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Old 07-22-2012, 02:43 PM
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Will they bring back all the pattern planes of the 60's and 70's what a great era to fly in..
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:41 PM
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Default RE: Pattern 60's- 70's

There are still a few of them floating around, but with the advent of 3D, I do not see any of the old Pattern planes coming back. I wish they would, but I think not. Good Luck, Dave
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:58 PM
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Our best pilot's father built and flew planes until just before he died. Ron has been bringing planes back from his dad's stash for about a year now, eight or ten at a time. The last time he came back from the old home place, among the planes he brought back was a Kaos that his dad built somewhere around 1977. His dad was a superb builder. Ron put a Saito .65 in this thing and has been flying it quite a bit for the last month or so. What a pure delight it is to see Ron run that thing through its paces. You guys who are familiar with planes built in that era know how heavy they were built, and this Saito in this Kaos is just about a perfect match. The only drawback is that that thing lands FAST. But what a delight it is to watch that long, skinny thing do its thing with a good four stroke on the front of it. I love pattern planes.
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I've made about 20 short kits so far if you're interested.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:43 PM
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Default RE: Pattern 60's- 70's

Alive and well - the Senior Pattern Association (SPA).

http://www.seniorpattern.com/
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:32 AM
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Default RE: Pattern 60's- 70's

Ditto to the above. Many of the kits are coming back through basement and cottage businesses. There is still a big interest for those who love to build, yes there are still a lot of us, in the old designs because they are simple, inexpensive to set up, and fly so well.
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:05 AM
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Default RE: Pattern 60's- 70's

Plans are available for all kinds of vintage pattern planes. There are also small garage manufacturers making kits.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:45 PM
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Default RE: Pattern 60's- 70's

There are quite a few ARF's as well. The Kaos, Dirty Birdy, Phoenix 7, and Skylark come to mind, and I'm sure there are others. When you add the kits from the small companies the choices expand further. The advent of SPA flying has spurred renewed interest in these planes, and many pilots have found that they are good proving ground to transition from sport models to IMAC or F3A type planes.
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Eureka Aircraft here in Arkansas is marketing a pretty decent line of pattern plane short kits. Check them out at EurekaAircraft.com.
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Well they sort of have brought them back, not only are the two biggest hobby companies offering reproduction ARFs (Tower's Dirty Birdy, Horizon with their Phoenix 7) but there's the World Models Intruder, and now some German company offering a Curare ARF. http://www.der-schweighofer.at/en/pr...640_mm_08_2011 Then there's all the short kits. Obviously they won't bring every single one of them back, but I'd say we've got a better selection than we did 7 years ago.
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