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Old 04-25-2009, 11:20 AM
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I am a new Q500 racer here in our local league, we run on a 2-pole, 600 ft. course at an altitude range of courses from 1800 to 5000ft. We run any 424 legal plane with stock Thunder Tiger Pro 40's. We have what I believe are some pretty decent flyers and then there's myself (on a steep learning curve). Wondering what times are being run out there for 10 laps on the same parameters????

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:20 PM
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Ken I was in your shoes in 1984. Now just keep away from zero's meaning. get the engine to start and have no stupid things happen that you can control. Practice practice practice. Meaning pick a spot at the practice field where 1 would be and 2/3 now fly the plane around those spots. Get a helper at the race that will help you fix some of your habits. Always keep an open inviting attitude and By the way NOBODY is CHEATING they just have practiced more than you.
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:45 PM
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You might not get too many answers here. Not too many racers fly the two pole course.

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Well Ken, last weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. I ran a 1:37.83 for Fast Time of the event. Most of the guys were running 1:45's, including the guy I lapped for the fast time! That is 10 laps with a TT PRO 40, APC 9x6 prop and was tach'ed @ 16,500RPM just before the launch. Our 3 Poles are set 608 ft. to the two longest legs, and 100 ft. between the shortest point of the triangle. So I guess the only difference in our times would be that we run 116' longer per lap, or 1,160 ft. for the 10 laps! Your times should be close to that also, since really we are all flying a paper clip shaped course.

I tried some 2 pole a few years ago, and it seemed like the fastest way around was to run from 1 to 2 as a straight line, and a slight arc down the front straight toward 1.

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Yeah, zero's kill your points for the day. Had a zero in 2nd heat (dead glow plug)will always check in the future and have a spare ready. It seems that with my experiance that the thing to do is to finish with no cuts as most all heats had one or more racers with cuts that gives them a max of one point for the heat. If I start & just finish with no cuts in the DNS heat I score 3 points as the other 2 racers both had cuts. Any other helps or hints, stratagy will be appreciated.

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Yep, in three heats today, first heat 0 glow battery dead, second heat two cuts and (Warbird racing) broke out my time = 0, third heat no throttle control = 0. Total for the day 0. All controllable by me. Detail, detail, detail and then practice, practice, practice. It wasn't this difficult 32 yrs ago in F1
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Sounds like a rough day at the races. Better, next time.

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I agree if you can get into the 1:30s you will be the hot stick of the day.
Practice is the name of the game. Fast engines and slick planes will never make up for the better man on the stix.
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Barry,

Sounds like a rough day at the races. Better, next time.

Ken
I don't care how long you have been doing this it still requires practice and attention to detail. And yes, I hope to do better next time.
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