Playboy Senior. RC version of the classic pylon free flight design.
Quote: "Take a look at the kit you are flying - nine chances out of ten you know who designed the plane, probably because he flew the ship to a National Championship at one time or another. Goldberg became famous because of his Sailplane (oz)1058, Zipper (oz387), and Clipper (oz7380). Sal Taibi flew his Powerhouse (oz5644)and Brooklyn Dodger (oz1056). Today, Mark and Rod Smith have flown the Windward (oz7879) and Windfree (oz1637) to victory in many National Sailplane contests. These people are known by all modelers because they flew their own planes and received the publicity they so well deserved.
Have you ever heard of the Playboy? Oh! Sure, it was a kit that was put out by Cleveland way back in the '30's. A good plane? Yes, it did win a large number of contests, rumor has it that it eclipsed all kit planes as a contest winner. Ever see them around any more? No?
Check out the old-timer contests, it is right in there with the best. Look through any model magazine and see how many pictures of this pylon beauty you will find. It is still the most beautiful Free Flight plane you will ever see.
Free Flight? Sure, and try R/C too. You will see Playboy flying in the pure form with spark plug, coil and condenser. You will see her with a glow engine and three channel radio searching out the thermals and floating like a big 7 ft. feather.
Who designed the Playboy? Well-er-uh it was a Cleveland kit and you can get information from John Pond about her. So I went to the dean of old-timers, John Pond and asked him. He told me he thought it was Joe Elgin - he had flown with Joe many years ago, but in answer to another query, he did not have the slightest idea where I might find him. 'You might try some of the other old-timers' and this I did.
I wrote the AMA and asked Frank Ehling, I wrote Frank Zaic, I asked Clarence Mather, I went up to Lake San Marcos and talked to the curator of the model museum, Russ Herrera - you would think that a lineup like this would at least have some idea. They all gave me clues, but nothing definite. Since Cleveland Model Supply Co had been in Cleveland, I should write someone there and perhaps he would know. It was pointed out that Dick Korda was a long time resident of that Ohio city. While looking up Dick's address in the Cleveland telephone directory in the library, it dawned upon me to look and see if a Joe Elgin was there too. There was just one Joseph Elgin listed therein..."
This plan was published in RCM along with the Antique and Old Timer Floats (oz7619) plan.
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