AMA Thanks Its Lifetime Supporters
The Academy of Model Aeronautics recently welcomed Life Members Allen H. Bruce, Cross Hill SC; Martin J. Bordson, Kansas City MO; Joe D. Allen Jr.; California MD; Jayson P. DeCandis, Newfoundland PA; Gene R. Smith, Stillwater OK; Robert A Loftus, Fremont CA; Chris A. Stemple, Mesa AZ; Daniel E. Mahoney, Carpentersville IL; Christopher Labruna, New York NY; Colin M. Reesey, Mercer PA; Robert Short, Highland Village TX; Edwin W. Paul, Lexington KY; Clay Seddon, Indio CA; Eric L. Richardson, Colleyville TX; Keith J. Lesniak, Battle Creek MI; Stephan Minard, Pleasanton CA; Aaron D. Simmons, Harker Heights TX; Eric T. Handler, Livingston NJ; Leonard Sabato, Mahomet IL; Joseph A. Santoro, Phoenix AZ; Brian N. Campopiano, Houston TX; Armando Mosqueda, Hayward CA; Peter Soltani, Woodbury NY; Peter Veenhof, St. Petersburg FL; John Russell, Keller TX; Christoph Schenk, Glen Arbor MI; and Stephen C. Bradford Sr., Jefferson City MO.
For information about becoming a Life Member, contact AMA Headquarters at (800) 435-9262.
—AMA Membership Department
AMA Plans Service to Offer Northrop Plans
We are excited to announce that AMA Plans Service will soon be adding the Bill Northrop’s Plans Service collection to the sales inventory. Northrop pans can be traced back to Model Builder magazine, started by AMA Model Aviation Hall of Fame member Bill Northrop. Bill published Model Builder from 1971 through 1991, and then sold the magazine to Gallant Models, Inc., which continued to publish it until 1996. Eventually Model Builder would feature more than 800 plans for sale, from RC, Free Flight, and Control Line model aircraft to boats.
When the magazine went out of business, Bill purchased the rights to the plans and compiled the Scratch Builder’s Almanac, featuring the plans. Following his death, Bill’s wife, Anita, continued to operate the business.
After several years of negotiations, AMA will become the printing service for the Northrop plans. Anita plans to eventually donating the entire collection to the AMA. When the plans arrive at AMA, AMA Plans Coordinator Greg Prater will incorporate them into the AMA’s collection with sales to follow.
AMA Director of Publications Rob Kurek, and AMA Museum Director Michael Smith meet with Anita Northrop to pack the Northrop Plans Service for delivery to Muncie IN.
Michael Smith is loading the plans into the shipping container.
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Jason Kegel’s Control Line Goodyear Racer
Jason Kegel was ready. His pretty green-and-white Falcon Special Control Line (CL) Scale Racing model with a modified K&B Cox Conquest .15 was performing well. He had practiced with his dad and together they reduced the pit stops to only 10 seconds.
Jason was ready to compete in the Senior category at the 1991 CL Scale Racing Nats until, with five minutes left before his turn, he noticed a pinhole-size leak in the fuel tank. What to do?
Jason’s dad, Paul, was able to quickly remove the engine and install it in an older black Falcon Special model that Jason had flown at the Nats the year before.
When Jason set the Junior class National Record for CL Scale Racing with a time of 11 minutes and 13.43 seconds in 1990, he was running a stock K&B Cox Conquest .15. In 1991, the same black Falcon Special—after the hurried engine change—sported a Cox Conquest modified with a Rossi timed ABC cylinder and a Rossi connecting rod. Flying it, Jason set another national record, this time as a Senior, with a time of 7 minutes and 36.46 seconds.
Jason competed for the next several years. His last national-level competition was at the Canadian Nats in 1994, where he had a first- place and three second-place finishes in the CL Carrier classes, and one third-place finish in CL Mouse Racing.
Jason died in 1999 at the age of 23. The day before he died, Jason finished rebuilding an engine for the first time. His father remembered that he remarked, “It’s neat to learn a skill like this from your father.”
In 2008, Paul Kegel donated the Falcon Special to the National Model Aviation Museum in his Jason’s. The museum appreciates the donation, as well as Paul’s help in writing this article.
Senior Scale Racing winner Jason Kegel with his dad as pit man. Jason flew a Falcon Special with a Rossi .51 power. Source: “91 All-American Nationals CL Racing,” Model Aviation, November 1991.