)
Low-Lizz Photo, Carlo Ciarniello provides photo fo this plane. TwinStar & Elder ratings, Jim Jager provides info, photos and ratings on these planes. TwinStar 4-stars, Elder 20 3-star
ElectriCub Update, John R. Houvener updates his power system and rates it 3.5-stars KEYSTONE RADIO CONTROL CLUB, D. Leister announces the end of this historic e-meet.
Ryan Hellcat Rating, Grant Calkins provides info, photo and rating for his version. 4-stars Zagi in Sweden, Tord Eriksson provides info on his version.
Simpl"E" Fun, Steve Hinderks provides info on a new EPP kit by his company, the SPUD. Disposable" Push-E Cat?, Darwin Garrison points out that EPP planes are not disposable
On Floats from England, David Theunissen describes his float plane with photos and his experiences with electric float planes. Someone Said We're Having an E-Party in Michigan, shhhush, Don't Tell, announcement of 1999 Mid-Am

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June '99 (296KB)
MID-AM '98 Revisited, Doug Ward shares info and photos from the 1998 Mid-America Electric Flies Use of Mobil Telephones in Proximity to Electronically Programmed Transmitters, Warren Plohr provides a warning.
HIGH WINGS versus LOW WINGS , Clay Ramskill shares his views on the two types. Anxiety Eliminator or Throttle Setup Tester, Rich Simpson tells how to built one with schematic.
The ASTRO 101 WhattMeter, Jim Troxell describes how he uses it during the charge and discharge process. Profile Bearcat & Sonic Blast, George Heiman shares info and photos of his models.
Someone IS listening, Dereck Woodward shares how Great Planes is getting involved in electric flight and the CAP 232 kit they sent him for an e-conversion. Where To Get the Hammerhead Soldering Tips, Charlie White tells how to get these special tips that he builds.
Bye Bye 500ARs, Greg Kamysz notes there were none available at Toledo. 1700 SCR battery packs on eBay , Jim Jager warns about fraudulent cells being sold on eBay.
Gordy Cells, Gordy Stahl write to note that he can supply cells at a good price and how to get them.

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May '99 (468KB)
Some New Ratings, John Houvener shares info and rates the Olympic II Sailplane 5-stars, Old-timer Ben Buckle Buccaneer 66 3-stars, and Ace PuddleMaster 3-stars Ken On the ElectriCub, Again, Ken suggests a power system.
On Fusing, Ken Myers, Martin Irvine and John Sermos give tips on fusing. Where'd the Schoolyard Foamie Go?, Albert Wahrhaftig tells us where to find the plans.
Folding Flyer, Chris Hemmah shares info on this plane and tells us where to order it. Lots of Ways to Get There from Here, Ken explains how he'd power a 1/5-scale ARF Bleriot XI
NEAC News, Doug Ward fills us in on what will be happen at the Electric Nationals and other National Electric Aircraft Council news. Muncie Weekend '99, Weldon Smith announces info on this upcoming gathering.
Low-Lizz, Carlo Ciarnello has provided us with a FREE plan and info on his design. Upcoming E-vents

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Another Zagi, Jean Vautrin shares info on his version. Delta 400 Kit Review, Grant Calkins shares info, photo and rating of his version, 3.5-stars.
New Electric Kits from Great Planes, Heather Rose announces 4 new electric kits from Great Planes; Hawker Hurricane, the Hawker Sea Fury, the Grumman Bearcat and the Bristol Blenheim Twin Plane Ratings, Dave Chewning shares info and ratings on WASP: (RCM plans) 3-stars, PIECE O'CAKE: 3-stars, GENTLE LADY: 3-stars, AVISTAR 40 ARF: 4-stars, Sig SENIORITA: 4-stars, GENTLE LADY: 4-stars and CALIPH: 4-stars
TopFlite Elder 20, Jim Jager shares info and photos as he claims "Snoopy Claus Takes to the Sky, Quietly" Dr. Walter I. Thyng: Latest Project , Walt updates us with info on his Midwest Mustang 60 with Robart Pneumatic retracts.
Gee Bee Model D Speed 400 Powered, Carlo Ciarniello provides plans for this model. A Few More Ratings, Brad Evenson provides info, photos and ratings on his Mini-Viper, Graupner 3.5-stars, Ryan Aircraft P-38 4-stars and unfinished Ace Cloud Dancer.
Junior Falcon: Rebirth of a Classic , Ken shares how he plans to power his 1975 kit. Where to Get a Zipper Old-Timer , Bill Lewis asks where to get it and Ken gives a source.
February Meeting, Keith Shaw demonstrated timing large Astro Flight motors, Richard Utkan shared some info on his B-2 from Hobby Shack, Paul Bradley was a guest, and members also watched a video from Glenn Stucker on several of his multi-foamies. Some Corrections to Gearing Up for Spring , Bernard Cawley shares info on the Mini-Olympus S400 gearbox.
Specialized Model Supply, Greg Kamysz has a nice gearbox for Speed 400 motors with photo Cermark Gearbox, Steve Ciambrone shares info on this gearbox sold by Bill Griggs.
New Size Modelair-Tech Belt-drive, Tom Hunt introduced the new H-250 drive. Shorts Skyvan, James Frolik shares info and photo of his winter project.
Mid-Winter Electric Speed Runs , Bruce Cronkhite reports on the results of this event. New Hitec Receiver, Info on the new Hitec Supreme "Super Slim" receiver.
International Covering Material info, Jim Ryan tells us the name it is sold under in the USA and what it is called in the rest of the world. Upcoming events

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March '99 (332KB)
Gearing Up for Spring Issue
Astro Flights Gear Boxes, info on the AF gearboxes Modelair-Tech's Great Units, info on all of Tom Hunt's belt drives.
A Plethora of Choices, info on all of Hobby Lobby's gearing choices. Talk About Versatile!, info on the MEC gearboxes.
Using a 3.7:1 Planetary To Fullest Potential!, info on Aveox gearboxes One Stop Shopping, info on the gearboxes carried by New Creations RC
Distributors, We Need Your Help, a plea from Ken for more complete info on gearboxes from all suppliers. Using the Gearing Information, Ken explains how to mate gear drive power systems to airframes.
A Nice Project , Lee Richter shares info and photo of his Canidair 215 with 480 motors and gear boxes. Setting Astro Lash, how to set the lash on an Astro Flight helical gearbox.

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February '99 (336KB)
Sig Four Star 40 Conversion , Dereck Woodward shares info and photos of his conversion using a MaxCim MaxNEO 13Y, 3:1 gearing on 20 cells. DIHEDRAL - How Much is Enough?, Clay Ramskill covers this topic with illustrations.
REDUCING DRAG, Clay Ramskill tells us how and includes a diagram. Meet Ralph Weaver - NEAC President, Ralph, the new National Electric Aircraft Council Chairman, tells us about himself.
AEROBATICS - The Axial Roll, Bruce Cronkhite tells us how to do it correctly. Multi "Engine" Wiring , Pat Tritle provides info and illustrations on this topic.
Rockville Spring Meet, Dereck Woodward provides info on this upcoming meet. Build Light, Russell Bennett tells us how to do it and provides weights for common covering materials.
New RcCad, the RcCad team announces a new version. Tale of a 1/4 scale Cub, Tom Hunt shares his conversion of a Nosen Cub with photos.
A Nice B-17, John Williams shares info and photo of Jim Sanders plane using 4 Astro Flight 05s. An R/C Auction Online, announcement of an online auction.
Contributors: I need your help, Ken asks for more reader contributions. Upcoming Events

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January '99 (316KB)
Microbe Info Direct From the Manufacturer, Rob Bulk, the manufacturer of the kit, provides info on both the gear-drive and direct drive options. 1/12-scale Typhoon, Ron Daniels provides info on his model flown at the Mid-Am and other new kits he'll be producing.
Schoolyard Foamie Rating, Albert Wahrhaftig shares info and gives a 5-star rating to his version. New Eflight info server, Kim Rossey starts an RC Message Board.
Fold the Prop, Ken shares how to get a folding prop to fold when the ESC has no brake, inc. photo. 800AR Source, Jim Porter has them available.
Last Chance Videos, Clay Howe closes CHVideo. A LazyBee Tale, Nick Mati shares info and photo of his version and tells what it is like to be a lone e-flier in Grand Junction, CA.
New Fuses, Dave Behner provides a source for the Little Fuses. It's a Beaver, Todd Ablett shares info and photo on his model.
Shaw on Props, Keith shares his prop knowledge and explains why one may work 'better' than another. Keith Shaw's 1/4-scale Fokker DVIII, Keith shares info and photos of his latest project.
Multiplex Twin Star Rating, Albert Wahrhaftig shares info on his version. R/C on TV , Jeffrey Maturo announces showings of RC related topics on PBS.
Wingo Review, Patrick Shuss shares info on his version and warns about the Wingo tuck. Gyro info, Lester W. Garber has plans available for a Speed 400 type.
Holiday Party, thanks for a great party, Debbie and Jim McNeely. Roswell Flyer, Mike Dammar shares info and photos of this indoor/outdoor R/C UFO.

