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Post  Kim Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:09 am

So, 'my other cousin Bob' (the namesake of the 'Bob Tree') and his son, Steve, traveled down for a Stricker Model Airplane Weekend, precisely coordinating their arrival with that of some sustained, gusty winds.

Steve is a serious R/C pattern competitor (and not to be confused with the 'Steve Strickers' of golfing and fishing fame), but also enjoys backing off, and just playing some of his electric fleet around the sky.

Bob has been flying R/C since the 1960's, also competing back then, but now sport flying and running a small R/C business, buying and selling equipment and kits.

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We braved the gusty winds, though they were a lot 'braver' than me with their quick-reacting pattern and 3-D planes.  I got Big Red around the field several times in spite of some wing-tapping, crossways takeoffs as the winds blasted over our vehicles and the big hangar, cranking out some impressive rotors.

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Steve also brought along his electric ducted-fan 'Stinger 90', which easily handled the winds.

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Bob seemed to fly only when I put the camera down, so I don't have much coverage of his adventures...though I REALLY should have snapped a few of him searching the bean fields for the canopy of his 3-D, flung from his plane at altitude.  Amazing he found it AND the failed piece of ply that turned it loose....

Bob brought me this Charlie Bauer-built Nobler, and really wanted to see it fly, so we ran some fuel through it to clear out the goop (which was deposited down the underside of the fuse).  It's Super Tigre .40 drove the big stunter through the wind like a rocket, making me wish I'd Cowboy'd Up and hung it on 70 footers rather than playing it safe with my Ringmaster's 60 foot cables.

The engine was still a relative unknown, so the two flights were pretty tame, with just a couple big loops on the second run, with me feeling my heartbeat in my wimpy arm by the time it ran out of fuel.  Next time out, it'll be on 70's, and I'll better get to know the big dog.

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Can't wait to spring the Nobler on my new-found control line buds up on Breezy Hill!
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Post  Cribbs74 Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:07 pm

That's one of the better looking Noblers I have seen Kim. I have a couple Tigre .40's glad to see they are able runners!

Great pics as always!

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Post  getback Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:14 am

Thanks Kim , your really good at getting around the right people for some serious FUN ! RC Plane Nice looking airplanes and that jet is gorgeous , i have only seen one fly in my life and it became a fly away Sad Goodbye don't know if he found it or not we were about to leave the meet .
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Post  RknRusty Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:26 am

Sounds like you got the good outta the day.
I think you made the right choice putting the Nobler on 60' lines, especially in the gusty wind. Depending on how you run the engine, that's about right for a .40 plane on any day. I'd like to see some RC pattern flying, I've never had the opportunity to watch it.
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Post  fredvon4 Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:52 am

When I was briefly in the local RC club, a new member came out with a rather beautiful, and to my untrained EYE, very Expensive F 18 Jet model to fly...it was huge compared to what our members flew

It had been pre coordinated as he needed a AMA waiver as did we for the AMA Club flying site

He flew it two times in the field pattern... a few low passes down the runway...flew nice, sounded real

he took a half hour to sit and pontificate with all of us older members, then fueled it up and took off for third flight

he started doing mild aerobatics with much more than a three mistake high altitude.

He did a very cool dive to the ground and a high G pull out and spiraling climb...it went up and up and up until it was barely visable... leveled off and just flew away to the south... about 10 minutes of fuel on board and at max throttle... out of sight and gone..... eventually we looked down at the pilot...who had every bit of body English gyrations he could get into the transmitter...kind of comical to watch but I suppressed the out loud laugh

only thing left for him was the transmitter and field support equipment.... later he said a year of building and $11,000+/- was lost

He never made another meeting or trip to the field in my few remaining months in the club
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Post  getback Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:06 am

lol! lol! lol! DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT! And they wonder why we fly on lines Wink
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Post  rsv1cox Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:49 am

getback wrote:lol! lol! lol! DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT!  And they wonder why we fly on lines Wink

I never lost a R/C airplane that way, but did lose a C/L. Sorta.

In my youth I got tired of flying around in circles and wondered how it would fly au naturel removing the control lines and just launching it. I thought it would just do lazy circles but forgot about the wind as it slowly spiraled away never to be found. I often think about it wasting away a top some NH pine tree. Sad

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Post  Kim Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:13 am

I guess I've been pretty lucky over the decades, always having at least some wreckage to sift through....except for 'Little Traveler II', a Sanwa Q-Tee, modified for a fund-raising cross country trip.

A friend of mine volunteered his Robinson helicopter as a chase vehicle for the 28-mile flight, and after several delays backed the attempt off for weeks, we gave it a shot on a much less than perfect day.

Long story short---my little plane lost a wing over the flood-stage Mississippi, spinning down vertically at full power, and was last seen as a debris field slowly floating south!

Not a total loss, as we managed to raise a little over $1400 for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, but it sure would have been a glorious thing to pull off !

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Post  fredvon4 Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:24 am

And have always been fascinated with Kim's willingness to do these charitable fund raiser cross country flights

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I think all my daily forum perusing are in need of fodder for more POSTS

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Post  Kim Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:02 pm

Makes for some cool memories, while helping with a good cause. DOES make your friends wary of you for a while after all the fundraising though !!!
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