Presentations/Ground school


The club meeting presentation response by club members has been great. Thank you for your presentations at the club meetings and for your cooperation in the scheduling of your presentation.

Whether your presentation is an aircraft, boat, car, or a hobby related project, the interest is there. Keep in mind, the presentations can be either a completed project or a project in process.

Due to time constraints, a maximum of three presentations, with a maximum of ten minutes each will be scheduled. If your presentation requires more than 10 minutes, it may be a ground school candidate.

Schedule your presentation and/or your ground school with Chris Singer by sending him an email at or call him at (586) 421-9889. Leave a message if no answer.

Please Note: The club meeting presentations and the ground schools are intended for the use of club members only to present or demonstrate. Guests are also welcome to attend. These club functions are not intended for any non-members/sales persons to promote their products or services.

6-02-22 meeting presentations:

Photos by John Bush

Tim Toutant’s new turbine jet dwarfing Larry Brown’s AT-6…

This is a big one. A 1/4 scale jet…wow.

Larry’s AT-6 was an estate find.

And a new jet for Don Veres.

5-19-22 meeting presentations:

Pictures by John Bush






Jim McCoul’s model of one of the Wright Flyers. Scratch built from his own plans.






At the other end of the spectrum is Don Veres’ newest jet…

And Tim Toutant’s jets…


7-01-21 meeting presentations:

Photos by John Bush.

If you guys have more details on the planes that you would like to add, please let me know!

John Miklas with his new Turbine jet.

Larry Penn with his new creation, a Martin Maryland.

6-17-21 meeting presentations:

Photos by John Bush.

If you guys have more details on the planes that you would like to add, please let me know!

Joe Paquin and his control line plane

Duwaun Daniel with an electric Ultra Stick

Duwaun Daniel with an electric Sig Rascal

Dan Hamann with his new bipe

2-18-21 meeting presentations:

After nearly a year away from our normal indoor meetings, we were able to gather at the EAA hangar for an in person meeting.

Chris Singer shared a DVD that was gifted to the club by the daughter of Darrell Rohrbeck outlining the building of the Spad biplane at Selfridge. Due to a technical glitch, we were only able to watch the first half, but it was an interesting bit of history to watch.

Don Veres brought in the newest additon to his jet hangar.  It is an HSDJets T-33 Shooting Star. It has a single 120mm fan unit. Check out the videos on YouTube. It is impressive! Don has not flown it yet and is still trying to figure out all of the electronics.

2-20-20 meeting presentations:

Tim Toutant brought in his new Freewing AL-37. He has added cockpit lighting and a Model Sounds, Inc. sound card with cockpit communication and engine start up sounds. The graphics are from Callie Graphics and inspired by the Judson Center. He has dedicated the plane to his grandson and plans to maiden it in the spring before donating it to the Judson center. Nice job Tim.

Here is Tim’s YouTube video demonstrating the lights and sounds: video

Paul Overfield brought in his newest plane. Its a 4 Star 54. He has added an 8cc gas engine. He mentioned that he is going to have to relocate the servos rearward to improve the balance.  Nice looking plane Paul.

Dan Hamann brought in something unusual for a flying club. Its a 1/5 scale Losi buggy. This one is electric and is replacing a glow one he already had. Top speed is in excess of 50 mph.  Hopefully he brings it out to the field to demonstrate it at some point (maybe WOW?)!

1-16-20 meeting presentation:

Jim McCoul showed a scratch built Tiger 2 trainer built from spare parts and material he had. He offered it to the club to use as a trainer for new students. In the end it was decided by all present to offer the plane to the EAA Young Eagles program as a back up to the plane they are building. Thanks for the generosity, Jim!

11-7-19 meeting presentation:

Tim Toutant brought in the latest addition to his jet warbird fleet: an E-flite F-18. Tim has added a functional landing light to the front wheel well to go with the factory equipped marker lights.

10-17-19 meeting presentation:

John Miklas showed off his new 80mm(?) Viper. This is a larger version of his other Viper that he likes a lot. He hadn’t flown it yet, but anticipates it being just as much, if not more fun than his smaller one.

10-3-19 meeting presentation:

Paul Newby brought in his new Slip Stream Extra 330LT 1M  with the following specifications: 40” Wing Span, 37.56” Length, 1.7 lbs., Outrunner motor (of unknown specs) that pulled 195 watts, 18.5 amps. Called for a 1500 mAh, 3S battery. Powered it with a 2200 mAh, 3S battery. 11×5.5” APC Prop.

