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« on: March 21, 2012, 12:11:58 AM »

Warning:  Self aggrandizing to follow.

In the winter of 1975-76 a dedicated 13-year-old kid shows up at one of the MMAC's (Minneapolis Model Aero Club) monthly indoor contests with the first flapper-style glider (a Coot) and beats all contestants, in Jr. and Open, and sets a new club record of 24 seconds, for a single flight, in the process.  Shortly after this amazing feat this same kid discovers girls, cars and rock music and was never seen again with a FF HLG in his hand.

I was there to witness that event and often wondered if I were to build the same plane, to the same specs, if I could recreate or maybe even surpass his times.  Could a overweight, out-of-shape 49-year-old man beat that kid?  It was a question often pondered but never acted upon.  

Until today...

After a little bit of trimming and a few warm-up tosses I got 27.7 sec. in our 22' gym.  I kicked that kid's rear!
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 08:42:15 AM »

Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time!
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 09:30:39 AM »

Never appreciated that saying more than now Wordguy. Cheesy

Me and my sore arm thank you.

Bill
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 06:29:25 PM »

Your story gives me a chuckle! A win is a win as long as it was within the rules. I guess it's a good thing that people move on in life so that the rest of us get a chance for a day in the sun. LOL!
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2012, 06:22:48 PM »

Glad you enjoyed the story Chris!  It was fun to see if the old and fat version of me could out-do the young and skinny version.  That kid was kind of cocky and deserved to get beat. Wink

Just got done watching you and Stu W. flying your NoCals.  Nice flights!  There's a push here in Las Vegas to start some semi-organized NoCal contests here.  Will try and keep it as low-key as possible to lure in the sport flyers and RC guys.  I'll let you know how it goes.

Take Care, Bill
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« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 10:37:20 PM »

You all have some competition. I'm around that same age and get really good times in my living room. Just y'all wait...


Youtube channel for proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T6QbYh9_I0
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2019, 06:08:16 PM »

Nicely trimmed models. I see that you have discovered the benefits of a bit of tail twist to gain in flight tail tilt.

John
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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2019, 08:58:20 PM »

Thanks!  Grin
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