Official Web Site of Metrolina Control Line Societiy

AMA Charteted Club 1811 

updated. March 27  2020


The March meeting meeting of MCLS Sat March 28. at Huntersville  Flying Field Has been canceled due to the Co-19 virus restrictions on Gatherings , 


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Howard Shenton is recovering well from surgery  

I spoke to Howard on the phone , he is at the rehab faculty to get his strength and balance back .  He said he had a projected release ( Parole ) of 2 weeks  he is ahead of schedule , limited walking unassisted and ready to get home. 

We had a good conversation about the twin engine warbird stunter we are working on  . Howard wants to power it with two for 20 with Brett Buck setups  similar to the Previous design 

Will Davis
MCLS President

March  2020 

Brodak News:

The 2020 Brodak fly in has been canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak and travel restrictions.

Club Meeting :

We had  a fun day of hanging out at the home of Watt Moore and a good productive club meeting .Wesley and Kyle got in quite a few flights of a indoor glider and rubber powered model   , the launches were from upstairs Dow into the living room at Watt ‘s house  

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.

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  , 



Metrolina Control Line Society Meeting Minutes from 22February 2020

Metrolina Control Line Society (MCLS) held their regular monthly meeting at Watt Moore’s Home/Flying Field in Chester, SC.  The weather was not conducive for flying, but Will Davis did put together a big pot of pork and beans and spicy corn bread to combat the damp, cold day.

The following were present: Will Davis, Wesley Smith, Watt Moore, James Duckworth, Kyle Anderson, and Don Jenkins. 

The meeting was brought to order at 2:00 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 January were read and a motion was made to approve them.

President’s Report:

1. Howard Shenton is doing well after neck surgery and is working through some pain during physical therapy.  Give him a call to cheer him up.
2. John Brodak’s health is somewhat stable and he is in rehab.
3. Anyone that routinely uses Waymer Flying Field is encouraged to get a park pass to support our club’s facility.
4. The 2020 contest schedule for now looks like this:
Huntersville Fun Fly, May 2
Joe Nall, May 8-16
Brodak Fly-In, June 15-20
AMA Nationals, July
Canton GA, August
Nall in the Fall, October 3-10
Huntersville Contest, October 16-18
KOI, October 23-25

Old Business:

1. MCLS will have a Fun Fly in Huntersville at the Waymer Flying Field May 2nd.  There will be a $10 landing fee and food will be available.  Currently there are planes for raffles, a swap meet, a judge’s clinic and possibly a stunt camp, and of course we will have 3 circles available for flying.

New Business:

1. Field maintenance will be required to support the May 2ndFun Fly, including mowing, fire ant control, tree trimming and repairs to the upper grass circle.
2. MCLS paid the Club Charter fee for 2020.
3. The health of some club members is improving, James Duckworth and Howard Shenton are on the mend and doing well, but other members still need to be in our thoughts and prayers for improved health, Sonny Williams and his wife Pat, and Rusty Knowlton.
4. The next club meeting will be at Waymer Flying Field in Huntersville on March 28th.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 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.



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