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Post  Kim Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:05 am

This is a somewhat late notice that the World-Wide Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon is bearing down on us!

It's scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of October, with a rain date of the following weekend---the 8th & 9th.

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The 15th Annual International Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon is rolling (turning?) around to us again...this coming October 1st & 2nd, and will be the 7th for the Breezy Hill Club.

This is a VERY grassroots celebration of Matt Kania's 1950's control line plane, the Ringmaster.  The plane has a BUNCH of variants, and all are eligible for the Fly-a-Thon.

The basic idea is that, on two designated days, Ringmaster pilots all around the world will launch their planes, and record the number of flights they make.  To qualify, the plane must complete at least 5 laps from launch to landing.

The flights are tabulated and results sent our friend John Cralley, who will enter them in the Ringmaster Log Book.

There will be training planes and little Ringmasters for anyone interested in trying their hand at Control Line Flying.

Things usually start happening around 10am, and go 'till we've had enough...or...it gets dark...but even darkness doesn't always stop us!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cu6sfcffeY

Breezy Hill is an AMA sanctioned club, and is located on Illinois Rt.3, just north of Chester, Illinois.
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The Breezy Hill Flyers always have a major hoot with this event...as evidenced by this post from our Facebook Page:
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"OK...if THIS photo doesn't inspire you to come out for the 2022 World-Wide Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon, well, I just don't know.

Sure, the image of a Control Line Pilot is a Tough, Macho, somewhat Savage Dude, but we can have a more "refined" side too...even with an “Appreciation of the Arts”.

Here, Flyer Billy demonstrates all the grace and poetry of the proper, and artistic, launch of a Ringmaster during last year's Fly-a-Thon":

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If you have a Ringmaster, but are hesitant to post to another site, you could message me, or post here, and I'll forward your entry to John.

I'll just need:
Pilot or Pilots' Name(s)
You Location (City, State)
Type of Ringmaster(s) Flown
Total Number of Flights for Each


"Let's Turn'm Up!!"


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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:02 pm

I want a Tee shirt with Billy's image on it. Smile
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Post  Kim Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:12 pm

rsv1cox wrote:I want a Tee shirt with Billy's image on it.  Smile

He IS somewhat, "The Local Legend"! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:20 pm

Kim wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:I want a Tee shirt with Billy's image on it.  Smile

He IS somewhat, "The Local Legend"! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Smile

Got out my 60+ year old Baby Ringmaster, rebuilt many times, and the clone I built for the event a couple of years ago which still has the dent in the right wing when I flew it into a tree. Trying to fly on 35' lines when you only have 34 feet of space ................

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Post  Kim Tue Sep 20, 2022 4:29 pm

rsv1cox wrote:
Kim wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:Trying to fly on 35' lines when you only have 34 feet of space ................



Beautiful Ringers, Bob!!!

Your comment about having "34 feet of space" takes me back to Rusty's early reports about flying in the church yard near his house!

I'd have to search to confirm specifics, but believe he and his Goldberg "Jumping Bean" had several "tree incidents" there!

P.S.  The "dent" just adds character!!!!! Very Happy  Very Happy  cheers  cheers


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Post  rsv1cox Tue Sep 20, 2022 6:09 pm

My earliest memories of Rusty was when I first logged on here in 2014 were of him flying in that schoolyard. I thought, how neat is that! Such a loss for the forum.
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Post  getback Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:28 am

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Oh No got to try this again this thing was scratch built and not flown yet after several tries , from crash to engine want run to caught on Fire !! The World-Wide Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon---Oct. 1st & 2nd Justin17
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Post  Kim Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:23 am

MAN-ALIVE ERIC!!!!  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

Talk about "CHARACTER"!!!!!

You GOT to fix & fly that poor thing in the Fly-a-Thon!!! Thumbs Up  Thumbs Up  Thumbs Up
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:59 am

Holy psychedelic Batman I do love that Black Widow powered Ringmaster one half of the characters pictured. Smile

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Post  getback Thu Sep 22, 2022 6:48 am

Oh its fixed first pic , I need to address the wing warp i have in it . Funny i had ran the BW one day and done fine / next day no bananas really got to me then the fire my son was there i have a video But it can't bee aired ANY WHERE lol! we had no water and he was going to pee on it Mad Rolling Eyes NONO gas soaked rag on fire too * what fun ( took the engine apart later and the fuel feed tube had broken ) should have ck'ed it but hey it ran and looked OK on the out side tongue
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Post  cstatman Thu Sep 22, 2022 12:10 pm

because no matter what - at the end of the day - there is still that 14 yr old in all of us!!



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Post  Kim Fri Sep 30, 2022 9:17 pm

cstatman wrote:because no matter what - at the end of the day - there is still that 14 yr old in all of us!!

