Welcome back to the Original historic SAM47 with a new name..."Rising 47th".

This is the page where you will learn all about the Society of Antique Modelers and SouthEastern Air Chasers is proud to have been given the privilege to bring back the historic SAM47.

 What is SAM?

The vintage models flown by SAM members are those designed, published or available as kits during the golden era of model aviation, the decade of the thirties to the beginning of WWII. A period following Lindberg's solo flight to Paris that ignited the aviation flame in so many of the World's youth. It was a period when practical model airplanes were developed and made available so anyone could build and fly one and hundreds of thousands did.

SAM calls models from the period prior to 1939, "antique", and prior to 1942, "old timer". They are the basis for good-natured competition in categories from free flight gas and rubber power, and gliders. For the RC enthusiast or for those whose flying field limits free flight there are categories for ignition and glow powered engines. Recently several electric powered classes have been introduced to allow flying of these models quietly from fields where glow and ignition engines are not allowed.

SAM encompasses the youth and modelers who are still young at heart, men and women ages 11 to 90. We have over 2200 members in Chapters from all fifty states and Canada, plus Chapters  worldwide from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovak Republic and Sweden. Many of these SAM Chapters sponsor competitions, flying for fun and probably a good deal of friendly discussion.

Avid modelers, Lee Freeman, John Pond, and Martin Schindler sparked SAM into being in 1962 in order to revive the early days of model aviation and to set up guidelines for Old Timer competition. These guidelines are now the basis for the SAM competition rules that govern the majority of Old Timer contests. When you join a copy of the rules will be sent to you with your membership card. SAM has been fortunate to receive the management and guidance from a strong team of Presidents.

Members receive SAM Speaks, our 'voice'. This newsletter is published bi-monthly. It features coming attractions, results of contests, construction and flying tips, sources for vintage model supplies, and general information of interest to the old time modeler. SAM also sponsors an Internet news group; SAM Talks , where many of the members share information about old timer airplanes, motors and flying techniques.

Each fall SAM sponsors the Championships. “The Champs” are a week of competition, tall-tale telling, banquets, bean feeds, spouses activities and camaraderie. At the Champs, SAM holds its one annual membership meeting where all the business is completed early to allow for more good times. Fun is the by-word of the SAM Champs! The SAM Champs is rotated yearly among four regional sites; -- East, Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West. Modelers from all over the world converge at the specified site for a fun- filled week of flying competition.

During the final Awards Banquet SAM inducts special members into its Hall of Fame These are the individuals who have made significant contributions to the early developments of flying model airplanes and the SAM movement.

Wouldn't you like to jump on the bandwagon and Join SAM a great group of people? We'd like to have you aboard! Your affordable membership fee entities you to a one year subscription to our bi-monthly magazine "SAM Speaks", a copy of the SAM Rule Book , a SAM Chapter list advising where all the local SAM Chapters (Clubs) are located thoughout the USA and the World, a source listing of where to obtain old time modeling supplies, a membership card, and some of the greatest aeromodeling fun you'll ever have. We will even help you to build and fly your airplane.
 AMA membership is required to fly with SEAC so bring your cards.
SAM 2010 Rules

FREE FLIGHT RULES - (Radio Control Rules) - (Electric Special Events) - (Constitution and ByLaws))

Section I – Free Flight Definitions and Basic Regulations page 1

A. Categories:
B. Gas Powered categories:
C. Non-Gas Powered categorized
D. Antique models & Old Timer Models – defined
E. Authentication of Design
F. 'Builder Of The Model Rule'
G. Thermal detection devices
H. Free Flight Grand Champion
I. Championship points.

