Stark Shark (oz7758)


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Stark Shark. Radio control aerobatic model.

Quote: "Coast-to-Coast Celebrity! National Intermediate Class II Champ! Many-times big-event Multi winner! Don't let its wolfish, toothy gleam scare you away; this is a very forgiving radio control job that's racked up a splendid record in two categories. Stark Shark, by Richard C Allen.

Stark Shark was built on the premise that top performance could be obtained from a simple straightforward airplane, one which could be built quickly and whose design would lend itself to accurate construction. A primary performance objective was to develop an extremely stable and forgiving airplane, which would not fall out of the air following a tight climbing turn, or whenever the glide was stretched past the ordinary stall point.

Its achievements as of this writing include a first place in Class II at the '63 Nats, which was its third contest. This intermediate version was built and flown by Ralph Jackson, a fellow member of the Aeroguidance Society, who performed what was generally regarded as the best tailslide at the meet. Its two-flight score of 157 points would have ranked it about 16th among the Multi qualifiers.

Ralph's Stark Shark won the New York State championships in Roches-ter the day after it was built. And the Eastern States Championships in Syracuse. And the Tri-County Wing Snappers Annual at Deer Park, Pa. This 4-out-of-4 record should indicate something about the design of the model, Ralph's piloting technique, or both!

While my Class III (Multi) version has not had a record to compare with Ralph's Intermediate job, it has gain-ed some recognition, as follows: Although it failed to place at the '63 Nats, it did qualify. It posted the highest score for any single flight in the finals, even though its other two flights were scored incomplete (bonehead type mistakes). Thus, 10th place was some consolation to us. This Multi version won the Eastern States Championships and took third in the NY State Championships the day after it was built. This was the Mark III version (low stab). Its predecessor, Stark Shark II, won the LIDS contest on Long Island (Sept 63 AM, p71), and the Milton, Pa meet. It established a field record of 50 consecutive touch-and-goes in a single flight at the Grand Opening of the Flying Bisons' new grass field at Buffalo, NY.

Stark Shark is as much at home at informal get-togethers as at contests. Its wide speed range makes it a natural for such cut-ups as dead-stick rolls or loops just prior to landing. For something different, try the 'Dying Shark' maneuver as follows: out of an inverted climb, apply full down elevator, full right rudder, and full left aileron. The ship will gyrate wildly as if fatally wounded, flop over, then head down in an inverted spin at full throtle... "

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