6-24-19 update:   At the 6-20-19 club presentations there were four presenter.

All the members present at the meeting were focused on the presentations as shown in the photo below

The first presenter was

  Duwaun Daniels

  • Fun Cub, covered with ultra cote electric (25ee engine)
  • Special landing gear that controls bounce
  • Has gear for any size cub ($50)  Tom Milton


the second presenter was

Henry Dudak

  • Cherokee $20 Stick built great planes/ Perry Georgia Swap Meet
  • 40 ASP, nitro
  • Need to finish adding numbers
  • It’s his wife’s plane

The third presenter was

  • Bi-Plane
  • Built plane from plans he took measurements from real airplane (still flying)
  • Built 3rd plane to fly
  • New Sato 46
  • $230 OBO

The forth presentation was

Chris Singer

    Chris Singer, Annual Field Safety and Rules Review

All photos by John Bush

All presentation info by Dennis Legowsky

6-8-19 update:   At the 6-6-19 club meeting there were two presentations, see below…

First presenter was Jim McCoul

photo by John Bush

6-10-19 info update by Dennis Legowsky…….Typical of Jim McCoul, his mind is always in gear.  Jim has the uncanny design and build ideas and coming up with ways of making things work. His new design and build venture is building a low flying hover craft. He presented a test stand using materials he had on hand. He reworked servos with limit switches that automatically reversed direction at a 180 degree position. He was testing his vectoring duct-ed fan electric motor and built in control blade of his own design. Looking forward to seeing future progress reports. Great work Jim.

Second presenter was Darrell Rohrbeck

photo by John Bush

6-10-19 info update by Dennis Legowsky…… Darrell Rohrbeck presented his Mark 2 cadet great flyer. It comes with a Custom fiberglass cowl, the standard landing gear and also the  optional floats and snow skis. It has a Super Tiger two stroke engine. It is up for sale………Asking $300 OBO

6-10-19 info update:  Dennis Legowsky brought in a variety of airplanes built by and some designed by Bob Nadzen. They were offered for sale by his estate at very reasonable pricing… Several Electric planes…Several Nitro planes that need engines but otherwise in great condition. The sale continued in the parking lot after the meeting.

5-20-19 update:   At the 5-16-19 club meeting, there was a special presentation by Jill Jones. She created a cross-stitch project from a couples wedding photo. It took 75 different colored threads, over 90,000 stitches and over 800 hours to complete. She will give the cross stitch project to the parents of the couple for the parent’s 40th anniversary. See the photo below. Note her proud smiling husband Keith at her left. Bet he hasn’t put that kind of time and effort in any of his planes!

above photo by John Bush and info by Dennis Legowsky

Thanks Jill great work

5-3-19 update:   There were four presentations presented at the 5-2-19 club meeting.

First presenter- George Dudek presented his  Bulgarian Bf 109 E-4 fighter.

photo by John Bush

My scratch build 1/8 scale reflects Captain Stoyanov’s BF109. The
aircraft incorporates Futuba radio equipment, mechanical retracts,
Tower Pro.46 engine, flaperons, photo cockpit details, ws 57 inches,
length 48 inches and coming in at 6 pounds.

Second presenter- Tim Toutant presented his New E-flight F-4 

photo by John Bush

Tim Toutant’s New E-flight  F-4 was purchased from the Prop Shop and assembled at GR Bakers place in Tennessee. Hasn’t flown yet.

Third presenter- Dick Babisch presented his collection of glow plug igniters.

photo by John Bush

Dick demonstrated the plus and minus of three over the counter purchased igniters. The fourth igniter was his modified igniter that removed the excess weight from hanging from the glow plug along with using the most efficient method of the clamping mechanism that attaches to the glow plug.

Forth presenter- Don Veres presented his British Gloster Meteor jet fighter

photo by John Bush

Don’s Gloster Meteor jet fighter foam ARF was made by tjd models and features the 1510mm fuselage length enhances the performance and better wind resistance
Detachable wing and fuselage make transporting the Gloster a breeze, you need less space for transporting as you can easily disassemble the plane
70mm 12-blade double EDF design with 80A ESCs and KV2600 motors can create tremendous amounts of thrust and speed
The scale split flap design improves the lift coefficient of the plane
High strength retractable landing gear provides better durability during landing and takeoff’s
Enough battery space means that pilots can fit a higher capacity battery and flight control system such as the ISTONE stabilizer or a Detrum SR86A sport receiver.