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December '98 (1100KB)
November Meeting, Doug Kursinsky had a Hanger 9 Cub, Richard Utkan had a flying circle for Speed 400 and a flight ducted fan called the Sonic Blast, Mike Holroyde had the Blue Foamie and a slo-fly Demoiselle, and Ken brought up the black wire syndrome, with photos. DSC - Direct Servo Connection for Control Linw models , Fred Cronenwett fills us in on this electric CL technique with lots of photos.
News and Deals from Modelair-Tech, Tom Hunt's current releases. Party Map, map to holiday party
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November '98 (536KB)
October Meeting, held at the Rushton Road flying field. Revolt, Crackle, Mirage 550, CG Eaglet, Twin Skynight, Dymond Models Cub-thingy, PuddleMaster, Easy Electro 72 and more. w/photos U-2 Flies, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his version.
Sopwith Pup, Simon Kidd shares info and photo of his kit from DB Sport and Scale Kit. More on George Maiorana's Hanger 9 Cub and Extra 300S, George provides more info on these planes.
10-cell Lazy Bee, Steve Minter shares his power upgrade and answers questions about it. Need Help, Thinus Prinsloo of South Africa and Nick Mati of Colorado askw from some e-flight help.
External Fuse as Switch, John Julian describes how he does it. Cloud Dancer Rating, Rick shares info and a 4.5-star rating on his version.
Thank You Bill Ray, Ken thanks Bill for an 'extra' donation to the EFO and the Ampeer. Live Wire Champ & Easy Built PT-19, Colin McKinley shares info and photos of his models.
Ampex, Roy Day shares info and photos of his 'travel plane'. Plane Evaluation-MicroBe by RBC Kits, Grant Calkins shares info, photo and rating on his version. Rating 3.5-stars
All Electric R/C & C/L Fun Fly, Stephen Ciambrone announces this meet at the Sepulveda Basin Flying Site in Van Nuys, CA. Kyosho Flash, Brent Watkins shares info and a 4-star rating for his version.
Goldberg Jr. Falcon Teaser, Ken shares photo of his 1971 version and speculates on an electric powered version. Upcoming events

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Meeting Change!, notice The September EFO Meeting, a perfect flying evening and Jim Young brings out his Mr. Mulligan. with photos
News from Debbie, she volunteers to host the Christmas party. Thoughts from NY, Bob Aberle inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame and Tom Hunt's ideas for an electric duration type event.
EAA Calendar, why you want one and how to get it. Summer Flying in Greece, John Konstantakatos shares his adventures with photos.
Some News from the US Nationals, Doug Ward reports on the results of this event. California U2, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his model.
Plane Ratings, Kirby Kish shares info and ratings for his Global Right Flyer 25 (3-stars), Global Superfly 15 (4-stars), and Global Explorer (3-stars). 1/4-scale AERONCA C-1 Plane Rating, John Swetland shares info on his self-design and rates it 4-stars.
RCB Kits Update, Rob Bulk shares info on his latest kits with photo. KRC '98, report with photos on this meet from the KRC Web site with permission.
Optima Battery, Roman Vojt“ch shares info on these source batteries. Upcoming events

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More Thoughts on Competition, Colin McKinley shares his thoughts on leveling the playing field in electric competition events. North Carolina Meets, announcements for the Winston-Salem Radio Control Club (WSRC) and the Riverside Aeromodelers (RAMS) electric meets.
More on TigerKitten From Last Month, John Williams shares more info on his model. More on Mid-Am '98, comments from attendees Darwin Garrison, Jim Young, George Maiorana, Grant Calkins, Plenny Bates, Martin Irvine, Chris True, David Campbell, Paul Bradley, John Kauk, Tim McDonough, Jim Ryan, John McCullough, Doug Holland, and Joe Hass with photos.
Kyosho Clipped Wing ARF rating, Ricardo Jorge shares info on his. Ju-52 Update, Dr. Walter I. Thyng shares info on his version.
ModelSport Magazine, John J. Beech ofPanache Productions, S.A. tells use about his service. Upcoming Devil. Mt. E-fly, meet announcement at BARCS field in Richmond, Ca.
Calculating C of G, Carlo Ciarniello shares his thought on this topic with a spreadsheet. Word from the Azores, Roly Huebsch of the Azores, Portugal, tells how he got involved in RC modeling.
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Sig Astro Hog & JN 4 Jenny, Dr. Walter I. Thyng shares info and ratings on his Astro Hog (4-stars) and Jenny (4-stars) and updates info on his Ju-52 w/photos. Pixel IV, Alexander Van de Rostyne provides info on his 68g heli with photos.
Getting in touch with HL, Ken provides info. Data Logger Info, Hannes Steets reports on a German DIY kit.
10-cell Lazy Bee, Steve Minter, after visiting Ken and seeing his 10-cell Eaglet 50and Tiger Shark, returns to England and creates a 10-cell Lazy Bee. w/photos inc. Ken's Eaglet 50 & TigerShark. Land of Lincoln '98, Tim McDonough reports on this event with photos.
Hot Dawg & Snapdragon, William J. Bowne shares info and photos on is two models w/photos. 1/4 scale Scheibe Tandem-Falke, Gudmund Thompson shares info and photos of his 17 lb. model.
More on Henschel Hs132, Martin Lagerstedt shares info on this EDF powered plane. An Invitation, invitation to e-fliers to attend the Skymasters' Multi-engine, Multi-wing event.
Slo-flyers, Bill Bruce shares his light-weight planes. A Modeller's Tale, Jeff Hauser flies the BFI in a bit of wind. Oops.
Tiger Kitten, John A. Williams shares info and photo of his version. He also rates the Tiger Kitten and Cloud Dancer, each with 4.5-stars. Mid-Am '98, Ken reports on this event with photos.

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Sanyo Limit, Randy Farrell shares info on his version and a 4-star rating. Ju-52, Ashley Davis shares info and photo of his version.
Verti-Go, David Segal shares info and photo of his version of this Pat Trittle plane with a 4-star rating. For Whatt it's Worth, Ken compares the O.S. 25FP to a geared Astro Flight 035 on ten cells.
Time for a Change?, in an editorial, Bob Aberle suggests motor classes to separate brushed and brushless motors in LMR competition classes. Let's Try An EDF, David Jowers shares his foray into EDFs with an Hs132.
Amptique Rating, Dereck Woodward shares info on his version and a 3-star rating. Another Graupner JU 52, Dr. Walter I. Thyng shares info on his version and gives it a 3-star rating.
Northeast Sailplanes Peeper, Steve Gurley shares info on his version. LeCrate - Graupner Ju-52 - E-Hots - Electra, George Scrimshaw shares info on his versions; LeCrate 3-stars, .Graupner Ju-52 2-stars, Midwest Hots 0-stars, Goldberg Electra 4-stars.
Cloud Dancer info, John A. Williams shares a photo of his version with a geared AF 25 and E-Zone modifications. Another Electra rating, Grant Calkins shares info, photo and a 3.5-star rating on his version.
June Meeting, held at the Rushton Rd. flying field, Ken brought Steve Minter, from England, Mid-America Electric Flies info, info on the upcoming Mid-Am
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June '98 (320KB)
Spinners Correction & SCALE SPINNERS FOR SPEED 400, correct source for making your own spinners. Steve Kerry describes how to make spinners with illustrations. Easy Electrics, Alan Bedingham explains why he believes larger electrics are "easier".
SKat Rating, Ricardo Jorge shares info on his Skat Speed 400 pylon racer from Diversity Model Aircraft with a 4-star rating. Indoor & MICROBE, Rob Bulk shares info on his Microbe kit with photo.
Heinkel HE162 Salamander, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his version and rates it 4-stars. New Pixel Site, Alexander Van de Rostyne updates his URL and shares info on the Pixel III.
May Meeting, well attended at the Rushton Rd. flying field, Richard Utkan flew his Dymond Models Cub, with photos. Mid-America Info, info on upcoming Mid-Am
Upcoming E-vents

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May '98 (336KB)
New E-flight Event in Greece, John Konstantakatos shares an idea for a new electric event. Me 109 Electric Model with NiMH Cells!, Simon Kidd shares details and photo of his model.
A Delta at Edwards AFB, Grant Calkins shares info and photo of his Windsock Models Mini-Delta 200. A Flame Glows in North Carolina , Tom Evans shares info and photo of his Hobby Lobby Flame.
Need Information and Photos for New EFI Column, Dereck Woodward asks for photos and plane info for his new column in Electric Flight International. Tandy Catalog, David Segal tells where to get Tech America catalog.
Goldberg Mirage 550, Grant Calkins shares info, photo and a 4-star rating. Zagi Flying Wing, Randy Severino shares info an photo of his version.
Timothy--speed 400 ARF Sailplane, Rich Ida shares info and photo of his model. Prop Effects, Clay Ramskill discusses; Spiral Propwash, P-Factor, Torque, Gyroscopic effect, and more.
Building Light, Clay Ramskill covers; WOOD, GLUE, Plywood, CUT AND CHOP, BUILD UP, FOAM WINGS, BUILT-UP WINGS:, COVERING, SANDING, FUEL PROOFING, FITTINGS, BALANCE and more! NEAC Mission Statement, Doug Ward shares the mission statement and how to join the National Electric Aircraft Council.
For Sale, Gordy Stahl had a Pou Du Ceil for sale. March Meeting, meeting was a real modellers meeting, Richard Utkan brought in the plans for a couple of Speed 400 planes, Joe Hass, AMA Dist. VII AVP brought in three planes, Jack Lemon gave Joe a few good wiring tips, Don Skiff showed off a plane, and Ken also showed his Goldberg Eaglet 50.
The KRC E-Fly Event, David Segal announced the dates for the 1998 Keystone Radio Club Electric-Fly. Dave Grife's Big Bipe, Clay Howe share's the details and phot of Dave's 1/4 scale Proctor D-VII.
Mid-America Flies Info, upcoming Mid-Am info Events Calendar

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April '98 (384KB)
Voltairs Fun Fly, announcing the Voltairs 10th Annual Fun Fly. Chuck Hollinger, Plenny Bates shares info and photos of model airplane designer.
Radio Shack Multimeter, Don Skiff tells about this features of this digital multimeter. The Institue of Silent Flight, Elliott tells us about his special hobby shop in Morgantown, PA.
Thoughts from George M. Myers , George shares thoughts about our electric flight newsletters. Jan. EFO Meeting, meeting was held in Ken's classroom, and Don Skiff presented his information on the Radio Shack Multimeter.
New Sanyo RC1700, Steve Belknap shares info on these cells. Corrections,
DEAF/Ezone E-Expo, announcement of upcoming event. Looking For Some Thicker White Building Foam?, Garrison Aerodrome R/C Model Enterprises carries 3&auog; and 4" blocks.
ModelAir-Tech News, Tom Hunt announces the Model: BD 101 - 500 WATT belt-drive and more. Feb. EFO Meeting, Jack Lemon shared photos of his "PuddlePBM" twin, Ken discussed converting the venerable Eaglet 50 to electric, several members practiced building on glass, and Minnie walking across building board, with photos.
KRC '98 Update, Anthony Assetto praises the Ampeer and updates info on the upcoming KRC meet. R/C Electric Powered Interactive, Robert Riggle shares a new Web site with us.
Some Corrections, corrections for the Feb. issue. News from New Zealand & A Plane Rating, Lex Davidson shares info from NZ and on the THE ODYSSEY by K & A Models which he rates 4-stars.
The Ikarus ECO Helicopter, Carl Blaurock and Russ Tront share info on this chopper. Upcoming E-vents,

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March '98 (368KB)
First page reproduction of 1st Ampeer called the WOLF's Call, page1, issue 1, March 1988 Full Scale Electric, info on an Ultra-Light Sailplane the Electro-Silent.
ON USING 10 CELLS (cont. from the Dec. 1997 Ampeer), Steven Horney shares info on his EZ 25L ARF Midwest Essence Rating, Ricardo R N Jorge shares info on his version and a 4-star rating.
Electra Twin Plans, Bob Boucher has plans available. News from the NEAC, Doug Ward, National Electric Aircraft Council chairman, promotes the organization.
A Few Hints for the New Year!, applying fiberglass reinforcing, Nail File Supreme, mix epoxy in a deep container, Washita whet stone and take the scratches out of a butyrate canopy. Thanks and Ideas for Next Year's Mid-Am, Jim Jager sends thanks and an idea for the next Mid-Am.
More on Don Skiff's Yellow Scratchbuilt, Don shares more info on his original design making use of a Mirage 550. E-Planes at the Scale Nats, Rick Fischer reports on Randy Smithisler's and Bob Benjamin's successes against the glow and gas guys.
More on Puddlemaster Twins, Ed Boehm shares more info on his conversion to a twin. Sloping Lake Michigan, Louis Dionne shares photo of Keith Shaw sloping at the Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Cap It, Stefan Vorkoetter shares info on the correct size capacitors to use. Glockner F86F Sabre Review, Gordon Tarling shares info and photo of his model.

