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Post  Cribbs74 on Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:25 pm

The day has arrived. I finally flew my first full pattern. It just clicked and I went for it. Was it ugly? Yes some of it was, but pracicr makes perfect! I had been wanting to do a full pattern so bad. From this point on I am honing in on perfecting it. All the old hats told me I was good to go for intermediate. I am pretty happy today.

Used over a half gallon of 10/22 today and I finally flew my Saturn which sports a  wicked powerful Ro-Jett .61 and a 6oz tank. Dang thing actually hurt my arm and I had a death grip on the handle because I wasn't using a thong, was afraid it would slip out of my hand.

Here are a couple of pictures of today's lineup.









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Post  RknRusty on Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:23 am

Congratulations
It feels good, doesn't it. I hope it isn't long before you're mentally tallying how many flights in a row you'd get the pattern points for.

While you're learning to string those imaginary pattern points together, don't forget to practice hard on the free easy points that will carry you to early wins. That would be takeoffs and landings. Those might be the first stunts you score in the 30s on. A pair of 30s will give you a nice boost. I didn't try to develop mine early enough.
Here's a link to the AMA 2017 Rules detailing the maneuver procedures. I forget which chapter it's in.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k2d4v9tr3fd1oiv/CLPrecisionAerobatics2017-2018.pdf?dl=0

If it asks for a log-in, IGNORE IT, and tap/click anywhere outside of that log-in nag screen and the document will open.

We had a... well, eclectic lineup at Huntersville today. And a LLLLLot of carnage. Not me though. Maidened the P-40 with two flights. Then the meeting started and my glasses were fouled with sweat droplets, eyes were stinging and my clothes were soaking wet, so I rolled 'em in.
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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  roddie on Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:41 am

Very Cool Ron!!! Where was this? The "no-thong" thing made me cringe. I recently developed what I think is tendonitis in my right elbow. I get some tingling in my hand sometimes. I don't think I could sustain a 4-5 minute C/L flight with anything larger than a 1/2A model right now. I bought a brace which helps.. but the affliction has persisted for a couple of months. I believe I got it this-past early-Summer while doing vigorous disassembly-line work using a cordless-drill vertically while seated at a bench. Although that work has ceased to a large degree; doing a short-stint will soon aggravate it.. even when wearing the brace.

Is the Saturn the red #7 model?
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:47 am

Rusty, thanks for that pdf. Very informative. I read a little last night.

So, tell me about the carnage! Must have all been on your guys end cause nothing happened here. I am probably the worst flyer of the bunch so if it does happen it's likely to be me. The guys I fly with all fall into the expert class, probably why nothing much ever happens. Although Larry Oakley lost his Thunderbird last week at a different site when his down line broke.

I am pretty pumped. The Clover was the last thing I had yet to attempt until yesterday. I feel kinda dumb for never attempting it before. It's just 4 loops with a wingover. The only tricky loop is the first outside as it's placement has to be correct so you don't do an inverted pancake. Once I made it through the first one I went ahead and did 3 more just to male sure I could do it again.

Woop! Still excited. Maybe Mark B. will up my status out of beginner now Smile I'll probably need video proof before that happens. Maybe nex time!

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 27, 2017 9:55 am

roddie wrote:Very Cool Ron!!! Where was this? The "no-thong" thing made me cringe. I recently developed what I think is tendonitis in my right elbow. I get some tingling in my hand sometimes. I don't think I could sustain a 4-5 minute C/L flight with anything larger than a 1/2A model right now. I bought a brace which helps.. but the affliction has persisted for a couple of months. I believe I got it this-past early-Summer while doing vigorous disassembly-line work using a cordless-drill vertically while seated at a bench. Although that work has ceased to a large degree; doing a short-stint will soon aggravate it.. even when wearing the brace.

Is the Saturn the red #7 model?

They really need to come up with a better name than a "thong" maybe safety strap would be a better idea. Anyway the red #7 is the beasty. Flown in Harrah Oklahoma.

Funny you mention tendonitis, I have it in both elbows, been that way for several years. I felt it yesterday, thought the same thing about the brace, usually CL does not aggrevate it, but that .61 and heavy plane has twice the pull (if not more) than my usual .40 sized stuff.

I actually flew it using an old hot rock Shocked .018's for lines.

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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  getback on Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:15 am

Thumbs Up Beer Cheers cheers cheers cheers I am stoked for you too Ron , i was wondering what you were fling lately since wee not heard a lot from that end . That RO-Jett 61 is an impressive piece i must say ... http://rojett.net/ENGINES/61.htm I am guessing the planes with the Army Star on the inboard side are yours ? I guess if i were on Stunt Hangar more i would have known Shh sunny
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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:23 am

getback wrote:Thumbs Up Beer Cheers cheers cheers cheers  I am stoked for you too Ron , i was wondering what you were fling lately since wee not heard a lot from that end . That RO-Jett 61 is an impressive piece i must say ...  http://rojett.net/ENGINES/61.htm  I am guessing the planes with the Army Star on the inboard side are yours ? I guess if i were on Stunt Hangar more i would have known Shh sunny  

Thanks Eric, the Saturn (red with #7 on vert stab) and the all red full fuse job with the Twister wing is mine.

I don't post much on Stunthangar. I use that forum for info and to find stuff I need. Different crowd over there. I like you guys, more like family here.

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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  RknRusty on Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:27 am

I'm so glad you're still jacked!  bounce  Very Happy Everyone needs to feel like that sometimes.
I call it a lanyard.
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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  rsv1cox on Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:09 am

Read-em red Ron, you can't lose those two in flight. Beautiful models all but my eye went to the profile P-51 and the plane in the last picture. Looks like a Nobler fuselage? need a little help here?

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:47 am

Thanks Bob,

That would be a "Smoothie" kitted by Veco at one time and is a Bob Palmer design. It shares many similarities with the Thunderbird which is also a Palmer design.

The Smoothie is aptly named considering how they fly.
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Re: At long last! (Flight Report)

Post  Ken Cook on Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:15 pm

When your flying the clover, don't try and make it look like a clover in front of your. Say this in your head, inside, outside, outside , inside and out. On your first inside when you exit inverted, give your plane slight down elevator to get a little altitude for the next outside. If you do this in a contest, judges are really not going to penalize you for as they would rather see you complete the maneuver in it's entirety. As you progress, working on placing the maneuvers properly as far as height is concerned can be refined. Also remember that the maneuver is completed at the top of the circle on the exit.
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:21 pm

That's exactly what I did, just ugly Very Happy
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