Oakland Cloud Dusters
Free Flight from the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond


September 05, 2022 11:00 AM • Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City
September 10, 2022 8:00 AM • Waegell Field
October 03, 2022 11:00 AM • Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City
  • November 25, 2018 7:57 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The Northern California Free Flight Council (NCFFC) awarded several perpetual trophies at a year-end dinner each year. I remember Hal Woods winning the Wicker Trophy for C Gas and Doug Galbreath and Ken Oliver dueling for F1J.

    At a business meeting in 2001 it was proposed by Roger Simpson, et al, to change the NCFFC trophy arrangement to one reflecting then-current modeler's interest and possibly attracting fliers from Oregon and SoCal. Big Al's contest at Lost Hills would be part of the contest schedule. The three events for a Gold series would be the mini-FAI events and the three for the Silver series would be HLG/Catapult, P-30, and 1/2A Gas. All the then-current trophies were to be stored at Bill Vanderbeek's warehouse. The Gold trophies were Silver plated cups and the Silver trophies were large wooden plaques. The cost for the, trophies was born equally by the three NCFFC clubs. The cost for engraving the trophies each year was to come out of NCFFC treasury. (Prior to this trophy winners were "punished" by having to engrave their own trophies and some were not getting engraved.)

    The points schedule to determine the event winners was patterned after the America's Cup with 25 points for first, 20 for second, etc., and bonus points for six or more entries in an event. The best four contest results would be totaled. Mike McKeever was the first Points Guy and relinquished the job to me in 2010.

    The F1J trophy and F1G trophy have both disappeared. The F1H trophy plate was put on a separate plaque and awarded to Mike McKeever who won it every year since inception. The F1J event was replaced by something we called Open Power which is a gas class for A through D engines. The trophy for Open Power came from the NCFFC collection at Vanderbeek's warehouse, The F1G event was replaced by Open Rubber which is for any rubber event other than P-30 that has a three-flight total. (This excludes F1B and F1G.) The F1H event was replaced by a new class called Electric. This class includes event times from E-36, E-20, A Electric, B Electric, and F1S. It excludes the F1Q event.

    In 2009 the P-30 mass launch event was held and the points, per America's Cup rules, were added to the P-30 scores. In 2013 a mass launch for HLG/Cat was held, and the points were added to the regular HLG/Cat scores in the manner of the P-30 mass launch. Shortly thereafter a Gollywock mass launch was instituted. The Gollywock point score was added to the Open Rubber point score. Recently we hold an E-36 mass launch and those scores go into the electric event. Contest results and a point summary are kept on the OCD web site, Oaklandclouddusters.org, and is open to all.

    The meaning of "Gold and Silver" may have changed since 2001 as have some of the events. Currently the Gold event series consists of Open Rubber, Open Power, and Electric. The Silver series, unchanged since 2002, consists of HLG/Cat, P-30, and 1/2A Gas. A change in Open Rubber for 2018 will the mass launch of Small Old Time Rubber models which includes Gollywock.

    Dick Douglas - Points Guy

    For 2018 NCFFC Gold & Silver Trophies, click here

  • October 31, 2018 10:38 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Contest results, Gold & Silver and OCD standings updated. 

  • April 22, 2018 10:51 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Dear Cloud Dusters, 

    It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our club member and friend Frannie Firestone Masterman. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  • April 22, 2018 10:35 PM | Web Master (Administrator)
    Pictures courtesy of Tom Faith. Thank you Tom!

    Click here for the pictures

  • April 21, 2018 1:26 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Pres Fred meets and greets and then we had lunch.  Entries were Prime Rib, Chicken, Salmon, and Pasta.  During dessert, Fred opened the meeting. 

    The OCD started in 1937 so this is the 81st year.  Back when the club started there were stringent requirements to become a club member.  Some of the requirements were to have a minimum time in about six events.  Fred brought trophies won by Jim Tangney showing scores needed to join OCD as a full member.

    Bill Vanderbeek is the 2018 Mentorship Award Winner.  The Mentorship award was created in 2006 by Jon Davis. He wrote: "To honor and recognize the aero modeler who has best embodied the mentoring spirit in the sport of free flight model aviation."  Jon had a special perpetual trophy created for the award; he made the multi-wood base and commissioned a custom brass sculpture of a young boy holding a model glider ready to be tossed into the air.  Bill was recognized for the mentoring of Chinmay Jaju (2008 and 2010 Jr FAI FF Team, F1P) and his generous financial support of the USA Junior FAI free flight teams through the years.

    We will also take a moment to remember the OCD members who left us this past year.  They are Lynn Price, Bill Langenberg, and Frannie Masterman.  They will be missed.

    Fred then listed accomplishments of OCD members in 2017.

     OCD members who placed in the top 10 at the 2017 Nats:

    • ·         Mulviihill; Bud Romak, 8th
    • ·         Moffett; Bud Romak, 5th, and Bill Vanderbeek; 8th
    • ·         Dawn Unlimited; Bud Romak, 5th
    • ·         Hand Launch Glider; Ken Bauer; 1st and Tim Batiuk, 4th
    • ·         Hand Held Catapult; Ken Bauer; 1st and Tim Batiuk, 4th
    • ·         F1A; Ken Bauer; 2nd
    • ·         F1H; Ken Bauer; 1st
    • ·         ROW; Bill Vanderbeek; 3rd
    • ·        

    OCD members who placed in the top ten in the America’s Cup competition.

