Thanks for the comments!
During my eighteen years of the show team demos I never thought of how much of an impression the Cloud Dancers Air Show Team would leave on an individual, especially kids. As age has caught up with me and reading the comments I now realized how important to me it had been to provide a positive influence. I am glad to of had that honor and can hopefully can continue to. I have lots of images and video of the show team years ago and plan to host a web page on the Cloud Dancers Air Show Team and Flying Machine sometime in the future. We were a close net group that enjoyed many years of just having fun.
Some of you may or may not know in 2002 was diagnostic with a benign brain tumor called an Acoustic Neuroma. I started having dizzy spells, fatigue and headaches for days at a time which finally left me not being able to participate in the things I enjoyed. It has now been twenty two months since my first of twenty eight radiation treatments; I am feeling great and will hopefully continue on this path for many years to come.
This is a funny story about how roomers can get out of hand when you suddenly drop out of the hobby and one hears of possible grave medical problems. Many months ago a friend sent me an email with a link of a Flying Machine for sale on eBay. The seller said it was designed by the late Don Muddiman; my first thought was to laugh and say to myself no body told me! I could not resist sending the seller an email I was above ground and still flying. I never received a response but he did change the eBay ad. I guess I killed his high bid hopes, oh well.
Dave, itâ€™s too good to hear from you again. The only thing that has change in my setup is the change to the OS MAX .46AX engine. I installed the 4D carb because of fuel starvation problems during high Gâ€™s and needle valve location. Pipe length, prop and fuel system is all the original setup. The power performance from this .46AX engine is awesome as compared to the .40FS.
Jason, yep I too remember the days of tantalizing the BVM ducted fans, I just could not resist. The Byron days were the best!
There were two schemes of the multi colored markings, one out lined as a fire bird and the other was a full feather design covering the wing. Tom Veloskey senior is responsible for the art work design and covering of the Flying Machines during our show team years. I have images of both designs and his layout of the monokote colors he used on the bird scheme. Tomâ€™s secret to producing so many shades of monokote was to overlay transparent colors on top base colors. As I think back I am amazed on how many hours Tom spent covering all the show team aircraft for the eighteen years we were together. Thanks Tom!
Jose the Flying Machine is no longer is production. This has been contributed to many reasons; market saturation with ARFâ€™s, 3D aircraft and mostly competitive cost of producing the kit. I no longer have the desire or time to produce the kits myself, but I can provide plans and instructions (built up wing) for those who desire them.