Miss Tile and Mr. Pin Announce Update to our Building Boards and Modeling Pins Webpage!

Miss Cecelia Ceiling Tile and Mr. Marvin Modelling Pin are delighted to announce to all our Readers of Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG and visitors to our HAFFA Airplane Model Club’s website, KCFreeFlight.org, that the NUMBER ONE VISITED WEBPAGE WAS:

Portable Building Boards
& Modeling Pins

Along with announcing a long overdue update of the page—we’d also like to point out that the number of visits to this webpage for last year, 2021, was 1.459 overtaking the website’s HOME page’s 1366 visits by 93.
This surprised all our staff at KCFreeFlight.org. For the most part it would normally be extremely unlikely to have what is considered an inconsequential page overtake the website’s main “HOME” page which is the portal where most visitors enter the site.

The Portable Building Boards & Modeling Pins webpage had humble origins when it was created back in 2017. My hunch about using white or carpenters glue to “laminate” two layers of ceiling tiles back to back paid off handsomely as it has become the preferred way to make Portable Building Boards for those who know about this method.
Prior to this the advice was mostly simply to use drywall or “Sheetrock” ( Sheetrock is a specific brand of drywall sheet.) Also ceiling tiles of course, and Balsa wood sheets. But now-a-days who wants to use precious balsa wood for this purpose?

Another interesting bit of information concerning the Statistics of last year is the number of visits garnered by another popular page of our website called Dave’s Drawings which was 1,173 visits.

Click the LINK Above or the Image to go to this Webpage.

Also impressive were the actual number of pdf downloads of Dave’s Sweepette-Ette-14 Mk. II CLG (Catapult Launched Glider) at 336. Now these were downloads of the drawing Dave made but if only 10% of these actually made it to the flying field, there are 36 of Dave’s “Progeny” if you want to think of it that way. The Flip DT (Dethermalizer) System (with Instruction sheet) for gliders is another coming in at 131 downloads. So the staff here believe that our site is starting to be a Go-To place for glider drawings and other useful AEROMODELLING Resources. 😀

Before I close out this post I thought it might be helpful to discuss what white glue or carpenters glue is because IMO it’s probably the most important ingredient in making Portable Building Boards. The Definition of what white glue and it’s uses are:

“Polyvinyl acetate (PVA, PVAc, poly(ethenyl ethanoate)), commonly known as wood glue, white glue, carpenter’s glue, school glue, or Elmer’s glue in the US, is a widely available adhesive
used for porous materials like wood, paper, and cloth.”

“I like to use a woodworkers glue under the name of Original Titebond found at Lowe’s which I think is your best bet. Bottom line is that my research shows that a Lowe’s 16 oz bottle at $4.38 is as competitive price per ounce as you are going to find anywhere.”
— JB Nisley — (price quoted as of 4/11/2022)

A breakdown of my research is as follows: (Yes—I’m a true AEROMODELLING Geek.) Surprisingly the available options for Elmer’s glue at Walmart are more expensive per oz. than a Lowe’s 16 oz. bottle of Original Titebond Carpenters glue currently at $4.38 which works out to .27 per ounce.
Mostly it’s the fact that Walmart does not carry the product in the 8 or 16 ounce range. Plus I think that Carpenters glue should be your first pick over plain white glue because of possible added strength and the cost difference is not that much. Most likely the remaining glue you have left over could be put to good use in the future. Plain white glue will work, however if that is all you have. 😉

There is one other option that I have come across, that being an 8 oz. bottle of “white glue” at the Dollar Tree stores at $1.25 which comes out to about .16 per oz. (Yes, haven’t you heard? they upped the $1 price to $1.25 😦 ). Its a great option for other modeling tasks but IMO doesn’t have the quality that Elmer’s or Titebond has. It’s nevertheless great for many applications where quality is not an issue.
(Note: All prices above were quoted as of 4/11/2022. Your prices may vary.)

