By 1960 when this "And
Aweigh They Go!" article appeared in the Annual edition of Air Trails
magazine, radio control systems had advanced to where they were providing a
semblance of proportional control, were smaller in volume and weight (thanks to
semiconductors rather than vacuum tubes), and were more affordable and reliable.
Model engines, too, were more convenient and easier to operate thank to the
advent of glow fuel and glow plugs rather than gasoline and spark ignition
systems. Some modelers still employed the older equipment or a mix of old and
new, but the serious contenders did then as they do now by tending to go with
the latest and greatest engines, electronics, hardware, and construction
techniques. The model boats featured here are examples of the latter.
R/C Model Boats - And Aweigh They Go!
Running at Seattle, Wash., Green Lake, Ray Browder's Mac 60 powered
"Midnight" (above) hits 70 mph. This design is typical of many in Northwest area.
Largest "model" boat driven by an air prop is Fred Glatstein's
17 pound job which is an inch less than 5' long! Called the "Redbird I," Fred, now
16, built this from 1/4" plywood frames, used 1/8" balsa planking. Power is Fox
One of the long-time live wires in model speed boat racing is
Charles Baxmann of Detroit who served many years as president of the International
Model Power Boat Association. He's seen with Gar Wood award.
Reelected president of the International Model Power Boat Association,
Peter F. Yanczer of Rock Hill, Mo., is noted for the "Waterfly" hull. Information
on IMPBA may be obtained from its secretary, W. R. Kleypas at 21 Santa Fe Drive,
St. Louis 19, Missouri.
Holding his original design radio control outboard hydroplane
is Dick Hanson of the Chicago Model Power Boat Association. Unique feature is Dick's
throttle control which automatically cuts engine speed as boat starts into a turn.
As she comes out of turn and into straightaway engine accelerates. Hull is clean
running and fast. Dick won trophy at International Regatta.
Beautiful model of Paul Sawyer's big "Alter Ego" was made by
Gil Swartzel of San Francisco. Little "AE" weighs nearly 17 pounds, uses S-channel
CG receiver for steering and throttle control.
This radio control boat is 44 1/2" long, has 22" beam, is powered
by Dooling 61 engine with custom water cooling.
Holder of Class D record at a scorching 94.73 mph Charles Oslanci of Detroit
is one of the fastest moving fellows in the world of model boat racing. Photo taken
at International Regatta held in Indianapolis.
Posted January 8, 2022