The Ugly Stik and Me
In Sγo Palo Brazil where I live, the search for
model aircraft design has been guided by aesthetic, and at that time, nothing so
ugly could survive on a market guided by aircraft models in miniature (scale).
A good friend provided me with the Stik plan.
The model was so bizarre that I decided I must build one.
And it was my best plane ever!!
37 years later the aircraft model concept
changed dramatically. No more glow engines are allowed in big cities and there
is no longer space for large airfields.
As aero-modeling is a type of religion for me, I
adapted myself to the new times and I bought a plane named Slow Stik. This one
in fact is very ugly is competing to be the worst replica of the venerable Das
But it can be flown anywhere.
One night in my workshop I found a very old
paper box. It was very dusty and full of antique model plans. Inside of a big
roll of paper and plans I found the old Ugly Stik plan.
That night I just couldn't sleep. The thoughts
in my head were racing and remembering the good times that I had with my Ugly
and beloved model. That was a Friday night.
Saturday I woke up early. My wife could see
that I was anxious. She knew that something must be produced or created.
By the way, building aircraft models is a good
escape for the frustrations of my work. To produce art is a physiological need
to an artist.
Suddenly the brain torment was gone and lights
were illuminating my head. I strain happiness and a big idea!
I would Redesign the Ugly Stik to be small and
light and powered by an electric motor. The structure would be a sculpture of
I reduced the original Das Ugly Stik by 25% to
begin my model.