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February '98 (192KB)
Canadair CL-215 "Water Bomber" , Robert Pike shares info on these models and photos. MODIFYING THE ElectriCUB, Walt Gray shares his modifications and a photo.
Lazy Bee Special 50", Grant Calkins shares info on his model and a 2-star rating. Want an X440 But Don't Have a Computer Radio?, Jim Ryan shares where to find a small mixer for this plane.
Radio Shack Digital Multimeter, Don shares where he got it and how much it cost. Upcoming S400 Races, upcoming meets in Garden City, MI.
Heat Shrinkable, Paintable Covering, info on Doculam. Astro Flight Gearbox Ratios for the 035 - 15, Bob Boucher gives the ratios available with the different pinions.
S400 Parts 3 & 4, Chris Boultinghouse & Dale O'Donnell continue their series with "Building the Speedy" and "Let's Go Racing". 60 Amp Fuse Holder, Howard Chevalier explains how to make one with illustration.
San Diego Meet in February 1998!, upcoming SAN DIEGO WINTER ELECTRICS - February 13-14-15 1998 A Greeting Card Plane Finder, Greg Lee tells how to make a plane finder from a musical greeting card.
Foam wing sheeting tip, Archie Adamisin explains how to make a wing press rather than vacuum bagging. West Winds Fornier RF4, Grant Calkins shares info, a photo and a 4-star rating for this plane.
Adding ball bearings to Magnetic Mayhem, Mike Pfeiffer tells us how to do it. Making Spinners, a mini how-to.
Sprite 20 Update, Patrick del Castillo updates info on this controller.

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January '98 (232KB)
NighOps, TEC Systems NIGHT OPS info from Timothy E. Cone. More Thanks for Mid-Am '97, Jim Bourke, Clay Howe, Louis Dionne, Doug Ingraham, Martin Irvine, John McCullough, Plenny Bates, Tom Cimato, David Bailey, and Richard C. Fleming send along congratulations and comments.
Mid-Am '97 Video, Clay Howe has the video ready and where to order. Great Planes PT Electric, Grant Calkins shares info on his version and a 5-star rating.
Mirage/Skyvolt/Meagerwatt Ratings, Carl Blaurock shares info on these planes and rates the Goldberg Mirage 550 3-stars, Today's Hobbies Skyvolt 3-stars, and ModelAir-Tech Meagerwatt 4-stars. Sprite-20 Micro Speed Controller, Patrick del Castillo provides info on this ESC and the upcoming Griffin-40 and Griffin-60, Pegasus-60 DC-DC and Dragon-60.
Ace Simple 400, Fred Reese shares info on his design as well as notes about this plane. FIESELER FI-156, Jay Putt shares info and many photos of Gehard Spielmann's great model.
Davis Tach, John McCollough finishes one and tells us about upgrading the battery. Canard info, Robert Thibodeau tells us where to find info on Canards.
It's MR. Tom Hunt NEAC & AMA Nats Grand Champ!, Ken congratulates Tom on this achievement. Thanks for the radio, Joe Hass thanks Futaba and Ken and Keith for the radio he won at the Mid-Am.
Ryan's Hellcat & P-38, Jim Ryan shares info and photos of his latest kits. Cheap NiCads!, Martin Vargas tells us where to find them
MaxCim Upgrades Motors & Controllers , Tom Cimato announces upgrades to both his motors and controllers.

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1997     Return to Select a Year
December '97 (436KB)
On Using 10 cells, Steve Horney shares his experiences using 10 cells on several planes. Kit Review: Tower EP 2 Meter, Jay Putt reviews this plane.
Sig Fazer E-Conversion, Walt Thyng shares the details of his conversion. MotoCalc 3.0, Lex Davidson praises the new version.
World's Smallest RC Helicopter Updated: Flies Better - Even Lighter!, Alexander Van de Rostyne updates his little guy to the Pixel II version. Hobby Lobby Skimmer, Matt Dyer reviews this plane and gives it a 5-star rating.
SEFLI Fourth Annual Vermont Mountain FLY-INN, Jay Putt reports on this event with photos CDed by Tom Hunt. Coup and Wasp Plans: Featured in Last Month's Ampeer, Carlo Ciarniello tells how to order plans and
Plane Ratings from Bill Bowne, shares info and rates the; Ol' Dawg (4-stars), Corvus (3-stars), Neutrino (3-stars), and Goldie (3-stars). Electra & Aero 'Lectric Ratings, Brad Evenson shares info and ratings on these planes. Goldberg Electra 4-stars and Midwest Aero-Lectric 4-stars.
Oct. EFO Meeting, Jack Lemon and Richard Utkan shared their photos from KRC, Ken showed his new Jomar "Micromax" Speed 400 ESC, Richard shared his Modelair-Tech H-100 gearbox, Don Skiff showed off is S400 powered, glow conversion, InBetween, Corky Boyd showed up with a really unique S400 inline twin, Jack also had a picture of Keith's finished Bearkitty, with photos. Contact Flying Models, Carsten's address from Bob Aberle.
EAA Calendar, how to order the latest edition.

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November '97 (168KB)
KRC video source, David Segal tells us that Reel-Tour Productions has the '97 KRC on video. Tach It, Tony N. Criscimagna (TNC Tachs) describes what makes a good tach and why. Also, how to construct a DIY tach.
Future of E-flight (some thoughts), Raymond Pike shares his thoughts on e-competitions and Lex Davidson shares his thought on the growth of e-flight. Millennium Falcon Rating, Dennis Weatherly shares info on his version and a 4-star rating.
The Kopski End of Charge Beeper, Jeff Hauser builds one and describes it function. MotoCalc v 3.00, Stefan Vorkoetter announces the release of this new version.
Upcoming San Diego Meet, announcement of THE SAN DIEGO WINTER ELECTRICS Ryan's Hellcat & P-38 kits, Jim Ryan announces the release of these two kit.
Great Planes Corsair 40, Walt Thyng describes his modifications and rates it 4-stars. Tailless Plans on EFO WEBsite, files and drawings contained on the EFO site are the property of Carlo Ciarniello and may be used by individuals.
The August and September Meetings, or How I Fell In Love with the X440!, Don Skiff flew a really nice "original" design and Ken and Richard Utkan had a great time with an SR Batteries X440. With photos. Upcoming events

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October '97 (200KB)
On Prop Loading, Ken describes his method for finding proper prop loadings. "PuddleMaster":Twin Variants, David Summers provides info on the twin Ripple Skipper.
Plane Ratings from Jim Jager, Jim shares info and ratings on several planes; ** Midwest E-Hots (2-stars), Davey Systems FlyBaby (0-stars), Ace PuddleMaster (3-stars), Goldberg Electra (4-stars), Sig Wonder (4-stars), and Sig Riser 2 (5-stars). High Wing Thing - Pandora, Dereck Woodward shares info on his self-designed trainer.
Not Canard Info, Keith McConnelly provides some info on flying wings. E-flight in the UK, Steven Goff provides info on his models.
On using AE cells, Ken shares his thoughts on what to power with these low-power cells. Supplier: Cavazos Sailplane Design, Robert Cavazos provides info on his models.
Getting into R/C Electrics, Mark Wolf thanks the Ampeer and Ken for getting him started into electrics. The 1997 Mid-Am, Ken's report on this meet.

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September '97 (296KB)
Seniorita Mods, Orville Shields describes his modifications to this plane. .pdf tip/battery tip/all up/last down?, Martin Vargas shares Adobe Acrobat tips, where to find 1250mAh cells and his thoughts on all up/last down contests.
10 Inch Props, Richard Boulanger suggests 10" diameter props for many geared applications. Plane Ratings,
High Resolution Tach (cont.), Tom Davis continues his info on a DIY tach with parts list and wiring diagram. Powering a Seniorita: Another View, Steve Horney shares his thoughts on using an AF 15 geared to a SuperBox.
Double Impact, Dale Wilde shares info and photo of his conversion of the Dick Sarpolus' design that appeared in the Aug. '95 issue of Flying Models Lehigh Valley Meet/TS power, Dereck Woodward reports on the meets and comments on my TigerShark power system.
Gulf States E-fly Info, info on upcoming meet Aveox responds to Bob Jacquot's letter, Matt Orme responds to the letter.
Great Planes ElecroStreak Rating, Grant Calkins shares info and a 2-star rating. Some "Tailless" News, Carlo Ciarniello tells about his upcoming tailless plan and provides specifications.

