Saturday, July 22, 2017

Aeronca Chief for Speed 400

Richard Dick holds Bob Galler's Aeronca Chief for Speed 400 Scale. I'll be this one will do well at the upcoming SAM Champs in Boulder, NV.

Dave Thornburg and Bird of Time

Dave Thornburg visits our club sod farm in McIntosh, New Mexico. This is the first time I have seen Dave with his Bird of Time design. Bob Galler took the pic and reports that it is vintage 1985.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Monday, August 22, 2016

First Place Trophy - For Our Chapter's Fun Fly

This trophy/plaque is alderwood and the text plus graphics are laser cut. We are holding four events (see flyer) and this plaque is for the Old Timer Glider event. As you can see, we are being supported in major way by our host club, the Albuquerque Soaring Association.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Jim Correll's Miss World's Fair

Bob Galler writes: "That is Jim's Miss Worlds Fair by Jim Correll. Originally a rubber model. It is Hacker powered, and is the original size, though he said a larger wing is possible.  Instead of trying to control twin rudders which is problematical (makes for a tail heavy situation) Jim used ailerons . A great solution for RC electric.  And ailerons are legal for SAM competition. When we flew it, it seemed nose heavy or perhaps there's not enough decalage. Jim will make some adjustments and fly it again.

Photo by Bob Galler

Photo by Bob Galler

Photo by Bob Galler

Sunday, July 31, 2016


 Richard Dick and Bob Galler with their Spirit of SAM Wakefield Gulls. As Bob writes - "We are proud to keep them flying. Richard's Gull came from the late Buzz Averill and my model came from Phil Pearce."

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Bob Galler's Flamingo bipe - Part One

Starting the fuse next. The angles and dihedral have been worked out. The ribs from Bob were great. The support in middle is just for taking photo without support from fuse struts. My worktable is 5 feet. Onwards and upwards. Bob Galler

The top front portion of the Flamingo of one continuous piece of 5/322 balsa. First made of cardboard, then traced to balsa two 4 inch sheets joined, then balsa soaked overnight.  Now drying in place. After drying will be sanded for good fit and glued . The 2x Flamingo cockpit openings are so large that there is no need to make this piece removable as in Bowers smaller version. Bob Galler

Now this is what I call a pain in the neck. But After a lot of dremel sanding the aluminum struts and making cardboard and thin aluminum patterns it's close to within a degree or two. Some satisfaction in it not being an ARF. Bob Galler