Decided to add this to my site for whose of interest since I spent amount of time producing this.
Memories of Paul Bugl by Ronnie Tribe
I have been asked by Luis Petersen if I would like to add a chapter to his history of Paul Bugl. These are my personal memories of my short acquaintance with Paul Bugl and the Bugl boys who flew his motors and the “MOSKITO” models.
To start with just some background, I started flying Goodyear with my brother Micky and progressed very quickly into the Team Race world in the 1970’s using ETA 15’s and MVVS TRS motors supplied by Jurgen Bartels. We first ordered our two Bugl motors as a result from Paul’s advert in the Aero Modeller, later on in the year one motor and cut-out turned up in the post, I built two balsa models based on a Russian design covered in coloured tissue paper and then entered the team trials for the next World Champs to be held in Czechoslovakia 1974, we were successful and here the story begins.
Just found one of the original pans we used, lost for many years cannot remember where it came from.
We now formed a friendship with Paul and communicated with him regularly, Paul asked if it was possible to enter the next British Champs and this was arranged, the next thing that happened was I received a post card from Paul informing us he would attend with Hans Straniak his pit man, they turned up at my Mum and Dads house which they used as a base for their stay in the U.K. This was the first time I had met Paul and Hans and the first question was to us was “How much does it cost to go fast on the Motorways” i.e Speeding fines. Paul showed us his “MOSKITO” model and gave us a copy of the plan, he also brought along the second motor and finger valve he asked us if we had taken the motor apart to see the inside workings, he was astounded that we had not and then proceeded to strip the motor to show us the internal workings including the drum system. Both Paul and Hans seemed to be very nice people with a wealth of knowledge on team race and were only to happy to discuss information, this was the beginning of a long friendship between both of them and my family.
Paul with my Mum and Dad.
The next step was to order Two “MOSKITO” model kits to build his models these comprised of all the metal work less the fibre glass cowl, these parts turned up and two models were completed for the World Champs, these were fitted with my own fibre glass cowl fitted with cooling ducting inside. At the World Champs Paul looked at the cowl and said throw all the ducting away and just have a hole in the front and rear, on the return from the Champs the cowls were modified and a immediate improvement in consistency was obtained.
Side view of model with cowl.
The next problem we seemed to have was with range and the motor cutting out on take-off. Without going into to much detail we arranged to meet Paul and Hans a few days before the Austrian International at Kraiwiesen where they were both practicing both Paul and Hans spent time with us showing how to setup and run the motors in competition. Basically the motors were warmed up on a rich needle setting and only leaned out for 5 seconds at the 10 second signal then the needle was returned to the rich setting for the last 5 seconds. The needle would be returned to the flying setting and at about 10 seconds to go the prop would be turned back and forth to get a fresh charge into the motor, at about 4/5 seconds the tank would be filled and at the Go signal the prop hit and the model should be gone and airborne, also you must never run the tank dry as the motor will cut-out on takeoff due to no fuel in the cut-out. I did some practicing with Hans as the pit man and decided at one stop to see how fast he was, I landed the model very fast and this is what happened, he caught the model, he was filling the tank in the air and as the model was put on the ground it was started and airborne, I had not even got the handle on the white line, I nearly fell over he just looked at me and laughed. I still think Hans was one of the fastest pit men. Another point Hans made was Paul had made the fastest motors ever however it was impossible to restart them.
Hans and Micky at work.
So there we have it Paul had a motor and model combination which worked very well in contradiction to all know conventional ideas in team race with many/many people questioning whether he was right or not. We continued to use his motors and models with good results ending up with the ultimate retract model however this was rather heavy, I did make normal balsa models without the metal crutch system for comparison but these showed no improvement over the original “MOSKITO” another factor which I did not realise was the number of flyers using Paul’s motor and models in Europe. There is one other person I must also mention this is Jurgen Bartels who made nearly all the fibre glass propellers used by these teams. These ranged from the classic Drazek-special 7×7 1/2 through to the BUGL-BAUMGARTNER and the FISCHER-NITSCHE propellers.
Last “MOSKITO” with streamlined bottom and very light cowl.
Just to show accidents did happen, I was flying in a very windy competition when I passing someone who was very tall, the wind picked up his anorak hood which blew up and the hook went into my down line, a chance in a million of this ever happening.
I visited Paul many times mainly on-route to competitions, the first time was when he was still living at his old house, myself and Jim were going Skiing with Metkemyer and other Dutch flyers and their wives to Austria, we met up with Hans and his wife and they showed us how it was done? I cannot remember much about his house apart from the Rover 2000 car parked outside full of rubbish, when I asked Paul the reply was it kept breaking down and he was going to get the local council to take it away, so much for English engineering.
All my other visits were to his new house at “Moosbach” right in the middle of nowhere not far from the East German boarder it used to annoy Paul the sound of American helicopters flying up and down. The house was purpose built with a garage and workshops in the basement, first floor was for living accommodation and the top floor with a bedroom at each end and room for a full size snooker table to be added later. Motor testing was undertaken across the other side of the field in a corner of a wood, another point of interest was Paul now owned 3 cars guess what “Skoda” Paul said they were the most reliable. When we used to stay overnight we would sit outside on the veranda and listen to music another passion Paul had was to look at the stars and planets through his telescope.
