Aircraft History









Twice size Avenger sail-plane modified for radio-control designed by J A Gorham in the early 1950s and introduced as a kit in 1952 by Contest Kits.  This example performs extremely well when ridge soaring.





Avenger soaring




The twice size Avenger soaring at South Harting, Hampshire in 2003.








Original Magazine Advert January 1952



This advertisement appeared in January 1952 Aeromodeller and the kit was offered by East Anglian Model Supplies of Ipswich.  This model was the  original dimensions.

















Photograph showing the large span of the Thermalist.

















The Thermalist was introduced by designer R Minney in December 1948 for the international sail plane contest at Eaton Bray.  It gained first place against the international opposition.  The model is of all balsa construction and the example shown in the colour photograph was constructed by Graham Knight of the Raynes Park Club in 1999.  The wingspan is a large 137 inches.


Original Thermalist held by its Designer















Mercury Marauder




Mercury Marauder 65″ Contest/A2. This example constructed by E. Horne.







Marauder advert 1952















Nordic Tern


Introduced in April 1950 for the Continental Class of A2 Sail-planes designed by R F L Gosling.  This example constructed by E Horne.








Nordic Tern – Aeromodeller April 1950











Fillons Champion – This example constructed by E Horne










Fillons Champion on the tow-line












Fillons champion as featured on Aeromodeller cover March/April 1947















The designer holding the original model














Celestial Horseman designed by L G Temple at Epsom – this example constructed by E Horne















The designer L. G. Temple featured in the 1944 edition of Aerodeller















Aristocrat Wakefield 1949 – this example constructed by S Willis












The original 1949 Aeromodeller cover featuring the Aristocrat
















The designer Ed Stoffel with the original model in 1949



The Dactyl




The Dactyl, flying wing glider, on tow.

This example constructed by E. Horne.







The Dactyl




The designer C M Holden pictured with the original model in 1949, wingspan 60 inches.














The Foxstunter



A fully-flapped 52-inch span stunt model designed by J W Coasby in 1950 primarily intended for the Fox 35 or other 35 size engines.


This example constructed by M Cummings.





Original 1950 Foxstunter




The original Foxstunter powered by a McCoy 35 and published in The Aeromodeller annual in 1950.






Ambassador renovated 2006





This example renovated by M Cummings in 2006









Ambassador stunt model



Designed by Alan Hewitt for the Knokke Trophy rules in 1951 and intended for the Elfin 2.49cc Diesel with an overall maximum weight of 12 ounces.  It subsequently won the Gold Trophy in that year.





Taurus Stunt Model



A large-size stunt control-line model intended for the McCoy 60 or similar 10cc power unit, 68 inch wingspan, flown on 90 foot line.

This example constructed by R Cooper.






The original Taurus powered by McCoy 60 1949


Designed by J W Coasby the Aeromodeller staff draughtsman in the late 1940s.  The designer claimed that it cost less than 30/- to construct and finish and was capable of performing every stunt in the book at the time, regardless of weather conditions.





Taurus designer J W Coasby












Fierce Arrow

Fierce Arrow


The Fierce Arrow was introduced in 1957.  Designed by W F Netzeband Jnr.  It was in the style of a combat model but was intended for stunt flying with speeds of around 60mph – 65mph.









Fierce Arrow

Fierce Arrow


An original photograph from 1957.














Junior 60 Mark l


This Mark l Junior 60 is powered by an ED Hunter 3.46cc Diesel engine.  The model has been adapted for radio use.


Renovated by A Benardout.






An original advertisement by KeilKraft in 1946 for the Junior 60




The Junior 60 was designed primarily as a free-flight model by Albert E Hatfull for KeilKraft.  Recommended power unit was the Keil K6 petrol engine.  Since its introduction in 1946 large numbers have been built and many were used for radio-control pioneering work in the 1950s.










Skyleada Zipper


The Skyleada Zipper was a high-performance duration model based upon an American design and produced in Britain by Skyleada at Mitcham, Surrey.

This example  constructed by S Willis and powered by an ED Comp Special.






Skyleada Junior Zipper advertisement from 1949



The Zipper was produced in two sizes; 44-inch wingspan & 31-inch wingspan for the ED Bee or Mills engine.











Designed by Paul Plecan.  A 48-inch span model.  This example constructed by A Holmes for the Mills 1.3 Diesel.





















The designer, Harry Hundleby, with Sparky pictured in 1951.






Sparky flying






Period photograph of the Sparky in flight powered by an Albon Javelin 1.5cc Diesel engine.  The Sparky was an early post-war radio-control model using ECC radio equipment of the time.







Super Buccaneer




1937 Super Buccaneer designed by Bill Effinger of Berkeley Kits, USA.

This example constructed by G Knight and powered by an Ohlsson 60

ignition engine.





Super Buccaneer advert
















This example of the Mamselle, a popular 36-inch sports model is powered by a D.C. Dart 0.5cc.






The designer, Vic Smeed




The Mamselle was introduced in December 1955 and intended as a sports model for the point five range of diesel engines available at the time.



















N G Taylor



The designer Norman G Taylor of the Wimbledon Power Club pictured in 1950 with the original Lazybones.  The Taylors were proprietors of two model shops in South London: one at Kingston Road, Wimbledon and also at Upper Richmond Road, Putney.





Probably one of the most successful control-line models ever.  Introduced in 1958 by ace american designer, George Aldrich as a combat model but is also a very popular stunt trainer.


This example constructed by M. Cummings for an Oliver Tiger Mark lll.






Aeromodeller February 1958

The original heading for the article from February 1958 Aeromodeller by George Aldrich describing combat flying with the Peacemaker using both diesel and glowplug engines in the 2.5 – 3.5 cc class.  Speeds ranged from 65mph to 80mph.  A variant of the Peacemaker were the Flight Streak which flew in excess of 100mph with a Fox Combat 35.





George Aldrich photographed in 1958















Cloud Elf


This example of a Cloud Elf ignition-powered by the late Ray Page








Cloud Elf 1939






Period photograph showing happy modeller with his newly-constructed Cloud Elf











The Cloud Elf Advertisment


Original advertisement from June 1939 showing the Cloud Elf which was kitted by the Cloud (Model) Aircraft of 304-6 High Street, Dorking, Surrey.

The span of the model is 52 inches.





























Drake Amphibian




Designed by US Designer Ken Willard with a flat-bottomed hull and pontoons for easier water take-offs, this amphibian was introduced in 1951 in Model Airplane News.  This example constructed by A Tomlin.










Elite Elf




The Elite Elf 20″ rubber model.  This example constructed M Jagger in 2012.








Original advertisement from Aeromodeller January 1947




An original advertisement for the kit.


The designer was Albert Hatfull.






Black Magic



Introduced in September 1947 as a petrol powered free-flight model of 60″ span.  It was later revised for radio control in the 1950s and later kitted in the 1970s.  This example by M Cummings.






Photograph of the original Black Magic














Designed by Sal Taibi in 1948.

This example constructed by G Knight.







Guided Mite



Introduced as a ultra light-weight radio-controlled model in 1958 by U S designer Bob Coon.  This example constructed by G Knight.










Guided Mite with Designer



Photograph of the designer Bob Coon with the original 22-inch span model which weighed with equipment just 8 ounces.

The power unit was the Cox Pee Wee motor (.020 cubic inches).

The model was claimed to be aerobatic








The model with the original “Deltron” equipment.