As I write this, winter weather has finally given way to warmer temperatures and the International Aeromodeling Center here in Muncie, Indiana, was populated with happy modelers putting in some of their first flights of the year this past weekend.
Float flying and RC boating should soon follow, as the nearby pond continues to thaw. Given that many enjoy flying from water, I am happy to share with you our “Semiscale Floatplane Roundup.” This feature puts three float-equipped foam models from three manufacturers to the test.
We have previously presented similar articles with RC flight simulators and foam-safe glues, but this will be the first comparing aircraft, so please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts about this type of article.
If balsa aircraft and building are more to your liking, we have the “SkySkimmer”feature by Clark Salisbury, about a model that was purposely designed for flying from water. Beyond the article, a flight video and a list of required materials can be found online and in the digital edition.
Also for those who appreciate building, be sure to read our review of the Retro RC 1913 Eastbourne Monoplane. You can learn even more about Retro RC, the company featured in this month’s installment of “About Us,” and enter for your chance to win your own Eastbourne Monoplane kit!
The Toledo R/C Expo
This year’s show was held April 10-12 in Toledo, Ohio, at the Seagate Centre. I’m writing this in mid-March, and I plan to attend the show and conduct several interviews with manufacturers and distributors who will showcase their latest products.
As in previous years, the coverage will be online at www.ModelAviation.com when we return from the event and should be available for viewing by the time you read this.
In closing, I leave you with the salutation made popular by Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, who is sadly no longer with us. Live long and prosper!