    • ·         F1A; Ken Bauer; 8th
    • ·         F1Q; Ben Tarcher, 7th
    • ·         F1H; Ken Bauer; 3rd
    • ·         F1S; Ben Tarcher; 7th
    • ·         F1E; Dave Parsons,4’th and Fred Terzian, 5th

    OCD members who placed in the top 10 in the National Cup competition.

    • ·         Small Nostalgia Power; Glenn Schneider, 4th
    • ·         Large Nostalgia Power; Glenn Schneider, 1st
    • ·         Glider; Tim Batiuk, 1’st and Ken Bauer; 4th
    • ·         Nostalgia Rubber; Bud Romak; 6th

    2017 OCD Awards

    Points for these awards are given at each of the six contests at Waegell Field and two at the Lakeville field.

    OCD Catapult.  This event goes back to the 1938 California state fair and OCD has been flying it ever since then.  It uses a 9-foot pole and 40 grams of rubber to launch gliders.  The 2017 winner is Tim Batiuk.

    Stuart Bennett Open Rubber trophy.  This event is for rubber powered models with a wing span of 30-inches or less or 150-square inches or less.  The 2017 winner is a tie between John Pratt and Paul Masterman.

    Joe Foster P-30 trophy.  The P-30 event is for rubber-powered models that have a wingspan of 30-inches or less and less than 10-grams of rubber.  The 2017 winner is Paul Masterman.

    Don Foote trophy.  The Don Foote trophy goes to the winner of OCD’s annual NorCal contest accumulating both high trophy points and high flight times. The 2017 winner is Glenn Schneider.

    Bob Critchlow trophy for Hand Held Catapult. This event uses a 9-inch loop of rubber on a stick to launch small gliders.  The 2017 winner is Tim Batiuk

    OCD Junior Champion trophy.  An OCD Junior is a person who is 18 years old or younger as of July 1 of the competition year.  The Junior is either a relative of an OCD member, or sponsored by one.  This year no OCD Junior had a score, so no winner.

    The Getsla Trophy goes to the overall high point flyer and is the OCD Club Champion.  The 2017 OCD Champion is Tim Batiuk.

    The David Lloyd trophy.  The David Lloyd trophy has been awarded since 1946 and goes to the OCD member that best exemplifies the spirit of modeling where members help members. David Lloyd provided transportation to contests.  Members at the November meeting vote on the winner with no discussion or advertising.  The votes are collected by the Sergeant-at-Arms and, by tradition, the winner is revealed at the Awards Dinner. The winner is under the tape.  The winner is Fred Terzian.

    At this point President Fred “tapped the gavel” and presented the OCD officers for 2018.  President is Fred Terzian.  Fred continued with Ben Tarcher as VP and Safety Officer, Bill Vanderbeek as treasurer, and Dick Douglas as Sergeant-at-Arms and Secretary.

    Thank you all for coming and drive safely.

  • January 24, 2018 10:06 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    OCD member Manuel Cisneros shows how to make an inexpensive and lightweight rotary DT timer in this tutorial

    DT timers come in many shapes, sizes, and price-points. A multi-function FAI timer can cost over $100 but a bit of aluminum tubing and some cotton clothes line will run you about $1.

    The steps described in the tutorial show how to make Rotary DT Timers for about $3 in about 5 minutes.

    Thank you Manuel!

  • November 24, 2017 11:45 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Fred Terzian reporting: OCD member Jim Harris with his cousin (they hadn't seen each other in over thirty years!) when he returned his grandfather Ocie Randall's Goldberg "Zipper" airplane (built during the early Fifties). Note the Fresno Gas Model Association decal on the side. Also, his cousin talking with Southern California flyer with very beautiful rendition of Carl Goldberg's "FAI Viking" design from the Late Fifties-Early Sixties.


  • November 24, 2017 11:34 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Here are some photos taken at the U.S. FF Champs (late Sept. 2017) after the first test flights of this Satellite 1300 beast--scary Rossi .65 Rear Rotor, Rear Induction Racing Engine! 


  • November 24, 2017 10:53 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Fred Terzian forwarded pictures from an F1E activity, taken at Lost Hills.

    F1E described (from FAI web site)

    Gliding down the slope – human beings had dreamed about it for almost a million of years. Aeromodellers use the lift generated by the wind uphill for hundred years now, but model aircrafts with reliable magnet steering devices for a stable free flight had first been introduced by the German Hans Gremmer in 1951. These steering systems are simple, sturdy and since 1977 the heart of the FAI Free Flight class F1E. Like other free flight classes F1E is very much popular with competitions, but the training is exiting as well, satisfying the age-old desire.

    In principle, a rudder is fixed above a strong magnet which turns freely on a hub in its center. Before the glider is to be launched downhill the rudder must be adjusted. It has to show in the flight path, with the magnet pointing to the north resp. south - as it is its nature. While gliding, the model aircraft will be disturbed by turbulences of the headwinds which even try to turn it back.


  • September 16, 2017 12:59 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Dear OCD members, 

    Please find below the memorial service information for OCD member Lynn Price, who passed away on August 23rd, 2017. 

    Lynn Price Memorial

    Saturday Sept 30th, at 2:00 PM

    Sun Valley Bible Chapel, 1031 Leland Drive, Lafayette

    Directions: Take Hwy 24. Exit at Pleasant Hill Rd. South (toward Rossmoor). Left on Leland Drive, follow the road around, passing a school on the left. Take steep driveway marked "3111 Patty Way".

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