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« on: April 08, 2008, 01:03:13 AM »

if I can't tell the guys here who can I tell? I achieved a new personal best with my Parlor Mite a few hours ago: 2 minutes 38 seconds. This plane is the first indoor plane I ever built. When I first flew the plane it was doing 25 seconds. We've come a long way!
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2008, 01:16:52 AM »

Super achievement Black Arrow, that is a great job and thanks for posting this news...

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2008, 12:59:42 PM »

2 minutes 38 seconds? Oh man I got a long way to go. Take the 2 minutes off and you have my normal flight times! Way to go!
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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2008, 07:22:39 PM »

Nice Black Arrow!
I flew a parlor mite at Thanksgiving Dinner a few years back and might have gotten a few minutes if Grand-Dad
hadn't swatted the thing away from the sweet potatoes! Oh well. Stay at it bro and keep your Grand-Dad away! Fore warned is fore armed!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008, 09:27:07 PM »

Black Arrow,

Congrats on a wonderful flight report. Can you post a pic or two?

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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 04:14:53 PM »

Black Arrow,

 That's not a bad flight time, really. Good job. What was the ceiling height?
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008, 07:27:35 PM »

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That's a very good time man! Most of my gliders and rubber planes don't do that well unless they find a good updraft!
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« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2008, 09:38:36 PM »

Thanks for all the compliments! The flying was done in a Church activity center basketball court. I don't really know the ceiling height but looking at it and comparing it to the 16 foot ceiling in our great room I'm guessing the height at the church to be around 20 - 25 feet.

I've got another one built that is a good bit less in weight, straighter and just plain looks a lot more like a good building job. How much you wannna bet it doesn't fly worth a darn? LOL!

Sorry this took so long to get posted but there have been some pretty serious health issues in my immediate family and my mind has been focused on things other than planes.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2008, 07:15:19 AM »

Yea, I remember the day I finally broke 2 minutes. Actually, I skipped ahead and broke 3 while I was at it. All done with a pitiful EZB that must have weight 3 grams or more despite using the thinnest wood sizes I could manage. I covered it with thin mylar, thinking that was what I needed to get it light, and so on. It flew pretty well considering. It's hard to believe that I'm building them at 600 mg now. But it all comes with time. You just keep pushing yourself a little further with each new airplane.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2008, 10:38:26 PM »

Do you have a picture of this high perfomance machine??? 2:58 is so rewarding in any situation that you happen to be flying in. Congradulations.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2008, 10:58:35 PM »

lemuel, I don't have a digital camera so posting pic's is more of a pain and expense than I'm willing to go through but the model is a Parlor Mite from a Micro X kit. It has a 10 inch span and is covered with condenser paper. The prop was made from .010 balsa by soaking and forming around a cylinder. I have been using various rather small sizes of tan rubber. Everything was done as per kit instructions except the rubber. The biggest improvements in performance came from adding a tiny bit of up thrust and changing out rubber motors. The plane flies very slowly. You can easily keep up with it just walking.
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