The “CONSIDER THIS” segment of this months Post showcases JB’s version of a weight stand designed and presented by Gary Hotson in February’s BLOG. This month we are proud to introduce Scrapper—our new Canine Mascot who urges all AEROMODELLERS to purchase a really cool “AEROMODELLING –I FLY PLANES TEE SHIRT. These featured segments and more await you in the MARCH POST for Casey’s BLOG.
Jeff Renz — Blogger/Editor in chief
& Blogger/Webmaster — JB Nisley
CASEY’S (KC’S) FREE FLIGHT BLOG –– MAR 2022 CASEY’S (KC’S) FF BLOG MENU
— We Welcome World Wide GLOBAL AEROMODELLERS and LOCAL HAFFA Members !!!
Take on a WORTHWHILE PROJECT for the month of MARCH 2022 1
PRESENTING the BEST & NEWEST AERO MODELLING THING !!! 3/22 2
— AEROMODELLING — — WHAT’S NEW IN OUR WORLD? – 3/22 3
TIME for an Aeromodelling INTERMISSION AKA a BLOG BREAK 4
JB NISLEY’S AEROMODELLING OP-ED – MARCH 2022 5
THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP – MARCH 2022 6
CASEY BALDWIN’S Free Flight Legacy Continues MAR 2022 7
JB Nisley’s “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” Closing StatementMAR 2022 8
Don’t MISS OUT on the many Aeromodelling RESOURCES our Website has to offer !!! 😀
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Take on a WORTHWHILE PROJECT for the month !!! 😀
Consider making several of these stands for your friends.
If you do—you’ll be in high regard at the next indoor event!
Introducing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Stand.
Inspired by Gary Hodson’s great concept & thoughts on the use of his weight stand led JB Nisley, the webmaster of this site, to come up with his own version of a weight stand he calls the “Stay Puft Marshmallow Stand.” (with Gary’s blessing of course).
THINK ABOUT MAKING THIS FOR YOUR 2022 HANDBAG OF AEROMODELLING TRICKS !!!
Here’s an easy-to-make handy stand to use with your weight scale to ACCURATELY WEIGH INDOOR MODEL AIRPLANES
AND INDIVIDUAL PARTS.
Think of it this way. ——> Your “precious little part or plane” is held in place by a marshmallow !!!.
I ASK YOU . . . . COULD IT GET ANY SAFER ???
To make it very easy and entertaining BTW—JB Nisley has created a 3 page PDF document titled Make your very own Stay Puft Marshmallow Stand.pdf and also an accompanying “Six Stay Puft Photos for Stay Puft Stand.pdf“ to instruct you and others how to easily make the stand pictured here complete with step-by-step directions. Also included are the printable graphics (photos), and how you would go about getting the materials for the stand via online internet links. Click the links above or the photos in this section of Casey’s BLOG to download and print these incredible documents !!!
Please note that if you are viewing the 3 page document for the stand above—all of the internet links should work inside the pdf just fine and take you to those web pages mentioned in the article. If you happen to make of these stands, please be kind enough to send us several photos of it (plus you and your buddies using it) by using the CONTACT FORM at the bottom of our CONTACT US page on this web site and making arrangements via email exchange to provide us with the photo(s) attached to your email. That would be awesome! The photos will likely be published in a Gallery/Slide show with you and your stand plus also others in the coming months. If you’ve become a fan—check back here often and tell your friends where to find us. Thanks a bunch 😉 —JB Nisley—
PRESENTING the BEST & NEWEST AERO MODELLING THING !!!
Brought to you by SCRAP — Namesake of Casey’s Winning
38 Foot “R Class” Racing Yacht Scrapper II.* 3/22 2
😀 Say HELLO to SCRAPPER—
Our brand new Red English Cocker Spaniel
While Surfing the Net JB came across these
I FLY PLANES
T-Shirts on the Website TEEPUBLIC.com
The Staff at KCFreeFlight.org would like to encourage all our viewers to purchase at least one T-Shirt for themselves or as a gift to a friend.
By-the-way—Jeff Renz (Orange) and JB Nisley (Maroon) are both proud owners of at least one of these
unique and well designed T-Shirts.
We can see no better way to show your support for our Great AEROMODELLING Hobby !!! 😀
Click any of the T-Shirts in this BLOG Section to go to the this T-shirt web page.
TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: —Red Heather — Royal Heather — Hot Pink
Maroon was JB’s color choice — then Kelly (Green) — & Orange of course was Renz’s choice.
HAFFA Member Dana Field is going with Royal Heather & Paul Morgenroth III’s pick is Kelly.