Thanks for reading through this post and as always —
If you’ve become a fan, tell your friends where to reach us.” — Jeffrey B. (JB) Nisley —

Swaying Telephone Poles in the Spirit of St. Lewis Movie Clip? — Check out the new Members’ Movies & Videos Pick by John Clark

HAFFA Member John Clark knows how to pick ’em when it comes to choosing a REAL NAIL BITER !!! 😀 Who doesn’t like a Jimmy Stewart’s Classic film—and especially The Spirit of St. Lewis? This movie clip is only 3 minutes and 14 seconds long—so take a break from whatever you are going and sit back and ENJOY!

Click here to go to Members’ Movies & Video Picks to view the Clip.

WEBMASTER JB’s OBSERVATION: It’s a small but dramatic detail that I noticed the director chose to include in this film to actually add drama to an already rather intense initial scene. If you are paying close attention when the plane clears the telephone lines—it appears that the telephone poles actually “sway” from the wind turbulence caused by the aircraft as it passes. REALLY? It certainly makes for good cinema but I think it kinda stretches what us AEROMODELLERS know about the physics of wind forces in my opinion—however I RATHER LIKE THIS NICE DEPARTURE FROM REALITY . . . . IN FACT I LIKE THE WAY THEY “SWAY” !!! 😀

This movie by the way is available to borrow from our Johnson County Library in videodisc DVD format here in Kansas, USA. You may have a source similar to this where you live. The run time for this movie is 135 min. Both John and JB are going to check out the DVD and enjoy a second viewing of it . . . . and yes—we’ll get a bowl of Popcorn and our favorite beverage & watch those crazy poles swing on the BIG SCREEN !!! 😉

“March Madness” and a Call to Action . . .

Author Jeff Renz with a closing statement provided by JB Nisley

The roll out of this month’s March 2022 CASEY’S (KC’S) Free Flight BLOG Post just so happens to coincide with a very popular basketball tournament in the United States called “March Madness.” So I’m letting you know now that the reason to include these two words in the title of this particular Post will be hopefully explained at this Post’s conclusion.

The number one reason for this post is to alert and to also urge all HAFFA Members and friends to actually READ the March edition of Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG which is now published for your scrutiny.

In addition to the March Post now just published, there is also the February’s BLOG published last month that is directly below this month’s so continue reading when you get to the end of March’s if you haven’t already had a chance to peruse that.

It’s no surprise to many that our KCFreeFlight.org website is gaining a great deal of acceptance here in the USA’s Midwest and other parts of America as well as many far flung parts of the world. Both myself (Blogger & Editor in Chief) and JB Nisley (Blogger & webmaster) for Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG both wholeheartedly agree that we think you will be presently surprised at the content and the way JB has put together this BLOG.

You can do your part to support what we are trying to do here by actually taking the time to subscribe to Casey’s (KC’s) Free Flight BLOG. The form to do this is at the bottom of each of all of the web pages on our KCFreeFlight.org website (even this one by the way). What this all means is that you will simply get an email in your inbox alerting you to the fact that a fresh new Post has appeared on our KCFreeFlight.org website (AND nothing else—NO ADS for instance.) If you like the direction we’re headed—this will give you a timely heads up for you to be informed of our progress in a timely manor, and also that you won’t unknowingly miss anything. Please know that you can unsubscribe at any time and rest assured we won’t share your email address or any of your information. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR SUBSCRIBING !!! 😀

Over the past several weeks JB and I have kind of adopted this slogan for Casey’s BLOG we like that goes like this: “If You’ve Become a FAN of Casey’s—Tell your Friends Where To Find Us!”

In closing out this post I promised that I would try to explain the reference to March Madness in the title of this Post. It turns out that JB has been kind enough to step in here and help us out by providing his explanation:

Early aeronautical pioneer “Casey Baldwin, who in 1908, was busy making historic flights with his Aerodrome #2 – White Wing manned flying machine—would most likely have had a much different perspective on what the phrase “March Madness” would be possibly be referring to.

