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Post  Kim on Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:48 pm

BWAAAH...my eyelids are sunburned!!!

Well, just go stare into the sky for five days in a row...clouds or not...and see what happens!

Yes, me and 'Got-to-get-another-one-in-the-air-now Tony' managed a high conversion rate of Nitro to Noise with that band of wild characters who gather at the Small Model Airplane Lovers League Fun-Fly just outside of Wrightsville, Arkansas.  He, and his daughter Evelyn, kept their screaming little planes flying most of the time, with diversions for bench runs, trouble shooting, test-flying, and generally demanding enthusiasm from all involved.  A fairly rough, Tee Dee powered Pietenpol hobby-shop rescue (a first nitro buy for it's owner) finally surrendered to all the technical harassment.  With it's engine problems sorted out, it flew great, and the young owner, his son, and dad went back home with a fully functional little two-channel plane.

This was my most 'physical' fun fly ever, as simply crossing the field could be a major cardiac event.  The persistent rains, along with foot and vehicle traffic, created a slowly deepening bog ('Boot-Suckers' we call them here), that gradually added weight to your feet as you went along.  My airplane cart earned it's keep as I dragged it back and forth to our little corner of muddy heaven down by the control line circle...with several 'Run-For-Cover' exits back to the camper when a thunderstorm cell would boil up.

Still, The True Believers were lighting off everything from .010's to .15's (Cox-wise) any time that there wasn't a direct threat of lightning strikes, with the storms ultimately just threatening violence.  We got rain mostly at night, with just a few true showers through the day flying.  One early evening offered up a fantastic sight...models flying in suddenly dead-calm air, with the field surrounded by a spectacular cloudscape of angry, towering storm cells..

Of course, there was all manner of other off-the-wall-cool-stuff you'd expect, and I got a pretty good chunk of it recorded, and will be posting stills and video here (probably for the rest of the year) as I get it sifted out.

Be sure to congratulate Tony for his WELL deserved award as "The Spirit of S.M.A.L.L."  He and Evelyn were on station the whole time...making stuff happen !!!!!!!!

Here are some samples...none of it in any chronological order, with a LOT more to come:




































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Post  roddie on Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:10 pm

Nice Pics! Thanks!!!!!!!!! Thumbs Up
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Post  xplaneguy on Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:55 pm

Awesome photos Kim....thanks for sharing! We're departing Little Rock at 3pm CST. Looking forward to SMALL 2017! Smile
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Post  ian1954 on Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:24 pm

It looks like everyone was having fun. More pictures please.
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Post  1/2A Nut on Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:03 pm

Awesome for sharing the event with us thank you, and if any vid when you have more time.

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Post  OVERLORD on Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:52 am

Thanks for posting the pictures, I enjoy watching them. Some really nice models!!
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Post  getback on Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:25 pm

Very COOL !! Nice shots of flights and people, Planes , I like the beginning with your muddy boots hanging out to dry . Looks like ya'll were really having a blast , Glad you got home OK and moved a system on to some one that needed it lol . Eric Beer Cheers Popcorn Popcorn
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Post  xplaneguy on Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:13 pm

A large batch of SMALL photos have been posted on the RC Groups thread below:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2553456&page=19
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Post  xplaneguy on Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:50 pm

A great GoPro video of Kim's BOT at SMALL 2016. Video by Kim.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mulNXEgGqM
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Post  Oldenginerod on Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:05 am

xplaneguy wrote:A great GoPro video of Kim's BOT at SMALL 2016. Video by Kim.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mulNXEgGqM
Three Tornado lefties on the B.O.T. Kim. Why is that?
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Post  Kim on Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:52 am

Oldenginerod wrote:
xplaneguy wrote:A great GoPro video of Kim's BOT at SMALL 2016. Video by Kim.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mulNXEgGqM
Three Tornado lefties on the B.O.T. Kim.  Why is that?

They were the best looking/matched ones I could find at the moment !!!
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Post  Kim on Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:18 am

Got to get me one me of these!  I let this guy get away without getting his address, but figure I'll search for this little gyro when I hook up to some faster service.