TEEPUBLIC.COM has a good return policy if your choice of size doesn’t fit. It’s been JB’s observation that typically they run a sale at least 3 or 4 times a month SO WAIT UNTIL THIS TEE SHIRT IS $13 or less BEFORE you buy. By the way, you can sign up for a text message when these sales occur like JB did at this LINK with the knowledge that you can cancel the text messages at any time. 😉
*Scrapper II, a 38 Foot “R Class” 1912 Racing Yacht (unrestored)
*Scrapper II was built by Casey Baldwin in Alexander Graham Bells boatshop at Baddeck, NS in 1912.
Casey with this sailboat won the Coronation Cup in Sydney, Nova Scotia September 16, 1912.
Note: The KIDS & CLASSICS BOATSHOPS MUSEUM is looking to get further funding to restore the currently unrestored Scrapper II. For information on how you can help, click this link or the image above for the entire Facebook Post:
— AEROMODELLING —— WHAT’S NEW IN OUR WORLD?
Here’s a great example that proves Aeromodelling is catching on around the World. Here’s an article an article written by Jagriti Parakh featuring an Aeromodelling Workshop for kids titled “Aeromodelling no longer belongs in deep pockets.”
Rest assured that our hobby is making inroads all across our GLOBE. What better way to spread the word of this great hobby than to excite kids in the possibilities of science and more specifically in the world of aircraft design. Here lies the future of Aeromodelling !!! 😀
Here in our own back yard Dave Higgins, an active member of the SAM 8 Model Airplane Club located in Snohomish Washington, USA, has had a successful similar “Workshop for Kids” for quite some time.
This page of their website: Finn Hill Middle School Model Building and Flying Activities goes into detail about this program:
To a large extent Dave focuses his attention and aeromodelling skills to a younger generation of aircraft modellers. It’s no secret that Dave spends selfless countless hours putting together “Easy-to Assemble-Kits” for kids and older modellers as well. As a retired aeronautical engineer for 30 years has taught him, it’s the kids of today that will design the aircraft (let’s also not forget spacecraft) in the future.
This BLOG will have more about this in the coming months.
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. If your article, Photo(s) or both are approved by our staff, we will initiate an email exchange so that your article and accompanying photos will be published. No business offers or ads please. If you’ve become a fan—check back here often and tell your friends where to find us. 😉
TIME for an Aeromodelling INTERMISSION
. . . . Also Known As a BLOG BREAK !!!
😀 Article by Jeff Renz — with JB’s assistance 4
If you’re like many hobbyists—you are constantly trying to juggle many different facets of your life and at the same time help with with the needs of others around you.
It seems to be a constant battle just to keep an even keel. It’s no different with our staff here at Casey’s (KC’S) FREE FLIGHT BLOG.
So with Casey in mind—for this section our staff plans to bring you a total of two (2) “Distractions” each month we think you’ll enjoy.
So Kick back, relax, and let yourself enjoy a little time off from your busy schedule to get encapsulated in something a little different.
THEN . . .
GET BACK TO WORK !!!
Let’s see . . . . when was that next flying event I was going to attend? 😀
Admittedly what we have in store for you will be undeniably “Seafaring and Maritime” in nature and won’t have anything to do with our Aeromodelling Hobby—BUT HEY!—ISN’T THAT THE WHOLE POINT ???!!! 😉
||— In 1935 Casey and his two sons crossed the Atlantic on a voyage Aboard the Bluenose.—||
For your enjoyment here is: Heritage Minutes: Bluenose — A YouTube Video of the famous Canadian Schooner Bluenose.
A second worthwhile distraction we think you will be interested in is a sample story from an interesting website JB came across called MENTAL FLOSS with the Internet web address of www.mentalfloss.com
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My Op-Ed opinion journals for the foreseeable future will indeed focus on aeromodelling subjects, however in some ways I feel it’s important to stress the basics of this hobby. There is no way to advance to more complex designs and models without mastering the right tools, knowing the right materials to use and paying attention to learning the proper way to do modeling tasks.
So—don’t be surprised to find me referring to one I truly admire, Casey Baldwin, often in my writing because all that there was of course in the early days of flight were—you guessed it, the BASICS!
It’s worth noting here that contained within this month’s Op-Ed I’ve written—are several Wikipedia internet links about subjects that I’ve restated below that I think are well worth your time to take a second look.
It is my hope that presenting these links again will inspire you to read more about two (2) intensely interesting aerodromes built and flown by the Aerial Experiment Association in the year 1908.
Notably the AEA White Wing (or Aerodrome #2) which was designed by Frederick W. Baldwin and the the AEA June Bug (or Aerodrome #3.)” which was later copied after the White Wing by the U.S. aeronautical pioneer Glenn Curtiss the same year.
From Wikipedia we have: “The June Bug is famous for winning the first aeronautical prize, the Scientific American Cup, ever awarded in the United States.
