In the Workshop with Rich Uravitch
PLUS EIGHT GREAT MODELS YOU CAN BUILD
Plus eight great models you can build
Our January issues always include our annual Model Airplane News plans guide featuring many popular RC airplane designs available from the AirAgeStore.com website. We recognize the many talented and dedicated modelers who drew up these planes and produced the prototype models that we have featured in our construction articles over several decades. In this issue, we wanted to highlight a valued model-airplane designer, builder, and pilot who has enjoyed a long and rich history with Model Airplane News. For longtime readers, no introduction is required, but if you’re new to our hobby, then you’ll want to learn about our good friend and flying buddy Rich Uravitch.
ON THE PAGES OF MAN
It’s not all that easy to find model-airplane designers who can produce workable modelairplane plans, build and test-fly their designs, and then write articles and take photos to produce articles for the magazine. Rich Uravitch is just such a person, and as it turned out, he is much more than just a contributor. He brings with him a lot more than modelairplane knowledge (an Air Force veteran who flew F-4s in Vietnam, Rich was also part of the team that developed the A-10!). Now residing in Grant, Florida, Rich’s very first appearance on the table of contents was in the July 1985 issue, with a construction article for a .15-size T-6 Texan. The design was simple, and the plane flew extremely well. The Texan came about as an answer to those who wanted to get into scale-ish pylon racing without the expense of building and flying .40-size quartermidget racers. The full-size Texans were (and still are) a popular class of racers at the annual Reno Air Races. Rich’s design was so popular, in fact, that it ultimately became a House of Balsa kit, and many untold numbers were produced and sold. Five years later, the T-6 Texan was again brought back in the July 1987 issue as part of a special T-6 Texan issue.
Rich continued his involvement with MAN by covering and reporting on various high-interest RC events across the country, and after attending the first-ever Greater Southwest Fan Fly event, he started writing the extremely popular Jet Blast column, debuting with the June 1985 issue. This was at the beginning of the RC jet movement, with many scratch-built jets powered by ducted fan units driven by glow engines equipped with tuned pipes and running on very high nitro fuel. The connection between the first pioneer jet pilots and RC pylon racing was obvious.
Two years later, in the July ’87 issue, Rich started the Sporty Scale Techniques column, where he passed along many great building and finishing tips for our scale readers. A month later, Rich found himself on the editorial side of things, and he ultimately became the editor-inchief of MAN, writing his first editorial page for the March 1988 issue. Rich sat in the big chair and deftly guided the magazine’s content until the end of 1990, when he moved on and became a valued consultant. To this day, the staff of Model Airplane News stays in close contact with Rich to get the inside scoop on advanced scale and jet aircraft and to learn all the inside stories from his viewpoint as the craftsmanship judge for the annual Top Gun Scale Invitational event.
One of his first columns was Jet Blast, where he talked about the then-new topic of ducted-fanpowered model jet aircraft.
Part of the Air Age Media family, Rich (shown here with publisher Yvonne DeFrancesco) continues to be a valued consultant and contributor. Many know Rich today as the Craftsmanship judge at the Top Gun Scale Invitational competition.
As editor-in-chief of Model Airplane News, Rich brought with him a wealth of aviation experience as well as modeling knowledge.
Following the success of his .15-size T-6 Texan racer, Rich developed several other Reno Racer designs, including this race-modified P-51 Mustang.