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Old 08-12-2003, 04:31 PM
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Help me ID my first RC airplane. I bought it the summer of 1974 from a hobby shop in Laurel, Maryland. I flew it at PGRC. The airplane was already built and test flown when I bought it. The AMA number on the side is the original owner/builder. I still have my original radio from 1974. It's not the Kraft that was likely in it when built. Mine is a World 5 channel, single stick, rudder on the top if the stick. I also have the original engine, an OS .30 bushing motor. I repowered it last Fall when I decided to fly it one more time just for kicks. It's never been crashed, dinged or pranged... which is amazing since my first flights were on this airplane. I learned to land however, on another airplane, which was pranged a few times. I have photos of a very young me, flying it in 1974.
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:36 PM
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:37 PM
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another one.
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Old 08-12-2003, 04:39 PM
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BTW, it has a 49 and 3/4 wing span
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Old 08-13-2003, 01:21 AM
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Hi,

A modified Top Flite Headmaster?? The tail feathers are different than my old Headmaster and mine was a 3 channel Rudder /Elevator/Throttle job. Maybe the builder added ailerons wanting more control.

That's my best guess. The engine you mention is an OS Max 'S' series. These were really good running engines. I still have two .35's that I will never part with.

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I doubt it's a Headmaster. This airplane has a pretty serious semi-semtrical airfoil. I would guess that it was designed with ailerons in mind.
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Chuck,

My Headmaster had a similar airfoil. It would fly inverted all day, even with three channels and a slight amount of dihedral

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After doing some research here and on the web I have come to the conclusion that it is likely and A-Ray. Can someone confirm this or disprove the theory?

Come on now, I can't believe that someone out there is not an expert on this and can easily tell me what it is...

I did some further looking at the Headmaster and can see your point. It's got some similar looks. My airplane has a break in the top of the fuselage line aft of the wing. I don't see this in the Headmaster though. Maybe I should post some better pictures?

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