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August '97 (736KB)
Care and Feeding of Trexler Balloon Tires, Tom Wilk tells us how. The May Meeting, Gus Nuerenberg shared his underconstruction WACO from RCM plans, Mike Wizynajtys brought Sig's little sailplane kit for S400 and a Jim Ryan kit of the P-38, and Ken showed off his SR Batteries X440.
How Fast Does It Fly?, Clay Ramskill tells how to figure it out. H-100 from Modelair-Tech, Tom Hunt announces this belt-drive for the smaller Speed 400/480 motors.
Computer Use, Ken lists a lot of links on the Internet for electric flight info. Plane Ratings from Sweden, Stefan Tholin shares info photos and ratings on several planes; Midway Gnome 3-stars, Midway Gnome 2nd plane 3.5-stars, and the SKYWARD 40 ARF 4-stars.
Chip Rating, Brad Evenson shares info and a 4-star rating. Hitec Radio Sources, Jim Yuzwalk and Larry Sribnic share sources.
Bill Grigg's Model's Update, how to get catalog. News from the Gulf States, Mike Finnan shares info and photos of his GIGA-WATT and neat looking All Up/Last Down plane
Shield's Ratings, Orville shares info on several planes including the Hobby Lobby PS 78 (3-stars) and a Ted Davey Flybaby (0-stars), Central Indiana Electric Fly-in, Ken reports on this event with photos.
Grife's Extra, Ken provides info on Dave Grife's 27% Extra. Prop Talk Book, Donald W. Brooks announces his book.
Building a Simple On/Off Switch, June EFO meeting, Tracy Narine describes how to do it with diagram.

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July '97 Special Edition (412KB)
Getting Up to Speed - 400 That Is: Part 2 - Building Light & Strong, Chris Boultinghouse shares building a light and sufficiently strong airframe for your own Speed 400 design. Sanyo Date Codes, Doug Ward shares the codes.
Speedy Bee Rating, Dereck Woodward shares info and a 4-star rating. A Win for MaxCim, Tom Cimato shares info and photos of the University of Illinois winning entry in the Cessna/ONR Design/Build/Fly contest.
Keith Shaw's M35b, Keith shares info and photo of his latest model. World's Smallest R/C Heli, Alexander Van de Rostyne shares info and photo of his Pixel.
The E-Zone & a Sport Scale PT-19, Ken reminds folks about the E-zone and notes that Bill Bowne has plans there for 750 sq.in. PT-19. with photo New Airfoil Plotting Software, Dr. Patrick E. Hanley announces his plotting program for Windows 96.
Tips & info from Jim Yuzwalk, Jim provides tips on battery straps, cell interconnectors and thoughts on Sailplane & Electric Modeler. Pinion Press & Plucker, John E. McCullough provides info and photos of his versions and tells where to purchase them.
TigerShark, a first report, Ken provides a flight report and specs on his TigerShark design.

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July '97 (304KB)
Prop Info, Carlo Ciarniello shares prop test results. A Sig Kadet Senior Rating, Herm Perez shares info, photo and a 5-star rating.
News from NZ, John Roberts reports on some e-flight in New Zealand. Thanks Ben!, Wade Meyer thanks Ben Almojuela of the Charge Ahead.
April EFO Meeting, Bob Blau brought in his twin FAI 05 powered Pucara twin, John Geyer had his AF 15 direct drive GP ElectroStreak and Ken Myers showed off and discussed his yet unnamed design and shared his CAD plans. Toledo '97, Bob Jacquot reports on this event and MaxCim motors.
Tale of 2 planes: the sequel, Lynn Heffern shares the mods on his Great Planes 40 sized Super Sportster kit. Upcoming Events

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June '97 (184KB)
Product News, news from Modelair-Tech, Model Electronics Corp., Inc., Raptor Aerosports, CAB Designs, Hobby Lobby, Bill Griggs Models, Unbeaten Path Imports, Aveox, B&T R/C Supplies, SLK Electronics, Model Builder Plans and Ben Almojuela. High Resolution Tach, Tom Davis describes and lists the parts for a DIY tach.
Heli Challenge Winner?, Martyn McKinney tells us Norbert Gruentjens is the winner. Needs Plans, Anders Cestar is looking for plans donations.
Take It With YOU - RVers! , Paul Ashford shares info on a good take along plane. Upcoming DEAF meet, announcement of the 11th Annual DEAF Fly-In.
Finding a BAD cell, Keith Shaw tells how to find them. Interesting Info from Dave Segal, Dave gives a Construction Tip, tells where to find 2.6mm Screws for S-400 Mounting, and shares a neat Monokote Trim Tool.
A Mirage In Maine, Matt Dyer shares info on his model. Mid-America Flies Info, upcoming meet info
Upcoming Events

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May '97 (256KB)
Why?, David Summers tries to answer the question 'Why Do We Fly?' Snow Flying the Great Planes ElectriCub, David Summers relates his experiences.
Astro Flight's New Gearbox Ratios, Bob Boucher and Keith Shaw fill us in on the available ratios. New Goodies Headed Your Way , Azarr tells us about new products he's carrrying.
Getting It Right , Lex Davidson shares thoughts and experiences from New Zealand. Mini-Bell, Peter Delevoryas shares info on his conversion.
Even More on AF Gearboxes, Bob Boucher provides more info on his gearboxes. Take It With You, Paul Ashford provides info on a Take It With YOU - RVers type plane.
The March Meeting, Ernie LaBelle showed off a new Wind Drifter and Ken shared the infomation on the new AF gearboxes. Product News, news from New Creations and Astro Flight.
Modifying the Ace Simple Series Texan to Electric , Dave Jones tells us how to do it with photos. Mid-America E-Flies Info, upcoming meet info
Upcoming Events

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April '97 (224KB)
Building Big, Keith Shaw gives equipment tips for large airframes. E-30 Class Electric Flight, Chris Behr shares his thoughts on this topic.
News from the Frigid North, Brent Watkins shares his e-flight experiences in Alaska. SR X440 News, SR Batteries introduces the X440 ARF glider with info and photos.
More on the Cloud Dancer, Dennis Weatherly shares his thoughts on props for his Cloud Dancer. A Bigger E-Streak, Robert L. Kuhn shares info on his 125% version.
The February Meeting, Doug Kursinsky shared his Hobby Lobby Flame and next came more flights of electric round the pylon with photos. Sanyo 2000SCR, Ulf Herder shares his test results.
Get Your R/C Goodies Noticed, Bob Aberle is looking for good electric flight items to help promote. News from Jomar, Joe Utasi gives info on the updates of these great controllers.
Ben Almojuela, Editor "Retires", Ben gives up editing Charge Ahead Viper Model Products; New ESCs, Bernard Cawley and Ken Myers share info on this line of ESCs.

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March '97 (124KB)
Boeing Hawks/PSEMF Fly-in '96, Bernard Cawley reports on this meet. Eclipse Rating, Jim Mullen shares info and a 3-star rating on his version
Finally, an American Electric Magazine! Sailplane & Electric Modeler, new quarterly magazine announcement. Glue Hints, Tips & Safety, Gary Baker gives tips on using Weldbond and CA.
The Sorta PT Revisited, Ken mentions his plans and provides a flight report with photo of plane. Ratings from South America, Marciano Cantero shares info and ratings; Airtronics Falcon 550 E (5-stars), Airtronics Olympic 650 (4-stars), SIG Riser (4-stars), Clancy Lazy Bee (40" span) (4-stars), Yardbird (Randy Randolph design MAN plans) (4-stars) and SIG Seniorita (4-stars)
KRC update, Anthony Assetto provides updated info on the upcoming meet. Poling Float plane, R.J. (Jim) Benner shares info on his version.
New Astro gearboxes, Bob Boucher provides info on the new Super Boxes. More ratings, Brad Evenson provides info and ratings on his; Goldberg Electra (4-stars), Midwest Hots (5-stars), Graupner Chip (no rating). He also provides an On/Off switch schematic.
Terrier, Dale Wilde shares info and photo of his e-conversion. The 4th Annual Electric Duration Challenge June 15th - July 15th, 1997 (Inclusive), to be held in both US and UK with contacts being Jerry Smartt and Dave Durnford.
Getting Up to Speed --400 That Is, Chris Boultinghouse starts his primer covering AIRFRAME REQUIREMENTS, THE POWER SYSTEM, MORE ON PROPS, MOTOR BREAK-IN AND TIMING, BATTERIES, SPEED CONTROLLERS, WIRING and much more!

