Some of my background in RC
I have been building model airplanes since I was a wee tyke living on a farm in northern Indiana.(Albion)
I started with Ukie's made out of cardboard 'cause I didn't have the cash for balsa!
Started RC in 1972, and have
been flying DF jets since 1976.
I scratch built an F-8 Crusader powered by a Midwest RK .049 fan unit. I based it
on the old Berkley Ducted Fan free flight. (I had converted one to U-control in 1958. I never got that danged OK Cub to start
in the plane tho! Even With a recoil starter I added to it!)
I flew the RC version, but most of the time the TD .049
would quit after the Bungee Launch! It would go up I'd do a Split Ess then land down wind. Only got about 5 or 6 flights with
the engine running.
I then went to the Byron F-16 in 1976. (I've had 5 of 'em)
The first one with retracts at
the Byron Expo in 1982 was mine! (I turned down 1500 bucks for it)
I have a .020 Cox TD powered F-16 in 1/25 scale.
It was the world's smallest RC DF in 1986. It weighs 9 oz, and has ailerons and full flying stabs.
A couple of byron
MiG 15's in there also.
I flew competition sailplanes for about 10 years. (Only on Sundays, at the contest. I am a
Level IV LSF)
Also have a few Giant scale, I'll post pictures on a "Planes I've Had" Page
In 1996 I started
when I built three of the origional MIG-29's. Two for TGA and one for me! I painted all three
in the Ukraine air show paint scheme.
I bought,built and flew a few
I then went on to Design/make all the Plugs and molds for the "NEW" All Composite Version
of TGA's Prototype (NOTE: I didn't design the aircraft just the plugs and molds for all the changes)
I went on to do the molds for the
F-15 ULTRA EAGLE III
and the F-15 Ultra Eagle III Dynamax and the F-15 Ultra Eagle III Turbine versions of Steve
I have been a Topgun Rep, Flying and working trade shows with Steve, for five years.
My entry into the exciting TURBINE realm is with Steve Gray's TGA design: The
Another of Steve Gray's TGA designs: The
I have been known to build a jet or two for other Pilots, too. If you need more info you can
reach me by