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Old 03-30-2018, 05:37 PM
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I created the silhouette missiles with black Monokote.
When I was a kid back in 1973 my father built a Contender. I remember the smell of silk and dope in the garage.
I used to go along and watch him fly it along with many others. It was one of his favorite planes.
Over the years he had many planes that came and went but the Contender remained until his passing
in 2000.
The Contender with its original paint hangs in my shop. The covering is very brittle. Iíve wanted to fly it but itís just not in flying condition anymore.
Last year I got a used Contender in a trade and deceived to make it a tribute to my father and his Contender.
It was covered in Silk and was spray painted Navy Blue and Orange-ugly but built very well.
I striped off all of the silk and sanded the airframe very smooth and re-covered it with Monokote in the same color Gray as his.
I installed an OS .61 as well as the flap just like my father had done to his.
I gave it much the same markings as my fatherís but added the Yellow and Red stripe to the fuse just to personalize it a bit.
It came out beautifully! This is some of my best work.
My Dad would be proud!
Im just waiting for spring to arrive along with a calm day for the maiden flight! Iím looking forward to flying this plane as Iím sure it will be one of my favorite planes to fly too!
Miss you Dad.


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OS .61 FX. Spektrum Radio. Flap



My fatherís original Contender from 1973 is on the left. It has a Super Tigre 60 with an OS carb.

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Old 03-31-2018, 04:45 AM
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Wow, wish I was half as artistic as you are. My Uncle Jerry had one back in the 70ís and I built one as a tribute to him about a dozen years ago. The balsa in the kit was terrible but the plane flew great.

It had a crack up and I have just hated to pitch it. I hope to retire next month and is one of my projects to get it flying again

With a Super Tiger .60 it was my windy weather plane. With the flap, I loved making ďcarrierĒ landings at the field with the setting sun

Let us know how it flies

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Wow! You also made a tribute plane- and itís a Contender? What are the odds?😀
i hand-cut the Stars and bars on the fuse from Monokote (only because I didnít have any decals that size) as well as all of the letters N-A-V-Y on the plane.
Iím fortunate to be very artistic-it keeps me from having to order decals.
Iíll let you know how it flys just as soon as the wind calms down- itís been like a hurricane every day here in Indiana.
last year it didnít calm down until May!!!!
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Earlier this season I flew my Contender for the first time. Let me just say I have another favorite plane!!
Right off the bat it was flying very true with only minor trim adjustment. It was a joy to fly fast or slow and lands oh-so-smooth!
Its a good plane for windy weather Due to the .61 motor and the lead added to the tail for balance.
I highly recommend the Contender!
The kit is not expensive for such a wonderful flying plane and itís easy to build.
With a .60 Engine it makes short takeoffs which I like😀
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Thanks for the news of a great flight. Letís hope someone keeps making kits like this. They are disappearing faster and faster

My Great Planes .60 Extra 300 is about at the end of the road being worn out. Hopefully I can still get another one of those kits too

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Thanks for posting this classic rendition of the TF Contender. Really dig all the effort put into the military style color scheme and detail.
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