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Post  Kim on Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:38 am

Four of us Breezy Hill'rs headed out Saturday to a great Fun-Fly hosted by the Hamilton County Fearless Flyers Fly-In at their little airport near McLeansboro, Illinois.

The attendance was down, but we had a great time, and were treated to a crippling amount of great food!

A STRONG suggestion was made by our hosts that we make our downwind runs fairly close in...so as to avoid overflying the sewage treatment ponds next to the field!  I immediately recalled the movie: "Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines", where a much larger version attracted it's fair share of aeroplanes!  Luckily, we managed not to splash any models!


P.S. Forgot to mention---in a sign of the times (and those to come) I was was the only Castor Slinger in the Bunch !!!

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Post  Marleysky on Mon Aug 05, 2019 3:24 pm

Wow, nice looking field.  Over in the WW pond are they running RC boats? I see what looks to be waves, or wakes in the pond?  Depends on wether it’s raw or pre treated water, no so sure I’d want to retrieve a downed plane from that pond!  
One of the closest flying fields to me is KRAM Kent Radio Aero Modelers. Used to be out in the middle of nowhere, next to a cow pasture. Now, the farm is a “indoor farm” the cows kept in pens inside a huge metal building. Everything is automated, feed, milking and mucking out the poop troughs. That stuff is pumped out into the “holding ponds”  very similar to the pictures you’ve posted. When the wind blows from the north across the ponds over the runway and pilot area, ya can’t fly cause your eyes water and the stink is unbearable! Unless you’re a farmer, to them it smells like money!  

P.S. Forgot to mention---in a sign of the times (and those to come) I was was the only Castor Slinger in the Bunch !!!

As the only castor slinger, did they welcome you with open arms, or put up with you, hoping to convert your life to electronic flight??  lol!
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Post  Kim on Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:43 pm

Hey,
The "waves" you see out in those ponds are aerators, used to help recycle the waste.

Everybody was friendly, and the only comments about the glow engine on the Butterfly was a fellow I visited with in the pavilion. I didn't know it, but the event in also advertised as a "Model Airshow", and the older gentleman I was talking to wasn't a model flyer, but a spectator. He'd seen me fly and said, "Well, you got one of them you got to flip with your finger??" I confirmed it, and he had a good chuckle!

Another "oddity" was that I and Billy were only flyers there with balsa planes assembled from a kit. All the others were foam models, many of the flat sheet foam type.

It was a great time, and I was pretty worn out by the time I got home!!!
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Post  getback on Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:02 pm

First off that's a shame , in the first pic. i said Awesome they even have a place to R/C Boat Very Happy Then i went to reading and spoiled all / not really , Nice Looking field/strip!! I like the limbo you boys are having some good fun there / Never seen R/C Combat till now / That was different / they should go round in circles lol! Got some Good shots from the mud dabber?? couldn't see for sure This Site Rocks!
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Post  Kim on Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:06 am

getback wrote: Got some Good shots from the mud dabber?? couldn't see for sure This Site Rocks!

Hey Eric,

I had the Butterfly out for this run.  Poor Mud Dabber has been waiting for yet some MORE maintenance---getting a new fuel tank---after it's Dubro brand fuel tank's plug came loose at last year's "Black Fly-Day" at Breezy Hill, and dumped it in the dirt!  I just got to get in the mood to plumb another fuel tank for it.

Only Sullivan brand from now on---no more Dubro tanks!!!

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Anyway, I bought the Butterfly from the estate of one of the Breezy Hill Flyers, and it's  currently my go-to camera plane...but doesn't handle wind very well because of it's glider-like wings.  So, the Dabber will get some attention soon....

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