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Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« on: December 22, 2022, 04:43:24 PM »
For those of you who saw it fly, can you give us a report as to what your thoughts were on the plane. It is a super cool stunter!
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2022, 10:25:29 PM »
For those of you who saw it fly, can you give us a report as to what your thoughts were on the plane. It is a super cool stunter!

   Didn't see it fly, but there is an extensive write up on it in Model Aviation. I don't remember the year, but would make a good read on a winter day.
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2022, 01:46:54 AM »
Model Aviation, June 1988.

I recall working as a pull tester at a SoCal contest years ago. A guy had what looked like one of these. It seemed huge and it wasn't that light. I worried about the pull. The contestant's remark has stayed with me--"Don't worry about the pull, it'll take it!"

I have tried to mount controls in such a way that instills this same confidence.

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2022, 08:58:04 AM »
For those of you who saw it fly, can you give us a report as to what your thoughts were on the plane. It is a super cool stunter!

Bob Whitely flew one, finished the same way as Adkisson.  I remember that it was not light, it does not build light.  Bob campaigned with that airplane for several years, I think he flew it at least at one Nationals and placed well with it.  (Bob always placed well at the Nats.  He won in '78.)  I have seen Adkisson's model fly.  I have seen Whitely's model fly.  These models flew very well, had as good a corner as anything flying at that time.   They were impressive in the air.  This is not a small airplane.  That color scheme was impressive, both on the ground and in the air.

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2022, 02:40:42 PM »
I have considered building one and I have read the article in the Model Aviation mag. I think it was June of 88. I just wanted some impressions from guys who have consistently been at the Nats and seen a multitude of varying designs fly. 
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2022, 06:47:27 PM »
Bob Whitely flew one, finished the same way as Adkisson.  I remember that it was not light, it does not build light.  Bob campaigned with that airplane for several years, I think he flew it at least at one Nationals and placed well with it.  (Bob always placed well at the Nats.  He won in '78.)  I have seen Adkisson's model fly.  I have seen Whitely's model fly.  These models flew very well, had as good a corner as anything flying at that time.   They were impressive in the air.  This is not a small airplane.  That color scheme was impressive, both on the ground and in the air.

Keith

     I was thinking that Whitely's "Showtime" Lazer was the same airplane but not really sure. He flew that at the '91 NATS at Lawrenceville, I believe. Are we thinking of the same model?
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2022, 09:05:33 AM »
Watching Loudenslager fly the original had a very profound effect on the direction of my adult life.  His seven national champions was thought by all to be unbeatable. That was until the now one time Fox 15 hurl and eleven time nation champion Rob Holland showed up.   

Ted Fancher wrote the introduction to the Model Aviation article.  I would love to hear his thoughts on this model.

Tim

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2022, 09:56:16 AM »
     I was thinking that Whitely's "Showtime" Lazer was the same airplane but not really sure. He flew that at the '91 NATS at Lawrenceville, I believe. Are we thinking of the same model?
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Dan,

Thanks for looking up the record on Bob Whitely.  I checked Stunt News.  Bob placed 6th at the 91 Nats but no record of what was flown and no pictures of Bob.  He also placed 4th at the 92 Nats and there is a not so good photo of the top 5 with their airplanes.  Using a magnifying glass, it looks like Bob is holding his Bud Light.  He was one of the really good pilots over a long span of years.   I think his Bud Light was one of his best models.

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2022, 10:57:59 PM »
 Not to change the subject, but how about Dan Banjock's turbo "Raven"? When I first saw it it reminded me of Whitely's old Bud Light plane but in a much more user friendly size.
« Last Edit: December 25, 2022, 08:51:02 PM by wwwarbird »
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2022, 11:54:40 AM »
Dan,

Thanks for looking up the record on Bob Whitely.  I checked Stunt News.  Bob placed 6th at the 91 Nats but no record of what was flown and no pictures of Bob.  He also placed 4th at the 92 Nats and there is a not so good photo of the top 5 with their airplanes.  Using a magnifying glass, it looks like Bob is holding his Bud Light.  He was one of the really good pilots over a long span of years.   I think his Bud Light was one of his best models.

