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Old 03-02-2023, 02:43 PM
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How many mebers of the US Army General Staff (You know, the guys with the stars on their collars?) went ashore with the initial invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944?
Answer: 1. Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, son of President Teddy Roosevelt. He earned the undying respect fo his men for that.
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Old 03-02-2023, 06:18 PM
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I looked at Teddy Roosevelt III's history from your mentioning it, flyboy2610 , very interesting, thanks for bringing it up. Yes, he was a true leader and well respected by his men. He passed away a month later by unfortunately a heart attack.
Old 03-05-2023, 02:34 AM
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On to lighter matters.Years ago I bought a model from an old boy in Somerset in the South-West of England. It was a Brian Taylor Harvard ( North American AT6) so well built that I've subsequently been too scared to fly it but he said that all aeromodellers were hoarders.



I've just had a look at a spreadsheet I made up some time ago for all of the engines I own.



Apparently, I own four diesels but I haven't seen two of them for years. The others are:
  1. Five Irvines from 36-53.
  2. Four Enyas from 15 to 50.
  3. Three HP VTs, a 25 and two 49s
  4. Four Thunder Tigers: a 46PRO, a 54 and two 91 fourstrokes.
  5. Six OS: a 61 SF and five fourstrokes from 26-70.
  6. Nine Lasers from a 62 to a 160 V twin.
  7. Single examples of engines produced by SC, ASP and Magnum.
  8. Plus the four diesels from PAW, Mills and ED.
I make that 38 engines. Of these only 9 are in models.

I do not regard myself as an engine collector and I realise that my situation is not that unusual but the question I would like to ask is, "Why do we have so many more engines than we can possibly need?" 😊


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Old 03-05-2023, 03:45 AM
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I don't know. I have over 50. The collection just kind of grew.
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Old 03-05-2023, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by GallopingGhostler
I don't know. I have over 50. The collection just kind of grew.

Same here, I am afraid to do a count, They are all over the place. along with a bunch of other stuff. I guess my only hope is to build a bigger shop.
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Old 03-05-2023, 08:16 AM
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For me it seems a three way split, hoarder, collector, and old engine retirement home. I still have my first RC engine, an Enya .15 along with at least the bits from the half dozen engines after that. That probably qualifies as hoarder. I have a taste for 1/2a engines. There are around 30 little engines from five different companies adorning the shelf over my desk. I fly them and enjoy having them so I guess that makes me a collector. I'm not the Lone Ranger yet, but within my local club I am the most active glow fuel flier. I occasionally fly electric but I have all the equipment for glow and I enjoy tinkering with the engines so I've never really felt the need to go fully electric. It has reached the point where people occasionally just give me motors that "came with a box of stuff". Add that to a couple of estates and some of the older guys cleaning out their shops and they just add up.
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Old 03-05-2023, 09:44 AM
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My club has the use of a flat/apartment as a workshop in the next village. I expect that the local commune will make the place habitable when funds allow. Meanwhile the club has been given several beautifully built models mostly trainers and gliders. Going on the size of the servos I'd say that they were models from the 1960s. There are also a couple of nice Super Tigres in the stash too. Unfortunately I do not have the time to get these models into the air,

A sign of things to come?
Old 03-06-2023, 01:50 AM
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I think I'm going to call it Christine!

Years ago I bought a WOT 4 Classic off eBay for 20. (1 =$1.20 US.) The Wot 4 is as common a sight on a British flying field as a Stick is on an American flightline. You could have described it as "well-flown!" The wing was held on by rubber bands and cosmetically it was in a bit of a state but what do you expect for 20? I also had a Mark 3 WOT 4 which was damaged. This is the same as the Classic WOT 4 but with a tapered wing. I hadn't the enthusiasm to repair them so I put both models in the club hut with a note advising people to take them away free, gratis and for nothing.One of our younger members, Ludovic, took the Mark 3 away and he's made a splendid job of the model. He hasn't flown it yet because he's recently become a father so his free time is limited. All of his models and even his flight box look immaculate. He works as a panel beater for a Volkswagen agency.



The other one was taken away by a retired master builder Guy, whose models are similarly very well presented. He works very quickly too. The fact that he doesn't drink has probably something to do with that! He stripped off all of the covering and replaced it with brown paper then painted the whole aircraft in matt orange paint. Then he gave it back to me!



Our club has a Facebook page. I needed to have a clear out. I offered to give away the WOT 4 and a Flair Harvard AT6 for free on a first come first served basis. The Harvard went straight away but no-one wanted the WOT 4 even with an old but sound Enya 45 and instructions to convert it to electric power thrown in. I even showed some footage of a WOT 4 being flown by a young expert in my "annonce" but nobody wanted it. I have a number of spare engines and servos which I could fit. I'm deeply in love with my Enya 50 but perhaps an all-British set up would be better. I have an Irvine 53 which I've never started. Thumbnail of the model below.