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January '97 (416KB) What's In This Issue: Ammeters - Christmas '97 - Miss Philly Meet - Plane Ratings SR Batteries Techniques Index
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February '97 (416KB) What's In This Issue: View It - New Props - Small Stuff - More on SR Techniques - Lazy Bee Review - Choosing the Right Prop - Some plane ratings - Motor Mount Source - ModelAir-Tech H-100 Belt Drive
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1996     Return to Select a Year
January '96 (324KB) What's In This Issue: High Rate Controller by Walker - Get Speed 400 supplies - Vagas Event - New event proposal - 1/4 scale Mystery Ship - Bob Aberle on the NATs & NEAC - New from ModelAir-Tech - Lofty Pursuits Speed 400 controller - MaxCim Brushless Motors - The LAST PAGE FIRST
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February '96 (176KB) What's In This Issue: A case for Big Ones - Visitor from Las Vegas - Mega 3-turn vs AF 40 FAI 5-turn ? - Be Safe - "Plastic gears"? - Doug Answers Some Questions About Speed 400s - A Scaling Spreadsheet - Choosing the Best Prop
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March '96 (128KB) What's In This Issue: Speed 400 Motor - A Smartt Challenge - Glen Poole - New Things From ModelAir-Tech - Next EFO Meeting - Keith Shaw on his Horton IX - White Opaque Micafilm Blocks RF? - Bargain Batteries - Ampeer On-line a WWW site - Rocket Micro Pylon Racer
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April '96 (84KB) What's In This Issue: Book Preview RC Pilots Handbook - News from Washington D.C. - Heli News from Germany - Weight Reductions - E-Nats Procedures - News from Steve Gurley - March EFO Meeting - KRC oops by me! - HP InkJet tip
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May '96 (124KB) What's In This Issue: Color Me Gone - Springtime Radio Care - How to Solo Quicker - Monokote Trimming Tip - New KRC Site for '96 - Spring Checkout - E-Flight in Holland - Cool Your Batteries - Upcoming Connecticut Meet - Ultracote Transparent Lite - Helicopter Challenge - Mid-America info
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June '96 (456KB) What's In This Issue: Speed 500 & 600 Motors - Thoughts on S400 at E-Nats - Cooling Tube (revisited) - Electric Flight Videos - ERTP? - Multi-motor Drive Units - What's Ahead for Charge Ahead? - EFO May Meeting - News from MaxCim - New Batteries? - From Model Airtech - New MI. Meet
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July '96 (124KB) What's In This Issue: Some Rules of Thumb - Wing Uses NiMh Batteries - Multi-motor Gearboxes - Word from New Zealand - Buzzard Bombs - Speed 400 cell combinations - SR at KRC - Mid-America Electric Flies 1996
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August '96 (384KB) What's In This Issue: Thoughts on Mid-America - More on Colors - Las Vegas Meet - Simple Series Racing - Cool Tees - Using Micafilm - Don't "believe" everything you read - EVEN IN THE AMPEER!!! - Please note special time and date for next meeting!
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September '96 (476KB) What's In This Issue: New ARF - More News from ModelAir-Tech - N. Carolina Happenings - Skonk Works Reminder - Help find a pinion - Speed 400 Firewall - ElectriCalc program - Turbo 10+ review - Ashlar's Drawing Board - More on Covering with Micafilm
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October '96 (488KB) What's In This Issue: Editorial Error - TigerKitten Review - Have Your Parts Laser Cut - What You Need to Be Competitve at the E-Nats - the September EFO Meeting - Editoral; Letter from Doug Holland - the '96 E-Nats - E-Nats Photos - More on Micafilm - Smaller Pinion for AF 05 motors - Shaw's New Bearcat!
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November '96 (276KB) What's In This Issue: Dual Contra Rotating Drive - New Speed 400 geared - Thoughts on ModelCad - Heli Challenge Revisited - the EFO Oct. meeting - Good E-Flight Hobby Shop in Canada - Get Hold of NEAC - TigerKitten Power - 1997 ENats - Items for Sale - New Products and Safety Warning via Charge Ahead
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December '96 (312KB) What's In This Issue: December Party/Meeting - AMA/NEAC Nationals Change - New E-meet - EFO e-mail addresses - Report Stolen Equip. - Safety Note - Make a Cowl - KRC/Mid-America Videos - Shaw Visits KRC - Heli Challenge Won - Cats Meow - MEC new address - Plane Ratings - AF 204 ? - NEAC "stuff" - more
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1995     Return to Select a Year
January '95 (60KB) What's In This Issue: Safety Tip - Better Than Push Rods - Cheaper 40 Power - Quiet Flight International - Brushless - Trends - Lost Foam Technique (Brushless/Trends/Lost Foam are on disk as separate articles)
February '95 (428KB) What's In This Issue: Thanks Debbie & Jim! - Where's the 10 min. flier? - New EFlight Magazine - Crunching Numbers for Sport & Sport Scale Models - NEAC? - New Big Belt Drive!!! - The Great - NATIONAL ELECTRIC AIRCRAFT COUNCIL - MODELAIR-TECH belt-drives - Oh Whatta Night!
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March '95 (104KB) What's In This Issue: Making Decals - Hints - Bad Servo? - Using Spreadsheets - More on Throttles - NiMH batteries - Cooling Tube - More Hints - Speed 400 geared - ModelAir-Tech - the Feb. meeting
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April '95 (119KB) What's In This Issue: From Louis Dionne - From Joe Wagner - The Wing's Too BIG! - Good STUFF from Dick Miller - Getting the Most out of Ferrite Motors - Photos from the Plane
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May '95 (119KB) What's In This Issue: Flying Better - Wiring Servos - To BEC or Not? - What Colors Do We Fly? - New Ni-cad tech? - More on Decals - The Big One in Britain - Real World Motor Performance
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June '95 (204KB) What's In This Issue: New from Europe - Vacuum Forming - Down Wind Turn - More on Making Decals - SR Max motors - What Colors do we fly? - Black wire rot - May Meeting
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July '95 (76KB) What's In This Issue: MEP P-51 - European vs Sermos - Building the Begin-Aire - Parable of Beauty - Building Light - Electric Glider Tug & SR Max Motor - June Meeting and Midwest Demo Fly-in
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August '95 (932KB) What's In This Issue: Hobby Lobby Strontium - FX-35D review - Howell Meet - Video Review KRC '94 - Good Cheap Motor - Sig Wonder Electric - Steve Neu on Speed Controllers
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September '95 (932KB) What's In This Issue: Product News - ModelAir-Tech Giant Scale - The E-Nats - Brushless - Timing Brushed Motors
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October '95
(Part 1)
What's In This Issue: Mid-America Electric Flies Special - Issue Plans from Bill Bowne
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November '95 (956KB) What's In This Issue: NOTE NEXT MEETING TIME 8:00 P.M. - Aberle's New Book - News from Modelair-Tech - Ampeer Online - Sanyo 1Ah cell gone? - Cargo Lifting - Kyosho DCM 20 - Electric Wonder - Homemade Fan - Plastic Wrap It - New from Aveox - R/C Magazine OnLine
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December '95 (242KB) What's In This Issue: TriStar Fix - Sermos Connectors Sweep E-nats - Party Time! - AI Robotic's FX-35 - Gearing the Goldfire - No Batteries Electric - More on Gearing - Servo Reversing - Turbo 10 & 6:1 gearbox
Ken says: THIS IS A REAL GEAR ISSUE! You do remember GEAR?
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1994
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December '94 (60KB) What's In This Issue: Only pages 2 - 4 found in this file.

