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Old 11-13-2014, 04:19 PM
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Default Stanzel Roller Control

I was just looking at a listing on Ebay for a Stanzel Baby "V" Shark and the box art says "New Super G Line Model, Roller Control". I am familliar with and own what I thought were all the Stanzel control systems.
Does anyone know what "Roller Control" is and how it works? I have never seen this system advertized. This must be a G-Line variation and the model timeline puts it before they invented the later MonoLine system.


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Old 11-23-2014, 11:29 PM
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I seem to recall something about this, but not to offer as definite. The Stanzel Museum is still at Schulenberg, Texas, I believe. ...It was a few years ago when a friend visited...

If anyone could, there may be someone there who can answer. The "box-art" picture looks like a possible one-line method as follows.

E.g., consider that the lever a few inches from the inboard side of the body is probably anchored at about the CG. If the lever is pivoted on its spanwise length, and the flying line passes through it as through our common leadout guides, the lever can be rotated by raising or lowering the line. An extension of the flier's hand (visualize a short fishing pole's tip guide), can increase the motion distance. Raising the tip of the extension can rotate the lever slightly before the model rolls, or responds in pitch, to neutralize the input. That rotation could be used to drive an elevator pushrod... Just speculation...

If the Stanzel Museum can answer your question, I'm sure others would like to hear, here.

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Thanks Lou,

I was of the same thinking as you about how this variation of G-Line worked. I thought I was fairly up-to-date on most of the Stanzel systems but this one had me stumped. Your suggestion about contacting the museum is a good idea. I will report back if I learn anything.
I'm fascinated by the history of model aviation technology and I plan on actually building some of their models and using all of the Stanzel methods just to satisfy a burning curiosity.
I Just checked and Google Maps shows the museum here:
Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum

311 Baumgarten St
Schulenburg, TX 78956
United States

Their website is:

It looks like they can be contacted and I will do that.

The good thing is that they seem to have a very good museum that is still open... the bad thing is that we did a road trip to San Antonio 5 years ago (from Canada) and Schulenberg is only about 100 miles away, but I was not thinking about my Stanzel project at the time.

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