This month’s BLOG Post starts with our very first Op-ED by Blogger/editor Jeff Renz. We think this monthly feature will become the backbone of the BLOG so be sure to not miss this fine piece of writing. Another notable feature segment is Gary Hotson’s Indoor Weight stand. Jeff has an audible Podcast recommendation for all you Aeromodellests as well. And lastly JB debuts the first FREDRIC WALKER (CASEY) BALDWIN. A FREE FLIGHT LEGACY CONTINUES feature segment for this BLOG.
Jeff Renz — Blogger/editor in chief
&Blogger/webmaster — JB Nisley
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JEFF RENZ’S AeroModelling Op-Ed Article — FEBRUARY 20221
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JEFF RENZ’S POST NOTES Blogger/Editor in Chief 2/223
THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP – FEB 2022 4
JB’S BLOG POST NOTES Blogger/ Webmaster – 2/22 5
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This month marks the DÉBUT of what JB and I believe will become the “HEART and SOUL” of Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG with the addition of our monthly Op-Ed Articles authored by several of our staff writers here—all of which are Aeromodellers themselves. 😀
To access my Op-ed simply click FEBRUARY 2022
AEROMODELLING OP-ED ARTICLE.PDF—or you can simply click on the THUMBNAIL IMAGE of the OP-Ed to the right. Either way you do it will take you to the PDF document. (NOTE: You can RETURN TO THIS PAGE by clicking the BACK ARROW IN YOUR BROWSER.) Because it’s a PDF file you will need a PDF Reader to open it. Once it’s opened you can print it now to read, or save it to your hard drive to print and read later. Please note that all of the hyperlinks to the websites and web pages contained within this document should be working—so don’t hesitate to use this feature !!!
AEROMODELLING OP-ED ARTICLE.PDF
Author: Jeff Renz
Blogger/Editor in Chief
Contributor JB Nisley
“It’s been a strong desire of mine for some time that our monthly Aeromodelling Op-Ed Articles will eventually become a ‘Must Read’ for our Great Aeromodelling Hobby. So in order to do that—we want the Op-Eds to have great content, be easy to read, and lastly to steadily rise to become a ‘Go-To Information Resource’ for our World Wide Global Community of Aeromodellers.”
Thermals — Jeff Renz
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This must see monthly feature brings the latest news, events and articles pertaining to Aeromodelling. If you have something to share, and it’s worthwhile and/or newsworthy, we will see to it that it’s published on this blog, or alternatively will provide a web link to it. Use our CONTACT FORM at the bottom of our CONTACT US web page and briefly let us know what it’s all about in the comments section. No business offers or ads please. Check back often here and tell your friends where to find us. 😉
Here’s a brand word for all you Aromodellers out there to add to your Aeromodelling Dictionary !!!!
The use of this word, AeromodelingGeek, as far as we can tell—this 19th day of January 2022—marks the debut of this term used in a complete sentence anywhere, and at any time in the past! (This being the 1st one BTW.)
DEFINITION of an AeromodellingGeek: An endearing slang term best bestowed on a fellow Model Airplane Enthusiast (aeromodellist) who possesses a seemingly overwhelming wealth of knowledge about the hobby of aeromodelling, and consequentially spends most of the time when not sleeping or eating in pursuit of same. (FOR MOST—this Moniker is a Badge of Honor. 🙂 )
JEFF RENZ’S POST NOTES
Blogger/Editor in Chief
Here’s something I highly recommend for all you aeromodellers out there!!!
I have been listening to these Model Airplane “Free Flight Fanatic” Podcasts by John McAvoy which are audio podcasts and are chock-full of useful information.
Bernard Guest, owner of the website Hummingbird Model Products, is frequently involved with many of these podcasts. Take a listen. There is even one on carving props. You can have them on in the background while you are working instead of listening to music.
Give it a try. — Jeff Renz
THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP — FEB 20224
This month’s winning entry for THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP for FEB 2022 goes to fellow HAFFA Member Gary Hodson.
He calls his useful accessory an “Indoor Model Weight Stand.”
This useful Aeromodeller’s Tip comes at an excellent time for us northerners North of the equator now experiencing longer days as a result of the passing of the Winter Solstice which occurred on the 21st of December, 2021. Cold winter winds force us to focus our attention to flying indoor model airplanes in warmer spaces.
Mr. Hodson, who has been an award winning indoor modeler himself for quite some time, has shared with us an idea he thinks is essential for success for any indoor model you may want to build.
