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A former USAF “Sierra Hotel” pilot, Rich worked at Fairchild Republic and joined the A-10 team as Aircraft #30 rolled off the line. He also was logistics program manager on the T-46 program. We caught up with Rich for a little model talk. Here’s what we learned.

Can you tell us how you got started and with what type of planes you built back then?

RU: I got started in the hobby building Strombecke­r solid display models. I have fond memories of a Globe Swift. No vacuum-formed or injection molded parts back then; these came later with the Monogram Speedee-Bilt and Superkits, which I lusted after and spent lunchless school days to fund the kit acquisitio­n.

What was your first RC model?

RU: It was a Babcock Breezy Jr. with a Babcock Magic Carpet receiver, Magic Wand transmitte­r and compound escapement. A Wasp .049 gave way to an O.K. Cub .074, which took the Breezy to its final resting place, one of those undisclose­d locations somewhere that have now become shopping malls.

Why did you decide on the Cessna 310B for your latest project?

RU: I guess I’ve always liked the airplane. To me, the straight tail “A” and “B” models were the best-looking of the series. My model was originally going to be finished in a U.S.A.F. U-3A “Blue Canoe” scheme until I remembered the adventures of Sky King, did a little web research and found lots of interestin­g informatio­n. The “Songbird” colors were attractive, the airplane had widespread recognitio­n through the popular TV serial of the day and it would translate well to model form.

What impresses you the most about our hobby today?

RU: I really am amazed at the quality and sophistica­tion of the models I see today. The present day ARF models that would have been very competitiv­e in the Sport Scale class of 20 years ago and now, scale competitio­n models that are flown routinely, are true museum pieces. The molded-foam EDF models are amazing, too.

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