1993
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December 1993
The September Meeting I'm sure this was OCTOBER. This is the full meeting minutes. Includes: Guests, Lawrence Tech students Jim Shoffner, Steve Wiack, and Jennifer Dizkman. Bob Shipton reported on KRC, Larry Verna and Doug Kursinsky also attended KRC, Aveox brushless was popular at KRC, Ernie LaBelle showed his Amptique, Mike Holroyde showed his converted Sig Riser, Ray Tevlin reported on his Amptique, Larry Verna had a short in his power system while flying. The November Meeting Includes: Larry Rice shared his new Skimmer from Hobby Lobby, Jack Lemon is working on a new plane, someone went through our cars outside the meeting and stole stuff, reminder that the holiday meeting is at Debbie McNeely's.
Wind Speed Chart LeRoy Satterlee provides a simple guestimate chart for wind speeds. SR Smart Charge Update Ken points to John Mountjoy and Charlie Spear's column in RC Report for the latest update info.
Shaw Talk Continued from the November Ampeer Includes; glow kit conversion, using glow plan outlines, scratch building and drawing up plans, how to create the watts needed, motors and motor efficiency, props, a note on twins, wiring, charging radio batteries versus power system batteries, balancing batteries, and catapult launches. Credit Where Credit is Due! all the credit for Keith Shaw's talk go to Martin Irvine for typing up the 50 pages!
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November 1993
Important Notice from R.C. (Dick) Miller on His Peak Charger Dick corrects some errors that crept in. Follow the construction details in this issue. The September Meeting actually the OCTOBER meeting. Includes; Ken Welch joined, EFO helping three Lawrence Tech students, December meeting at Debbie McNeely's house.
Conclusion of Dick Miller's Charger parts list on page 9 and drawing on page 10 of this issue. Shaw Talk Continued from the October Ampeer Includes; more on correctly building fuselages, using foam board, types of motor mounts, mounting landing gear to the fuselage, securely mounting the battery, angles of incidence, locating the CG, the CG dive test.
Charger parts list Dick's parts list. Charger Drawing Wiring for Dick's Charger.
Important Notice Dick's revised instructions for his charger.
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October 1993
The September Meeting low attendance on wet, gray Thursday evening, Steve Urban flew his new Amptique, next meeting at Dublin Community Center. Word from Above R. Bruce McCreary of Snowflake, AZ writes about his solutions to flying at high altitudes.
Helpful Hints Reuben Schneider suggests a different mounting for a DuBro switch and how to make a simple gear puller. Flying Model Warplanes advertisement for that book.
Shaw Talk continued from the September Ampeer includes: struts, trailing edges, foam wings, correct way to wing mount landing gear, retracts, correct way to build tail surfaces, techniques for building strong, light fuselages, and building crutch and half-shell fuselages. Too Much Stuff! Ken explains why Dick Miller's construction article is in two parts. Part 1 appears in this issue.
How can I test the Brake function on an electric motor control unit? Johann provides a simple answer. A 500mAh to 2 amp 12 volt portable peak charger with low battery voltage indicator the beginning of Dick Miller's construction article.
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September 1993
EFO August Meeting Includes: Nice turnout, thanks to Gus Wiklund for getting the tee shirt and jacket order ready, Dan Behrend's bit Telemaster w/AF Cobalt 60, Larry Rice's Puddle Master, warning about flying at dusk, Ernie's Porterfield and Ken parks and Amptique in a tree at the Rushton Rd. field. A New Covering Material Mark Jones tells us how he's been using laminating film and painting it with Perfect brand paint.
FLASH!!! Ken notes that the new Kress Jets computer program is ready, and he's been using it. Shaw Talk Continued from the August Ampeer Includes: more on structure, specifics on building good structures, prevention of stress risers, recommended glues, good wing design, types of wing design and the considerations that go into using them, wood selection for various purposes, spar construction.
A Novice Looks At... Tail-Draggers and Grass, Part 2, Converting a Trike-geared plane Leon H. Raesly looks at converting a trike to a tail dragger through the eyes of a novice. Another Thank You A thank you for the 1993 Mid-Am from Bob Johnson, Calabash, NC.
Looking for a Gear Puller Putter Oner Ken tells where to find the one by Model Electronics Corp.
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August 1993
Jay Putt Review Credit Jay's review appears on page 4 of this issue. The Smoke Theory of Electronics Don't let the smoke out.
Where Can I Get One? R. Bruce McCreary wants to know where to get a beeper that indicates a low source voltage. The July Flying Meeting Topics: Flying day and getting tee shirts and jackets.
Shaw Talk in March 1992, Keith Shaw gave a talk to the EFMSO. Martin Irvine created a transcript and Ken Myers edited Martin's transcript. Ken's version starts on page 9 of this issue. Why Do I Fly Electric? Clyde Geist gives his reasons for flying electrically powered models and asks; Why don't you?
I Learned About Flying From That? - Episode 3 Tom Keller relates his experiences in trying to fly and underpowered Telemaster. Hobby Shack Cessna 150 Review Jay Putt's review of this ARF.
A Novice Looks At... Tail-Draggers and Grass, Part 1, Why Tail-draggers? Leon H. Raesly writes about handling tail-draggers from a novice's point of view. A Thank You Charles Kotting sends his thanks for great Mid-Am, 1993.
The Model Airplane News Columnists What Mitch Poling and Keith Shaw are writing about. Tech Tip Omission Ken covers what MAN forgot in their gapless hinging method.
Converts? Gary Warner relates his experiences in trying to get other RC modelers to try electric power. Airplane Jealousy? a tongue-in-cheek article by Roger Jaffe as to why your planes get jealous of each other.
The Quick Decal Caper Don Bartick explains how to make decals using MACTAC or Chartpak applique film. Keith Shaw Talk, Part 1 Includes; using good equipment, practicing good craftsmanship, flying practice, skill level model selection and structural considerations.
Upcoming Area Events Skymasters' Multi-engine Fly-in, RCCD Great Lakes Scale Classic, and the PMAC Scale Fly-in
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July 1993
Speed Control Credit article by Keith Walker, Editor Electric Model Flyer, newsletter of the EMFSO. Bargins for you from Joe Utasi - Mr. JOMAR special offers to Ampeer readers. Two pages of JOMAR products are at the end of this issue.
From Dick Miller more info on his products and a letter. May 23, 1993 Howell, Michigan report on the Livingston Co. RC club electric fly-in
The Mid-America Fun Flies a report on this electric fly-in held in Saline, MI A Deal from Authorized Radio Control Service special pricing for Ampeer readers.
All You Wanted to Know About Ni-Cads But Didn't Know Where to Look Keith Walker's NiCad article from the pages of the Electric Model Flyer Authorized Radio Control Service info from Don McCarthy.
JOMAR Flyer page 1 1993 flyer. JOMAR Flyer page 2 1993 flyer.
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June 1993
Correction from Lofty Pursuits Doug Ingraham corrects weight, size and amp capability of ESC to match the production version, not the prototype. Electric In a Class of Its Own Bob Shipton shares the new FAI class F5 for electric models.
The May Meeting Topics: New frequency control at Ann Arbor Falcons flying field, Bob Shipton shared info on his hot liners, Jim Heyl showed how his BEP MicroPeaker works, Jack Lemon showed an AstroFlight Turbo 05 motor, Doug Kursinsky showed his extremely modified AF Challenger, Richard Utkan's Jodel did not fly well, instruction on Tuesdays. Welcome Leon How to contact Leon (Lee) H. Raesly for his free articles on e-flight.
A Novice Looks at...The 16th Radio Control Buyers Guide A Review Lee Raesly reviews this buyers guide. 4 Motored Ducted Fan A BAe 146 appeared at a meet in Switzerland. Photos and description.
Up Coming Events, Mid-America Electric Fly, Gulf States Electric Fly-in, Livingston Co. RC Club Electric R/C Fly-in and Kansas City Regional Electric R/C Meet. Gulf States Electric Fly-in, flyer from Boyd O'Brien and Ben Mathews.
To Micro/Mini Flyers, Dick Miller is offering chargers and switches aimed at flying 'small'. A Simple High Rate Electronic Speed Controller, Keith Walker explains how to build one with schematics and parts list.
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May 1993
Electric Aircraft Design Program About Roger Jaffe's MS-DOS design program. Hey Kid, Wanna Jet? available ducted fan units from the UK via British Electric Flight Association (BEFA).
So You Think Modeling is Expensive Here Dave Durnford compares UK prices to USA prices. Silking and Doping Techniques: Using the Lanzo Bomber as an Example Larry Davidson describes his techniques.
The April Meeting Topics: Guest - Michael Banyai of Petosky, MI, Bob Shipton shared a video tape of the Astro Flight Champs, Richard Utkan shared his finished Easy Built Jodel At Toledo What Ken noted: Aveox brushless motor, Keith Shaw entered the 'new' version of his Comet, Dave Grife entered a '60' size Hurricane, Doug Ingraham, Lofty Pursuits showed new speed controls, Spirit of Yesteryear was their with their Leisure kits, and Ken purchased a JOMAR Maxcell Throttle for up to 28 cells.
Good Stuff in May '93 Model Aviation Topics: Soxers Ultralight landing gear, miniature electric motor armature-straightening service, and computer aircraft designer The British Electric Flight Association (BEFA), Dave Durnford fills us in on this group.
Another Good Speed Control Source Benson Hobby Products, Hardy Benson, speed control info. News from Kress Jets - Yes, Kress Jets!, From Ken's conversation with Bob Kress; new computer programs and new electric ducted fan planes.
Warning! Warning! Phil Alvirez gives us a personal warning about skin cancer. Beam Me Up Scotty!!!!, A report on the first micro-wave powered electric aircraft.
Product Report - Sanyo 1700mAh SCRC Batteries Keith Walker shares his information on these cells, with graph. Events page listing, Livingston Co. RC Club, Current News Challenge, Boeing Hawks Electric Fly-in, and Kansas City Regional Electric R/C Meet
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April 1993
What Happened to the March Meeting? Weather cancelled the March meeting. The Krumpette Martin Irvin's design for a geared Speed 400 system using 6 or 7 (NiCad) cells. Includes plans.
What a Wonderous Hobby or Why reinvent the Wheel? Ken comments about the lost foam method of making cowls. How to Make Cheap, Easy, Light, Composite Fuselages Bob Kreutzer explains the process.
Bonding Skins to foam Wing Cores, How to from the March 1993 Peak Charge newsletter. Charged Flying, the state of the hobby today by Oliver Wennmacher from an RC World column.
A Clarification About Ken's Program Disk, Ken clarifies the price for his disk for the Apple II or MicroSoft DOS is $15. It includes other info as well as the program. New R/C Sailplane Design Computer Programs for 1993, from Stellar Instrument Northwest, Inc.
1992 Boeing Hawks/PSEMF Electric Fly-in, A report on this event by Ben Almojuela. Todays Hobbies Inc. SKYVOLT, Dave Durnford reviews this kit of Bob Kopski's great flier.
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March 1993
The February Meeting Topics: Ken discusses how to stop the new FCC rules, Dan's Ten Tay Wonder, Mid-Am was scheduled for JUNE 12 & 13 From the AMRCC Meeting, Topics: Write FCC about proposed changes in our frequency slot, Beware of rubber ducky antennas, Stu Pierce pick up the Leisure line of kits - should be in production again soon.
Thanks to "Cottage" Industry Ken thanks Joe, Phil and Hardy for their aircraft ESCs. News from JOMAAR Joe Utasi lets us know what's new for '93.
Computer Programs Abound Power System selection programs and spreadsheets by Ken Myers, Ed Westbrook, and Mitch Poling for MicroSoft DOS, Apple II and Commodore. And More on 1700's Paul Ellensohn shares what he's learned about these Sanyo cells.
The 1700 Saga Continues Bernard Cawley, Jr. shares more info on these cells. You've Gotta Get This Thing! Really, Honest - Do it!<
How to get a copy of Keith Shaw's Talk to the EMFS0 as transcribed by Martin Irvine.
Travels with Mirage Bernard Cawley, Jr. shares his experience with power systems at different elevations and talks about the required prop changes. The Pucara
Tom Hunt's beautiful twin, via Silents Please.
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February 1993
The January Meeting Topics: Jack Lemon Min-X PulseMite, Mark Couling's glow powered pick-up, Bob Shipton's high powered sailplanes, Keith Clark announces the Livingston Electric Meet, Richard Utkan showed a new motor. My Excel, Dr. John Mountjoy talks about his Excel all-up/last-down plane and its power system.
More on Sanyo 1700SCRC Cell Jim Marinelli, Jr., of Torrington, CT, shares more on these cell. Flash - 1993 AMA Nats in Our Backyard Jay Putt sends word that the Nats will be held in Vincennes, Ind. and Lawerenceville, Ill. Electrics will take part!!!
New Products from Smartt Industries Jerry Smart has a couple of tongue-in-cheek recommendations for new products. Product News and Notes by Bernard Cawley, Jr. via Charge Ahead, included: Panasonic P-170 & Sanyo 1700SCRC cells, JOMAR has Ligeti Stratos flying, Bob Benjamin flying big Astro 90 motors AstroFlight charger upgrades, lots of good stuff in the new Hobby Lobby catelog, Sermos Connector silver plating and more
More on Electrics from the Fresno Model Airplane Club motor turns for inexpensive and cobalt motors explained. From the December/January issue of the Smithsonian Air & Space the Greenland P-38
BEP MicroPeaker data sheets and ordering info.
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January 1993: Extra Edition
New Aveox Motor Ken's conversation with Dave Palombo regarding his new brushless motor and its specifications. Astro Flight News, Oct. 1992, by Bob Boucher via Charge Ahead newsletter, includes F3E team international win, new quarter scale cobalt 90, 90 specs, new 05 ducted fan, new super hot 5-turn motor, new 16 cell peak charger, new 36-cell peak detector charger and new electric flight video.
Falcon 550E Kit Review Jim Skinner reviews this kit via Peak Charge, the newsletter of the Silent Electric Model Flyers of San Diego. Hobby Lobby Catalog Error Jim Martin explains the pricing error via Charge Ahead.
Small Stuff from "Silents Please" Clyde Geist gives a source for small motors. Swamping Bob Horstmann discusses receiver 'swamping' when the transmitter antenna is too close to the receiver antenna.
The Future of Electric Flight is Here (Brushless age begins!) AVEOX announcement sheet. Brushless Motors Explained (and compared to brushed motors) AVEOX explains brushless motors.
What will it do for me? AVEOX explains the benefits. Why hasn't it been done before? AVEOX explains that it has, but it is just now being applied to model aircraft motors.
AVEOX Brushless Motor Features AVEOX motor spec sheet. AVEOX Brushless Motor Controller Features AVEOX Controller spec sheet.
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January 1993
Editorial: Sport Flyers Association versus the AMA Ken's editorial regarding the Sport Flyers Association. End of Year Get Together, Held at Jim and Debbie McNeely's house. Jack Lemon and Jim Northmore share stories from the 'old' days. Keith Shaw shares his new AstroFlight Cobalt 90. (Ignore header that says Jan. 1992 - it is Jan. 1993)
Mid-Am Electric Fly Scores Again Jack Laird shares info on the 1992 Mid-Am via the Ann Arbor Falcons Newsletter. Battery Technology paraphrased from The Wall Street Journal, additions by Ken Myers; NiCads, NiMH, Lithium-ion and Lithium-polymer.
A Short Report - Sanyo 1700SCRC Cells Bernard Cawley, Jr. shares his thoughts via Charge Ahead, the Puget Sound Electric Model Flyers newsletter. Crosswind Landings Dave Patrick discuss how to do them from Aerobatics Made Easy: Model Airplane News.
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1991     Return to Select a Year
July '91
The June Meeting, Highlights from the June meeting held at the Rushton Rd. flying field in South Lyon, MI Student Training Notice, notes about the Tuesday evening training and definition of two wind to fly and rain is defined as well.
Look at that Computer Article, Ken asks members to be sure to look over the article he wrote about the computer programs he wrote; A Design Aid & Flight Predictor Using the Computer: A Design Aid & Flight Predictor, Ken describes the usefulness of his programs and who to get versions for the Apple II or MS-DOS machines.

