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« on: January 27, 2017, 02:04:26 PM »

The Old Farts Flying Club meets every Wednesday morning at the Stonehurst Recreation Center gym, 9901 Dronfield Avenue, Sun Valley, California, for a club meeting and indoor flying session.  There is a contest on the last meeting of the month.  Spectators, prospective members, and desperate fliers are welcome.

This year's contest schedule is:

Jan 28    P-18   (postponed to Feb 01 per CD)
Feb 22    Minnow R.O.G.
Mar 29    Mini-Stick
Apr 26    Catapult Glider
May 31   No-Cal Pusher
Jun 14    Spot Landing and Predicted Time Flight (Outdoors)
Jun 28    Legal Eagle
Jul 26     Penny Plane
Aug 30   Peanut Scale
Sep 27   Embryo
Oct 25   One Design
Nov 29   Bostonian
Dec 27   R.O.G. Unlimited

Note: CDs may make modifications to established rules for a given contest.  These are usually announced at the first meeting of the month.

Last year's scale contest was Dime Scale.  Attached is a picture of the contestants.

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2017, 10:57:40 PM »


Ooops!  Embarrassed

I forgot mention the time of the Wednesday morning meetings.  The meetings are at 9:00 AM with the flying sessions from 10:00 til noon.

As I said, if any of you are in the area you are quite welcome.  You might want to e-mail me on Tuesday if you intend to come since every once and a while the Park Department closes the gym for some maintenance issue and we usually know about it the week before,

Howard
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 07:00:05 PM »

Here are the rules for the Minnow contest one February 22

MINNOW R.O.G.

Contest Director John Buntin

1. Model must be built to plan.

2. Propeller - SIG, 5-1/2 inch, red or black plastic

3. Must use SIG nylon prop bearing -Bushings, washers, and beads will be allowed.

4. Tissue covering - No plastic film

5. No weight limit, but all wood sizes must be to plan.

6.  All flights must R.O.G.

7. Any attempted flight over 10 seconds is official.

8. Timing starts at release of plane.

9. Five attempts allowed.  Score is total of best two flights.

10. Contest is over at 11:40 AM.

11. Non-fliers and those repairing models must stand behind the black line.

12.  All contestants, audience, and officials must attempt to have fun.  Anyone not having fun will be directed to leave the contest site immediately.

This is one of the most popular contests.  Almost every member has a Minnow. 

Most of the members present were practicing with them during the flying session after the meeting.  There were so many Minnows in the air that there was actually a head on collision between two of them.  No damage was done.  Minnows are noted for their almost instantaneous recovery after hitting something.  My current one has been bounced off so many obstructions that I call it "Timex".
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2017, 08:18:00 PM »

The Minnow contest was held on February 22.  There were 10 contestants and according to the stated rules, fun was had by all. 

The results were as follows: (Times are seconds, sum of best two flights.)

1st     Will Woods                    153.8
2nd     Pete Bassone                149.3
3rd     Don Butman                   134.5
4th     Bill Watson                    123.8
5th     Howard Littman              108.2
6th     Don Martin                    107.9
7th     John Buntin                     94.5
8th     Stan Christopher              86.7
9th     Winn Hammer                  74.6
10th    Lowell Norenberg             57.5

Some members had to do double duty during the contest with Pete Bassone doing scoring and timing and Don Smith timing.  (Photo 1)

Don Butman has a leg brace so he launches and retrieves his models using a padded gripper (Photo 2)

Bill Watson displays body English when his model circled back on him right after launch.  (Photo 3)

The next contest will be on March 29.  I will post the rules next week (assuming that the CD has printed them.)   In anyone will be in the area on a meeting or contest day you are welcome to join us.


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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 03:35:01 PM »

Got the rules for the Mini-Stick contest this morning.  Looks pretty straight forward.  (See photo) Several people were trimming their Mini-Sticks at this mornings session.  Some good competition for this one... 