PS. "Christine" was a film, something of a cult classic, about a 1958 Plymouth Fury which came back to its first owner because it didn't like the man who bought it!


Old 03-06-2023, 08:59 AM
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My go to airplane is a Slim Jim. It has about the same proportions as the Wot 4. It is smaller at .25 size. We did a club group build and of the 14 built, mine and two others (both electric) still fly. I really enjoy mine but it isn't the flavor of the month. I've noticed there is a lot of "flavor of the month" flying. Locally is it 3-D or high wing STOL planes like the Carbon Cub. For a while it was ducted fans and fast delta wings. The point being that unless someone wants it for a test mule it may be hard to give away.
Old 03-06-2023, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Telemaster Sales UK
I think I'm going to call it Christine!

Years ago I bought a WOT 4 Classic off eBay for 20. (1 =$1.20 US.) The Wot 4 is as common a sight on a British flying field as a Stick is on an American flightline. You could have described it as "well-flown!" The wing was held on by rubber bands and cosmetically it was in a bit of a state but what do you expect for 20? I also had a Mark 3 WOT 4 which was damaged. This is the same as the Classic WOT 4 but with a tapered wing. I hadn't the enthusiasm to repair them so I put both models in the club hut with a note advising people to take them away free, gratis and for nothing.One of our younger members, Ludovic, took the Mark 3 away and he's made a splendid job of the model. He hasn't flown it yet because he's recently become a father so his free time is limited. All of his models and even his flight box look immaculate. He works as a panel beater for a Volkswagen agency.



The other one was taken away by a retired master builder Guy, whose models are similarly very well presented. He works very quickly too. The fact that he doesn't drink has probably something to do with that! He stripped off all of the covering and replaced it with brown paper then painted the whole aircraft in matt orange paint. Then he gave it back to me!



Our club has a Facebook page. I needed to have a clear out. I offered to give away the WOT 4 and a Flair Harvard AT6 for free on a first come first served basis. The Harvard went straight away but no-one wanted the WOT 4 even with an old but sound Enya 45 and instructions to convert it to electric power thrown in. I even showed some footage of a WOT 4 being flown by a young expert in my "annonce" but nobody wanted it. I have a number of spare engines and servos which I could fit. I'm deeply in love with my Enya 50 but perhaps an all-British set up would be better. I have an Irvine 53 which I've never started. Thumbnail of the model below.



PS. "Christine" was a film, something of a cult classic, about a 1958 Plymouth Fury which came back to its first owner because it didn't like the man who bought it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Txl_MM5tK0

I like it! maybe it is felt this bird is too advanced for their skill level. Seems a sweet deal to me.
Old 03-06-2023, 01:03 PM
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My health is better and I am anticipating sell this, Not sure what to ask for it. Never flown. what do you think?

Old 03-06-2023, 01:20 PM
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Donny, I would do a search on RC Groups and see what they go for over there. It looks to be a beautiful airplane and should fetch a good price.
Old 03-07-2023, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by donnyman
I like it! maybe it is felt this bird is too advanced for their skill level. Seems a sweet deal to me.
Well not everybody can fly one like this young man! Tough birds these WOT 4s!

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Old 03-13-2023, 10:28 PM
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I turned seventy-five on Saturday. Suddenly I feel very old! Three quarters of a century on this planet gave me pause for reflection. What have I achieved? I may have helped a few along the way. I have certainly loved and lost one or two, Miss Blue Eyes and I parted in January. I tend to suffer from seasonally affected depression at the best of times and I found the dreary winter weather of December, January and February particularly difficult this time round. Even aeromodelling was a chore. Having lost my sister and three other friends and relatives within a three month period in 2022 didn't help of course, and I found out on my birthday that a man I met on the music circuit out here is in the final stages of life in the hospital in Gueret. All pretty demoralising!

On the other hand, I have lived in England, Australia and France. I have seen the sun rise over the Victoria Desert. I have ridden my motor cycle to Turkey and back. I have seen the temples of Bangkok and the cathedrals of Chartres, Canterbury and Ely and on my birthday itself I enjoyed cake and sparkling wine with my colleagues from the model aeroplane club. In the evening I had a chicken curry with the local chimney sweep! Furthermore, my old drummer got in touch. We used to be very close until he moved to the North of England and I moved to France, and my brother-in-law and several of the people I used to work with got in touch too. Last Sunday I was invited to dinner with my Belgian friends Frans and Ann and we watched the film "Christine" about the car which cared for its owner by killing his enemies! We watched it on Netflix projected onto a white bed sheet! A combination of old and new technologies! Frans will come round to my house to work on his model this afternoon.