Follow these two 1908 Aerodrome internet links and the one for Glenn Curtiss and you wont be disappointed. 😉
AEROMODELLING OP-ED ARTICLE – rev 1.pdf
Author: JB Nisley
Contributor: Jeff Renz
Blogger/Editor in Chief
To access my Op-Ed article pdf file—Click the above underlined link or thumbnail
THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP – MAR 2022 6
THE LATEST AEROMODELLING TIP comes to us via HAFFA Club Member JOHN CLARK
His simple but worthwhile TIP goes like this:
Reverse the hinge on a clothespin and Voilà !!! the result is a great performing clamp for many aeromodelling tasks. While you’re at it, do an extra step by spray painting or dipping them in Clear Satin Polyurethane or Lacquer finish. Look at how better the appearance is and at the same time it’s equipped to resist the absorption of glue better.
For less than $2 a package, at Wal-Mart, you can get various sizes of clothespins tailored for the many clamping situations you may encounter. Walmart’s number one best seller is: Mainstays Wood Clothes Pins, 2.8″L x .4″H Beige, 50 Count.
Along with his conveying this idea came this comment:
“This simple idea has been around forever—however it may be new to those just beginning the hobby.”
Thanks again goes to John Clark for this time honored but still very much valid useful tip.
Starting out it will seem awkward but study the steps above and soon you will be able to watch TV and do this mundane task at the same time with ease. Trust Me !!! 😀
JB’s “organized” painted tuna can “Brimming” with various sizes of Clothespin Clamps. Paint? Dark Bronze or Antique Pewter “Hammered” Spray Paint
For less than $2 a package, at Wal-Mart, you can get various sizes of clothespins. Walmart’s number one best seller is: Mainstays Wood Clothes Pins, 2.8″L x .4″H Beige, 50 Count.
JB’s AUTHORS NOTE: I admittedly arranged all my clothespin clamps so the shot of the various sizes of clamps above would look rather “attractive”. Rarely do they look this organized! Also—I don’t bother to reverse the hinges on the small ones. I tried to do this once, but found it wasn’t worth it. The small ones work fine just the way they come out of the package. One last thing. Didn’t actually know what to call the alluminum metal clamps so I Googled e internet and found out they are called: Alligator Hair Clips Metal Duck Bill Hair Clips for Styling Who would have thought ?????
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How to Submit a LATEST AEROMODELLER’S TIP
Use our CONTACT FORM at the bottom of our CONTACT US web page to provide us with your email address so we can set up an email exchange that allows us to obtain the article and the photos you may have that describe your tip. The photos can be simply attached to your email. If you would like—show us a photo of you with your friends showing or using this tip. You don’t have to to live in the United States or be a HAFFA Member to participate. If approved by our staff we will publish your TIP in a future Casey’s BLOG POST. Thanks. Your TIP will be much appreciated !!! 😀
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FREDRIC WALKER (CASEY) BALDWIN.
A FREE FLIGHT LEGACY CONTINUES. — MARCH 2022 7
This month I want to be sure to draw your attention to a book titled Casey: The Remarkable Untold Story of Frederick Walker “Casey” Baldwin: Gentleman, Genius, and Alexander Graham Bell’s Canadian Protegé written by John G. Langley.
It’s a must read for any follower of Casey and it also chronicles the fascinating history of the AEA, Alexander Graham Bell’s 1908 group of early Aeronautical Pioneers.
If you have any doubts as to whether this book would be a good fit for you—Dean Jobb’s Review stated here again will help to dispel any doubts you may have. 😉
On another note, here’s a relevant YouTube video about Glenn Curtiss and his successes with aerodrome #3 “June Bug” titled: Glenn H. Curtiss | Path Through History | WSKG History. The June bug was the successor to White Wing that was flown earlier the same year, 1908.
— If you haven’t already checked out our sister Site here is the info we introduced last month. —
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 in your mobile device a.k.a. cell phone.
JB Nisley’s “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” Closing Statement MARCH 2022 8
As I ended my Op-ed for this month I stated: “Future subjects for my OP-Ed’s will tend to explore the possibility that Casey was in fact one of our first AEROMODELLERS (and possibly one of the best) EVER !!! . Look in the coming months for what I speculate would have been some of his everyday tools and devices he may have used to enjoy his “AEROMODELLING” fledgling hobby. In fact—on the docket soon is his “1923 Twin Pusher Winding Platform” with a materials list and instructions on how you can make one !!!
My “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE” for March is quite simple:
IGNORE your workbench’s mess and carry on with your PROJECT. 😀 —JB—
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 a great 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
We appreciate the fact that you’ve read our March 2022 BLOG POST.
If you’ve become a fan—then go ahead and tell all your Aeromodelling Friends.
Jeff Renz Blogger/Editor in Chief — & — Blogger/Webmaster JB Nisley
Be sure to check out the many AEROMODELLING Resources this website has to offer by CLICKING on all the menu items found on our KCFreeFlight.org website’s Navigation Menu at the top of every page of this website. 😉 Thanks.