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Offline Ken Culbertson

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Re: F-86 Sabre build
« Reply #150 on: April 29, 2023, 12:47:38 PM »
    It's been a while since I have read the article, but if I'm remembering correctly, Larry Scarinzi designed the Blue Angel around the Fox.59, did he not? It was a typical story where he lost a model a couple of months before the NATS and needed a new stunt model in a hurry. Steve Smith has Walt Brownell's electric version of the Blue Angel and as I look at it sitting on the ground and in the air, I just can't imagine a .59 in it. Most others I have seen have a .46 of some flavor in them, and the airfoil isn't the thickest I have ever seen either. But I love the look of the airplane and it's biggest attraction is I wouldn't have to come up with a paint scheme!!  I can remember seeing the Blue Angels fly the Grumman F-11 Tiger and it's still my favorite BA aircraft. I don't think I have ever been around a Fox.59 to see or hear one run. I have a couple but just never had the proper project for one. Comparing the BA to that third version on the Sabre, the Sabre does look pretty big. Like the late, great Walt Mooney said, "So many airplanes and so little time!."

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You have to put the size and power selection into perspective.  In 1964 the dominant motor was the Fox 35 and most planes were 50-52" spans.  Here comes Larry with a .59 powered 56" plane.  It looked so big next to everything else there.  If the stories are true, I saw it's maiden flight and was quite impressed.  I felt, all things considered he should have won.  Best pattern IMHO at the time (I was a senior) was Mathis but best overall presentation was Larry.  Navy judges did not agree with my assessment! 


Fast forward to today and 56" would most likely be the smallest wingspan in the lineup and the .59 the smallest motor. 
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Re: F-86 Sabre build
« Reply #151 on: May 17, 2023, 09:35:36 PM »
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Narrowly averting disaster since 1964! 

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