There is a slight but real possibility that he would have thought you were talking about the possible angered reaction of the residents of Baddeck, Nova Scotia, directed at what have might have occurred at the time—and that is that their anticipated arrival time of the Atlantic tide coming in didn’t occur as expected and as a result caused them anguish.

That would explain their ” March Madness.” ;D

P.S. Take my advice and please don”t hesitate to Click on the Baddeck, Nova Scotia link underlined above. Rest assured you won’t be disappointed with the Video if you scroll down a bit on this page . . . or here is is to view if you missed it. Alexander Graham Bell in Nova Scotia.

Hopes for a successful glider flight most definitely dashed — but all is not lost

These last two years (plus) have not been kind to our organization, HAFFA, let alone the entire population of the world due to COVID’s physical and social impact.

Now here we are at the end of 2021. It’s a time for reflection and renewal. It’s also a time to think about what’s to come in 2022 and hopefully a time to think positive.

As I hand off the reins of being the president of the Heart of America Free Flight Association a.k.a. HAFFA these past few years to Mike Basta—I want to leave everyone a positive message. Modelers always find a way to keep flying! We’re always adapting and modifying our aircraft whether indoors or out….it’s what keeps us going….to better our craft! So get to building and flying! Dig out that kit that has been gathering dust and clean off that building board. Even if you only get two sticks of wood glued together….it’s a start. Get those wings patched up and repaired. Spring will be here before you know it and we’ll be flying outdoors again. In the mean time attend an indoor flying event and come fly with us (HAFFA Indoor Flying Sessions). We have a carefully cared for fleet of P-18 model airplanes (9 total) for you to launch yourself (with the help of HAFFA Members) in a Stars and Aviators Take Flight Mass Launch ready to go !!!!! 😀


So with the help of Jeff Nisley we now have a dedicated YouTube Channel for HAFFA. He recently located a video he filmed in 2019 and uploaded it to our new channel of Mike and I attempting to launch Mike’s Jader 60 Tow Line Glider at the Marion Free Flight Contest that year.

This is the video Nisley filmed at the 2019 HAFFA Marion Free Flight Contest

You might be thinking that this is would be the end of the road for Mike’s unlucky hapless Jader 60 Tow Line Glider . . . . But NAH——You would be wrong!

This is a photo of mike with his beautiful Jader 60 Tow Line Glider on Saturday Oct 5th 2019.
The ill-fated flight took place the following day.

As we said in the title of this Post—all is not lost!
You see, Mike took the crash of his glider with a grain of salt—made sure he had picked up all of the pieces—and by the next year was flying it again at the 2020 Marion Contest! Mike explained that in this case beyond the obvious gluing of the broken pieces back together and recovering the damaged tissue, he took the time to strengthen the leading edge and main spar of the wing by making grooves in the balsa large enough so that he could install carbon fiber rods that he epoxied in.

Turns out Mike is no stranger to fixing broken model aircraft. “I’ve probably fixed more planes than I have ever built” He told Jeff Nisley in a recent conversation.

Legend has it that from a relatively young age, Mike retrieved abandoned crashed model airplanes from the trash receptacles at his local air field and then took them home to repair to flight readiness—so this is just par for the course. “The key is to be fortunate enough to have all of the pieces.” Basta points out. He then adds “Some glue, new tissue where needed, and a liberal dose of TLC—and there you are !!!!! 🙂 It’s all part of the hobby.

As we cautiously venture into 2022 with our fingers crossed . . . . we—along with the rest of the world—undoubtedly will pick up the pieces and hopefully go forward.

I would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and looking forward to 2022!

Jeff Renz

Max Deweese to Speak at HAFFA Business Meeting Nov 16th, 2021

New Venue: Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission KS

Because of the positive response to Max’s speaking engagement, a larger venue has been obtained. We are now going to have the meeting at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission KS. Meeting Rooms A and B. This meeting room seats a total of 45 persons so bring your friends !!!! A Google Map to the Center has been provided at the bottom of this web page so you can plan your route.

