A Site For The MODEL AIRPLANE Enthusiast,
Offering Useful Products, Helps, Hints, and Ideas
For the Promotion of Control Line Stunt.
BROUGHT TO YOU BY
The Stuka Stunt Team
Matthew and Leonard Neumann
The Plans page in the Products section was updated October 10, 2010 and now includes 161 Old Time and Classic designs, plus another 71 of more modern vintage.
The More Products page in the Products section was updated October 10, 2010. Note, we have three sizes of "impossible to get" Super Tigre needle valve assemblies and a greater selection of CNC machined mufflers now in stock.
Other Sites of Interest In CL Stunt was updated October 10, 2010 with new links replacing previously broken links and includes the STUKA STUNT CONTROL LINE FORUM.
(Hobbyists helping other hobbyists get things that they can't get elsewhere.)
Stuka Stunt Engines (Updated October 10, 2010.) Power on a budget! Our original 35 FP and 40 Profile Special turn a 12-6 wood prop with authority (and even a bigger Bolly). These weigh only 8 ounces less muffler, yet are strong enough to fly a Magnum! For those wanting even more power, we are still offering 53 ASP engines that turn 13 inch 3-blade and 12 inch 4-blade props with ease. THIS IS NOT YOUR MAMA'S ENGINE!
Plans (Updated October 10, 2010.) We have now catalogued over 216 CL stunt plans, mostly Old Time and Classic ships (including some European and Australian designs). Ours are photocopies, not blueprints. We will swap with anyone for useful plans that we don't have.
More Products (Updated October 10, 2010.) Here's a list of the rest of the stuff. Engine Accessories, hardware, long leadout wires, aluminum landing Gear, props, custom mufflers including several new strap-on varieties, and stooges.
Matt Neumann's Stuka 97. This is the plane he campaigned in 1997 and 1998, including the '97 and '98 Nats and '97 FAI trials. It was awarded 17 appearance points (out of a possible 20) in the appearance points judging at the '97 Nats. A SUPER flying plane for the Intermediate through Expert flyer, it was featured in an article in the July/August, 1997 issue of Stunt News. The construction article and complete plans were donated to and are available through PAMPA. For those wishing to build it, we can supply the aluminum gear, and answer any questions that you may have concerning it.
Matt Neumann's Stuka 96. This plane had over 400 logged flights at the time this picture was taken. A foam wing variant, it was Matt's contest plane in 1996, and used as back-up for 1997 and 1998. Since this picture was taken, it has undergone a complete refinish from the bare wood up and is now serving as a test bed for our engine development. As part of the refinish process, and to give it a new look, the fuselage profile was lengthened slightly with the addition of a new style rudder.
"Papa." The first in the series of Matt's "modern" Stukas and the first plane to bring Matt a 500+ score at a regional contest. Matt scored two consecutive seconds followed by three consecutive firsts with this plane while still an Advanced flier, just before moving up to "Expert." This photo was taken after the plane was rebuilt from an earlier crash.
"Uncle Louie." A profile version of "Papa" designed and built for the profile contests. Won third in expert at Peoria when pressed into duty 6 days after "Papa" crashed. (Still waiting to get picture up)
And don't forget "Baby". This is the 1/2 A Stuka "look alike", built for the 1/2 A stunt contests. Although built on a different platform than both the original and the modern Stukas, it still retains the "look" of the rest of the fleet. Plans for Baby are now available in the Plans section.
The Don Still Stuka. (right) face to face with "Papa" on the left. This is the one that started it all. An Old Time/Classic model that set the stage for the "looks" of the modern Stuka series such as the Stuka97 and ultimately led to our being called the Stuka Stunt Team. Photo copies of the original plans are available for those who want them.
The "Fleet". Here is a picture of some of the early Stukas built and flown by Matthew Neumann. Missing here are his Stuka 97 and later models, and, also, an earlier Don Still Stuka that departed this life when the leadouts broke (.025's, BAD idea) in the middle of an overhead eight during an OTS contest in Indianapolis. Once you see his fleet, you understand why they call him, "Mr. Stuka." (Each of the planes shown here has been contest proven and has either won or placed in a contest in which it was entered.)
