Stu Richmond in Arizona was a well-known and highly-respected modeler who spent 33 years writing columns and articles for R/C magazines worldwide. You may remember his "Sunday Fun" column in R/C Modeler and "Just Plane Fun" column in R/C Report.  He also wrote for American Aircraft Modeler, Model Builder, and numerous other magazines in the US and Europe.  Stu was also an accomplished model designer, his most famous being the PT-40 trainer which won a "Kit of the Year" award in 1989 and is still in production today.  He is a member of the AMA Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was awarded the Howard McEntee medal.  Also in 2006, Stu made his way up to BTE and went home with a Flyin' King kit stashed in the back of his car.  Here's what he had to say about the Flyin' King...

Much, much fun!  Does 4, 8, 12, and 16-point rolls, side slips beautifully... outside square loops... duz all sorts of stuff.  I've not yet stressed the two front wing dowels with high positive Gs.  I started with a Super Tigre .90 2-stroke.  Unlike the ST .75, the .90 is a bad shaker... so I went to an OS .91 4-stroke... plenty of power.  Model is just under 10 lbs.  Big wheels work just like extra down thrust.  Flaps are neat... down 40 degrees... model is reluctant to a scale-like spin entry... maybe I'll try the spin inverted.

Have a great day,

Stu Richmond
Apache Junction, AZ

Sadly, this great man and modeler passed away in April of 2014.  He brought a lot of joy and knowledge to modelers all over the world, and for that, he should be long remembered.

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