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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2014, 05:38:31 PM »

Well, it is done......or maybe I'm done. In time for Geneseo, too. A friend of mine once said that his building skills took a tremendous improvement when he stopped bringing attention to his screwups when people would look at his airplanes. I think that is a great philosophy that I am going to implement immediately as this is the best it will ever look. It is all downhill from here but I expect a lot of flying in the meantime. However, I will say that the insignia and graphics were done by Callie Graphics (you can find her on the internet) in record time. She needs some clear photos, 3 views, that are as 90 degree to the surface as possible, some type of scale basis, and then she uses a graphics program and a library of insignia, fonts, etc. to produce very thin (like Saran wrap almost) vynl stick-ons. They are far better than decals and a lot more rugged to boot. What you see on model cost $21----I can't take my wife out to lunch for that. And in case of a crash or recovering, Callie will have the files to reproduce everything.

Looking forward to seeing the other jet jocks there and the jet mass launch mission!
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« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2014, 05:57:43 PM »

Very very nice.  Well done.
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« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2014, 07:53:38 PM »

Tom, that looks fantastic!
I'm sure there are no imperfections - this is your very first perfect model!

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« Reply #28 on: July 08, 2014, 11:58:27 PM »

Fabulous F-86K  Tom!  Well Done!

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« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2014, 03:41:47 AM »

My word ..what a handsome beast Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: July 09, 2014, 04:07:50 AM »

Looks fantastic, congratulations, well done...

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« Reply #31 on: July 09, 2014, 08:56:27 AM »

Whatever imperfections there may be are overwhelmed by its impressive gestalt.  Striking!

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« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2014, 07:35:13 PM »

Geneseo was great with some fabulous aircraft and some matching weather. What little wind we had was to be expected and aircraft were flying everyday-all day. The Sabre Dog performed better than I had hoped for a first DF model. It took 2nd place in Power Scale, beaten only by Don Srull's amazing push-pull flying wing, the Perodactyl. After a short trimming flight ended in the grass due to a tightening turn, I added a clay weight to the wing tip and launched again. There was a slight breeze moving and for some reason it always takes off better under those conditions and climbed out from my overhanded and overhead launch technique. Moving in a wide 100yd circle, it passed over my head with a good head of steam up from its initial mushy launch speed. It was also about 5' above my head and climbed with each subsequent pass until it was WAY too high and gave no indication it was ever coming down. It was also starting to move over the crops at the far end of the field and I took off running as the crops are like a black hole that airplanes never come out of. Just before the Dog became the famous dot in the sky, the motor quit and the glide phase, which is fast and flat, continued to bring it around in large sweeping circles after circle---half out over the crops and half over the field. The motor run was 2 minutes and the glide was another 2 minutes. It finally came streaking over the tops of the beans and promptly disappeared in the vegetation. I had a line on it and Marci Olm (of Gizmo Geezer fame) had another line and we experts were convinced we could get it. The only problem was the greenery was so thick and high that I would find it by stepping on it! While we were carefully examining our area, the 8 year-old son of one of the French-Canadian contingent kept yelling "Its over there, it's over there" and naturally was pointing to someplace else. Finally, disgusted that we were not taking him seriously, he marched through the jungle, picked it up and announced "Here it is". I was so happy that I could have cried and let him carry the plane back to the flightline to cheers and applause. We had a photo op with him (Ben) and Marci and me that I will post when I can get a copy.

Needless to say my 2 subsequent flights were a LOT further upwind. In fact, so much so that the F-86 treated the flightline and all the peanut gallery to regular fly-bys as it did its climbing circles. Now I was worried that a car was going to get hit but both flights moved away from the tents and the glide and landings were right in front of the stands. Both times the final high height was a little unnerving. I could not have asked for better flights. I noticed that the jet had a very, very slight wing rock and I attributed that to the fact I had it trimmed for a flat circle which would cause the "outside" swept wing to rise a bit until a coordinated turn was established for an instant and then it would start a slide down and the low swept wing would then pick it up and the process would start all over. It was very subtle but if you looked for it, you could see it. I had the turn initiated by a bit of right rudder and I am glad I did as that kept the circle going from that high, high glide. I was unwilling to turn the speed down to keep the altitude lower as I needed every bit of oomph possible during that crucial launch.