Front view of Paul’s house under construction.
We often discussed motor and model design, so far no mention has been made about his time at HP and his HP motors. Paul did discuss some of his time at HP and here are some of the facts I believe, I cannot confirm these but I think there is some element of truth in them. Paul was employed at HP to design and manufacture motors for large target aircraft for the military, at the same time he used these facilities to start-up production of the HP 15 and HP60 radio motors for commercial sale. This is where the story gets very confusing and not very clear, as I understand Paul went on holiday and while away the auditors carried out progress checks and found only limited sales for large investments i.e the grinding machine for the bell drums for example (thousands of DM). Paul never returned to HP. A limited number of HP 15 motors where completed for team race and a few speed motors. The team race motors preformed very well winning many major competitions, obviously Paul had a winning design with his HP15 which would make the basis of his next project Bugl motors. The only HP15 I have seen is owned by Hans Straniak this is new complete with cut-out and un-run in a clear plastic box very similar to the Cox 15 box. Another point of interest was Paul told me about the time they visited Pec’s for the Hungarian competition with their HP15’s I think they won, however when they came down from the hotel on the following morning to return home the cars had been broken into and all the motors and models stolen? The Russians were also at this event maybe this is another story?
Just found this Photo.
Inside a HP 15 nice.
Test running the above engine after 50 odd years, new piston pin and liner honed, new prop driver and nut plus carburettor assembly. This motor has a serial number of 0030 and is fitted with a Titanium con-rod which Paul told me these were made for the Worid Champs held at Helsinki.
Only photos I could find of the HP 60.
After this Paul seemed to disappear off the scene for a few years, I can vaguely remember him saying he had been to or working in East Germany at a motorbike factory helping with tuned pipes and carburettor design? I remember one night Paul discussing the optimum length of a carburettor nearly the length of the model. Paul also showed me his RC carburettor design, the carburettor had a slot cut from the top to the bottom on one side, a metal spacer the same shape was inserted with a hinge pin at the bottom, by moving this metal spacer in or out you could control the speed of the motor. Anyway the next stage was the Start of Bugl motors, many prototypes were made long and short shafts, with or without boost ports ending in the production models MK1, MK11, and finally the MK111 and “MOSKITO” parts including the retract model.
Prototype serial number 07
MK1 with parts.
MK11 with cut-out.
MK111 last of a few.
MK11 castings ready for machining.
Case and cone machined.
MK 11 motors nearly ready for dispatch.
Bugl Tool Kit. Comprises of Drum and prop driver tools, ball race bearing fitting tools, set of carburettors from 2.9 to 3.4 mm and the pin and cir-clip remover for the little end.
Retract model. Note the large diameter comp-screw this fitted into the contra piston the idea being to help cool the top end, this did improve the speed varying between 0.2 up to 0.4 seconds for ten laps before the advent of the push pull Head design.
Years ago we would say designed on the back of a fag packet.
Paul also made a few front induction motors.
Paul was a perfectionist in his machine work I will never forget when teams were fitting cowling around the wheel to reduce drag, at the next competition Paul turned up with a fully machined metal one fitted to the leg, it was only just wider than the wheel we all just looked at amazement. Paul started design on his Bugl 40 and 60 RC motors but non were ever completed, strange if you look at the photo “Made in West Germany” how times have changed. Paul did keep a small black book which he recorded the motor serial numbers and to whom they were originally sold this also had RPM figures for each motor, one day when we was in the woods testing the wind blew open the page to Baumgartner ask no more. The MK11 motors had a coloured motif on the side of the motor and to the best of my knowledge the production motors were black, Austrian and friends red and any motors that were blue belonged to Paul this was his colour same as on the “MOSKITO” model even the propellers made for Paul by Bartels were blue. I will not go into technical details of these motors as these will be covered by Luis in his chapter.
Baumgartners retract model with MK11 and red motif.
Bugl 40 and 60 crankcases ready for machining.
Paul’s blue models with prop.
Trade mark of Paul Bugl.
Transfers supplied with each motor which I had made.
Paul would always show us all his latest ideas and planned production methods, all manufacture was to be undertaken in the basement his main workshop, most of his machinery was purchased from a sales outlet and then duly stripped and rebuilt to his high standards, even the new Colchester Lathe was stripped and rebuilt as there was to much play in the head stock bearing, what a man, with typical German efficiency he had jigs and written instructions for the manufacture of each part, the idea being engineers could make these parts without any supervision leaving Paul to continue with design work, however Paul did employ some engineers but always found they had no interest in making these parts to his high standards. Every time we met Paul and Hans Straniak we always had a great time in competition and socially unfortunately this did not last however I am still in contact with Hans. This now ends my memories of “Paul” what would have happened if he was still alive, one will never know.
Rest in peace