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Post  duaneh on Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:52 pm

Around here (central IL) we have had some unusually warm weather. Around Christmas there were 4 days in a row over 60. Today was over 50. I played hooky this afternoon and went flying!

Here is my "tailgate launch" setup.
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Tried to get an in-flight shot. My camera is old and primitive, this is the best I could do. If you look hard, there is an airplane in there.
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Post  roddie on Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:20 pm

BRAVO Duane! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Happy New Year!
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:06 am

Using the tail-gate as a launch pad, you'd certainly have to be careful to step back a fair way to ensure you didn't wander too close to your vehicle and "SMACK". Sad

The way I stagger around after a few minutes, I'd have to have someone manning the vehicle to get it out of the way quick smart.

Then, if I had someone in the vehicle, why wouldn't I get them to launch the plane? Huh...
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Post  getback on Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:44 am

Rod is that smoke getting to ya lol! Good Fun Duaneh One piece is a good thing way to go in the winter ( Hookie boy ) Snowman Thats a good looking Flight Streak !
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Post  Oldenginerod on Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:23 pm

getback wrote:Rod is that smoke getting to ya lol!

Yeah Eric.  Just about had enough..  Mind you, I'd rather have smoke than fire, and there's plenty of both around our country.
Just praying for a cool breeze to clear the air a little.  Can't see the horizon more than about 1/2 a mile away.  We've had some days that I wouldn't be able to see my plane of 52' lines.   lol!
Supposed to get a wind change and a little rain tonight, so I'm looking forward to that. Warm
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Post  getback on Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:50 pm

Heck another wright up in our paper thousands of mile away today talking about the deaths and fires /evacuations / homes /businesses burnt i am feeling for your country man !! Sad
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Post  oldguy on Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:02 pm

duaneh wrote:Around here (central IL) we have had some unusually warm weather. Around Christmas there were 4 days in a row over 60. Today was over 50. I played hooky this afternoon and went flying!

Here is my "tailgate launch" setup.
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Tried to get an in-flight shot. My camera is old and primitive, this is the best I could do. If you look hard, there is an airplane in there.
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Back down in one piece!
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Good lookin plane there. What plane is that? I have to try the tailgate launch.
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Post  David S on Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:16 pm

duaneh wrote:Around here (central IL) we have had some unusually warm weather. Around Christmas there were 4 days in a row over 60. Today was over 50. I played hooky this afternoon and went flying!

Here is my "tailgate launch" setup.
Flying weather in Winter! 100_1818

Tried to get an in-flight shot. My camera is old and primitive, this is the best I could do. If you look hard, there is an airplane in there.
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Back down in one piece!
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Nice flight Duaneh! That plane looks fast!

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Post  roddie on Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:15 pm

Oldenginerod wrote:Using the tail-gate as a launch pad, you'd certainly have to be careful to step back a fair way to ensure you didn't wander too close to your vehicle and "SMACK". Sad

The way I stagger around after a few minutes, I'd have to have someone manning the vehicle to get it out of the way quick smart.

Then, if I had someone in the vehicle, why wouldn't I get them to launch the plane? Huh...

I had less than a 60 foot diameter clear-area to fly my 1/2A C/L airplanes (Cox .049 reed-valve power) in.. back when I first started. I used the lid from a 5 gal. pail to mark Absolut-center of the circle. I could feel the lid with my foot.. which really helped me to establish a home-position.

That same 60 foot diameter circle would have been plenty of room for a 1/4A C/L model. I would like to build/fly (bucket-list) a Goldberg "Swordsman 18" design with a Cox .020 reed-valve product-type backplate/carb./mount.. and a stunt fuel-feed that works.. maybe a 7-8cc balloon tank.
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Post  Alann on Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:23 am

Happy new year!
It looks good and nice fly!
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Post  Kim on Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:33 am

At this point (according to the TV weather people), we've got some winter ice or snow bearing down before long on S.E. Missouri.

So...the Lazy Bee will be getting it's pontoons installed this afternoon, just in case there's a slot of good flying weather in the midst of all that stuff.

Also,

WELCOME TO THE CEF, ALANN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post  getback on Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:18 pm

Thats great Alaan !! Kim and some CCR cheers Happy New Year to you too!! Airplane
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