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Post  Ken Cook Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:33 pm

Yesterday I participated in a extremely cool contest/show. Many fliers yesterday presented some of their finest pieces of vintage combat equip,emt. We had Larry Scarinzi who was just basking in the fun and he was really enjoying flying some of his planes that he hasn't flown in over 40 years. There were many of Larry's designs present and he was all smiles.  Many of the top fliers from the 60's came to talk about the early days and giving out terrific building tips and engine hop ups. My son and I had a blast. Combat matches were not discouraged and my son Shawn put up 2 thrilling all out big block matches with a well known stunt pilot who enjoys a little combat now and then. Both planes were Midwest Matador's flying Fox MK 7's. The speeds were in the 110+ range. Shawn was running a bit fat on the first match, with his opponent on a tear meant that he had to really fight to stay away. He was killed in the last minute of the match.

Fast combat needs to be truly seen up close. It's a real adrenaline rush just as a spectator. The smell of  nitro and the smoke and noise really does it for me.  I was loving it and the second match really executed some terrific flying by both pilots. Both planes were dialed in and the speeds were closely matched. Shawn with 1 cut and his opponent with 1. No kill and both planes are ready for their next match.

It was very upsetting to see some of these old models fly yesterday as tradgedy would have it, some failed. The Super Satan in the picture is no longer with us due to a elevator pin failure. I witnessed this happening with amazing frequency yesterday. Some of these were not reproduction models, but rather the models that were featured in the period magazines at the time. After 3 incidents, it was decided that we would look vs fly them.


Many models were from the late 50's. The first picture is my Voodoo top left followed by my checkerboard T-Square and my checkered Netzeband Half Fast.  It was quite a sight to see how designs from yesteryear had influences on newer designs. It was awesome to see the silk covered models. Larry Scrarinzi's Stingray looked as though he just built it yesterday. The model is fully cowled in and all silked with some of the most beautiful craftmanship you could ever see. The dope finishes hand rubbed and as smooth as glass. The last picture was the award given. A exploded Fox .36X which Al one of our club members won due to his piston exploding. It does become heartbreaking when you can't go out and readily buy parts for these timesakes.  Ken

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Post  ian1954 Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:02 pm

Those are marvellous looking planes and extremely well built but they appear delicate.

One of the most popular combat planes of my day was the Dominator - unbelievable tough. I came across this video on You Tube. Naturally being a British Comabt event - the engines are diesel and primarily Oliver Tigers. Easy to start!



It is a pity that the camera didn't have a wider angle.
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Post  Cribbs74 Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:54 pm

I bet that was a great time. I am thoroughly jealous. Those planes are almost too pretty!

Did you fly any? Or just Shawn?
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Post  Kim Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:31 pm

Really great to hear that Mr. Scarinzi is still in the game! Thanks for the great post !!!!!!
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Post  roddie Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:58 pm

How nice to be able to enjoy that with your Son! Were there any "Winders" there? I have the original Sterling plans in my plan-box I'm pretty sure. My uncle built one back in the 60's, along with a "Voodoo". He still has a Super Tiger .35 powered "Renegade" up in his attic somewhere. I have the Veco .35C that was designed for it; mounted on a "Warrior" built by my Dad.

Here's a "Winder" vid I found on YouTube... check out the "stooge"...



Here's my "Warrior" with the Veco .35C.

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Post  batjac Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:31 pm

Oh, MAN! Missile Mist! That brings back memories....

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Post  RknRusty Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:34 pm

roddie wrote:... check out the "stooge"...
Yeah, that's the kind of stooge I use. Only mine is just a folded bath mat on top of a square PVC yard table.

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Post  OVERLORD Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:58 am

Thanks for posting those colourful pictures Ken. Did you ever came across a Twin Terror?

(That's Kim in the video, isn't it.)

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Post  Ken Cook Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:22 pm

Lieven, there was a Twin Terror at the field. Unfortunately the fellow that owned it didn't make an appearance until later. There was also a kit sitting on the table. A neat plane. I would like to scale it up a little and install 2 Fox Combat Specials on one. Ken
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:51 pm

Yeah that's our very own Kim in the video.

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Post  OVERLORD Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:05 pm

Ken, the plane on the first picture in the top left corner looks like your Voodoo. Is that right?

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Post  Ken Cook Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:11 pm

That is indeed my Voodoo. Super Tigre G-21/.35 with no venturi. It flies quite well for a old design. It's quite light and it turns pretty fast for a older model. I can see how speed would bleed off if the model is heavy. The T-Square is also mine, not flown yet. It was there for show. Directly behind it is the Netzeband Half Fast with a Thunder Tiger .36. It's a really cool plane but it needs VERY little elevator control. Ken
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