Keith

    I need to pull out my pictures from the '91 NATS and review. Andy Lee has posted a bunch of photo from the '91 and '93 NATS at Lawrenceville on Facebook, and one was of Whitley's  "Showtime" Laser, and it's multicolored and nice model. So he had a "red "Bud Light Laser also??  I am not familiar with that one. I hope I took pics of the Show time model at the time!!!!

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #10 on: December 25, 2022, 12:02:42 PM »
Not to change the subject, but how about Dan Banjock's turbo "Raven"? When I first saw it it reminded me of Whitely's old But Light plane but in a much more user friendly size.

   I think Banjock is on his second Turbo Raven. I think the first was PA.75 powered, and met an early demise, but I thought I saw some where that he replaced it with a new one. Do  not know the particulars on the model.

  I got to see one of the last shows that the full size Raven flew at Reno in 1999. To say it was impressive is a gross understatement! I think the following weekend is when he broke a prop drive shaft(?) and pancaked the airplane. Video is on YouTube I think. I was surprised he survived it but is about 2 inches shorter in height as a result of the back injuries he suffered!!

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2022, 02:45:39 PM »
I think this is one of the pictures Dan. Cool airplane all the way around.
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2022, 08:55:42 PM »
    I need to pull out my pictures from the '91 NATS and review. Andy Lee has posted a bunch of photo from the '91 and '93 NATS at Lawrenceville on Facebook, and one was of Whitley's  "Showtime" Laser, and it's multicolored and nice model. So he had a "red "Bud Light Laser also??

 Hmm, I guess I'm not totally sure. I just remember seeing pictures of the Bud Light one and have always thought it was Whitely's. I don't remember ever seeing the Showtime version.
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2022, 02:26:04 PM »
I believe that Gid was the only one that painted his to resemble the Bud Light Laser, Mr. Whiteley  did his to represent as the picture above shows. There may have been others to have built and flown them, but none that I have ever seen to the level of the 2 represented here in this post. If others have built the model, please post a photo and comment on it.
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2022, 03:25:44 PM »
The photo in Aircobras reply #11 is absolutely the model built and flown by Bob Whitely.  It was a Nats concurs winner and currently resides w/ Chris McMillan.  Gidís was painted (or monokoted) in the scale red Bud Lite colors.

I saw both Bobís and Gidís fly.  I concur w/ Keith Trostle that they flew as well as anything of that era.  Both were powered by ST-60ís I recall.

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2022, 03:29:48 PM »
Bigger newer stunt engines would make a huge improvement. PA .75 or RO-Jett .76, at least...or scale it down. y1 Steve
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2023, 07:03:11 AM »
I think this is one of the pictures Dan. Cool airplane all the way around.
what a beauty!
any published the plans?
just found this one, but not the same for sure

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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2023, 09:30:58 AM »
what a beauty!
any published the plans?
just found this one, but not the same for sure

   The Gid Adkisson model was published in Model Aviation Magazine, I'm pretty sure, and plans are available from them. The plan you posted looks like it says Model Builder, but I'm not familiar with that one and would have to look that up. The AMA has the Model Builder plans list now, so you could get both from the one source.
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Re: Bud Light stunter by Gid Adkisson
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2023, 08:47:20 AM »
what a beauty!
any published the plans?


Gid Adkisson's Bud Light Laser was published in the June 1988 issue of Model Aviation.  These plans are available from the AMA plans service.

In the article, Ted Fancher wrote the introduction:  ".....If you've followed the Nats results for the last couple of years, you'r most likely familiar with the big, red Bud Light Special Laser as flown by Bob Whitely to a 'skin of his teeth' second-place finish in 1986 and a very strong seventh in the monster winds of Lincoln in 1987.  This is clearly a semiscale stunter which can really fly the pattern. ... Take it from a guy who's been whipped by Gid and his Laser ... this is a good one!"

Keith


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