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Pharis Commando. RC assist vintage model.
Quote: "Pharis Models Commando. From September 1942 Air Trails. Adapted for RC assist and drawn by John Eaton. Pharis Models, PO Box 804, Folsom CA 95630."
The Air Trails 1942 reference is to an ad on page 49 for the (free flight) Commando kitted by Model Craft, Canada. See more pics 004, with thanks to Paul Bradley.
Quote: "The Commando has been designed for amazing speed and maneouverability. It is outstanding in performance yet the deign tends towards sinmplicity. It has a 50in wingsppan, and can be powerd by any Rogers or other first class motor. The kit includes all wing ribs and formers printed on sheet balsa, streamlined wooden wheels, propellor, aero cement, clear dope, plywood, full size plan with complete step-by-step instructions (engine not included). Retail price $4.25"
Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.
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Advert in pages from Air trails 1942.
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User commentsI had to laugh at the ad copy for this model, "and can be powered by any Rogers or other first class motor". As any old timer knows, the Rogers is widely acclaimed as one of the worst pieces of crap ever made. The vast majority never ran at all, and the ones that did, broke in and wore out at the same time. Thousands of poor kids wasted their paper route and lawn cutting money on one of these disappointments instead of a Bantam or Ohlsson. There's a sucker born every minute.
DougSmith - 02/09/2017
I spend wayyy too much time browsing your site. Anyway, here's a few more old-timer pictures for you [main pic, 003]. This is my 2nd Commando; the first carried a Magnum .15XL. That Commando was grossly overpowered but flew so well that I built an electric version. The second Commando has had a wide variety of motors and batteries over the last 15 years as the power systems have evolved. It has over a hundred flights on it now, including a mid-air and a dust devil that threw it into the side of a building, so it's not quite as pretty, but it's still a great little airplane and I'll likely build another. It's happiest when you trim it to fly in big circles, feed in just enough power to hold its altitude (about 1/4 throttle with my setup), let go of the sticks and just let it cruise around on its own.
Mark Miller - 13/11/2020
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