3-29-19 Ground School update:   Jim McCoul conducted a ground school on 3-28-19 demonstrating the cutting of a half of a main wing foam core using his home made wire cutter and power supply, and various cutting tools he designed and made. The school was well attended and the audience participation was great.

photos above by Herb Mills

photos above by Pete M.


3-11-19 Presentation update: There were two un-identified U-Control planes on display at the club meeting held on 3-7-19 brought in by Herb Mills. These planes were a sampling of Ernie Verilone inventory to be shown at the open house on 3-9-19. It so happened that Doug Norris, attending this club meeting, recognized the red plane as the same one he built approx. 15 years ago and it was included in Ernie’s inventory. The yellow plane remains un-identified.

The “Little Toni” built by Doug Norris

Photo by John Bush                       Photo by Paul Newby              photo by John Bush

2-22-19 update:   Added 2-21-19 club presentation by Paul Newby,

photo by John Bush

photo by Herb Mills

3-2-19  The model info update by Dennis Legowsky:   

  • VOODO Mustang World Models original Airborn Models
  • Elect retracts $236
  • 91 Surpass recovered from crash
  • 57” x 51” long
  • 6lb 13oz
  • Rapid Tac used to place decals

2-22-19 update:   Added 2-21-19 club presentation by Phil  Laperriere

photo by John Bush

3-2-19  The model info update by Dennis Legowsky:    

  • First foam plane
  • Got from Raffle at swap meet
  • Put together in 15 min
  • Converted to Futaba
    • Motor 850 KV/40A esc/ 9gr servers 5000 lipo/ 3cell  50C
    • 48”x38 length

3-2-19 update:   Added 2-21-19 club presentation by Don Veres,

photo by John Bush

3-2-19  The model info update by Dennis Legowsky:  

Free wing FA18/e got at swap meet

64 mm 12bladed fan

  • 40aesc 1400ma
  • 30” wing x 46 l
  • Aileron / elevator
  • 2lb (1.8 thrust ratio)


2-8-19  update:   Added 2-7-19 club presentation by Paul Overfield,

photo by Chris Singer

2-8-19 The model info update by Dennis Legowsky:    Astro Hog kit was purchased from Matt $130,  added two aileron servos to the wing instead of 1 in the center, added additional hinges, OS 2 stroke 65 (recovered from a crash at the field), trying to complete by April 2019.

2-8-19  update:   Added 2-7-19 club presentation by Karl Graebner,

photo by Chris Singer

2-8-19 The model info update by Dennis Legowsky:     The scale KATANA Hanger 9  ARF, with a 81 four stroke engine, weighed 7 3/4 lbs, Added a detailed 3D pilot, and a readable dashboard to meet IMAC requirements, plane seems to be oriented to be electric powered, very light build.

2-8-19  update:   Added 2-7-19 club presentation by George Dudek,

photo by Chris Singer

2-8-17 model info update by Dennis Legowsky:  The P-51 Great Planes kit was started by another builder and was built to use a four stroke engine. George reworked the engine mounting, cowling, to fit an OS 46 ax with a Pits style muffler.  The 55″ wing span plane weighed in at 6 1/2 lbs when finished.


1-18-19 update:   Added 1-17-19 club presentation by Jim McCoul,

Jim McCoul’s scratch built WWl mono wing aircraft

photo by John Bush

1-21-19 Presentation info by Dennis Legowsky:

Jim McCool brought in his winter project (finished last month). Buccaneer made from 8×11 plans found on line. No instructions, scratch build, 6.1 LBS,         OS engine.


1-4-19 Presentation added: Instead of a presentation, Tom Franks held a Dwane Dyer estate auction with half of the proceeds donated to the club treasury.

Tom is shown holding the modified “Hobby Stuff” vacuum former manufactured by Club member Joe Svatora and modified by Dwane Dyer with an attached hot plate and switch controls. Also included are the instructions and  a sheet of .040  sheet plastic.