DUS "Das (Ugly) Stunter" . This is the plane we designed and prototyped for Custom Models and which was later kitted by them. It was designed as an easy to build full-bodied plane without all the frills, but with an emphasis on flying. The plane proved to be such an excellent flyer that the "numbers" were used in the modern Stuka Designs. Two prototypes were built and both are still in flying condition, although the first prototype has so many flights on it that the belcrank wore out and the controls got "sloppy" enough that it has been relegated to engine test bed status. Although Custom Models is no longer kitting controline airplanes, we can furnish plans, hardware, and the aluminum gear used on this plane.
The Modern Pattern (Description page revised October 10, 2010.) A rule book description of the entire Modern Stunt Pattern (as judged in the US) complete with 3D gif images of each maneuver and a listing of errors that judges look out for and which cause a deduction of points.
Modern Pattern Critique Sheet (revised and rescanned November 28, 1997) A printed sheet showing a flat drawing of each of the maneuvers in the modern stunt pattern, with multiple drawings when two or three identical maneuvers are to be flown one on top of the other. This sheet can be used by your stunt coach to mark the errors you make on the drawing of the maneuver itself as you fly the pattern. Used in this way you can learn to know where your problems are and what to work on. We use this aid with Matthew on every flight that he makes. These sheets can be purchased through PAMPA products (see link below).
Score Sheet (Text revised October 10, 2010) This is an approximation of the actual score sheet used by the judges at a typical stunt contest in the US (including the Nats, but not the FAI team trials.) In the US system of judging, the maximum number of points to be awarded for any completed maneuver is 40 and the minimum is 10, with each carrying equal weight and importance. There are a total of 15 such specified maneuvers in the pattern, counting take-off and level flight as one. This makes for a maximum possible total of 600 pattern points, plus an addition of up to 20 appearance points, which combine for a total of 620 maximum points that can be awarded under our US scoring system. (But anything over 500 is considered quite good. And if you can consistently score above 540, it is time to dust off a spot on the mantle to park the Walker Cup which is awarded to the winner of our Nationals.) The time limit in the US scoring system is 8 minutes from the time the flyer (or pit man) signals the judges and before he attempts to start the engine, and does not end until the plane has landed and comes to a complete stop. In FAI (international) judging, the maneuvers are the same, but are scored with a different (weighted) scoring method and the time limit is 7 minutes. For a more complete description of the pattern and what errors cause point deductions, click on "The Pattern" above.
MORE TO BE ADDED
Your nose is too long, your prop is too small. (Revised August 15, 1999) The "ins" and "outs" of larger props and shorter noses, plus a short explanation of what the "Barbell effect" and the "Flyswatter effect" have on your airplane and what you can do to use these to your advantage.
CL Stunt Pipe Tuning Chart. (Revised April 27, 2003) An easy pipe tuning chart for the person just learning to set up a stunt engine to run on a pipe. This chart not only gives you the proper length us use with the popular PA and RO/Jett series of engines, but will help you set up any other engine when you know the exhaust timing of that engine uses. There is also a prop and venturi chart along with other useful data for the person wishing to fly stunt with a pipe.
STILL TO COME: Uniflow Tanks: A guide to setting up a uniflow tank and understanding how it works.
STILL TO COME: Trimming: A simple guide to trimming your airplane to get the most out of it.
Forums and Message Boards
The Stuka Stunt Control Line Forum. Our control line forum has been online nearly continuously since the year 2000, and has become the most active (most postings per day) of any Control line board on the net. We have tried to include the best features of all of the other boards (although it is not possible to incorporate every feature of every board) and are continuing to update it with new features. It is fast, gives you the choice of being fully threaded or not, and (hopefully) immune to many of the problems that have plagued other boards. This forum is offered as a free service to the controline community and is not there to make money. There will be no commercial banners and no shared space with other users (control line only). We intend to keep this the fastest and best free board for all phases of control line activity. Our promise: No chopping, no spamming, no flaming, and nobody asking how to fix their Honda.
Check out the PAMPA Website. The "Precision Aerobatic Model Pilots Association". This is the AMA approved Special Interest Group dedicated to the promotion of controline Stunt with worldwide membership. If you aren't a member of PAMPA, it is time to join. The Stunt News magazine alone is worth the price. And now you can get Stunt News electronically or on a disk as well. Click on their web site for more information to join or download the membership form here. PAMPA Membership FormInterested in reading the newly revised PAMPA by-laws? You can download a copy of the revised by-laws here. PAMPA By-laws, revised 2007
Warning: the PAMPA membership forms and By-Laws are in pdf form and are over 3 mb in size. They are, however, in printable form, so after you down load them you can print them out.