The concept is rather simple. It’s a stand to hold individual parts (as well as the models themselves) of indoor models safely on the platform of whatever digital scale you might have. Gary points out that the purchase of a relatively inexpensive digital pocket kitchen scale “providing accurate and instant measurements from “0.01g to 220g” is almost a must if you are seriously into indoor models. In addition he adds “Getting a handle on the actual weight of say—the prop and prop shaft— or the wing and other parts individually can make a difference, especially when it comes to figuring out the center of gravity. By weighing the parts separately, you can determine which parts are to heavy or where one is allowed to add more weight. All the parts need to be in harmony with the others. Then it’s on to find the right motor plus the right number of turns of the motor, but at least at that point the plane itself is balanced.”
Pictured here is Gary’s design for the stand but it can be made any way the maker chooses. The size of the weighing platform dictated the 3″ square base that Gary went with. The base can be made of sheet balsa or in Gary’s case, 3/16″ foam core board. A space between the foam blocks holds the part or model gently but firmly.
How-To instructions to submit a LATEST AEROMODELLER’S TIP for Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG: can be found at the bottom of our KC Free Flight.org CONTACT US page. You don’t have to to live in the United States nor be a HAFFA Member to enter. We have a Google Translator app so your entry can me submitted in your native language. 😉
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Bloggers RENZ & JB pose the question: Modeling vs. Modelling?
The answer can be found if you follow the link above. 😉
“Whether you’re modelling or modeling, you’re doing the same thing. The only difference is in the spelling—the one with the single L is preferred in the United States, while the one with two Ls is preferred everywhere else.”
This is for all INTENTS & PURPOSES our BLOG Post for the Month of FEBRUARY 2022
but feel free to stick around for a LITTLE BONUS SEGMENT WE’VE PUT TOGETHER BELOW that we plan to include in the upcoming months about CASEY WALKER BALDWIN. — Enjoy — !!! 😀
FREDRIC WALKER (CASEY) BALDWIN.
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Casey Baldwin makes history with Red Wing March 12, 1908
when he is the first Canadian to fly a heaver-than-air-aircraft.
— Casey was a member of Alexander Graham Bell’s AEA—a group of early Aviation Pioneers. —
To lean more about Casey and the AEA, visit our Sister Site PHOENIX / AEA and specifically the “Into the Air” web page on that site to find out about the AEA and Casey’s significant roll in this Group of Aviation Pioneers. — Note: Both of the above links will open a new tab in your browser because you are going to a different website.
TIP: Remember that you can zoom in on the photo above if you choose to view this page on your mobile device a.k.a. cell phone.
Starting this month we’ll be bringing you a few of the many significant highlights of Fredrick (Casey) Walker Baldwin’s amazing career. 🙂
First on JB’s Recommended Reading List would be his biography simply titled “Casey“ by John Langley. Well written and thorough, this excellent narrative gives due credit where credit is deserved to a most definitely overlooked important player in the quest for manned flight. It’s also an enjoyable and informative read for any aeromodeller.
Editor in Chief Jeff Renz and I have chosen to name this blog after Casey Baldwin. To begin with, his first name ties in nicely with our Website’s name (KC), 😉 but more importantly it’s his endearing personality and fascinating history plus his contribution to the early days of Flight that made him an obvious choice. After reading the book “Casey”, I have found no mention of his constructing Model Airplanes or Aerodromes as he and others in Alexander Graham Bell’s orbit called them back then, however he most likely would have constructed them to test his ideas. If this was the case—he certainly was among a very small group of founding fathers of what we are now call the hobby of AEROMODELLING! We certainly owe a great deal of gratitude to these aviation pioneers. Without them there would be no Free Flight—manned or otherwise!
DISCLAIMER: Photographs used in this BLOG, the KCFreeFlight.org, and PhoenixAEA.WordPress.com websites are for educational purposes only. There is much we don’t know about the amazing life of Fredrick Walker (Casey) Baldwin. There is a portion of the content on this blog currently and will be in the future that will be purely speculation & guess work on the part of our staff as to the details of his life and things he might have contributed that there is no historical record to ascertain if they could be true or false. In no way are we wanting to rewrite history. A good example of this is that he might possibly have been an Aeromodeller and built model airplanes. 😀 It will be the sole intent of any speculation or guess work concerning Casey in this BLOG, the KCFreeFlight.org, and PhoenixAEA.WordPress.com websites to be positive and not to harm his legacy in any way but instead inform & educate the public of his contributions to Aviation in general and to the Aeromodelling world in particular. — Signed JB Nisley and Jeff Renz
THANKS for reading our FEBRUARY 2022 BLOG POST from START to FINISH!
RULE the NEW YEAR! Visit CASEY’S (KC’S) Free Flight BLOG Often !!! 😀
Thermals, Jeff R. & JB N.
Jeff Renz Blogger/Editor in Chief — & — Blogger/Webmaster JB Nisley
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