Larry Brown was the winner along with the club.

photos by John Bush

Thanks guys





12-3-18 presentation info update:   Thursday 11-15-18 club meeting presentation  

11-16-18  presentation update:     Thursday 11-15-18 club meeting presentation

by Don Veres

photo by John Bush

Don Veres presented his Tower Hobbies Corsair.  This 39” wing span airplane flies on 4 channels and features a 1000kv out runner motor controlled with a 30 amp Super Tigre esc. It will be swinging a 9.5” prop and he is planning to fly it off a cement runway. It has fixed landing gear and assembled costing only $109 needing only a receiver.   12-3-18 info update by Phil  Laperriere

              11-2-18 presentation update:       Thursday 11-1-18 club meeting presentation  

by Tim Toutant

Photo by John Bush

Tim Toutant – Presented his – Boomerang Sprint 2 jet.  It’s a good looking balsa built model featuring twin boom tail and is Tim’s first turbine powered plane. It has an 80 inch wing span and weighs in at 24 pounds.  He said he will be flying it with his Spectrum transmitter and using 20 channels to operate the flying surfaces and all the details such as strobe, lights, retracts, engine electric start….ect. on his model.  He has $1,300 invested in the kit and another $2,200 invested in the gas turbine motor.   The motor is expected to deliver 27 pounds thrust making the plane very quick. With functional flaps, it is expected to have good short field take off and landing characteristics. He is still completing the model and it’s not quite ready to f ly   ……
11-5-18 presentation info by Phil  Laperriere

10-26-18 ground school update:     The Oct 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm ground school presentation was held at the E.A.A. Hanger at Ray Airport as scheduled featuring John Bush.        

 John Conducted his second and last session in the series—- “choosing your first electric powered ARF aircraft”.  There was audience participation with  members relating their own ARF model choices.  John had some extra time left in his presentation, so he concluded his presentation with an additional subject “Take off and Landing your aircraft”.      Left click on the link below to view the PDF file John used to demonstrate the take off and landing landing techniques.

Taking Off & Landing – Session 3

Thank you John for your presentation which was very informative especially for the entry level members and the experienced members that fly electric powered ARF aircraft.




To follow John’s presentation scheduled for the ground school you can open the following PDF file to review it and/or copy it as a guide for the presentation………just left click on the link below

Session 2 Presentation(3)


10-5-18 presentation update:   Thursday 10-4-18 club meeting presentation                                      

by Jim McCoul

Photo by John Bush

   Jim McCoul – Presented his “My Cat”, a self-designed pusher that is not an ARF.  Jim designed the plane from a 2 view drawing he ran across with a total free-style fuselage design.  It has a wing span of 58” with 817 square inches of wing area and weighs in at 8.25 pounds. It is powered with and OS .95 and is fed with a 10oz fuel tank.  He determined the CG utilizing the CG finder on the RCCD web-site.  It’s ready to go now at the first opportunity to fly.      10-17-18 info update by Phill  Laperriere:

10-5-18 presentation update:   Thursday 10-4-18 club meeting presentation                                     

by Don Veres

Photo by John Bush

Don Veres presented his Free-wing F-16. It has a 40” wing span, weighing in a bit over 8 pounds. It features 9 servos, a 130 ESC along with a UBec, along with lights and an afterburner light for a touch of realism. Another smart feature is the soft rubber like exterior detail components to minimize breakage. With a 90 mm 12 blade fan, it is expected to have a 1.07 thrust ratio. The functional retracts are an amazing detail consisting of over 80 pieces.  Don said the cost came in at $499. . Soft parts details so they don’t break.     10-17-18 info update by Phill  Laperriere:

9-27-18:  The Ground School presentation was held at the EAA chapter 13 hanger at Ray Airport as scheduled and featured John Bush.

John presented the first session of “Electric 101” featuring Electric Powered Flight. He covered the required basic electronics i. e. transmitters, receivers, ESC’s, and batteries. The ground school presentation was well attended. For further information……….Left click on the link below,  to view the PDF file containing the outline of the topics covered.

Electric 101 Presentation

9-21-18 NOTICE:    THE SEPT. 27, 2018 @7:00PM   GROUND SCHOOL WILL BE HELD AT THE E.A.A. CHAPTER 13 HANGER  LOCATED AT THE RAY AIRPORT ON INDIAN TRAIL RD. (SEE “LOCATIONS” IN THE MAIN MENU FOR DRIVING INFORMATION).  JOHN BUSH will present information and a slide show on electric power ARF aircraft; their electric motor set-up, the electronics, servos and push rod installation, CG balancing, etc.    “HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE”

