First look at AMA’s Beta Model Airplane and Ways to Improve Its Performance

Newly admitted SAM 8 Model Airplane Club member, Bill Jung, and I, David Higgins, spent a memorable day last week trimming out his newly acquired AMA Beta.

We’ll go through all the events of that day and will report back via a web page on this site outlining what we found and will also give you information about the modifications we made to Bill’s plane that nearly sent it O.O.S. even though it was a rather cold day in Washington State.

With some help from Jeff Nisley, we together researched items that a “Newbie” to this hobby can send for at the same time you order your Beta. These items and some instructions we provide will enable you to make similar upgrades to your model so you can begin to enjoy the awesome performance we enjoyed.

On this new web page we will give some advice on a better propeller and propeller shaft situation that in our experience, makes all the difference in added performance. (Did I mention it almost went O.O.S.?)

Currently the Beta is out of stock at the AMA website, however we know of a place that currently has some and at a more favorable price.

So by all means, don’t delay. Visit our new web page, and as always fair winds and thermals.

AMA’s New Beta Model Airplane — Improve Its Performance by Making a Few Modifications

Webmaster’s Note: The link to this page can also be found on our site’s main navigation bar at the top under the name IMPROVE THE AMA BETA.

Durable Rubber Banded Landing Gear for Guillow’s Javelin & Lancer Flying Models

Here’s BIG NEWS for those taking part in this year’s Sky Battle 2021 Lancer Javelin Postal Contest.

For those that have experienced a bit of trouble when trying to successfully land one of these models without hurting or in some cases destroying the landing gear—you must be thinking “There must be a better way!

Well Help is here. Directions to make a Rubber Banded Landing gear is just a click away!

A new web page has been added in the Hints’n Tips Section of our website.

Click the thumbnail of the PDF document
or the link below to go to the web page.

Rubber Banded Landing Gear for Guillow’s
Javelin & Lancer Flying Models

Here you will find two pages of instructions in PDF format to download and print including full scale parts drawings and helpful fabrication hints.

Also included is a gallery of additional helpful photos and a future featured photo gallery of your “Flying Models”. (Send us your pictures!)

Good luck on all your projects and as always Fair Winds. —Jeff Nisley

PF – Burt Madison — Historic B-24 Crew Member has passed

Burton Madison Obituary – Kansas City, MO (

In 2019 our club had the fortune opportunity to have Burt as our guest speaker at our monthly business meeting. I would like to thank Jeff Nisley and Roie for putting this together through our friends at the Olathe CAF (Commemorative Air Force).

Burton Madison was a turret gunner on B-24 Liberators, flying clandestine missions over occupied Europe dropping supplies, equipment, and key personnel to the French resistance. Burt had brought his original “bomber jacket” and photos. He was so humble and was so full of life! I found a 12 minute video on his service in WW2. I will never forget meeting this fellow!


Burt at our club meeting with Mike Basta and Jeff Nisley