TRUE!!!! GOT to keep that 14 year-old alive!
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Post  Kim Fri Sep 30, 2022 9:30 pm

So, the prep is done.  Old castor broken loose, and engines unstuck and run.  Looks like the weather's gonna work, so off we go.

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Post  GallopingGhostler Fri Sep 30, 2022 10:22 pm

cstatman wrote:because no matter what - at the end of the day - there is still that 14 yr old in all of us!!

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I guess a number of us were fan boys (think I still am one). Very Happy
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Kim wrote:So, the prep is done.  Old castor broken loose, and engines unstuck and run.  Looks like the weather's gonna work, so off we go.
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@Kim, that is the first time I've seen the Ringmaster Flash. Before, saw the .15 sized Ringmaster Flash Jr., but not its bigger cousin. Love the full fuselage look. Is that a Goldberg Junior Falcon canopy on top the fuselage?
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Post  Ken Cook Sat Oct 01, 2022 5:02 am

Sterling never made a Flash .40. Pat King did a rendition of the .40 size Flash. I happen to have one and it didn't come with a canopy which may explain the odd one. I do have the correct canopy.  For as long as I can remember back it never rained on Ring day here. Rain scheduled for both today and tomorrow. My flying partner just re did his Ring with a older 4 stroke which seems to be doing real well and one of the other guys had a Wankel on his which was heavy but it sure sounded cool.
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Post  getback Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:07 am

Well we will see , A tropical storm came through after destroying Florida and hitting SC .Hope all are OK with life anyway ! Calling for more wind today and tomorrow 15-25 mph that's a little much and the sun is about up to see what all may have got torn up here Huh...
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Post  Kim Sat Oct 01, 2022 6:35 am

GallopingGhostler wrote:
@Kim, that is the first time I've seen the Ringmaster Flash. Before, saw the .15 sized Ringmaster Flash Jr., but not its bigger cousin. Love the full fuselage look. Is that a Goldberg Junior Falcon canopy on top the fuselage?

This was gifted to Flyer Billy at an event at Buder Park a couple years ago (his shop/storage is about as full as mine), and it's sort of "on-loan" to me.
Yeah, I've got old magazine ads showing the Jr. Flash, but never saw a large version.

The Flash's builder obviously had a surging imagination...as evidenced by it's artistic scheme, and it's Goldberg canopy---secured with straight pins for "rivets"!


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Post  getback Sat Oct 01, 2022 7:39 am

Nice flight , boy that thing ViBeRaTEs ! Runs good to me never missed a lick in the maneuvers Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Sat Oct 01, 2022 9:54 am

getback wrote:Well we will see , A tropical storm came through after destroying Florida and hitting SC .Hope all are OK with life anyway ! Calling for more wind today and tomorrow 15-25 mph that's a little much and the sun is about up to see what all may have got torn up here Huh...

Wind and rain here also through Monday. Deer seem to like it though.

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Post  rsv1cox Sun Oct 02, 2022 8:51 am

October 1 & 2 2022...........................

Waiting for clearance:

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Post  Kim Sun Oct 02, 2022 11:09 pm

Had us some great fun...I'm exhausted and happy...and will crunch the video and photos and add up the flights tomorrow.

Great times with great people.

Ole Blue, the Super Ringmaster, reprised its night time flight from last year...this time with fancy flashing strobes.

Leo gets strobed while restraining Ole Blue:

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More to follow.
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Post  Yabby Yesterday at 3:19 am

Time for me to build myself a Baby Ringmaster with a 049 TD up front. Found plans on outerzone. Lots of people fly the planes, and they certainly look like they would fly well! cheers look like a very worthwhile build and is probably a very good design for me to build and fly and actually learn to fly somewhat better, by maybe flying a plane that has some real pedigree. Thumbs Up And Ive got all the balsa and Solarfilm needed to build it, so no excuses. There might be something in these planes with built up wings. lol!

cheers Flying sunny

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Post  Kim Yesterday at 9:52 am

Yabby wrote:Time for me to build myself a Baby Ringmaster with a 049 TD up front. Found plans on outerzone. Lots of people fly the planes, and they certainly look like they would fly well! cheers look like a very worthwhile build and is probably a very good design for me to build and fly and actually learn to fly somewhat better, by maybe flying a plane that has some real pedigree. Thumbs Up   And Ive got all the balsa and Solarfilm needed to build it, so no excuses.  There might be something in these planes with built up wings. lol!

cheers Flying sunny

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GO GET'M!!!!! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Thumbs Up
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Post  Kim Yesterday at 9:57 am

Ole Blue makes some night flights:



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Post  rsv1cox Yesterday at 10:18 am

Kim, you are having waay too much fun with this. Thanks for letting us hang around and watch!

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