Buster (oz5487)


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Buster 48in plan, Berkeley Kit # 3-8 by Henry Struck, 1958. Wingspan 48 in, for .15 to .35 engines.

Quote (from ad): "The perfect plane for Radio Control Pylon Racing, or Controliner Flying. A new world of thrills await you! Whether you fly by radio control, controline or free-flight, it's much more realistic when you are flying a Berkeley scale model. Berkeley's superior engineering and choice of scale designs makes the big difference. Berkeley gives you the choice of so many wonderful test-proven designs.

The Buster was one of the great midget racing planes around 1950. Full scale midget plane racing was banned for safety reasons, but now all the thrills are back again with radio control pylon racing. (Note that although this model has a span of only 48 in, its other dimensions are all larger than those of conventional airplanes, as racers have clipped wings.)"

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Update 5/10/2023: Added full page Berkeley ad (supplement PDF), thanks to Pit.

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I was a 14 year old kid when this kit came out in 1958, one of many Berkeley kits we lusted after, no possible way I and the other kids could ever build such a treasure. We later found out it was a real piece of crap, especially if your desire was the ultimate, radio control. Berkeley had a whole line of similar kits available, impossibly difficult for any of us kids to build. Some of us had successfully built Flite Streaks or Ringmasters, but these scale masterpieces were beyond our imagination. I remember seeing partially built fuselages in kid's rooms from Berkeley kits, Mustangs, Cessnas, Fokkers, etc, all unfinished. Any of them would have flown as control line models, maybe not well, but they never got the chance. Buster was typical of the lot, with famous designer's names assigned, like this one from Hank Struck. I'm sure Hank built this one once, which is the only time a kit was ever finished. There's no possible way this thing could have flown with single channel rudder only radio of the day. The Aero-trol tube type radio featured on the plans was hopelessly outdated even in 1958. Real R/C guys knew better than to mess with something like this, preferring a real model like a Smog Hog or Esquire. All of these were meant to sell to unsuspecting parents who were disappointed when the remains were finally thrown out. Yes, I could build one now and get it to fly, but back then it was just not possible.
Doug Smith - 05/10/2023
Fun Fact: Looks like some well-meaning person at Berkeley misspelled Steve Steve Wittman's name! ??
John Rood - 11/10/2023
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