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December '89
The Years End, Ken reviews the year in electric flight. The November EFO Meeting, Dan Behrend shared his new Electro Streak, Bob Shipton showed his recovered Professor wing and Jack Lemon shared a lot of motor data that he collected.
Finding R and K, Ken describes how to collect these motor constant values. Photos Some of the planes Ken wrote about in "The Years End"
Jack Lemon, Jr.'s Motor Data, 2 pages of Jack's motor/prop data.

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November '89
My JoMar SC-4 Speed Control, Debbie McNeely tells about a problem she had with hers and how she fixed it, thanks to Keith Shaw. The October EFO Meeting, Keith Clark reported on the KRC meet, Bob Shipton shared his Amptique, and Mike Holroyde shared his Cox Electric Malibu ARF.
Editorial, Ken editorializes about the electric information in the November issue of Model Airplane News. News from Missouri Jerry Smart tells about being the only e-flier at his field and passes along some good tips.

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October '89
The September Meeting, field efforts, Keith Clark shares his Amptique, Dan Behrend showed a Quickee 580 he designed, Jeff Hauser shared his Electro Streak, Ken showed of Chris Yeager's Olympic II and the gang view the movie "Electric Flying in the 90's, which was produced by Ken Myers and Jeff Hauser. The "Deller Disaster", Doug Deller describes an explosion of a NiCad pack while charging.
The Olympic II, Ken shares the info on his build and flying. The Aristocraft Juicer Brent Watkins reports on his version.
Help, questions and comments from Ed Westbrook. Hauser and Myers Win at Pontiac, Ken reports on this meet and the placing of several area electric flyers in this "glow" meet.
RCM Electric PT-19, Bob Randall shares info and photos of his in the bones. Midwest RC Swap Shop Flyer for second annual event.

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September '89
Word from Washington State, Bernard Cawley shares a 6-cell success. Some Thoughts from Ken, Ken provides warnings about the Goldberg Turbo 550 motor.
The Great Planes Electro Streak, Ken reviews and praises this plane. Electric Sport Scale, Part 2 Keith gives several examples of good flying electrics.
The Futaba Professor, Ken Gives a flight report.

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August '89
The Midwest Electric Fun Flies, Ken reports on this event which was to become the Mid-America Electric Flies (Mid-Am). The July EFO Meeting, plans finalized for fun fly and a tape from EMFSO was shown.
Perfoermance Predicting for Electric Sport Planes, Part 1 of Keith Shaw's article. Unfortunately, it is missing at this time, Feb. 2012.

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July '89
Livingston County Electric Fun Fly: Huge Success Despite Gale Force Winds, Ken reports on this meet. Spickler Quickee 500, Ken shares info on this conversion and its early demise.
Electro Scamp, photos of Ken's conversion of the Sig Scamp. Photos Jeff Hauser's Leisure American Eaglet and Ken's Q-500.
EFO June Meeting, upcoming fun fly planning, Don Boka show his Aqua Sport, and Ken showed his Quickee 500. Comments on 6 Cells, Lloyd Schultz shares his 6-cell successes.

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June '89
Six Cell Syndrome, Ken explains what it is and why it should be avoided. Charge Ahead Bernard Cawley tells us how to get the newsletter of the Puget Sound Electric Model Flyers.
Nickel-Hydride Batteries, John Sermos updates us on these batteries. Great Planes PT Electric, Richard Hyduk shares info on his version.
Soldering Made Easier, Ken reports on the Portasol Butane Soldering Iron. The May EFO Meeting, We got our shirts, Dan Behrend brought his AF Porterfield Colligate, Don Boka shared his Leisure Amptique, Richard Utkan shared his Skynight, Jeff Hauser shared his Leisure American Eaglet, Norm Dmuchowski joined the EFO.
The Goldfire 05 from Great Planes, Ken reviews this motor with data presented.

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May '89
EFO Visit UFO, Debbie McNeely, Jeff Hauser, Jim Elliot, Richard Utkan and Ken Myers present Electrics at the UFO (Union Lake Flying Organization) meeting. Nickel-Hydride Batteries info from Popular Science.
Who Are All These Folks, listing of Ampeer subscribers. Some Electric History: The Alpha Roamer, info from Ken Willard's column, March 1974
Electro Scamp drawings, drawings of the equipment placement in the Electro Scamp. Scamp, Ken describes his conversion of the Sig Scamp to the Electro Scamp.
April EFO Meeting, Dave W. brought his completed Goldberg Electra, Ken shared a partially completed Quickee 500, and Keith Clark is welcomed back. EFO at Greater Detroit Hiking and Soaring Society Ken Myers and Dan Behrend spoke about electrics at the Greater Detroit Hiking and Soaring Society meeting.

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April '89
Electrics in the Ozarks, Otto Klein shares info and photo of his Easy Built Beaver. Cox Malibu, LeMans AP-29 motor and the Futaba MCR-4 receiver with built-in ESC, Dick Gibb of Flying Models talks about these items.
Getting Rid of the 05, Ken editorializes on the term 05. Guillows Aeronca Richard Cox provides info on his model
Hobby Shop News, Stan Dapkus asks about Air Supply cobalt motors sold by Indy RC. Futaba 4NBL with MCR4A Receiver, Ken passes on info on the ESC overheating.
An Introduction to Electric Flight by Ian Peacock, Ken reviews this book. Support from Local Hobby Shops Rich Smith asks for fair treatment from local clubs in supporting his shop and asking for donations.
Electric Model Flyers of Southern Ontario, Vic Walpole tells us how to sign up for the newsletter. Electric Flight in Sweden, Per-Axel Eliasson fills us in on what is happening there.
The March E.F.O. Meeting, Three guests were present, Dave Wienczak, Ernst Wendl & Sterling Smith, volunteers needed for tech talk at a UFO meeting, Jim Elliot shared his Goldberg Mirage 550, Dan Behrend brought his in the bones FW-190, Russ Kulberg brought in his AquaSport, Jack Lemon had his Kyosho Flash, Ken Myers showed his Electro Scamp, and Jeff Hauser won the Etude donated by RC Hobbies. Upcoming Events announcements.
Electric Purchases Questionnaire, Ken asks Ampeer readers about their recent and future purchases. Midwest Electric Flies, Flyer for what was to become the Mid-America Electric Flies, aka Mid-Am.

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March '89
AMRCC Meeting, local area reports on sailplanes, pattern, scale, giant scale, pylon, electric, helicopters, Canada, AMA, Noise and the contest season. Ferrite Motor Break-In, Jack Lemon, George Raid, Dick Gibb, Mitch Poling and Bob Boucher provide info on how to do it.
Liquid Electrical Tape, info on the product from Star Brite. Electric Flying in Alaska, Brent Watkins fills us in on what he's been doing.
Helpful Formulas, relate wing area to watts in and RTF weight to watts. Etude Raffle, RC Hobbies announces raffle
Special Thanks EFO thanks Jerry Keller for a donation of an AF ferrite 25. The February Meeting Jim Elliot shared his reworked Electro Streak and all smoking was moved outdoors.
February Model Builder, electric articles include Mitch Poling's column, an F3E meet in St. Louis, Astro Challenger kit review, report on the Boeing Hawks electric fly and Building an ECONO throttle by Howard Cano. EFO Logo, image of our logo.
Sound Off, letters to send to Cox Hobbies, Futaba, and Astro Flight complaining about some of their advertising.

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February '89
More on the December Meeting, Richard Utkan presented us with 10 Historical Aviation calendars, the Kyosho motor and gearbox raffle was won by Debbie McNeely, and Keith Shaw discussed the new Leisure gearbox that replaces the Al-tec in the Airtronics Total Eclipse glider. Indy's Black Eagle 540 ARF, Ken tries to review this plane, but can't bring himself to finish it!
The RC Fliers Horror-Scope, Nancy Mitchell provides the Aquarius predictions Schoolyard Flying, Ken editorializes on this topic, AGAIN!
The January Meeting, Donovan Myers showed off his plane that he and his dad are working on, Jim Elliot shared his Electro Streak, Bill Booth shared his CO2 powered Porterfield, SR Magnum batteries were discussed, the EFO Midwest Electric fly is set for July 8 & 9, and Jack Lemon and Ken share info on the man carrying electric of 1974. Photo of Debbie McNeely & Ken, from local paper promoting electric power.
Fly Baby Bob Randall shares info and photo of his model in bare-bones. Cano Speed Control order form

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January '89
Master Airscrew 8x4, Ed Westbrook and Keith Shaw convince Ken to rerun the tests of this prop compared to the Rev-Up 8x4. Breaking in Electric Motors, Ken asks from help from Ampeer readers.
Etude 1200 Club Raffle, RC Hobbies donates a plan for our club raffle. Adjusting the Astro Flight Speed Control, Ed Westbrook tells us how it is done.
RC Frequency Alert, AMA suspends use of gold and silver stickers on transmitters until Dec. 20 1990. Aeronca & Fly Baby, Bob Randall shares his builds with photo of Aeronca in bare-bones.
Meeting Reminder, announcement Thanks Jim and Debbie thanks for hosting the Dec. meeting/party, special guests included Keith Shaw and a phone call from Vic Walpole from Ajax, Ont., Canada.

