Here is novel idea from well-known
free flight modeler Bill Hannan and hobby shop owner Russ Barrera. It appeared in
a 1970 issue of American Aircraft Modeler magazine. The pair converted
an unused transmitter case into a handy field box for use with free flight models.
In addition to adding a hinge and latch to the cover, the retractable antenna sports
a small wind sock for judging launch times and even a compass in place of the RF
power meter to note the direction of your model as it drifts off into the wild blue
yonder when the dethermalizer fails to trigger. Without the convenience of eBay,
finding an unused transmitter would have been a bit difficult for most free-flighters
back in the day.
Field Kit for a Free Flighter
Transmitter turned into free flight field box!
Up your prestige at low cost!
Bill Hannan with Russ Barrera
What's wrong with free flight? Nothing, actually. It is just that it lacks that
certain charisma associated with more esoteric forms of model flying. Thus, the
average free-flighter suffers from feelings of inferiority and rejection at his
local flying field.
In analyzing the causes of this type of complex, we reached the conclusion that
the problem stems from the fact that free-flighters have no symbols of status in
the model-building community. Like the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, who needed
a medal before he could feel brave, and his friend the Scarecrow, who needed a diploma
before he would rely upon his own brains, free-flighters need some tangible sign
of recognition in order to regain their former high position of respect.
Details of our prescribed panacea are disclosed herewith. Merely equipping yourself
with one of these easy-to-construct tokens of social rank will do much to assure
your acceptance on any flying field, and most assuredly will bolster your ego in
Particulars of fabrication are self-evident, and the choice of materials is left
to the discretion of each patient-er-builder. Naturally, for maximum snob appeal
and for reasons of aesthetics, your project should be finished in a manner befitting
such a piece' de resistance. Inset emeralds are suggested, but if that approach
seems a bit gauche, a simple application of genuine gold leaf, unborn mongoose skin,
or lapis lazuli will suffice.
Posted December 23, 2021
(updated from original post on 3/23/2014)