RE: ACE Whizard
I learned to fly on a Whizard. Friend of mine and I split the cost of airplane and radio (we were both college students in the late '70s and had NO money!), I did the building, provided the engine (cox Golden Bee), and he bought the radio (Hobby-Lobby 3 channel with the 5 pin servos). Covered the wing with white econocoat, painted the fuselage and tail in red and white aerogloss. Hand-launched in a northeast Mississippi cow pasture. IT FLEW! We taught ourselves, and had a blast! As long as we didn't overcontrol too low, the plane was stable enough to self-correct. When the golden bee leaned out at the end of the flight, that little plane would move out pretty well. Later on, I was able to buy my first radio, an EK 5 channel "little red brick". That was actually a little lighter than the Hobby-Lobby radio, and the Whizard flew even better.
I can't remember what happened to that old plane. I have a new one sitting on the workbench ready to be finished. Set up with micro servos and (gasp!) A BRUSHLESS ELECTRIC MOTOR[:@] (I know, I know, but it's sooo easy[>:])