Section II - Free Flight Gas Models page 2

A. Competition Categories ~ Basic Events (Gas)

1. Antique:
2. Old Timer:

B. Power and Classes page 2

1. Original Ignition
2. Diesels: page 3
3. Glow Engines:
4. Classes of Old Timers:

C. Gas Powered Competitions Powered ~ Basic Events page 3

D. Gas Powered Competition Rules page 4

1. Fuel, Ignition engine shut-off, Diesel shutoffs
2. and 3. Design modifications
4. 30-Second Antique models
5. Engine runs for Old Timers
6. Fuel Allotment allowances
7. Number of models allowed per event
8. An official flight - defined

Section III - Free Flight Gas ~ Special Events page 5

1. 1/2A Texaco
2. Gas Scale
3. Old ruler
4. Post ’42 Event page 6
5. Replica .020 Power
6. Texaco
7. Compressed Air

Section IV – Free Flight Rubber Powered Models - Basic Events page 7

A. Classes

1. Large Rubber
2. Small Rubber
3. Wakefield
4. Four Ounce Wakefield
5. Eight Ounce Wakefield
6. Commercial Rubber

B. Propeller and Power and Wing Loading page 8

1. Modification

C. Rubber Powered Competition - Basic Events page 8
Basic events (Rubber)

Section V - Free Flight Hand Launched Glider - Basic Event page 9

Section VI - Free Flight Rubber-Special Events page 9

1. Classic Wakefield pages 9 & 10
2. Jimmie Allen page 11
3. Rubber Scale page 11
4. Twin Pusher page 12

Section VII – Free Flight Catapult and Towline Launch Glider page 13

1. Catapult Glider page 13
2. Towline Glider page 13

Section VIII – Free Flight Records page 14

Section IX – Free Flight Safety page 14

Section X – Binoculars page 14

RADIO CONTROL OLD TIME RULES back to the top of this page

Section I - Radio Control Aircraft Definitions pages 15 & 16

A. Categories
B. Antique-Definitions
C. Old Time-Definitions
D. Basic Events
E. Authentication of Designs
F. Fidelity of Designs
G. R/C Gas models
H. Builder of Model Rule
I. Wing loading
J. Engine Displacement
K Modifications
L Autopilots
M Launching
N. Flying Wings
O. Scaling
P. Engine cut-offs
Q. Propellers

Section II - Radio Control Engine Definitions pages 17 & 18

A. Engine Types
B. Ignition engines
C. Converted Ignition engines
D. Cross Scavenged Glow and Diesels
E. Schnuerle Glow and Diesels
F. 1/2A Texaco engines
G. Engine Classes
H. Four Cycle Engines
I. Mufflers
J. Engines ~ Others
K. Replica engines
L. Engines ~ Basic Events

Section III - Radio Control Fuels page 18

A. Ignition engine fuel
B. Diesel & Glow fuel
C. 1/2A Texaco fuel

Section IV - Radio Control Events Definitions pages 19 & 20

A. Event descriptions
B. Basic Events, Scoring
C. Engine Run Times
D. Run time measurements
E. Texaco event fuel allotment
F. Fuel Allotment by model weight

Section V - Radio Control Contest Procedures pages 20 & 21

A. R/C Basic Events
B. Antique Classifications
C. Texaco
D. CD Responsibilities
E. CD Events selection
F. CD-Pilots Meeting
G. Launch procedures
H. CD ~Tie breaker procedures
I. Contestant entries
J. Launch time limit
K. Landing procedures
L. Timer responsibilities
M. Timer rules
N. Thermal detectors ~ Autopilots
O. Landing procedure

Section VI - Radio Control Basic Event Specifications pages 22 thru 25

Alphabetical order

1. 1/2 A Texaco
2. Antique Glow
3. Pure Antique (un scaled)
4. LER Ignition)
5. LER Glow
6. Texaco Ignition
7. Texaco Glow

Section VII - Radio Control Special Events - Engine Powered and Glider pages 30 ~ 35

Alphabetical order

1s. 1/2A Scale Duration
2s. Brown Jr. LER
3s. Brown Jr. Texaco
4s. Class A Texaco
5s. Classic Texaco
6s. Foxacoy
7s. Ohlsson .23
8s. Ohlsson Sideport
9s. Oldtime Glider
10s. R/C Assist Nostalgia

Section VIII - Radio Control Special Events - Electric Powered - back to the top of this page pages 32E thru 37E

