Official Web Site of Metrolina Control Line Societiy

AMA Charteted Club 1811 

updated. Feb 18


Next Club meeting Sat feb 22 at Watt Moore’s home   . Lunch served at noon  meeting at 2:00

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Howard Shenton had  surgery  Jan 30 to repair a injured disc in his neck.

The surgery went well , Howard is now in a Rehab facility in Spartanburg SC   He has Started physical therapy  to gain his strength back . 

Max Flow and Will Davis  visited him for a short visit  , He is improving slowly and asking about the May 2 fun fly.  We talked about club stuff and normal small talk  . If you want to call hm. Contact me or Max for his cell number  , 


Next MCLS Meeting  Sat Feb 22 2020   2:00 pm at the home of Watt Moore in Chester SC ….. Dinner served at noon. Fly before and after the meeting at 2:00 .No

MCLS  presented the “MCLS Rusty Nail Award”   To Rusty Knowlton  for  his advancements in promotion  of control line modeling and  his recent achievements in  competition. 

Rusty accepts the “Rusty Nail Award “for 2019 


2020  MCLS events 

•  Feb      22    Monthly  meeting of MCLS  At the home of Watt Moore. Chester SC

•  March 21  Monthly  meeting of MCLS Huntersville NC field 

•  April    25. Monthly meeting of MCLS Huntersville  field 
•  May    2   Control Line Fun Fly and Swap Meet Huntersville  ,, 10 am start. No competition.   Swap Meet all day , Judges clinic. . Stunt clinic.   Lunch served at noon.   Fly until 5.  
•  May  8 – May 16 Joe Nall  Woodruff SC 
•  May 14 stunt clinic
•. May 15 ,16  Triple Tree Stunt Championships

• June 15-20   Brodak Fly in  2020 

•  July    AMA Nationals 

•  August    Canton GA  

•  September  KOI   
•   October 3 -10.    Nall in the fall  no competition plenty of fun 

•   October   16,17 and 18  Huntersville NC contest   Carolina Classic , Combat, Carrier , Stunt.



Will Davis
MCLS President

Jan 30 2020 

Brodak News:

The 2020 Brodak fly in is scheduled for June 15 thru June 20 2020 . After we get more details and the flyer finalized , I will post the schedule here , 


We had a great turnout at the  MCLS after Christmas dinner at Market Street Restaurant.This is a fun once a year get together for our members  , family members and guest. Good food and good fellowship , 

MCLS will not have the May contest at Huntersville  this year . We discussed this last month and took a vote to have a fun fly on May 2.

The AMA sanction for the May fun fly has been submitted and approved by AMA .I have been working on the flyer and will finish it soon  

The Fun Fly will be  Saturday only , May 2  9:00 am start pilots meeting ,Come out and enjoy   a fun day of flying stunt , combat , carrier and even 1/2 a models   We will cater a lunch on Saturday at noon  . We will also have a stunt clinic and all day Swap meet .  The landing fee will be $10 to cover cost . . 

This year will bring some changes for our club and it’s activities  . The decision to change our May contest to a fun fly was not a easy one for me personally . The competition of control line models is the attraction for many in our hobby. Sometimes things have to change and our club has decided that the change from a contest to a fun fly is the right path at this time.  

 I have had several people from outside the club contact  me  with positive comments concerning the Fun  Fly and Swap meet .We are looking forward to a fun weekend of flying and fun enjoying model airplanes at Huntersville. The swap meet will a good chance to buy / sell and trade some items for our collections .

We are less than  2 years away from the 40 th anniversary of MCLS  . Our  club was formed in September 1981 . Some of the Charter members were Dale Campbell, John Hagen, Craig Sloan, Neville Montagriff , Pat Robinson and James Duckworth ..  

Every 5 years we celebrate  the anniversary with a special contest with extra nice trophies , prizes , awards and a Saturday night Banquet and Awards presentation .  

We look forward to continuing the vision that our charter members of MCLS had in 1981 for our membership  , 

Next  MCLS Monthly Meeting meeting Sat Feb 22  2:00 pm at the home of Watt Moore in Chester SC


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Metrolina Control Line Society Meeting Minutes from 11 January 2020

Metrolina Control Line Society (MCLS) held their regular monthly meeting following dinner at the Market Street Buffet.

