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Old 05-21-2012, 02:38 AM
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It took at long time yesterday to prepare for flight... but Carlos' B-25 took to the air and flew great. A tad tail heavy, but we threw 6oz on the nose and she was right after that....

Boy was I ever nervous on that maiden flight.

I was wondering how compatible the JR11 channel radio and the Spektrum DX8 are with saving their flight programing to an SD card. I did not want to take a chance, so I did not try it during the radio switch.
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:22 AM
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:03 AM
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An update on Todd,


As my surgery went south, things just really changed for us. I'm not even allowed to leave San Antonio or Brooke Army Medical Center. Aprel and Bri will be flown back to get Aprel's car and to load up our 6x12 enclosed trailer with as much stuff we'll need in the next year or so and a few planes.

Even though I thought I'd be on my way back to Benning today, I am now permantly assigned to Brooke Army Medical Center or Sam Houston Army Medical Center (changing the name).

As we met so many caring and concerned people and new friends at SEFF, I wanted to get an update out to everyone I could.

Our new address and contact data is:

MSG Todd Landen
Fisher House 4, RM 411
3623 George C. Beach Ave
Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234

(315)-222-4861/4862 (Todd/Aprel)
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:17 PM
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Hey Dave, the picture of the two people holding the pole during Sean's ribbon cut is the the married couple that was opposite me. I was holding the other end of their ribbon.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:29 PM
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:38 AM
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Don't know if you guys can see these pictures on a facebook page or not.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...1339309&type=1

I'm hoping people can view it w/o having to log in if you don't have facebook. These I think are set to public.
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:42 AM
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2 great planes together at the field this morning.
My Nieuport 17 built by Gary Heath
Gary Heath cousin's P-51D built by John Zaner
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:34 PM
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While folks are away in Delaware, I'm here at FSA getting some time in w/ my new BIPE!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Faq5idJvt6o[/youtube]
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:59 AM
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Gary at field this morning to do some filming of my bipe.
Even with mild Crosswinds, Gyro on the tail was handling it, and making this feel easy.

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Old 07-17-2012, 04:49 PM
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AJ's 90mm fan F16

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:53 PM
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Thanks Dave. That was a 1400W/6s setup with cheap HK fan/motor combo and 25 leftover batteries. Not bad. Video stabilzation makes it look pretty slow tpday, and it was about 25% slower than Sunday (now that it has all the bombs and missiles loaded onto it).

Anyway, per the fly-it-till-it-smokes doctrine, the F16 will be upgraded with a 2400W/8s setup that is now on the way. I'm guessing at 600W/lb, the missiles and bombs might just rip off in flight, thus solving the additional drag problem. : )

BTW, if Irecall correctly, Bob said MikeZ has a 90mm twin to maiden; I'd like to see video of that beast...
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:28 AM
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How big should they get?

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Where do you keep it should be the question..
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Where do you keep it should be the question..
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:50 PM
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Bonanza V-Tail Gear Up Landing This Afternoon

Beautiful Model

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l84mgrbNI3s&list=UUowpVT1vZVQG8bwFAO51yHQ&feature=player_detailpage[/youtube]

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:52 PM
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:27 PM
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:04 AM
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I just took a look at the latest newsletter and especially the article that Bill wrote titled "Why do we continue to fly?" I thought that he had some good points and worth some additional discussion.

I was flying at an event in Ohio this past weekend and while there at one point the discussion turned to talking about the great variety of ARFs that are available, how good they are and how easy it is to get into the hobby and to quickly progress into what used to be considered more sophisticated "high end" models. It is not unusal to see a guy who just started flying last summer who this summer is flying a large giant scale airplane just a year later. Not long ago most modelers would progress more slowly. It was generally felt that these new developments are great and we prefer the way things are now to 'the old days", but like anything else there are trade offs.

It used to be harder to get into the hobby- you had to build your own plane and figure things out. Learning to build and make a plane fly right was a bigger part of the hobby. This probably weeded out some guys early on. Those that stuck with it were more likely to be longtime modelers.