1e. Electric - Limited Motor Run - (ELMR)
2e. Electric - Texaco - (ETEX)
3e. Spirit of SAM - (Electric-Rubber model designs) - (SOS)
4e. Electric - Wakefield - (Electric-Rubber model designs) - (EW)
5e. Speed 400 LMR event - (Electric-Rubber model designs) - (ERU)

Jim Adams Memorial Spirit of SAM Concourse page 38

Concourse d'Elégance special event for display of SAM era models

CONSTITUTION and BYLAWS back to the top of this page

Article I - Constitution and Bylaws General page 39

Sec.1 Corporation Name
Sec.2 Principle Office
Sec.3 Non-profit Corporation

Article II - Constitution and Bylaws Purpose page 39

Article III - Constitution and Bylaws Membership page 39

Sec.1 Eligibility for Membership
Sec.2 Membership Application
Sec.3 Types of Membership

Article IV - Constitution and Bylaws Dues and Fees page 40

Sec.1 Determination of Dues
Sec.2 Termination of Membership

Article V - Constitution and Bylaws Board of Directors page 40

Sec.1 Number and Eligibility of Directors
Sec.2 Term of Directors
Sec.3 Expulsion of directors
Sec.4 Rules of Board
Sec.5 Vacancy
Sec.6 Action by Unanimous Written consent

Article VI - Constitution and Bylaws Duties of Board of Directors page 41

Sec.1 General Powers
Sec.2 Duties at Annual Meeting
Sec.3 Nomination of Officers
Sec.4 Removal of Officers

Article VII - Constitution and Bylaws Meetings of the Corporation page 42

Sec.1 Annual Membership Meeting
Sec.2 Order of Business at the Annual Business Meeting
Sec.3 Presiding Officer
Sec.4 Annual Board Meeting

Article VIII - Constitution and Bylaws Committees page 42

Sec.1 Creation, Dissolution
Sec.2 Appointment
Sec.3 Coordinator Function
Sec.4 Committee Recommendations

Article IX - Constitution and Bylaws Competition Rules pages 43

Sec.1 An Official Rule Book
Sec.2 Changes to Rules for Competition
Sec.3 Proposed Changes to Rules for Competition
Sec.4 The Annual SAM Championships
Sec.5 The R/C and FF Rules Committees

Article X - Constitution and Bylaws Amendment of the Bylaws page 44

Sec.1 Proposed Changes to the Bylaws
Sec.2 Publication

Article XI - Constitution and Bylaws Annual Recognition of Deceased Members page 44

Article XII - Constitution and Bylaws Chapters page 44

Sec.1 Forming a Chapter
Sec.2 Chapter Functions

SAM Champs locations page 47

Also see our SAM web links to American and International Chapters.

SAM HoF Members page 48

SAM Staff Directory (web page) and pages 49

SAM Bookstore (web page) and page 51

SAM Library page 51

SAM Approved Designs Lists (web page) and Inside back cover

for Gas Models, Rubber, HL Glider and Towline Glider

SAM Championship (web page) and pages I & II

description of Awards and Perpetual Trophies

SAM Membership Information (web page) and Inside back cover

details regarding, Dues, Life Membership, Overseas Chapters, SamSpeaks (Newsletter) etc

SAM Preamble


To help make things a little easier. Below are some helpful pages from the Society of Antique Modeler's website.


Approved Lists Index
Updated 06-Jan-2010
SAM Approved Engines (Maintained by Dale Hannum)
SAM Approved Gas Models (Maintained by Dale Hannum) Purchased through the Book Store
SAM Model Recognition Page (For Reference Only, Maintained by Trevor Boundy originally a hard copy version by Allan Laycock)
Approved Design List for Rubber Models 2004 Edition (Maintained by Dale Hannum) Purchased through the Book Store
Classic Wakefield Rules and Procedures (Maintained by Dale Hannum)
Model Magazine Indices (AAM, AT, FM, MA, MB and Engine Tests) (Maintained by Dale Hannum)



Thank you to SAM for allowing us to use some of their great information from their website. If you would like to join same click here to go to their website....stay awhile too and's a fun site to be on.