The following were present: Will and Melissa Davis, David, Sarah, Westley and Conner Smith, James and Betty Duckworth,Phillip and Vicki Bailey, Stan and Sandy Powell, Brian and Lynn Malin, Carrie, Kyle and Bryce Anderson, Everett and Jo Shoemaker, Don Jenkins, Max Flowe, Wayne Robinson, Rusty Knowlton, and James Bennet.  

The meeting was brought to order at 3:33 PM.  

Financial Report:

The club remains financially stable and has the funds available to support the 2020 contest season and beyond.  The meeting minutes from November were read and a motion was made to approve them.

President’s Report

1. The next club meeting will be held at Watt Moore’s Flying Field in Chester, South Carolina on February 22nd. Dinner at noon 

2. The 2020 contest schedule for now looks like this:
Huntersville Fly-In, May 2
Joe Nall, May 8-16
Nationals, July
Canton GA, August
Nall in the Fall, 3-10 October
Huntersville, Oct 16-18
3. There were no updates from the WACAMA Board, other than the issuance of park pass/keys seems be better than in the past, but if you have any issues obtaining a park pass/key, inform Will Davis and he will get it sorted out.

Old Business:

1. The new housing developments nearby have created a situation where residents are walking or riding bikes onto the field and sometimes directly onto the flying circles.  Be aware of this to ensure safety for all.  Also be polite to these folks and give them direction to keep them safe.
2. It is time to renew your MCLS membership for 2020.  The cost is $20 per individual or $25 for an entire family

New Business:

1. MCLS held a vote with the club members present and the May contest at Huntersville will now be a Fly-In on Saturday only, May 2nd.  There will be a “Landing Fee” of $10, sandwiches, snacks and drinks will be available, and we will try to get a judging clinic and a stunt camp going if personnel become available.  Come out and fly all day and enjoy your fellow Control Line enthusiasts.  
2. Field maintenance will be required to support the May 2ndFly-In, including mowing, fire ant control, tree trimming and repairs to the upper grass circle.
3. Wellness of club members is improving!  Sonny Williams, James Duckworth and Rusty Knowlton are all doing better since the last meeting!  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers for continued good heath!
4. Keep John and Buz Brodak in your prayers for John’s recovery from surgery.
5. Rusty Knowlton was presented the “Rusty Nail Award” for significant achievement in the Control Line Hobby for the year 2019!

The meeting was adjourned at 3:54 PM.


Don Jenkins

Secretary and Treasurer


Dan Banjok at the after contest cookout at Watt Moore’s home .Dan won the Huntersville Pilots Choice award with the Raven.

          A short video   


Metrolina  Control Line Society


Don Jenkins new Classic plane  is a Randy Smith Vector , in the paint process now, before details and clear 



Shop News

Dooling 29   By Sonny Williams 


      Just a bit of history about the Dooling 29. In my opinion and most avid speed flyers in the day; the Dooling 29 changed Speed forever. The D 29 was a really good speed engine right out of the box and at affordable price. Any Joe Blow could build a reasonably good model and drop a D 29 in it and could clock 115 to 118 MPH. This engine brought more flyers into the Speed ranks than any other engine.There wasn’t a whole lot that could be done to improve the engine. The timing could be changes a LITTLE bit. Most who tried screwed up the timing and ruined the engine.The best improvement that I found was changing the intake rotor. I did that and also installed a bearing in the rotor. Very close tolerance, but reduced the drag on the rotor. The stock connecting rod was soft aluminum and did not last long. Also, being mass produced all were not the same.I used to order five at a time. Out of five there usually would be a couple really good ones. I later had a brass bushing install led in the crank end of the rod. It was my experience that the D 29 performed best with extra oil. I ran 30% oil with 40% niitro methane, sometimes depending on weather I upped nitro  to 45%. That’s what I was ruining on record run (134.21 MPH  1954 .
Just thought you would appreciate a little history.
Sonny Williams 

MCLS members workshop

Don Jenkins has a N/30 Vector electric 

Rusty is building a all balsa  version of the cox viper 

Watt Moore continues on his  me109

Wayne Robinson is restoring s vintage Sail plane GA

Duck is finishing up a Brodak Shoestring 

Max has a Vector on the build table