Aeromodelling Trail Blazers.
These plans are part of a proposed collection of models that have
changed aeromodelling. The models are still flown in vintage contests
and are still very competitive.
The two plans are from Sergio Montes. The Korda plan is basically
an old Megows plan and the Fillon
was scanned from Zaic's Yearbook, 1938, with permission. Frank's books
are still available from him at 16915 Kinzie Street, North Hills,
- Korda was designed by Dick Korda for the
1939 Wakefield contest that took place in August of that year in New
York. The model represents a break with previous Korda designs, being
somewhat simpler in line and adopting what was a novelty, the folder
propeller. Although introduced by Roy Marquardt in 1934, there
were relatively few users of this type of propeller, most people
preferring the free-wheeler. Korda's spectacular win made his model one
of the most popular models of all times, being copied in many countries
as the most appropriate model for aeromodelling instruction. Even in
wartime Japan the Korda plan was issued as a supplement by the Mainichi
one of Japan's principal newspapers. It has also ben issued as kit by
many firms and, so far as I know, continues into production to this day.
A great flyer.
- The Fillon's Champ was designed by
Emmanuel Fillon and won the Wakefield Cup two years before Korda. It
also has been widely imitated and copied abroad and, just as the Korda
model, it was issued as a supplement by the Mainichi Shimbun. Emannuel
Fillon is, amazingly enough, still active in modelling at the age of 94.
His only concession
is to participate in contests only near his home in the S. of France.
Fillon has been noted for the versatility of his designs which have
embraced many categories, from Wakefields to Flying Scale. He has a
large collection of plans for peanuts which appear to be most