Throughout all this, the dog has been a big white furry bundle of joy. All she needs to be happy is two good walks a day, some breakfast and dinner, and a few dog biscuits! Sometimes when we walk over the local fields, she runs away from me and leaping into the air, turns herself fully through 180 degrees so that she ends up facing me to check that I'm still there! We do not walk over the fields just at the moment. Not only are they too wet but the hinds are having their fawns in the woods that surround the fields and I don't want the dog disturbing them.

She's just outside my bedroom door as I type this, reminding me that it's time for me to get off the laptop, to get out of bed and to take her for her morning walk.

Keep smiling you blokes!


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Old 03-13-2023, 11:44 PM
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Picture of the dog and the club's battered old ARTF trainer, a Seagull Boomerang of which I have custody. It's fitted with a Thunder Tiger PRO 46 which I was given free gratis and for nothing without a carburetter. I had a spare OS carburetter which I fitted and this combination performs faultlessly!



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Obviously she is the club security offier and guarding the club trainer!
Old 03-14-2023, 07:14 AM
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Keep smiling too David, Spring and flying weather for many of us is almost here.
Old 03-20-2023, 11:03 AM
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A belated Happy Birthday too DAVID .. and many more! In a few months my 83 birthday will arrive and I pray my healing will be long over, my condition doesn't permit traveling afar lest I irrigate my britches, my legs will not withstand standing or walking any distance ( a hundred or so feet and I collapse) Getting a full nights sleep is interrupted by my need to release water every two hours or so Quite frankly I am rather miserable and will inform my doctors that the medications prescribed is the cause and I may stop taking them because I feel better without them. I spend most of my time lately on this computer or watching video's to pass the time of day and that will not do at all.

I have been scraping all the cash I can to purchase another home to gather my family close but they seem to have other dreams so I may have to go it alone. selling this estate is taking a long time something I do not have in abundance. for sure I will not purchase any home other than a single level because even now i fear using the stairs to my shop for fear of falling.

The veterans administration is being very slow with my agent orange investigation but they sure know how to smother one with paperwork and doctor visits I have two this week, and more scheduled through June.

The weather here is cold and dreary with cloud covered gray sky's and high winds from time to time.

This is one glumpy p---y moan and groan post but it is all I have at this time nothing seems right!
Old 03-20-2023, 11:12 AM
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A happy belated birthday to DAVID I wish you many more!

Nothing happening here I just sit around and take my wife shopping, don't have the strength to do much more.

I pray all of you are doing well.

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Originally Posted by donnyman
Getting a full nights sleep is interrupted by my need to release water every two hours or so Quite frankly I am rather miserable and will inform my doctors that the medications prescribed is the cause and I may stop taking them because I feel better without them.
My doctor had me on water pills for a while it got to point I couldn't make it to the bathroom. I told him no more. I haven't missed them a bit!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
My doctor had me on water pills for a while it got to point I couldn't make it to the bathroom. I told him no more. I haven't missed them a bit!
Exactly! My house is a stinky mess. yesterday is my last water pill day.
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I do feel sorry for you blokes having to take medication which has such unpleasant side effects. Your experience makes me appreciate my own good fortune. I take three pills a day, a statin, an anti-cholesterol tablet and a third one which thins my blood a bit. None of them have any side effects.

The Grim Reaper has not yet finished with my friends and relatives. On 15th March a friend called John died of cancer. He was not even sixty years of age. I met him on the local amateur musicians circuit. He had a repetoire of amusing little songs and he was the only expatriate Englishman I've ever met who had a proper job out here rather than being self-employed. OK it was only a part-time job, a school bus driver, but it was a proper job. In England he had worked as a fire fighter so had learned to drive large heavy vehicles. Heaven knows what his wife is going to do, she's too young to qualify for a pension. The funeral is for the close family only, otherwise hundreds of us would have turned out.

I cut down four pyracantha bushes on Saturday, only one to go, but the bigger job lies in the disposal of all of the branches. After trying to move them en masse I've had to saw them up into shorter lengths and barrow them to the burn pile. Quite a thorny task! I'll get in touch with Jean-Marie once I've cleared all of the branches away and he can grub up the roots with his Kubota.

The weather was gorgeous yesterday and I went flying. The motor cut on my Acrowot and I overshot the runway. I landed in amongst the winter wheat and strained the glue joint of the landing gear. More repairs! I hope to have one of my Barons in flying condition by the weekend, La Coupe is on 10th June and that's not that far away so I need to get in some practice!

Well the dog is telling me to take her for her morning walk so I'd better get up and get on with it.

All the best.

David



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David, sometimes I think you get more flying time than the rest of us put together!
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC
David, sometimes I think you get more flying time than the rest of us put together!
Having read some of the posts which you American gentlemen write, may I be forgiven for forming the impression that in many parts of the USA the weather is always either freezing cold or baking hot?
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