Later that afternoon we had a jet mass launch in which we had a time target to hit. It went off pretty cool as Marty Ritchie called out "Start your engines", we all switched on our motors, all waited for the 10 seconds for the motors to light off and as they did gave Marty a thumbs up and when he saw all thumbs up, it was 3-2-1 Launch! I had dialed in what I thought was 30 seconds but I forgot about the climb and long glide but even so, the Sabre Dog got the closest time so I guess it turned out well. 

Because I was flying, I have got no photos or videos to post of the flights and I am hoping some kind soul will do that because it really did look cool zorching up and down the field. Driving home to Wyoming from New York I kept building all sorts of jets in my head as I played truck-tag on the freeway. I am hooked!
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« Reply #33 on: July 23, 2014, 10:31:34 PM »

Tom...outstand account of the activities.  Thanks a bunch for sharing this with us!  I hope someone got some pics and video so we can see them as well.  Once again WELL DONE!!!! Wish I'd been there!
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« Reply #34 on: July 24, 2014, 03:30:46 AM »

The mass launch was a hoot Smiley and it was also deafening, well done on the win Tom .if I hadn't lost my Mig17 in the corn during the week im sure id have given you a run for your money .Cant wait to do it again
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« Reply #35 on: July 24, 2014, 07:13:13 AM »

Good going!  And three cheers for that eagle-eyed kid!

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« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2014, 10:52:24 PM »

And here is my retrieval team: Marci Olm and young, eagle-eyed Benedict Dion from Montreal. He carried my plane back for this photo-op and after this, everytime he would pass my tent I would yell "There goes my hero!".  He would grin and swagger on.
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« Reply #37 on: August 07, 2014, 07:54:40 PM »

Well, Tom, I thought I had yours in flight - but - I guess not.  Maybe this is Marty's?

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« Reply #38 on: August 07, 2014, 08:02:12 PM »

Well, Tom, I thought I had yours in flight - but - I guess not.  

oops - surprise!  This was during the mass launch.


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« Reply #39 on: August 07, 2014, 10:00:03 PM »

Nice shots George, the top is my F-84F Thunderstreak and the bottom Tom's fine F-86 Sabre.  Both in German camo.
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« Reply #40 on: August 07, 2014, 10:31:50 PM »

Great pictures George...thanks for sharing them.  Thanks guys for putting such treasures into the air!!!
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« Reply #41 on: August 08, 2014, 06:05:56 PM »

 Grin  I can't believe i've only just found this thread! Well done Tom, thinking outside the square should always be rewarded handsomely! Makes me tempted to look at the whole Jet thing. Thanks!  Cool Cool Cool
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« Reply #42 on: August 08, 2014, 08:18:25 PM »

Thanks to Mike Stuart, our UK stalwart, here is a video of the Jet Mass Launch. Thanks, Mike. Note: this is graphic and not for young eyes what with the explosions, crashes, and midairs at launch.

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« Reply #43 on: August 09, 2014, 12:14:01 AM »

Outstanding flight Tom...looks as if some of the others had some struggles with launch.  Congratulations again!
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« Reply #44 on: August 08, 2018, 03:43:00 PM »

As a very late addition to this thread, here is a video of the Geneseo flight:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeNGGU7kIkA
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« Reply #45 on: August 08, 2018, 10:35:22 PM »

Very nicely done. In truth though It did look more like a demolition derby with all the rest of the entrants Grin
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« Reply #46 on: September 07, 2018, 12:42:41 PM »

Love the intake duct!
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