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 on: Yesterday at 09:57:48 AM 
Started by Russell Shaffer - Last post by Tim Wescott
Just as a comment, if your venturi is small enough to run on suction, running the engine on pressure won't make it go any faster.

Inneresting article on getting speed out of the 25LA:  I'm toying with the notion of taking mine and doing all the reversible changes, or maybe just the venturi mods and a mini-pipe, and go and play with the back of the pack in NW Proto.

 on: Yesterday at 09:50:11 AM 
Started by TigreST - Last post by Tim Wescott
Many of you no doubt have found a local hobby shop that can supply good balsa for you to choose from. The ideal situation would be that this shop or supplier in close by.

National Balsa.  Only 2500 miles away by car.  Oh, did I mention that they ship?

I have not yet taken advantage of their "custom order" service, but if I needed something specific I certainly would.  In the mean time, if I order from the "whatever" pile then by the time I'm done sorting I have everything that I need, and their contest-weight wood is less than wood at the LHS.

If you feel that you absolutely must buy "by hand", look to balsa at craft stores (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.).  Most of the people buying balsa don't want the "weak punky wood", so it's common for all the 12-pound stuff to be long gone by the time you get there.  Don't expect to find anything below 7 pounds (you won't at your LHS), but there's lots of good stuff at the bottom end of "medium weight".

Given how few people build these days, the economics of hand-selecting wood from a LHS (even a craft store) just doesn't pencil out for you or for the LHS owner.  Find a mail-order place that hand-selects wood and knows the difference between A-grain and appalling.  Even if you don't factor in the gas money and your time, you'll save money over the prices at your LHS.

 on: Yesterday at 09:48:24 AM 
Started by Tim Wescott - Last post by Bruce Shipp
Tim,  I injured my shoulder in 2013 in a road bicycle accident.  It improved over a month to a point but then never got any better.  I was never pain free.  After a year of PT and shots there was little improvement.  I'd feel great for about a day after a PT session.  Then one day back at work and the pain was right back to xpre- PT session level. After 10 months I finally saw an ortho surgeon.  I had no rotator cuff damage but he did clean things up, trimmed the end of my collar bone and removed a lot of arthritis.  I was back on my bike four weeks after surgery. I was pain free after 2 months and have remained so ever since.

I did not realize how much pain I was in until after it was gone.  Control line flying discomfort aside, I encourage you to look into the surgery option to improve your overall quality of life.  I spent a good 6-9 months of feeling miserable all day and sleeping terribly in a vain attempt to avoid surgery.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

 on: Yesterday at 09:41:32 AM 
Started by bill bischoff - Last post by Motorman
Pat makes a 307 Ringmaster kit with a few changes to the wing airfoil and leading edge sheeting would make a good slow rat plane.


 on: Yesterday at 09:41:01 AM 
Started by bill bischoff - Last post by Ken Burdick
A pilot in an F2D competition really has his hands full. You need a good pit man and ideally a coach to work out the instant strategy required to win in a high level match. It's intense and demanding on the pilot so the pitman becomes key to any chance of a win.

 on: Yesterday at 09:40:19 AM 
Started by Tim Wescott - Last post by Tim Wescott
Tim, perhaps you might try just leaving out the overhead maneuvers. Forget trying to find the golden chalice and just have some fun!

At this point if I just follow a plane through a loop it messes me up.

But -- point taken, and thanks for the suggestion.

 on: Yesterday at 09:37:31 AM 
Started by TigreST - Last post by Motorman

 on: Yesterday at 09:35:14 AM 
Started by Tim Wescott - Last post by Motorman
Fly with two hands?

 on: Yesterday at 09:35:11 AM 
Started by Russell Shaffer - Last post by Russell Shaffer
NW rules     

 on: Yesterday at 09:34:51 AM 
Started by TigreST - Last post by Allan Perret
Order with confidence from Tom Morris [Stunt Hangar Hobby].  Its all contest wood..

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