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1988     Return to Select a Year
December '88
Misinformation?, Ken notes that the Airtronics Eclipse is shipping with a new gearbox. October Flying Models, Ken explains why it is a good idea to subscribe.
Keith Shaw Visits Skymasters, highlights from Keith's electric talk at this club. Aeronca Electric, Ken discusses Woody Blanchard's Electric Aronca featured in the December Model Aviation.
December Meeting: Dec. 6, announcement of the Dec. meeting at Debbie's house. Getting Started in Electrics: One Person's Point of View, Ken's thoughts on getting started in electrically powered planes. The editorial also points out that Ken started electric flight in 1982.
Test: Master Airscrew 8x4 compares the MA 8x4 to a Rev-up 8x4. Rev-up proved to be much better. November Show and Tell Ken brought his completed Yahoo and shared the details including equipment used, weights and more.
Vaporware Again Robert Randall tells about the poor quality gearbox supplied with the Airtronics Eclipse and were to find a Futaba 4NBL/MCR radio. Welcome USA!!! Ken welcomes Ampeer subscribers from Coast to Coast.
Pictures of Mr. Electric photos of Keith Shaw taken at the Skymasters' presentation. Attention Float Fliers Ken welcomes Ampeer Jerry Smith shows how to make a convertible tailwheel/water rudder assembly from the pages of RCM.
Digital Commander Three Channel System Kit bonus page. It did not appear in the original distribution of the newsletter. The ad is from Ace R/C, Inc.

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November '88
Always Learning, Ken notes how e-fliers are always learning and teaching what they know. Area Swap Shop, Ken tells the EFO members about the upcoming Midwest Swap Shop.
Coming Events, upcoming events in the area. Keith Shaw Visits EFO, notes on Keith Shaw's talk on building packs and wiring advice.
Attention Bill Booth, bring your cool CO2 plane back tot he next meeting. There Is a Fungus Amungus, Ken warns of humidity problems with electronic speed controls (ESCs).
Club Logo Adopted Gus Wikland designs the winning logo. News from K & W Products announcing injected molded prop hubs, available through Sonic-Tronics.
Editorial: Schoolyard Flying, One More Time! Ken explains why he believes the term to be "inappropriate". Vaporware Ken describes what it is and why he feels the Airtronics Eclipse and Futaba Attack 4BNL/MRC radio system are vaporware.
Swap Shop Reminder Ken reminds the members to attend the Midwest Swap Shop and asks for help at the EFO booth. Year End Membership, 1988 Listing of club members at the end of the year.
Model of the Month Debbie McNeely provides info on her Easy Built Models Beaver. For Sale Ken's World Engine's Black Eagle kit is for sale. He also has Jomar SC-4 Speed Controls he will sell.

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October '88
Nothing's New, Ken describes the history and inspiration for his design. He calls the plane the Yahoo. Yahoo, Ken describes the Yahoo's test flights with various power systems and its misson or purpose.
Recommendations, Ken makes specific recommendations regarding the Yahoo and its power system. Building the Yahoo, construction notes
Okay, so it's late!!!, Ken explains why the Ampeer was late in publishing this month. Swap Shop Coming, Ken announces the Midwest RC Society's first Swap Shop in Northville, MI
Photos of Debbie's Lucifer and Beaver two photos. Yahoo Plans plans for the Yahoo including full-size tail.

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September '88
Data from the EFO Contest, data on the power systems and planes from July's e-meet. Astro Flight dominated! Attention Newsletter Editors, Ken gives permission to reproduce Ampeer material.
Good Ideas from the EMF of Chicago, use 'data sheets' to gather info. One is reproduced in this Ampeer. How I Got Started Into Electrics or Watts That You Say?, Ken describes his modeling past and how he met Keith Shaw. The rest is history!
Help Wanted, Ken asks for photos from this past summers EFO and Falcon's E-meets. Bet you're flying electric, cartoon showing an electric flier being shocked.
EFO's Go Flying, description of the group and planes flying at Indian Spring on August 10. Will It Fly? Ken uses Keith Shaw's and Bob Kopski's watts in per pound rules and relates them to a trainer named the UGLY. 290 sq.in. and weighing between 28.2 oz. and 36.25 oz. Ken gets into the basic formulas and asks questions of the reader.
Keith Shaw to Visit EFO Keith will demo show to solder battery packs. Calendar, upcoming E-vents.
Data Sheet Example example of plane data collection sheet.

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August '88
Wiring Makes a Difference, a wire and connector replacement on a Lucifer glider made a huge difference in performance. Using good connectors like Sermos/aka Anderson Power Poles (APP) makes a HUGE difference. Watts New Cox electric Malibu (aka Lazy Bee), Indy RC Black Eagle, Ken knocks most ARFs. You Decide Ken presents data on the Sanyo 800mAh and 1200mAh cells and asks the reader to compare it to a comment in a current Leisure RC ad. Special August Meeting, special upcoming flying meeting at Indian Springs Metro Park. July Show and Tell, Richard Utkan showed his Olympic 650 and Jim Elliot brought his scratch-built Yogi.
The EFO in London, a report on this meet including info on Keith Shaw's Super Stearman with smoke. The Ampeer Visits RC Hobbies Ken visits the store and notes what electric RC goodies they stock. EFO's Hot Contest a report on the 102-deg Mid-Am, before it was known as the Mid-Am. The Falcon's Follow Up! the report on the Falcons portion of the meet. Electric Column Coming, Flying Models announces that Richard Gibbs will be their new electric columnist.

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July '88
The Opener at Livingston RC, a report on this meet. The London Fly-In, announcement EFO & Falcon Flies, announcement Sanyo Battery Testing, by Keith Shaw and Dave Hares. Keith and Dave test the Sanyo 1200mAh C, 1700 mAh SCE and 1200mAh SCR cells at 10, 20 & 30 amps, with tables and recommendations. Calendar, upcoming events
The Internationals, announcement Subscription to the Ampeer Ken tells how to subscribe if not a member of the EFO. Ribcrackers Airshow announcement Making 'em Fly by Ken Myers. Ken discusses props and prop selection for the misson and matching the motor and battery to the prop. Saline and London, Ont. maps, maps to the contests.

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June '88
More On the ElectriCub, Ken discusses some losses in the ESC. The Topic Was Chargers the ProTech 701 & 702, Robbi AutoMax, and 3 Astro Flight chargers are discussed.
Our New Planes, Show and Tell Dan Behrends new Senior Kadent, Jim Northmore's Goldberg Electra, Russ Kulberg's Leisure Playboy, and Ken Myers three year old Olympic 650. What's It Weigh?!? Gus Wiklund shares a source for a digital scale.
A Field Report Ken discusses the progress on finding the EFO a field. The Saline Contest of the EFO: Planning, planning for this meet.
Why So Soon? Ken reminds folks about the Livingston County RC E-Fly-In. The Calendar upcoming events
At the Next Meeting, Ken will explain matching motor, battery and prop. It's For Sale Kyosho 540 with gearbox
The Raffle Continues raffle reminder How to Remember What's Where, keep a computer database or file cards.
In Closing, a photo of Jack Lemon with his Kyosho Etude.

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May '88
Season Opener, Livingston RC Club, May 22. Sorta PT-19 Flight Report, flight report.
The Editorial: On Sharing this Hobby Cartoon: Will you shut that door?
The Great Planes ElectriCub: Setting it up. Show and Tell: John Revello's AF Viking, Dan Behrend's AF Porterfield Colleget, Ken Myers' Sorta PT-19, and Jerry Guest's Davey Systems Curtiss Robin.
ElectriCub: A Flight Report In the Magazines: the ElectriCub, AF Mini-Challenger, RCM Yogi and more.
The Calendar, upcoming info EFO Logo Design Reminder, info
At the next meeting: topic chargers The Tech Talk: Ken Myers, 3M77 to affix sandpaper to sanding blocks and building on glass.
The Raffle Reminder, info List of members, founding members list.

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April '88
Why Trees Eat Model Planes, Ken uses info from the I-BS Journal to explain this. An Editorial About Helping and Welcoming Beginners
Club Gets Official Name, how we got our name. 1988 Dues Set, info
Calendar, info Sony Announces New Manganese Oxide Battery, from Feb. 7 issue of Parade magazine.
Club Raffle: Futaba Conquest 4 Show and Tell: Keith Clark, Ohmygosh - John Revello, Leisure Amptique - Jeff Hauser, Great Planes Cub - Dan Behrend, Astro Challenger - Jack Lemon, Kyosho Etude - Ken Myers, Sort PT based on Dave Robelen's Playmate
The Tech Talk, by Jack Lemon: Improving motor and prop performance. EFO Logo Design Contest, info.
It's Your Responsibility: Follow the AMA Safety Guidelines Frequency Information: from the AMA National Newsletter 1988-1991
Membership Cards Are Ready, graphic. Finding Static Motor Run Times, the formulas. Note: the amp draw should have been noted as 16 for the examples, not 18.
In Electric History: MRC Electri Fli based on the MRC Trainer Hawk, April 1979 In the Magazines this month: Mitch Poling on Robart Speed Controls, Kyosho AP-29 motor, and the MRC Cessna 172 - Elroy Marez in Model Builder on MOSFETs, Bob Kopski pictures from KRC, and more.
Tony and Addie's B-36 Peacemaker, 18 lb. with 6 AF 05 motors Model Flight Accessories Olympus Belt Drive Power Unit with Hummingbird "15" Motor: a bench test by Ken Myers
Wire Table, Standard Annealed Copper with sizes and resistance at various temperatures

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March '88
Off and Running: Notes from the first EFO meeting on Feb. 10, 1988 with founders names noted. Cont. on p.2.In the Magazines: Ken reviews current topics discussed in the magazines. Cont. on p.3.
Editorial: Ken asks for help getting information for the newsletter.Electric Model Flyers of Southern Ontario: Who they are and contacts.
In the Shop: Ken discusses the use of baby scale and fishing scales.On the Building Board: Ken discusses his Sorta PT-19.
Watts Flyin': Ken discusses the use of baby scale and fishing scales.Why Use a Speed Control: Ken discusses the advantages of using a speed controller.
DNR Says No to Wise Road: Michigan DNR denies request to use old UFO flying site.W.O.L.F. Meeting Site Secured: Dublin Community Center to be the meeting place of the West Oakland 'Lectric Flyers.
What's 'New' for Electric: New products noted.

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