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Post  Kim on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:54 am

Birds of a feather, especially the crazy ones, flock together.  But sometimes, there's a lesson in pressing through...we all had a hooting great time at the Breezy Hill 'Frozen Finger Fun-Fly'.  I totally messed up the previous evening by flopping on the couch after a laundry and airport run, falling asleep, and forgetting to bring my radio, the Lazy Bee's fuse, and other stuff inside the house for the night.

Then I slept late, and started out the morning running an hour behind with cold-soaked equipment chucked in the back of the van...definitely not my idea of good flying day prep.  My giant mug of coffee started sharpening my senses (as sharp as they could be expected, anyway) half-way up the road toward Breezy Hill.





The guys got to Breezy Hill early in the day and tarped in the north-west corner of their pavilion.  We were kept totally warm in there by heaters which resemble pulse-jet engines standing on their noses (complete with an occasional puff of red flame), some serious cookers full of chili, and a tanker of Billy's custom blend apple cider.









Billy emerges from the shelter, and takes a wheeled Cub across the snow.



Brian takes Billy's float-equipped Cub out and around.



Assorted craziness  

















Even got in some flight instruction.













Some of the Crazy Hill Flyers



And so now, finishing my continental breakfast here at the Baymont Inn in Mattoon, Illinois before checking out the Swap Meet and buying something else I don't need.  Report on that to follow !


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Post  balogh on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:28 am

Must have been a gorgeous flight gathering, Kim. The weather on my part of the world - Hungary - is equally sunny, but the temperatures do not really lure me out to the flying field:



We actually celebrate the new cold temperature record measured in Budapest in 30 years. I normally do not fly below 0Celsius because I tend to shiver in 5 minutes so much, that simply lose control of the control sticks on my radio...
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Post  getback on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:20 am

Ya'll are Crazy fling fools in a good way LOLOL !! Yeah Kim , what feeds those flame throwers in the tent there? I haven't seen anything like that i thought you were referring to the torpedo heater , Looks like alot of fun going on, but too cold for my skinny butt to be out . I spent 2 days before the snow got here getting wood to the porch so we could bee some what warm! Only 1/2 the water in the house working this morning Tired w/ Coffee Read (coffee) 13 last nite freezing all day and 9* tonight Cold Thanks for the internment . More power to you guys Clapping Clapping Clapping Beer Cheers cheers
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Post  pkrankow on Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:57 am

Very nice.

I like the foil on the engine for winter flying.

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Post  Ken Cook on Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:15 pm

Yesterday in Philly. On the bright side, we had miserable Steve with his Ringmaster and Skip flying the Midwest P-63. It was pretty darn cold out. https://www.facebook.com/PhillyFliersCL/videos/vb.513140418756097/1328954227174708/?type=2&theater
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Post  getback on Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:13 pm

DAMMIT! there's another nut !! Nice video and is that a Fox damn thing never missed a beat !! This Site Rocks!
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Post  Kim on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:33 pm

balogh wrote:Must have been a gorgeous flight gathering, Kim. The weather on my part of the world - Hungary - is equally sunny, but the temperatures do not really lure me out to the flying field:

We actually celebrate the new cold temperature record measured in Budapest in 30 years. I normally do not fly below 0Celsius because I tend to shiver in 5 minutes so much, that simply lose control of the control sticks on my radio...

I guess it's the novelty of it...some of these guys play golf in the same conditions...but it doe make you feel like you're accomplishing something, even if it's getting feeling back in your fingers. And the real thing...the camaraderie of it all. But the castor sure congeals real quick!

The fact that the wind was low most of the day REALLY helped!

I also got a kick out of Ronnie's 'heat muff'...and it apparently worked, as the O.S. ran out it's fuel with it installed.

I'll have to ask one of the guys what powers the Pulse Jet Heaters....thinking it was kerosene...the things DO get hot!
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Post  RknRusty on Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:48 pm

Maaaan, what a day. Y'all make snow flying look loke so much fun. It was really coming down in that video. I captured a screenshot of the guy and his plane for my desktop slideshow.

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Post  MauricioB on Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:43 pm

Hello Kim, have you changed the motorization of your model ??? Have you placed a .10 FSR OS ??
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Post  KariFS on Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:08 am

Looks like it was a great day out!

Something about the winter air... I like being out all day in the winter (if properly fed & equipped, preferably with a bonfire nearby), doing fun stuff. Afterwards the fireplace and some red wine, wonderfully relaxing.

Looks like the club has decent facilities and also a bunch of active folks to organize and set up a meeting like that.

Winter flying is fun, I fly my electric stuff, just need to keep the LiPos warm... I'm thinking a cooler with some hot water bottles and the batteries tucked in next to my Thermos... Cold The LiPos are fine when they are in use, as the chemical reaction keeps them warm but even if they are fully charged, in -15 deg C they are useless much like my iPhone. Guess I'll need to tuck it in the cooler with the batteries to keep it operational.

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Post  Oldenginerod on Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:52 am

Kim wrote:
I'll have to ask one of the guys what powers the Pulse Jet Heaters....thinking it was kerosene...the things DO get hot!

Strange you should ask. I attended a winter youth camp (in my youth) for many years and they had an identical heater. They used to run it on heating oil, but equally capable of running on diesel, even waste sump oil, just that it makes more soot. When you open up the dampers you can get a very "jet engine-ish" roar with a couple of feet of flame out the top. Very popular for heating auto workshops due to the cheap source of fuel.
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Re: In the Company of Crazy People

Post  Kim on Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:20 am

MauricioB wrote:Hello Kim, have you changed the motorization of your model ??? Have you placed a .10 FSR OS ??

Hey Maurico,
Yes, it's an O.S. .10 FP and has been the 'standard' engine for the Lazy Bee when it's not getting other engines bolted to it's nose. The long exhaust tube was a just an addition to the Bee's already unique appearance, and gives it a funny 'motor boat' sound, along with porting a lot of castor out past it's tail.

This is one of three .10FP's that have powered the Lazy Bee since I built it in 1996.



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