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« on: May 04, 2017, 06:46:06 PM »

After hearing about it some 20 years ago, this weekend I'll be attending my first ever AFFS Champs.
Given that I've really only returned to FF competition in the last couple of months, I'm going in with no expectations and tomorrow will fly a Cat 1 Orbiteer in F1J (8 second motor run allowed for PB engines below 06) and Combined % Open.

The model is a beater that I flew in South Australia some 18 years ago - sorry about the state of the tissue over mylar covering.  Roll Eyes
Back in the day it had a VA Mk II on the front, but in the interest of turning a slightly larger prop I've fitted a Norvel 061. The engine mounting system may look unconventional, but it works and allowed me to use 1/2A combat mounts that I had lying around.

Should be a hoot, and I expect will turn out to be my gateway model to higher performance stuff in the not-too-distant future.


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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2017, 09:29:56 PM »

Well, that was an awful lot of fun!!!

I was only able to fly for one day, but in those 5 hours the Orbiteer clocked up times in two separate events - F1J (5 flights, 1 hr rounds) and Combined % Open (3 flights, no rounds). The scorecard for F1J showed 5 x 2 min maxes (maybe for a 3rd place?), and Combined % showed 3 x 2 min maxes (making the flyoff, which I couldn't attend). There were 2 other flights in F1J, both >2 min, however engine overruns had them listed as attempts.
So, as far as the scorecards go I guess the model went well.

From my personal learning perspective, it was spot-on ... Every launch was safe and pretty-much a repeat of the previous one. This was a wonderful confidence boost and allowed me to focus on other aspects of the competition.

Could I recommend the Orbiteer to others? ABSOLUTELY!  Grin






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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2017, 10:54:18 PM »

Awesome! Glad you had fun.
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2017, 03:36:58 AM »

Excellent performance , but how do you find the models in the "Keil Kraft " grass ?
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2017, 03:58:29 AM »

how do you find the models in the "Keil Kraft " grass ?

On a couple of occasions, it may have been prayer. On others, dogged persistence.
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