Check out the AMA Website. The "Academy of Model Aeronautics" is the official organization in the US for all phases of model airplane activity, with worldwide membership approaching 170,000!
Control-line Model Airplane. Bill Kuhl's CL page.
Sites Around the World
Federation Aeronatuique Internationale (FAI) The world air sports federation, founded in 1905. An organization of some 85 member countries that defines international rules related to all aeronautical activities--including those of model airplanes. In the FAI our control line aerobatics are referred to as F2B. Includes links to aero modeling as well as other interesting related sites.
Control Line Model Flying Goran Olsson's home page (with music) about all aspects of the control line hobby including control line stunt. More links.
Kaz Minato's World. A site by one of Japan's top CL flyers.
Martin Hepperle's main page with links to stuff on props, airfoils, model aerodynamics, tuned pipes, and more links.
Propulsion by Propellers. Here's the stuff on propeller theory, including information on how a propeller works, optimum propellers, equivalent multi-blade propellers, and static thrust. A bit advanced for some, but if you can digest it, the information contained here is quite valuable, nonetheless.
Design and Analysis of Propellers. A program from Hepperle to do just that. Interesting to look at, but not too practical for most of us.
Design a Tuned Pipe. A program that is fun to play with, but I think I will pass on putting it into use. If you are using a pipe in your plane, however, it might prove interesting to check it out.
Building Jigs and other Helpful Sites
This area under reconstruction.
Commercial Sites and Other Suppliers
of interest to controline stunt
SIG Manufacturing Co. Manufacturers and distributors of kits and accessories for all phases of modeling.
Sites With Links to Other Sites
R C Web Directory. Tower Hobbies comprehensive link page. These links are mostly RC related, but some are of interest to controline fliers, too (after all, we use a lot of the same materials and are governed by the same laws of gravity.).
THE TOP TEN SIGNS:
A section that asks for reader input. E-mail us with your suggestions for inclusion here. We will add any we like and give credit to the first person who submits it. Here is your chance at fame.
The Top Ten Signs That It's Too Windy to Fly. (Last additions added October 28, 1997.)
The Top Ten Signs That You Have The Wrong Prop. (Last additions added June 19, 1998.)
The Top Ten Signs That You Have The Wrong Fuel. (Last additions added June 19, 1998.)
E-mail us with your additions.
FUN POEMS ABOUT CONTROLINE FLYERS
(just like us)
Jaybee At The Handle A poem written "just for the fun of it" and published in "Stunt News "during the baseball strike in 1995. This was billed as "the lesser known and heretofore unpublished prequel to 'Casey at the Bat'." (J-B comes before K-C, right?) It's the story of Jaybee's coming to the Nats, and, well, click on the header and read it for yourself.
Jaybee At The Handle, Part Deaux Well, if Casey got a second chance, Jaybee had to get one, also. This sequel to the prequel was also written in 1995 and published in "Stunt News" the end of August right before the FAI trials. Jaybee failed in his efforts when he flew at the Nats, but this story was written to give him a chance to redeem himself. Click on and read on.
Jaybe At The Handle, Part III This was the third in the series of Jaybee poems (with no thought of it ever turning into a series). This third poem was not really about Jaybee, but about his nephew, and in reality, a whole bunch of us out there who are never quite satisfied with what it is that we are presently flying and always trying to push the envelope just a little bit farther. Maybe it was quite appropriate that this poem was first published in "Stunt News" somewhere around Christmas Time. I am sure that most of our wives would agree with the closing lines. Read on...if you dare!
Jaybee At The Bench Although flying is an important part of the hobby--and for some the most rewarding--building is an important part of the hobby, too--and for some, equally rewarding. But it takes a lot of time and dedication to build a plane for controline stunt. And the biggest complaint that I hear from a lot of people is that they "just don't have the time to get a new plane built." It is for all the people who are pressed for time that this next poem was written. And for those who are wondering, this is the last one (so far) of the poems that have been submitted for publication. PAMPA MEMBERS: The July/August edition of "The Stunt News" left out the last line of this poem, but you can read it in its entirety right here.
OTHER FUN STUFF
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STUKA STUNT WORKS
8710 Winding Ridge Road
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Phone: (317) 497-1487