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 on: Yesterday at 11:16:15 PM 
Started by Carl Cisneros - Last post by Carl Cisneros
Thanks much Phil.

will more than likely go ahead and mod the bell crank with tubing.

 on: Yesterday at 10:58:15 PM 
Started by Shug Emery - Last post by Shug Emery

Flew great on 60' lines with a OS LA 46 I purchased on ebay. Tight lines inside and out.

Needs a tad of trimming, but for an ARF, I'm all set! BTW. The Pathfinder is no longer available.

Was such a great ARF they discontinued it.  

I can't wait to see what will be up for sale as ABBSE, aleady built by someone else.  Grin

Don't have to ruin the stuff, I labered to build and finish, trying to do a loop.  Layingdown Layingdown Layingdown

Works for me!!

Nice! Too bad the great ARFs go away.
Hey, I have an LA .46 on the way. Excited.
Hope you find a good used plane to buy.

 on: Yesterday at 10:56:58 PM 
Started by Shug Emery - Last post by Shug Emery
Wow, that plane was hauling! How fast was it? 4.5?
Well the video was from a couple different flights that day. Some laps I clocked at 5:02 (shot from my back) and some at 4.75 shot from the side. first time flying that engine so some sailing in to do and some different props to try.

 on: Yesterday at 10:35:09 PM 
Started by Richard Davis - Last post by Richard Davis

 on: Yesterday at 09:39:52 PM 
Started by Shug Emery - Last post by Tim Wescott
Three things:

One: particularly in Intermediate, it's OK if your hourglass looks like crap.  It's a hard maneuver, and at that level judges expect that it'll look bad.  Instead of trying to aim for an hourglass that pulls out at 5 feet, aim for one that pulls out at 10 or 15.  That's the wrong spot to be, but a crappy hourglass followed by an overhead eight, a cloverleaf, and a landing will get you somewhere in excess of 100 additional points over a Really Good try at an hourglass that pancakes, and it has the added bonus that you get to fly again that day.

Two: In a contest, an hourglass with four turns, no matter how big, vague, badly placed, etc., will almost certainly get you over ten points, and will get you your pattern points.  An hourglass that's an obvious bail-out may not even get you your 10 for an attempt, and may not get you your pattern points.

Three:  I'm not sure how this'll work for you, but a local flyer who's climbing fast (and doing better than me) in Expert told me that you should visualize a plane (that's a geometric plane, not an airplane!) that cuts through your feet and the top of your head.  That plane defines where the plane should be flying in a wingover, where it should make the transitions in the overhead eights, where it should kiss in the vertical eight, and the line it should be flying for the top part of the hourglass.

Furthermore, if you mess up on the top part of the hourglass, it should be behind your head, not in front of it.  Putting it a bit behind your head gives you more room, it's harder for the judges to see the error, and anyway, you usually think you're flying a lot farther back than you really are.

In my opinion it's a lot better to intentionally allow some screwups if it means not crashing -- just know that you're doing them, and fix them as you can.  The very best piece of advice I ever got in my Beginner year (thank you Mark Scarborough) was to purposely fly with my bottom line at 10 or 12 feet, until I was consistently hitting that line.  Once I was consistent enough, then I could bring the line down without fear of crashing.

This has worked so well for me than now I'm getting snarky comments from judges about putting my bottoms and level flight too low, and when I mess up and come down to two feet off the deck in a maneuver I just laugh hysterically and keep going, instead of freaking out and suddenly getting ground shy.

 on: Yesterday at 08:45:28 PM 
Started by Dennis Moritz - Last post by RknRusty
Aw man, that sounds like a super fun day. Can Jennifer fly inverted yet? She was just getting started when we both flew in beginner last October in Stuntersville.

 on: Yesterday at 08:34:39 PM 
Started by Dennis Moritz - Last post by Mike Palko
I forgot to take pictures of the score boards. We will get results posted in the results section soon. The results below are from memory.

Expert PA
1. Mike Palko
2. Dan Banjock
3. John Saunders

Advanced PA
1. Price Reese
2. Rob Roberts
3. Rich Siefert

Intermediate PA
2. Steve Dinnerman

Beginner PA
2. Jennifer Fedorick

OTS Advanced/Expert
1. John Saunders
2. Dan Banjock

By the way, we got both rounds in Steve!


 on: Yesterday at 08:27:32 PM 
Started by Dane Martin - Last post by Brett Buck
Most that tried 4 strokes back when.... did exactly that, tried to apply what they knew worked with 2 strokes to 4 strokes and it simply doesn't work. I believe this is the main reason you don't see many 4 strokes today. Everyone could see the potential but most couldn't get the 2 stroke ideas out of their head and do what needed to be done. <sarcasm on> Everyone knows high pitch props do not work in PA, right... <sarcasm off>

   For the most part, they don't.


 on: Yesterday at 08:27:07 PM 
Started by Shug Emery - Last post by Shug Emery
I still abort that hourglass more than any other maneuver. Usually starting turn three up top, I realize I'm low on energy, so I loop it on back to normal flight and curse at myself. My hilltop field always has 10-15 winds and makes less than authoritative pullouts pretty scary. I haven't watched these aborts on video but I'm guessing I probably make turn 2 too low. That and the outside square loops are probably my ugliest, followed by the second half of the square 8. Banging the corners too hard. Funny how I know what I'm doing wrong, yet continue to do it. I'd love to try all this with less wind sometime, but probably won't happen till the Fall.

I did get to fly some 1/2A yesterday up in NC in dead calm air. I found that my new stunt skills with sensible measured control inputs has greatly improved my form with the little screamers. That was a happy surprise. I flew my Norvel/bladder powered Baby Flite Streak, now I've got the bug for that again. I can walk across the street and play with those.
That hourglass....I know I need to make it taller so that last turn ain't so scary! Banging those too...or too soft.
Glad you had a 1/2 A day. Need to visit mine. Got one to build this Winter. The Half Lite.

 on: Yesterday at 08:22:43 PM 
Started by Timothy Payne - Last post by RknRusty
Phil makes a very good point. Cox bored all four holes in the crankcase deep enough, but frequently only tapped them for a few turns. You can almost always use a 2-56 bottoming tap and add 5 or 8 more turns to the screws. Then the ones that seemed too long are not too long any more, and the crankcase will mate more securely with less chance of developing air leaks. Some of the bottoming taps have an extension on the tip that may need to be ground off. I found one on e-bay for a couple of bucks and free shipping a few years ago. While you're at it, get yourself a 4-40 tap too.

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