Dick Sarpolus is a prolific aeromodeler. He began modeling in the 1940s and was drawn to competition in the 1950s. In the late 1960s, Dick turned his attention to designing model aircraft for publication.
Although it may be difficult to determine the exact number of Dick’s construction articles that have been published in various modeling magazines, it is safe to say the number is in the hundreds! MA alone has published more than 30 of Dick’s designs and this month we are proud to share two more of his creations: the Big C and Thermic ’13. You can purchase plans for Dick’s models through the AMA Plans Service at www.modelaircraft.org/plans/plans.aspx or by calling (800) 435-9262, extension 507.
If you would like to learn more about Dick, be sure to read this month’s “I Am the AMA” and check out his autobiography at www.modelaircraft.org/files/SarpolusRichardWDick.pdf.
The summer issue of Park Pilot will also feature one of Dick’s construction articles: the Lockheed T-33. It will be available for free download on the Park Pilot website at www.theparkpilot.org.
Maker Faire Detroit
The Henry Ford Museum is hosting the Detroit Maker Faire in Dearborn, Michigan, on July 26 and 27. This snippet comes from the event website: “More than 400 makers will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to this two-day festival offering everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds.”
AMA will have a booth at the show and I will be attending to cover the event with both photos and interviews showcasing all things aeromodeling related. If you happen to attend, please stop by our booth and say hello