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 on the landing (it certainly couldn’t have been pilot error!) It then sat in my garage for a few years when I decided to take it out, fixed the aileron, charged up my batteries, bought some fresh fuel and got her up in the air again. What a blast. 4 flights and everything in one piece at the end of the day. Couldn’t have been better. ๐Ÿ™‚ That got me motivated and I ran a whole gallon and a half of fuel through this plane 2 summers ago.

Still Shots

These pictures were taken November 27, 1999.

Head on.

Engine Detail.

Me and my toy (1)

Me and my toy (2)

Me and my toy (3)

Me and my toy (4)

Action Shots

Flying (1)

Flying (2)

Flying (3)

Flying (4)

Video Clips

Fairchild F-24

Guillow’sย 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 models had tostay behind.

I picked up an identical kit about a year ago and built up the frame in acouple evenings. It’s sat for a while, but I decided it was time to finishit. I completed the model right at the end of 1999. Here are a couple pictures and one bonus story.

May 12, 2005

A while back I bought a new rubber band for the motor, but must have gottensome old rubber from the LHS. ๐Ÿ™ After a moderate number of winds, therubber exploded inside doing some significant structual damage. It doesn’tlook to bad from the outside but as of today, this model is being officiallyretired from active flight status and now is on static display status only.

July 20, 2004

I replaced the old cracking motor, but haven’t test flown it with the newrubber yet.

The real thing

A real Fairchild F-24.

An image of a Fairchild F-24.

Click here for more information on the Fairchild F-24

The model

The frame is finished and I’ve just begun covering the tail.

Another view of the frame.

The bottom of the wings are covered.

Another angle.

The tops of the wings (sans wing tips) are now covered.

Another angle.

Fuselage is covered. The assembly process begins.

Another angle …

The horizontal and vertical stabalizers have been installed and everythinghas been given a coat of thined out dope to seal it a bit.

The wings have been glued on and the windshield installed.

Another angle …

Pretty much complete except for the decals.

Another angle …

That’s me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Decals have been added.

Pretty spiffy, almost ready to leave the nest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Other related information

      Gene Lehman


      writes:The F24 was first produced in 1938. There were others before it but it was the first designated the 24. They were continued through 1947.

Benton Holzwarth bcgh@teleport.com has an F-24 story to share:

I had a chance one night a couple years ago to attend a local EAA chapter meeting where one of the local ‘old farts’ was speaking, filling in for another guy who had to drop out at the last moment. Dave Lewis of Lewis Aviation was a spry, old guy, and stood at the little podium and talked, recounting stories of his lifetime of flying adventures, for about 90 minutes before breaking to take questions.

One job, before the war, had been test flying airplanes off the production line at Fairchild. From the log books for that era (he brought a pile of ’em with him to show, or check dates I suppose) I looked in after the talk, he was flying about two of every three F-23s and F-24s (I think I’m remembering the models right — if F-24s came after the war don’t shoot me!) as they came off the line – according to the serial numbers logged. The deadpan remarks column was great —

Std test, OK
Std test, OK
Std test, oil temp high
Std test, OK
Std test, engine quit, deadstick landing
Std test, OK

and then the ones there’d been a squawk on would be flown again a day or two later, with the ‘Std test, OK’ remark. And it just went on for pages and pages. Later, he left there to fly P-51s off the production line at NorthAmerican. He was great, just a walking encyclopedia of flight from the 30s on. Still pretty sharp, the last time I saw him, back in the summer.

Benton 23dec99

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 fought valiently, but finally succumed to jitter and dropped out of sight, but wait, it had one last gasp, but alas, it wasn’t enough. It winged over and flew full throttle into the rock hard Arizona earth.

Mental note: avoid cheap hacks to save a buck. (But on a high school budget you sometimes have to make do…)

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 year of high school. I don’t even remember the specifics of it’s demise, but I have vague images of cart wheels down the runway on a windy day so perhaps that was it.

I built it in the basement of our house in MN and got as far as having the engine and radio installed. There was a hobby shop off Rice St. called Mac’s Models where I bought everything, and one of the guys there helped me get the engine running for the first time.

We traveled a bit at the end of the summer, so the completed airplane spent some time in an attic in Denver before we finally ended up in Globe AZ for the start of my Sophomore year of high school. I found a little club in Globe that flew off a gravel field behind the Gila county fair grounds and commenced the process of learning to fly. By the end, this thing had been run through the wringer and looked like a patch work quilt. But then in the mean time I was building a Kadet Mk II (with ailerons) and was ready to transition to that.

Gene Gardner was the club instructor, and the only club member that actually knew how to fly. He was a good and patient instructor and taught me the basics. I guess you could call him an “old timer”. He had zillions of great model and real aviation stories. ย He could build and fly everything up to and including those tuned pipe, retractable landing gear, pattern zingers. I always remember how he could dead stick anything and plunk it down at his feet every time. I never saw him miss once. I didn’t kept in touch with him after I left AZ for college. I hope he’s still building and flying and teaching new students.


Earlier Model Airplanes

Here is a picture of me in jr. high in my front yard in Peru. ย I’m holding a Comet Taylorcraft model. ย Pretty awesome huh!?! ย (The plane I’m referring to.) ๐Ÿ™‚

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 I play with now.

This is a picture I found on the web that is similar to the first plastic model my dad built for me.I remember the first model my dad helped me put together (well mostly put together himself for me and my little brother to play with.) That was a DC3 and I thought it was pretty much the coolest thing I had ever seen.

I should also mention “Uncle Bart” who used to fly his many R/C planes in the late afternoon when I was growing up in Peru. It didn’t matter what we were in the middle of doing after school, if we hear a little model engine buzzing around in the sky, my friends and I would jump up and run to the small airstrip to watch him fly (after we finished gasping and wheezing from our sprint.) This is where I was first introduced to the wonderful hobby of R/C aircraft.

This is also where I witnessed some really cool crashes. When I was a kid and it was someone else’s airplane, the crashes were the coolest part. Once I started building and flying my own airplanes, the crashes became the worst part. There is always an attrition rate with toys, but like anything, keeping your equipment in tip-top shape, repairing any problems that start to develop, and keeping your batteries well charged can minimize potential problems. (But no one is perfect!)