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 on: Today at 04:55:55 PM 
Started by Motorman - Last post by Steve Helmick
Nice work, GG, Unimat or not! What is the function of that pipe & casting doodad behind the lathe?

Say "Hello" to Monty for me!  Hoff Steve

 on: Today at 04:55:03 PM 
Started by Russell Shaffer - Last post by Sean McEntee
  Lots of free flight activity there . Sean was based there for a while and he got hooked up with the Magnificent Mountain Men. Some of the best there is are there. They might know of some C/L activity but I don't think there is much in the Springs, or Sean would have mentioned it, and that was one reason for the activity in free flight models.
   Type at you later,
   Dan McEntee

Yeah that's pretty much the case. I moved up there after my last trip to Iraq. It was odd because I was getting a touch of "FF fever" while I was deployed. A glimpse into the future maybe?

The Denver CL club just didn't put on allot of events, and everything else was outside my Army-approved travel radius so it wasn't enough to keep me busy.  So I linked up with some of the local FFers--Nats level folks as dad mentioned--and got me hooked on gliders.

They have a field in the Springs, south of Shriever AFB that they trim/practice on and hold their monthly club scrambles at. They have a HUGE field in Denver--I can't remember the acreage but something would need to go wrong for you to need to chase off the field.

Several of those guys have roots in CL. I took my ringmaster up to the FAI 14-rounder that they have every July and put up some flights. I passed the handle around and a bunch of guys could still fly. There is a hobby shop off of CO-115 and I-35 that carries mostly RC stuff but one of the guys there was talking about 1/2A sized electric CL models. Don't know if he ever got off the ground with them, or if the shop is still there, but that would be your best for finding people to fly CL with up there.

Even if it's just to hang out, the 14-rounder is worth the trip to go to. They fly AMA events too, but FAI flyers from everywhere come to warm up for the Nats. Denver can be a tough field to fly on and it's alway quite a shootout. Very entertaining to watch. They have a few other contest and FAC Scale meets throughout the year, and some indoor contest in the winter months. PM me and I'll give you a few contacts if you are interested. Happy Hunting!

 on: Today at 04:52:31 PM 
Started by Steve Hines - Last post by Richard Imhoff
Now we have to put up with a swelled head at the practice field.

 on: Today at 04:51:21 PM 
Started by MarcusCordeiro - Last post by MarcusCordeiro
Thanks guys...

This is done...


 on: Today at 04:51:20 PM 
Started by roger gebhart - Last post by Andrew Hathaway
Size mostly, and minor cosmetic changes.  There's the upright engine early Veco kitted Thunderbird, then later Veco kitted the 610sq Thunderbird with inverted engine (Dumas and Aero Engineering kits are later but the same kit), then there's the RSM kit which is smaller than the others.  The RSM kit is not the same plane as any of the Veco kits.  There are a couple plans on one for both the upright engine and round cowl version, and another that shows the later Veco/Dumas/Aero kit.  Pick a look you like and go with it.

 on: Today at 04:45:33 PM 
Started by roger gebhart - Last post by Steve Helmick
The '60 Nats winning Thunderbird is referred to as the (Veco) T-Bird II or the '59 Thunderbird (RSM's kit). There was a fair description of the changes in the '60 American Modeller Annual (IIRC)...but maybe '61 Annual, after Mr. Palmer won the '60 NATS with it. What a refreshing change from the Nobler clones of the '50's!

Basically wing area was added at the wing tips (blunter tips), the "razorback" was gone, the landing gear was changed to sheet aluminum, and at least the Veco kit had the infamous "differential flaps".   Hoff Steve

 on: Today at 04:43:09 PM 
Started by Motorman - Last post by GGeezer
I beg to differ with Tim,

Fasteners, particularly high-strength ones are manufactured and heat treated to high industry standards. Grade 8 bolts are medium carbon alloy steel and heat treated to a hardness of between 33 and 39 Rockwell C.

The high strength bolts machine very well. A case in point, I machined a complete crankshaft for a small diesel engine I was building from a Grade 8 bolt.
To test my skill and daring, I machined the whole engine along with the crank using my "toy" lathe... a Unimat SL1000. I used a high-speed steel cutter bit. Because of the small lathe's limitations, I had to do a large number of cuts and I don't think I sharpened the tool until I did the final cuts. I will use this material again on my next engine but I will not use the Unimat!

The attached photos show the engine and the tools I used.

Tim is right in that grade 2 mild steel bolts, along with cold-rolled steel, machines to a poor surface finish.


 on: Today at 04:30:27 PM 
Started by roger gebhart - Last post by roger gebhart
 Just curious. What is the difference in the original thunderbird with upright engine and the thunderbird 1? Or any others for that matter. Thanks  rog

 on: Today at 04:28:14 PM 
Started by Andrew Tinsley - Last post by Robert Bolton
Will try and answer this as simply as possible..  Get a brick tie a string around it and swing around your head..  Question does the brick fly??  yes amazing..   You only need a bit of lift at the start with most speed models then most of the time centrifical force will hold it up..   The smaller planes require slight lift but the more lift in a aerofoil the slower the plane will fly..


 on: Today at 04:21:35 PM 
Started by Leester - Last post by Leester
Cardinal and Oriental have been spoken for, pending pick up.

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