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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2020, 10:50:45 AM »

Will put up some pics today...
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« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2020, 11:06:12 AM »

try this
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« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2020, 06:13:08 PM »

Hey I love that.    Really interesting.
I've never built one, but maybe I should one day.
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« Reply #28 on: August 19, 2020, 08:57:16 AM »

It's from a Frank Zaic yearbook..."maybe I should one day"...I had been saying that until 15 years ago and then I retired and thought time is running out (along with the fields to fly on) and build those models you've always wanted to and so what if they don't fly...my thinking about contest flying also changed : I go to win and I'll drink beer with you after a contest but during?...no way...I'm there to win and do the best I can...you might say where's the FUN but to see my creations circling high overhead goes way way way beyond "fun"...I'll start the Contestor next week when I get some wood...
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« Reply #29 on: August 19, 2020, 09:58:45 AM »

Good to hear your starting.
I’ve made a start on mine and when I get the first side done I’ll put up a pic.
Then we can have a beer.
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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2020, 10:20:41 AM »

I also have a twin pusher but don't know how to get the pictures to show up here. My choice to build was the Skidoo 23. Had it out flying before so it does. Wish I could say more but that was enough.
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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2020, 11:20:23 AM »

Not to join the "mee tooo" brigade, but I independently decided to build this very airplane just last night and ordered a bunch of balsa for it.  I won't bore you with the list of my unfinished projects, but I look forward to the Contestor joining them! Grin Roll Eyes
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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2020, 11:40:16 AM »

While on twin pusher photos... here's one I made, I think around 1971, from a kit that Oldtime Model Supply used to sell, I forgot the name and design? I trimmed it so that it would fly in circles overhead, looked cool in the air, took forever to wind those two huge motors!
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« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2020, 11:01:03 AM »

Started the 1/2 size Contestor today...building the stab and fin right now...pics coming when I get it off the board...going to fly the 1/2 size Horry, A-Frame, tailless P-30
and I hope the new 36" bungee tonight...good to see another A-frame flyguy...I'd like to know the real names of you guys...mine is Dave Pishnery...
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2020, 06:09:47 PM »

My full size Contestor is making very slow progress.
I have some longerons down and have started to get spacers in.
I have opened up the front just a fraction so I can get a blast tube in.......I would hate to blow that beautiful fuselage up if I got over serious with winding it for a max.

Me real name is Howard Gostelow, and we live in Queensland on the Gold Coast.   "gossie" is nick name going back to school days.   Some still call me that, and other things.  LOL
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« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2020, 07:00:09 PM »

The stab and fin are done and one fuselage side and working on the second...hope to box it up tomorrow and figure out the D/T then...looks like a 9 x 11.25P prop...it is a beautiful model and not "pure" duration but the Brits seemed to have not let go of traditional looking models and not went with pure duration...but, then again, I wouldn't have wanted to fly in Brit weather all year long...we have enough bad weather here in the spring and summer...but I don't think people have taken into consideration the two philosophies of flying between US and Europe...it is a challenge and I must confess I like the the US way of powering it up to as high as possible and let the glide/thermal do the rest...
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« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2020, 12:57:08 PM »

update pic...
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« Reply #37 on: August 28, 2020, 03:33:27 PM »

I finished it today...33.1 grams empty which isn't a heavy-weight but well over the 28 grams for a half size wakefield...I built it per the FAC rules so I guess it's okay...maybe 6 x 3/32" for motor but has 4 x 1/8" in it right now...pics
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« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2020, 03:51:13 PM »

That's nice!
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« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2020, 05:52:27 PM »

Looks great, and your well ahead of me......I have the left hand side being built over the right hand side at the moment.
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« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2020, 05:58:02 PM »

Thanks...BTW PeeTee, my local club has started to fly Bungee and think it is a new event...it has been a while since I first emailed you about bungee and you turned me onto the 36" Corsair...seems like ages ago...
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« Reply #41 on: August 29, 2020, 08:25:13 AM »

Hope to test it next week because we are going through a rainy spot right now due to the hurricane coming up the Ohio valley...
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« Reply #42 on: August 29, 2020, 09:56:20 AM »

That was quick! A grand job on a lovely looking model and I do have a soft spot for the yellow/blue colours.
Happy Maiden.
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« Reply #43 on: September 02, 2020, 06:42:54 PM »

 I had it out last night and, yep, flew right off the board with a 1/32" right thrust added...200, 400, 600, 800 turns on 4 x 1/8" and put it away when it started to object to the size of the field and wanted to escape...also put up an Elite Petrel,1945, and it too wanted to escape the field but the power pattern was still spot on after sitting 2 years in the box...
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« Reply #44 on: September 03, 2020, 04:32:26 AM »

Congratulations on your successful maiden. Sounds like things couldn't have gone any better. Your report has left me yearning for a good flying day!
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« Reply #45 on: September 16, 2020, 12:01:55 AM »

A very slow build is my CONTESTER, but it there a hurry?
The basic box is getting close so next the formers and stringers on the front and the spine on the top rear.
With all that extra wood this is no lightweight model. 
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« Reply #46 on: September 16, 2020, 06:34:22 AM »

Looking good Gossie...it amazes me how wood adds up after awhile...you go to the trouble of selecting good quality stuff and...POOF...it's gone and the weight builds up
in no time...seems as I get older my ability to pick wood goes south...
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« Reply #47 on: September 16, 2020, 01:44:21 PM »

It certainly is looking good, this has been on my list for some time. I think at that size the weight is a less critical factor (?), and if it takes a little extra wood to get those good looks it is worth it in my opinion.
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« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2020, 05:40:51 PM »

Sorry about the sideways pic.
Seems to do that when posting from my iPhone.
Anyway, I guess you get the idea.
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« Reply #49 on: September 16, 2020, 05:42:22 PM »

Looks good all the same...don't forget you are in the Southern Hemisphere...
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