7 episodes

John discusses the new and old of free flight model aviation. Includes kit reviews, current projects, how to information and interviews.

Free Flight Fanatic John McAvoy

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John discusses the new and old of free flight model aviation. Includes kit reviews, current projects, how to information and interviews.

    Episode 7 - Diels Engineering: Scale Rubber Free Flight Kits

    Episode 7 - Diels Engineering: Scale Rubber Free Flight Kits

    John sits down with Dave Diels, purveyor of fine scale rubber powered free flight kits. We talk old school modeling, the trials and tribulations kit manufacturing, CAD, Corsairs and Thunderbolts. Not to mention Jack Benny and alligators

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Modeling and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Modeling and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    John sits down for a conversation with Dr. Chris Gilbert to answer  questions on mental health and staying safe while maintaining hobby activities during the mandatory stay at home restrictions. When is it okay to order supplies (guitar strings, glue, perhaps a new model kit)? Generally, is maintaining a healthy state of mental health through continued hobby activities essential, and when is the ordering and delivery of provisions ethical? Are we helping or hurting the US Postal Service?
    Dr. Chris’ Psychology Today article is titled "7 Ways to Emerge from COVID-19 Stronger and Happier".
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/hk/blog/heal-the-mind-heal-the-body/202004/7-ways-emerge-covid-19-stronger-and-happier
     
     
     

    • 33 min
    Episode 5 - Carving Your Own Propeller

    Episode 5 - Carving Your Own Propeller

    John discusses new products as well as the modeling career of Bill Warner, who passed away in March, 2020. The September 1969 Model Airplane News is this episode's Vintage Magazine Spotlight. John talks about the Dave Platt and Chuck Gill method of carving wood propellers.
    Bill Warner Biography:
    https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/files/WarnerBill.pdf
     
    National Free Flight Society (NFFS)   https://freeflight.org/
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    New (?) Products
    Peck-Polymers Skiptown Cadet
    https://www.wind-it-up.com/collections/sport-model-kits/products/pp-47
    Peck-Polymers Sky Bunny
    https://www.wind-it-up.com/products/pp-41?_pos=1&_sid=a60d00732&_ss=r
     
    Vintage Model Co.  (Sheffield, England!)
    https://www.vintagemodelcompany.com/contact-us.html
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    Magazine Issue of Curiosity (Vintage Magazine Spotlight):
    September 1969 Model Airplane News
    Plagiarist Construction Article
    https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=10771
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    Episode 5 Plan of Interest (Bill Warner DH 85 Leopard Moth – Rubber Power FF)
    https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=9342
     

    Carving Propellers
     https://www.daveplattmodels.com/Videos/index.htm
    Scale Modeling’s Black Art Series – Double Trouble Vol. 3
     

    John’s Favorite Full Scale Plane: Boeing F4B-4
     
    John’s Favorite Model: Bill Noonan Kawanishi K-8b
     https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=11606

    • 32 min
    Episode 4 - Bill's Favorites and John's Sopwith

    Episode 4 - Bill's Favorites and John's Sopwith

    • 27 min
    Episode 3 - Conversation with "Lifer" Bill Darkow

    Episode 3 - Conversation with "Lifer" Bill Darkow

    Free Flight Fanatic explores the history and current state of free flight modeling. If you are a model builder and flyer who has a love for balsa wood, silk, Japanese tissue, rubber, glow and ignition engines, this podcast is for you!

    • 45 min
    Episode 2 - A Tale of Two Kits

    Episode 2 - A Tale of Two Kits

    This podcast explores the history and current states of free flight modeling. If you are a model builder and flyer who has a love for balsa wood, silk, Japanese tissue, rubber, glow and ignition engines, this podcast may be for you.

    • 17 min

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