9-21-18 presentation update:   Thursday 9-20-18 club meeting presentation

by  Don VeresPhoto by John Bush

Don Veres 3s – Presented his Tower Hobbies, Hell Cat.  It’s a foam model that went together easily out of the box. This kit comes complete, with the only required adds being the receiver and battery.   Currently, with a 2200ma battery, he is getting about a 7 minute flight. The cost was $109 and included free shipping……… 9-28-18 presentation update by Phil Laperriere

9-21-18 presentation update:   Thursday 9-20-18 club meeting presentation

by Henry DudekPhoto by John Bush

Henry Dudek    – Presented his FMS Dauntless.  It is an ARF that he purchased at Toledo.  He updated the cockpit with several details including the incorporation of battery meter. It is powered with a .70 Magnum 4 stroke, weighs in at 7pounds 8 ounces,  and features retracts along with true to life split flaps & dive brakes. He used 8 channels for the functions and features on his model. He is looking forward to flying it…….. 9-28-18 presentation update by Phil Laperriere

9-28-18 presentation update:   Thursday 9-20-18 club meeting presentation

Ken Sulkowski – Presented his latest garage sale find.  It is a display board with a collection of airplane pictures that were given away in packs of Wing cigarettes from the 40’s and early 50’s.  There were lots of interesting planes pictured on the board.  Sorry, No further info  and no photos are available…. 9-28-18 presentation update by Phil Laperriere

9-7-18 presentation update:    Thursday 9-6-18 club presentation by Dennis Legowsky

Photos by John Bush

Dennis Legowsky – Presented his highly modified 4 star.  It was given to him by Larry Brown and initially finished to look like a P-47.  After stripping it down, it was changed to look like a Hawker Hurricane.  Wing tips were modified along with the tail feathers. He explained that  Ladies leg with Owl represents how to spell his name, leg-owl-sky.  He then made a motion to have a small question contest consisting 11 questions regarding his plane for a $10 1st prize.  It will cost a dollar to participate and any funds generated over 10 will get donated back to the club. Theo Dotson seconded the motion.  Motion passed.  Contest questions and details to follow.          9-14-18 presentation update by Phil Laperriere

9-7-18 presentation update:         Thursday 9-6-18 club presentation

by Larry Brown

See Larry’s photo within Dennis’s presentation photos above.

Larry Brown presented his 1.25 gallon tank fuel storage/dispensing tank.  After seeing a $70  Tank at Toledo, he opted to make his own for $10. He had the crank pump and mounted it to the 1.25 gallon tank.          9-14-18 presentation update by Phil Laperriere

8-3-18 presentation update:    Thursday 8-2-18 club meeting presentation by Ernie Varilone……..     photo by John Bush

Presentation: Ernie Varilone – Presented his 30cc DLE  gas powered 81” Hanger Nine Ultra. The plane tipped the scale at 12.5 pounds. It was a long build, taking 18 months to complete this ARF. He hasn’t flown it yet, however, when he does it will be with an orange receiver.    Ernie reported that the ARF kit was $300.

8-14-18 presentation update above: By  Phil Laperriere

7-25-18 presentations update:   Thursday 7-19-18 club meeting Presentations:

  • Bruce Breske – Presented his in process, rebuild of the Cap that was wrecked at big bird. He demonstrated several of the repairs to bring the plane back to flying condition including the use or 1/32” light ply to smooth out repaired areas. The fuselage is ready to cover.
  • Pascal Roy – Presented his 3D printed Spitfire. He and Alex have $300 invested in the printer.  The file for the plane was purchased on line for $16 and he used about $10 worth of material to print the complete airplane including chases for hardware and wiring, and clip for battery. Complete printing took about 24 hours. The plane weighs 800 grams without the battery. Also, alignment tabs are printed on sections to aid in the assembly. The skin is printed at .4mm.
  • Peter Van did a walk through demonstration of the club’s new web site.  It is done in word press and will scale nicely to tablets and phones.
  • Phil, Thanks for the update

    6-27-18  Ground School update:  Thursday night will be our ground school at the field. We will be doing an Aerobatic Maneuver Demo with Hands on help. Bring an Airplane or just come out and watch.

Below are the links to the Novice and Sportsman Maneuvers for pattern, we’ll be doing some of them for the demo.
You don’t have to be a Pattern guy to enjoy Aerobatic Maneuvers all of these teach good flying skills and will help any pilot enhance their flying ability.

Novice/Club Class

Sportsman Class

Peter   RCCD President

6-22-18 Ground School update:  The ground school scheduled for 6-28-18 @ 6:00pm is held at the flying field…aerobatics demonstrated by Peter Van.