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Post  Ken Cook Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:15 pm

Yesterday was Foxberg and I had my new ride out. I had a few issues but all in all I feel it worked well. I landed a 2nd place, but many problems resulted from bad pitstops to some flying issues. I thought I had all of this sorted out but everything goes wrong when your putting things to the test. In addition to Foxberg, there were a few other events . I don't know all the details, but my son was flying most of them. There were some really fast flying planes. It was insane to see two of these up in the circle. Unfortunately, many were disqualified for exceeding the speeds allowed. These engines are difficult to slow down therefore propping accordingly is a must. Not only for speed, for fuel economy. Ken

I enjoyed the Hughes H-1 racer with the Novarossi rear exhaust .28. This could seriously haul around. In addition we had a clown featuring the Novarossi .12 side exhaust, extremely reliable and fast.
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Post  Cribbs74 Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:38 pm

Very nice Ken!

Hope you get the bugs sorted out.
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Post  JPvelo Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:29 am

Very cool Ken! I'm currently in the process of building a mongoose for my clubs Foxberg style race.

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Post  Ken Cook Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:56 am

Jim, I'm a fan of the Mongoose. A very neat and fun plane to fly. Many variants were based from that model and the Ercoupe is another one I like. Ken
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Post  Kim Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:17 am

Beautiful Planes! STILL like to see the Shoestrings turned out !!!!
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Post  Ken Cook Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:49 am

Kim, if I did it all over again I would've surely made another kit just like the Goldberg version. This is the Brodak version and I can't say that I was completely satisfied with the construction. As for a stunter, yes it was up to the job. For racing, absolutely not. I just put it together as I found myself wanting to use only the ribs out of the box. I found them to be too light as well. For all the extra work I put into this plane I could've cut myself a kit. Racing planes require stability and strength. Weight is the last issue to be concerned with. Heavier models do better most of the time anyhow. The stock Goldberg Shoestrings were built like tanks. I have a feeling the outboard wing is going to be removed on a fast pitstop. Ken
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Post  Kim Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:24 am

Yeah, I've got a partially started Goldberg Shoestring waiting in line with my other projects. They ARE "robust" all right! I got the shop fired up trying to get my Super Ringmaster airworthy and a Ringmaster Baby Bipe painted while the humidity is not totally ridiculous...to try to get them flying for this weekend's Ringmaster Fly-a-Thon.

I've restored my Uncles C.G. 'Buster' up to clear dope stage, so it may get some color shot at while the compressor is running.

Love these ole flat-body dogs !!!
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Post  Ken Cook Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:35 am

Now there's some new vocabulary for the field this weekend. Ole flat body dogs ........... Great!!!!!. Good luck and hopefully you have a blush free paint job. Ken
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Post  JPvelo Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:13 pm

Ken Cook wrote:              Jim, I'm a fan of the Mongoose. A very neat and fun plane to fly. Many variants were based from that model and the Ercoupe is another one I like. Ken
My mongoose is coming along, hope to have it in the air by my next club meeting on 10/14.
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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:17 pm

Sleek Jim,

How similar is that wing to a Twister?
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Post  JPvelo Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:35 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:Sleek Jim,

How similar is that wing to a Twister?
About an inch more chord than the twister without the flaps, 1/4" or more thinner, 34" span for 306 square inches. The wing seems a little thick for racing but Paul G. campaigns a mongoose successfully in the northwest. I have no business worrying about aerodynamics until I figure out the pit stops.

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Post  Cribbs74 Fri Oct 03, 2014 5:47 pm

Whip, run, duck and get a good pit guy.

Yeah that about covers it.... Thumbs Up
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Post  GUS THE I.A. Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:49 pm

I pitted as part of a team for our contest in Wichita this year, and the planes were Shoestrings. Nobody entered a Mongoose or Hughes Racer. I need to get refreshed with the rules, if other than the "Original 3" are now in play! Let's see: Shoestring, Buster, Cosmic Wind. What else? Looks like people are using their imaginations, to campaign a new plane that fits the rules. Gotta watch those engines, though. That's where the black shroud of mystery comes in to play, and that makes a FOX your favorite engine, that day!
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Post  Ken Cook Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:17 am

In these parts, Foxberg is Foxberg. The Hughes H-1 wouldn't be allowed in Foxberg as it has an event of it's own. The Mongoose is probably based on Fox racing or slow rat. At Brodak's the directors of the racing events have changed the rules to allow other planes. I don't agree with this ruling in addition they also allowed the LA .25. The Ringmaster can be used as well as a Flite Streak and various other Brodak kits. I feel this was more of a hurtful change to the event rather than a help. While many would disagree with my statement, the reason that I feel the Foxberg event is so competitive is that it really is a roll of the dice. When Brodak's allowed the LA engines initially, the Fox .35's were smoking them. That's since changed as well and the LA .25 has been the dominant winner for the past few years. I've tried to promote Cox mouse racing but have given up due to lack of participation. Even the 1/2A Goodyear events over here yields only 2 participants. I don't know why that is. I would truly enjoy doing it. Ken
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Post  JPvelo Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:50 am

My club just had its first  "southwest vintage race". About 25 vintage planes with minimum 300 squares and one inch minimum thickness are eligible. You can run Fox, McCoy, or an unmodified .25, top flite 9x6.  We're trying to get a four race series that alternates between Phoenix and Tucson going. I've tried pushing mouse as well around here and no interest.

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