My first few years were like this:
Yr 1- built and flew my .40 size trainer (from a kit), then built a .40 size mid wing more aerobatic plane
Yr 2- built a .60 size goldberg chipmunk then a 1.20 size Goldberg Sukhoi
Yr 3 -scratch built from plans my first big plane- a 98" span laser with my first gas engine
Yr 4- built another giant scale plane from a kit
Yr 5- scratch built another giant scale plane- a 98" staudacher - from my own plans
Yr 6- my first 100cc plane - built a Cap 232 from a Carden kit

So- I was six years in before I had a 100cc plane and I had to build every plane I owned up til then - sometimes from just plans or my own plans. Now - you see guys going from a trainer to a second ARF to a 100cc plane in their first year sometimes.

Today- the building part is a small part- for many it's just the price of getting in the air, not part of the enjoyment of the hobby. The guys that would have been weeded out by the learning curve / time investment to get a plane built in the old days make it to the field with a plane and learn to fly with a much smaller investment of time and effort. We may lose these guys but it's possible that without recent advanccements we may never have seen them anyway.

Things have definitely changed- for the better overall, I think. But the profile of the average modeler is definitly different thatn it was 10 or 20 years ago


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Old 09-24-2012, 01:13 PM
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Dave, "back way when", many people I knew did not go above a 90 nitro for even year 3-5.
I think it was 4-5 years before I had a 1.20 size plane and I was flying 3-5 days a week back in the early 90's at the Dobbin Field.
I agree that it was much more difficult to "GO BIG" back then and only the most dedicated pilots/modelers did that.
Getting in the air is much easier now adays for sure. The "right of passage" has become a revolving door. For better or for worse.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:38 PM
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I have heard from several others at the field that they read and "enjoyed" the article...

I might add.. in year two... I was pretty much put in a position that I could not turn down... a 42cc engine on an Extra 330s for $500

I had been flying two trainers for most of year 1 until I lost the Goldberg Protege' I had a good low wing second plane coming (Pulse 60), but it did not arrive until after I had a Segull Models 60 sized Extra 300 assembled and ready for flight. The obvious occurred... I broke it in half on the maiden... I quickly repaired the damage and had good luck with it after the opening salvo. Oh, I forgot to mention my scurge period, a love hate relationship with a 60sized Piper Cub... I even managed to go wingtip over wingtip one day down the field with the Cub.

Alas an older club member wanted to sell the Extra 330 and he kept telling me that I was ready for it. Some success and I was king for a while, but I was ahead of the learning curve which did not bend but did break for me.

I did not follow all the good advice that was offered, but it was not entirely my fault either. Don't sell a plane to a guy that is clearly not ready for it. He is going to tell you that he will put it on the shelf and fly it when he is ready... that is usually two weeks. Just to keep the record straight... I tried very hard to turn down the deal... in fact I did several times.
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Good article to read for all club members in this months Model Aviation on landing.
As my Instructor "George" once said: "Landing is 90% the approach".
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The other 90% is the flair and actual landing.

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Good article to read for all club members in this months Model Aviation on landing.
As my Instructor ''George'' once said: ''Landing is 90% the approach''.
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5th row down. "Landings"
https://library.modelaviation.com/ma/2012/10

FYI,my browser gives me a "certificate" warning, but that's because AMA has a different site hosting the magazine data.
If you want to browse right to it, copy and past this text to bypass the viglink api that RCU uses.
[link=https://library.modelaviation.com/ma/2012/10]https://library.modelaviation.com/ma/2012/10[/link]
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Just thought I would pop in here to promote my new service...I will now be offering scale aircraft assembly services. This will include basic set up, glassing/detailing, painting/weathering to full ARF assembly and finishing. Main focus will be on WWII fighters but WWI and other scale aircraft will be accepted. For turn key deals I intend to specialize in the new Top Flite ARF 50cc Warbirds that are now being offered. These are high quality arfs that offer lots of potential for customizing ! ESM, CMP and other warbirds accepted too ! If you have always wanted a glassed and detailed warbird with dependable performance contact me through my UAV site at [link=http://www.uav-assistance.com/Contact.html]uav-assistance[/link] Warbird Website coming soon! Thanks !


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