Bill Watson brought a hot wire cutter to the meeting this morning and cut out some walk-along, flying wing gliders about .020 inch thick.  We spent almost the whole meeting before the flying session playing with them.  Sorry I didn't take pictures.  Kurt Young said we had expressions on our faces like a bunch of 8 year old boys.  Fun!
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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2017, 05:06:20 PM »

At the last meeting we received the rules for the No-Cal Pusher contest.  That isn't till May 31, and we still haven't received the rules for the Cat Glider contest in April.  Nevertheless, members were testing cat gliders and No-Cal pushers as well as the Mini-Sticks for this months contest on March 29. 

Among those who didn't have a pusher No-Cal there was much discussion about what to build with the opinions about evenly divided between actual pusher aircraft and models of jets.  Should be interesting to see what they come up with. 

Several of us already have one or two.  Looks as though Joe Whiting's Shinden is going to be very competitive this year.  I will have my F7U and Saab Viggen for this year's contest.

                   NO CAL PUSHER AIRCRAFT CONTEST
                                 MAY 31, 2017

1.     Wing span, 16 inch maximum.
2.     Aircraft with fixed landing gear must have each landing gear represented as per the original aircraft plan.
3.     All wing struts must be affixed on model.
4.     Motor sticks shall not exceed fuselage length.  Prop may be at tip of a scale profile spinner if the real plane featured a spinner.
5.     Surfaces may be single covered.
6.     Model must be colored, have control surfaces and registration numbers affixed.
7.     Official flight, 20 seconds minimum.
8.     Total six flights.  Top two flights count for score.


                  GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
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« Reply #6 on: Today at 04:54:35 PM »

I wasn't present for the Mini-Stick contest on March 29th since I had to leave right after the club meeting, however the Black Sheep newsletter published the results.  Times are total of best two flights.  This room has a 24 foot ceiling.  (Yes, Pete says he extended his 30 retrieval pole completely in the room but I measured it with my laser rangefinder.)

1     Bill Watson                    511.0 seconds  
2     Jim Luken                      422.0
3     Pete Bassone                 374.0
4     Don Butman                   209.5
5     Don Martin                      90.0
6     Lowell Norenberg               5.6  (I'll have to ask him what happened at the next meeting.  Most unusual!)

I was present, as a timer, not a contestant, for the Cat Glider contest on April 26.

The rules were:

1     3 sets of 3 flights
2     Best single flight wins
3     Launching stick (in any) 6 inches or shorter
4     Rubber loop 9 inches or shorter
5     Glider any size, material, or weight
6     One person flying at a time.  All others behind the black line.
7     All attempts count as an official flight.
8     All contestants encouraged to enjoy and have fun.
9     The contest ends at 11:40.

Bill Watson easily won the contest with an extremely well engineered glider. (Really, you have to see how he approaches building a model.)  He also had the most uncanny launching technique being able to launch the model straight up to the ceiling and getting it to roll out, the wing tip almost touching the ceiling, into level flight.

There was a tie for second place between Lowell Norenberg and Pete Bassone with the best time of each of their sets the same.  The tie was resolved by adding up the total flight times of all their sets with Pete edging out Lowell.

Dave Gee provided the comedy relief for the contest by using a tiny glider with a balsa frame and film covered surfaces which he did not catapult but simply dropped from his raised hand. The thing flew so well that I wonder how well it would have done if he had stripped some incredibly small section rubber and catapulted it.

Stan Christopher, the CD, ran an orderly contest and the results were:

1     Bill Watson               31 seconds
2     Pete Bassone            23
3     Lowell Norenberg       23
4     Don Smith                16
5     Will Woods               14
6     Don Martin               12
7     Dave Gee                 10

I was timing so I didn't get any in-flight photos, at least not any good enough to post.

However, I did get a photo of the CD calling the contest to order and the group shot afterwards.

We also had someone who read about it on a forum (this is not the only one I post with this) show up for the meeting and to observe the contest.  Looks like he will be in the next one.  If you're in the area come on down!

Next contest, No-Cal pusher.
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