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Latest update Sept 12 



Will Davis MCLS President

Next  MCLS Monthly Meeting meeting Sat Sept  28  2:00  David B Waymer  field Huntersville  NC .  We fly  the 1/2 A event before  the meeting  ,break for Mamas Deli  Pizza around Noon , Awards presented at the Meeting ,, 

KIng Orange International ( KOI) News::..   It’s September 14th and 15th.  But field is available all day on Friday the 13th.  

 Contacts ::::Mike Waldron , Jim Smith , Wayne Smith


              Paducah Kentucky  Contest  

Mike Londke  First place Advanced PA

Sam Londke Third Place Intermediate PA 

Roger Altizer’s new OTS Belfree  Bound 

News update ::

       Rusty and Tom Luciano At Huntersville     ——————————————


The Fall contest season is on full swing  . On Aug  3 Max Flowe . Don Jenkins, Bob Zambelli  and myself attended the Clinton Georgia control line contest  , The weather was great  with mid 80’s  no wind and partly overcast  early in the day.  Full sun around noon  Great day to enjoy a well attended and run contest by Doug Patterson , Put this contest on your schedule for next year 

The owner for Mercury Adhesives came to the North Georgia Sky Rebels Control Line Contest on Sunday.  His name is Fether and he had on a blue NAVY shirt.  He gave out a whole pascal of Medium Mercury Adhesive to the contestant.

Members News :

Rusty News :

Rusty Knowlton has been admitted to a local hospital with a infection from his recent  hip surgery  . A few days of antibiotic IV treatment is in order to get it under control  I will update everyone as I get info from Mrs Rusty “Holly “ , 


Scott Seiler has been working hard on his Christen Eagle Over  the past year  , rebuilt the wings and recovered and painted in Correct blue tones  ,, looking forward to a flight in this 2 place , 


We will have the Mike Londke designed “Rusty Chair “ available for anyone that is having trouble keeping up with the fast 1/2 a models . 

Metrolina Control Line Society Meeting minutes  August 24 2019

Metrolina Control Line Society (MCLS) held their regular monthly meeting at Waymer Flying Field in Huntersville, NC.  The weather was very unusual for August, it was raining, windy and the temperature was in the low 60’s!  However, the large cold cheese pizza made up for the inclement weather!

The following were present: Will Davis, Westley Smith, James Duckworth, Don Jenkins, Everette and Jo Shoemaker, Ed Ruane and Howard Shenton.      

The meeting was brought to order at 2:01 PM.  

Financial Report:


The club remains financially stable and has the funds available to support the 2019 contest season and beyond.   Howard Shenton was reimbursed for trophy expenses for Half A Day and the October contest.  The meeting minutes from July were read and approved by those in attendance.

President’s Report:

1. Rusty Knowlton had shoulder surgery and is home recovering and doing well.
2. Sonny William’s wife, Pat, is having health issues, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.      
3. No new updates concerning the WACAMA board.
4. Upcoming events include:
a. King Orange 13-15 September.  This contest is paying out cash prizes for first place finishers in all events as well as the Pilot’s Choice Award!
b. Half A Day is 28 September at the Waymer Flying Filed in conjunction with the club meeting.  Trophies are completed and ready to be awarded for Best Flight, Best Scale, Best Technical Achievement and Best Appearance.  Bring your Band-Aids!
c. Nall if the Fall at Triple Tree Aerodrome is 27 September to 5 October.  The Ringmaster Fly-a-thon is also on 5 October so bring your Ringmasters to Triple Tree!

Old Business:

1. The next MCLS contest is the Carolina Criterium 18-20 October 2019 at Waymer Field, and all materials are on hand for the trophies. Items being tracked include:
a. Field mowing and fire ant control (Max Flowe and Will Davis).
b. Additional Porta Jons (Max Flowe).
c. We still need judges and there will be a Judging Clinic (Dave Wenzel) on Friday evening 
d. Sandwiches from Mama’s Deli (Don Jenkins).
e. Chips, drinks, snacks (Will Davis).
f. The recipient for the Carolina Spirit Award is chosen.
g. The recipient for the Master Circle Award is still undecided.
h. Advertising at the entrance to the field.

New Business:

1. Howard Shenton has graciously volunteered to take over the Club’s Newsletter. Accordingly, if you have any good information/photos on builds, techniques, flying reports or any other items pertaining to our great hobby, please share them with us and e-mail it to Howard at
2. The October Club Meeting will be held following the contest.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:33 PM.


Don Jenkins

Secretary and Treasurer

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 powered In the painting stages , 

Max Flowe has a electric Vector  ARF with several trim flights  . It is a 4 cell  3200 setup , Cobra 2826/12 motor  , Castle  ice lite 50 esc and hubin  timer . 12/6 apc prop . Bulletproof  reliable system, very repeatable..

Rusty is building a all balsa  version of the cox viper and  is back on his Cardinal profile  with  la 46 .

Watt Moore continues his building spree from his shop  ..this year he built 3 new models to be given away at the 2019 AMA nationals . The up and coming Juniors that compete get a chance to own one of his outstanding  models when they accept their awards .

 Freddie Wilson with his Watt Moore built Brodak Cub   at the AMA Nats

Bryce Scott with his Watt Moore  built Brodak Mustang  at the AMA Nats

Mike Scott’s grandkids are the receipants of Watt Moore’s  models 

AMA national champ in Mouse Racing   Sam Londke  with Bob Whitney 

                 Huntersville  results May 2019