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Old 12-19-2007, 07:31 PM
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OK guys, this time we know the name of the plane "OMEN". Now what can anybody tell me about this thing? I bought it at an estate sale so please include your $ estimates also (don't know if I got took or not).
As you'll see, it's complete except for battery and receiver. Glass fuse, wings are foam & look like glass also.
Please note that I got the wrong wing tube (so no, the wings don't normally droop like this).
The engine is obviously YS, but before my time. I don't know if it's a 120 or 140 or what. Look close and you'll see somebody put a intake stack on this thing. Pipe is CF. Well, that's all I know for now, what can you all tell me?
Thanks for your input.
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Old 12-19-2007, 07:34 PM
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Forgot to add that Bill H. Jr. flew this thing just a few weeks ago, so it is in working order.
Old 12-19-2007, 11:04 PM
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Don't know what you paid, but it's a very nice airplane. It was designed a few years ago by George Astaris and kitted by Precision Aero Composits. I built one a couple of years ago and it's a very good flying 2 meter plane. Not current state of the art but fully capable of flying any class. I lost mine last fall due to a battery failure. The YS engine model number is usually stamped on the mounting lug.
I'd say it's easily worth $1,000-$1,400 based on the pictures. You could not replace it for that amount.
Old 12-20-2007, 12:45 AM
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Beautiful plane there! Burtona said, it is a little outdated with all the wide bodies out there. But then again the wide bodies don't look as good as these! At least not to me.
There is a guy selling a Meridian 900 kinda like an Omen, well sort of... About same size and same "Mean" looking stance to it. He wants $875.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/market/item.cfm?itemId=350393

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Old 12-20-2007, 01:21 AM
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Thanks for input guys! I'm putting finishing touches on a Spot On 120 wide body right now. But I also love the look of this plane. A friend in Ga. is building a CURARE for me (was hopeing to have it for Christmas) but he's doing 4 or 6 at once and he's really into the detail of a straight ship. So I'll just be patient another month or so.
As for the Omen, I'm feeling a little better now. I paid $600 and it's complete except a receiver, so not a bad deal in the end. A local club was helping his widow with this part of his estate, so the money went to a good cause in any case.
Later.
Old 12-20-2007, 01:29 AM
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Wow.. $600 that was a great deal!!! I think that Maridian is a steal @ $875. But I already bought my X-mas present this year.
So some guy is scratch building 6 Curares? Talk about ambitious. I guess I better get off my but and finish the planes I've started [:@].
Please post some pictures here of your Curare, we Love pictures. And let us know how the Omen flies.. If you don't like it, I'll take her off your hands


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Old 12-20-2007, 03:28 AM
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I think its a 140FZ..From the photos I really think its a 140FZ.

That model was built by a friend of mine Dave Miller. I used to fly pattern with him in Colorado. About 1999 he built that model. Then shortly afterward he moved to the Tuscon area I think for health reasons.

Dave was a pretty good builder and painter. He always used to put his valve covers in a tumbler thing to take the powder coating off.

This really isn't a classic era pattern model its a late 90's turnaround ship. George Asteris Designed the Omen. I think the I flew against George in the 2000 NATS/F3A Team Selection event and George was still flying the Omen. It is a very competent airframe in Masters Class even today. It will struggle on some the FAI finals maneuvers like the rolling loops and circles but beyond that its a solid design and flies well. Not sure what shape its in but it was a good model built by a good modeler.

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Old 12-20-2007, 09:22 AM
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Troy:
That's amazing! you are exactly right. Dave Miller is the name on the plane. This thing came to me via Mary & Bill. I'm in the beginners so it should take me thru a long way of training.
I and others here in Tucson are trying to breath life back into pattern (and bugging the @#$% out of Bill to re-release his Curare).
Thanks.
Old 12-20-2007, 10:49 PM
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I'd take one of those Curare models if he does some more of them. The MK Curare was my first pattern model in 1986. Before that I flew a Super Sportster 40 with a K+B 61 on the front. It was a dog....way too heavy and other issues.

My Curare didn't last too long I was too cheap on the radio gear...well I was about 13 at the time. Futaba AM FG series radio. I still have it....but man was it prone to getting shot down. Even before the narrow band deal in 1991. I have a Narrow Band RX for it and it just needs a new Nicd....but why bother with that old hunk...

Everything now is Spektrum and JR 2.4 for my stuff.

its amazing how small a modeling world it truly is.

We have our pattern contest in PHX at Sun Valley in February. Its the last weekend I think. It turns out to be pretty good. You guys should come up. Maybe we can do a similar thing the week before like we did last year. We had guys from all over hear practicing and flying...good friends and fun from Tuesday on through the weekend. I hear the Canadians are coming this year. I also talked with Ivan Kristensen and he may start flying some pattern again...

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Old 12-21-2007, 01:48 AM
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Troy, sounds great! I'd love to get together with you guys and learn something. Steve Byrum in Ga. is building my Curare and is a SPA member. I'm really hoping to get renewed interest down here in Tucson for pattern. Please put me on your distribution list for that next meet in Feb.
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