Hangar 9 Piper Cub

Hangar 9 Piper Cub Ultra Series (ARF) w/ Floats

Purchased from ebay, March 19, 2006.


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This turned out to be a deal I literally could not refuse. It was listed as ‘local pickup only’ on ebay and I ended up being the only bidder. After church on sunday, I burned rubber down to Madison to pick it up. There was a major winter storm bearing down on us and I wanted to get back before things got too bad. The last hour or two of the drive home saw a mix of precipitation, ice, snow, rain, but the …
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Thunder Tiger Tiger Bipe 40

Thunder Tiger Tiger Bipe 40

Purchased: May 23, 2004 (from ebay)

This is a partially assembled ARF I bought in a moment of weakness. Much of the assembly work was already done so it only took me an evening or two to of work to get her ready to fly. She flies like a dream – tons of fun. She is very aerobatic; quick, nimble, and light to the touch, but has pretty long moments so is also stable. All in all a very nice flier.

October 3, 2005

Sold to a nice guy in Georgia who will provide her …
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Aerobird Challenger

Hobbyzone Aerobird Challenger

Purchased: October 13, 2003 (RTF)

August 24, 2005

Sold to the highest bidder … 🙂

August 17, 2005

For Sale: Click here for my ebay add.

November, 2003

This little beauty comes ready to fly. I’ve been having a blast with it. I can fly it in the field behind my house. It’s a great plane for flying on a whim.


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Super Sportster Mk I ARF

Super Sportster 40 Mk-I (ARF)

April 6, 2003

I bought this aircraft used off of Ebay, mostly on a whim. I threw in a last minute bid, and to my horror I won. Now what do I tell my wife?!? 🙂 I fixed up a number of things such as adding a tail wheel, putting checkerboard on the bottom of the wing, fixing some shipping damage, replacing a missing carburetor screw on the engine, etc. It is a very nice aircraft, a wonderful flyer, and looks very cool from every angle in the air and on the ground. I really …
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Ace High Mk-II

Ace High Mk-II

Built Spring 1987 – Sold July 2004.

This is a powered glider. It’s not the greatest flyer … it doesn’t glide all that well and really mushes around the sky, but can be fun diversion when I’m tired of punching holes in the sky with my Sweet Stik. I built it as a cheap project in college when funding was especially tight.


This is a picture I found on the web … I think this is from the original box art.


Posing in front of our Jewel St. house.


Posing with Hannah (about Age 3).…
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Midwest Sweet Stik

Midwest Sweet Stik Pictures

Built: 1984
Engine: K/B 40 (1981)
Pilot: Curtis Olson
Mechanic: Curtis Olson
Photographer: Bob Hain
Camera: Sony Mavica

This plane has seen on and off action through the years. I did very little with R/C through college, and for a few years thereafter. I flew this airplane once or twice about 8 years ago and had a slight mishap due to radio interference. It turned out that it only needed minor repairs (whew) and I got it back in the air about two weeks later and dinged up the aileron due to a gust of wind …
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Fairchild F-24

Guillow’s Fairchild F-24 Project

When I was in Jr. high in Peru I built the Guillow’s Fairchild F-24. It was myfirst rubber band model that I actually got to fly for more that 10 feet.It was great, I would wind up the engine, stand on top some low bleachers, andsend the plane skyward across our local the soccer field. It would fly straight and true, climbing steadily and solidly until the rubber band engine unwound. Then it would lazily circle back down to the ground. We moved back to the USA after I finished Jr. high, but alas, all my …
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Sig Kadet Mk II

Sig Kadet Mk II


Kadet Mark II Box Art

Built sometime in 1983.
Destroyed sometime in 1984.

Well, they say you usually learn by your second plane. The Mk II added ailerons and on one fine day flying this aircraft I finally “got the hang of it.”

A few weeks later I was flying it when my throttle push rod “failed” leaving the engine running wide open. Of course the solution was to fly until it ran out of fuel, but apparently my on-board battery pack was showing signs of age and ran out before the fuel did. The plane …
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Sig Kadet Mk I

Sig Kadet Mk I


For some reason, my parents kept the original box and used it to pack things in for their subsequent moves to Denver, Dallas, and Minnesota, so last I checked, the box from my first RC airplane still survives, even though the airplane itself is long since been a faded memory.

Built Summer 1982.
Destroyed sometime in 1983.

This was my very first R/C plane built back in the late summer of ’82. I bought it using the money I made working on my Uncle’s farm in Minnesota the Spring and Summer of ’82 after my Freshman …
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Pre-RC

Earlier Model Airplanes

Here is a picture of me in jr. high in my front yard in Peru.  I’m holding a Comet Taylorcraft model.  Pretty awesome huh!?!  (The plane I’m referring to.) 🙂

I don’t really have any other pictures to share, but growing up I put together quite a few plastic models, Guillows balsa and tissue models, and the occasional Estes rocket. These have all been lost or destroyed along the way … but they were a lot of fun to assemble and play with at the time, and led the way to the bigger and more expensive toys …
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