It is a real honor to have Max Deweese as the guest speaker for our November 16th HAFFA monthly meeting from 6 to 8 pm at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission KS. Be our guest as Max tell his story and takes questions afterwards about his service and his ongoing commitment to World War II Veterans. This meeting is open to the public, so bring your spouse or partner and tell any friends you may have about this event. 🙂

Click this link to view a 14 minute 30 second video that was filmed when he was 96 years old. This year marks his 100th year.

This is: “Deweese, a Service Story”.

Max was one of the first American soldiers to engage the Japanese in an offensive military operation. One of the many missions during his service critical to the early war effort was the mission to see that the Japanese were not successful in building an airport at Guadalcanal.

His service along with countless other veterans were crucial to the eventual success of the allied forces in turning the tide in the Pacific war effort which ultimately lead to the surrender of Japan.

This month’s HAFFA Meeting will take place at the Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center in Mission KS. Here is the address:

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway St, Mission, KS 66202

Below is a Google Map to the Center

Program for October 19th HAFFA Meeting —> All You Wanted to Know About Vintage Twin Pushers . . .

This month we’ll delve into the sometimes mystifying realm of TWIN PUSHER MODEL AIRPLANES popular in the 20s and 30s.

Believe it or not these quirky machines still hold a special place in the hearts of a seemingly glowingly smaller but massively dedicated group of Aeromodelers! To make and fly one gives you a lifetime membership into this ELITE CLUB. 🙂

At the meeting we will have some example TPs for you to examine, some short videos of them in flight, and questions and answers from a long time experienced TP maker and flyer, MIKE BASTA, winner of the Twin Pusher Mass Launches at the 2018 and 2019 Marion Contests.

Our club, HAFFA, has a rich history encompassing these aircraft and it’s worth learning about and supporting their future! 😉 If you haven’t already seen our web page about this subject please check out our History of HAFFA Part 1.


Here’s info about our new Meeting Location:

Cedar Roe Library
5120 Cedar St, Roeland Park, KS
(It’s directly EAST of Walmart)

Below is a Google Map to the Cedar Roe Library
5120 Cedar St, Roeland Park, KS 66205

Don’t Miss HAFFA’s Marion, KS Outdoor Free Flight Contest

Hey Free Flighters !!!!!

— Make the Journey to Marion, KS where HAFFA (Heart of America Free Flight Association) is Hosting its Fall Outdoor Free Flight Contest. Bring all that you dare to bring and compete with fellow aeromodelers to try to win our brand new Marion Contest Trophy !!! —

Ocotober 2nd and 3rd, 2021 are the scheduled dates for this year’s event.

More information and this year’s printable Marion Contest Flyer and Contest Score Cards can be found at this web page:

20th Annual HAFFA Outdoor Marion Free Flight Contest

As of 9/24/2021 Country Inn Motel has 10 rooms available for the 1st and 2nd of October. Because of Covid, reservations can only be made the morning of the 1st to reserve the two days. Information concerning possible additional lodging arrangements can be found on page 2 of the flyer.

Good Luck to all those Fortunate to Attend.
It will be a Blast !!!!

Featured B Movie for August HAFFA Meeting will be “Power Dive (1941)”

Join us next Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a good old-fashioned B movie from 1941 that features a “very cool” model airplane.

Quoting from the August 2021 AMA’s Model Aviation magazine on page 14, “Power Drive is about a geodetic aircraft design undergoing stress tests. During the film, a model appears in numerous sequences, and although it’s not a flying model, it clearly highlights the aircraft’s construction.”

Click here to visit the “Power Dive (1941)” Web Page

Here’s info about our new Meeting Location:

Cedar Roe Library
5120 Cedar St, Roeland Park, KS

(It’s directly EAST of Walmart)

Below is a Google Map to the Cedar Roe Library
5120 Cedar St, Roeland Park, KS 66205