Most of the gyros I've seen that could actually fly have been twin-rotor designs, with the single rotor types having either a complicated rotor head, 'cheater wings', or not flying very well.

This simple, totally wingless gyro flew around like a three-channel trainer.  The elevator is fixed, getting pitch-control from tilting the rotor disc, with a working rudder and (I think) left and right tilting of the rotor for roll and yaw.

It's pilot was apparently involved in selling kits for it, so another project may get crowded into my already packed shop...











The gopher from 'Caddyshack' does a pretty good Kenny Logins cover as he guards his Four Star on the Sig Flight Line...



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Post  OVERLORD on Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:41 am

Looks like this one: Gyro Shtick

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=7254

I love the pics and the contrasting colours

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Post  Kim on Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:11 am

Thank You !
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Post  VUgearhead on Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:58 am

Boy, there's a lot of down thrust on the motor and inherent down elevator to compensate for the aerodynamic drag of the rotor on that there design. But I guess that's probably typical of all autogyro's...
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Post  Kim on Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:59 pm

VUgearhead wrote:Boy, there's a lot of down thrust on the motor and inherent down elevator to compensate for the aerodynamic drag of the rotor on that there design. But I guess that's probably typical of all autogyro's...

Probably so..in the meantime, I found their site and got one on the way to the Skunk Works...we'll see what happens...

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Post  getback on Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:43 am

Cool !! Build Thread !! sunny Are you thinking RC or CL >?
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Post  getback on Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:47 am

Also does this thing FLAP its wings ?? Enjoying the S.M.A.L.L. from a distance Thanks Kim, Eric I Love This Forum!
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Post  Kim on Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:43 am

getback wrote:Also does this thing FLAP its wings ??    Enjoying the S.M.A.L.L. from a distance Thanks Kim, Eric I Love This Forum!

Yes !!!  It makes a squeaking sound as it flys through the air. much like the wood ducks that live around here.

It's steered by deflecting it's paddle feet...you can see the left one is tilted up---making it enter a left-hand bank.

I've got video of it and am crunching some out to post here soon!
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Post  Marleysky on Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:25 pm

Aww, watched 'em twice! You all sure looked like you're having fun. They need to tune up those heli's a bit....Seem's like I remember mine taking off straight up OOS! Of course having them hover just above the side of the canopy makes them easier to recover. lol!
Really liked watching the Dino-bird flap around the field. Do you know if it is a custom built or ARF?
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Post  pkrankow on Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:41 pm

getback wrote:Also does this thing FLAP its wings ??    Enjoying the S.M.A.L.L. from a distance Thanks Kim, Eric I Love This Forum!

It uses DaVinci's ornithopter mechanism. This is basically a crank that pushes the wings.

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Post  Kim on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:04 pm

Marleysky wrote:Aww, watched 'em twice!  You all sure looked like you're having fun.  They need to tune up those heli's a bit....Seem's like I remember mine taking off straight up OOS!  Of course having them hover just above the side of the canopy makes them easier to recover.  lol!
  Really liked watching the Dino-bird flap around the field. Do you know if it is a custom built or ARF?  

I thought someone said it came from Hobby King, but I haven't searched it yet. It had some serious flight time considering all the juice it had to use to fly.

It'd be REALLY cool to lap it up around the subdivision at dusk...though it MIGHT draw some ground-fire....
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Post  pkrankow on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:20 pm

Kim wrote:
Marleysky wrote:Aww, watched 'em twice!  You all sure looked like you're having fun.  They need to tune up those heli's a bit....Seem's like I remember mine taking off straight up OOS!  Of course having them hover just above the side of the canopy makes them easier to recover.  lol!
  Really liked watching the Dino-bird flap around the field. Do you know if it is a custom built or ARF?  

I thought someone said it came from Hobby King, but I haven't searched it yet.  It had some serious flight time considering all the juice it had to use to fly.

It'd be REALLY cool to lap it up around the subdivision at dusk...though it MIGHT draw some ground-fire....

You must have neighbors who have problems with bats. Then again a 1.2m wingspan bat would be a little intimidating, even though I know they are all fruit bats when they are that big.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__1895__191__Planes_Parts-Ornithopter.html

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