The Andrews Aircraft Model Company
(AAMCo) produced a radio control airplane, the S-Ray, that was my first successful RC model.
A neighborhood man had given me an old beater he wasn't using anymore, but I never was able to get it
flying. An advertisement from a 1964 edition of RC Modeler is shown to the left. It includes
both the S-Ray (shoulder wing) and the H-Ray (high
wing). I do not even remember what engine I had in it - most likely something really cheap that
ran poorly. I probably also still had the OS Digital 3-channel radio control system in it, which would
explain why I can remember running after it with the transmitter held high above my head trying to regain
control after it ran out of range. My S-Ray spent a night in a corn field out at the original
PGRC (Prince Georges Radio
Control) club in southern Maryland, as a result of flying out of range with it
(range with that OS digital system was about 600 feet under ideal conditions).
To the right is a scan of an advertisement for the OS Digital
3-channel radio control system that I bought second-hand from a man down the street from where I lived
as a teenager. I paid him $100 for it sometime around 1974 or so. That is the equivalent of $482 in
2015 dollars according to the BLS's
Read the AMA's published biography of
Louis J. Andrews.
After years of watching eBay for an S-Ray kit that would sell within my budgetary range, I finally
won an auction a couple months ago. The kit is in excellent condition and appears to include all the
original material. My original kit was purchased at
Kay Cee drug store in District Heights, Maryland, where lawyer/aeromodeler John
Something-or-other ran a hobby shop in one corner of the store. If anyone out there knew John and/or
has any photos of his hobby shop, please contact me.
Wingspan = 50", Length = 38", Flying Weight = 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 lbs., Wing Area = 435 sq.in.
Andrews (AAMCo) S-Ray Kit Box and Contents
Andrews (AAMCo) S-Ray Instruction Supplements
Andrews (AAMCo) S-Ray Balsa, Plywood, and Hardware
Andrews (AAMCo) S-Ray Plans Sheets
Posted November 14, 2015