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Posted by engineMagnet | Mar 02, 2013 @ 09:10 PM | 1,591 Views
This is my oldtimer: Cristina 40

Fiberglass fuse with balsa sheeted core wing, 54" wingspan, .40 engine side exhaust. Designed in Brazil by Tony Fonseca, in 1967. The sample pictured was made in Brazil, 1979. The Cristina 40 is full AMA Pattern compliant, and seems on pair with the coolest designs. She's a top performer!

Classic pattern ?!

She's the unique sample in the world!

Cheers,
/Rui
Posted by engineMagnet | Mar 02, 2013 @ 08:53 PM | 1,536 Views
My beloved Skylab 60
Fiberglass fuse with balsa sheeted core wing, 60" wingspan, .60 SE engine, anhedral wing. The pictured sample was made in Brazil in 1980.

She can handle pretty much any wind, still full aerobatic. We flew it at 32 knots wind in Cabo Frio, Brazil, 1980. Now she shows some damages, results from Montreal-Stockholm transportation. Currently in the renovation queue..

Vintage?!

She's probably the unique remaining sample in the world!

Cheers,
/Rui
Posted by engineMagnet | Mar 02, 2013 @ 08:10 PM | 1,538 Views
Engines have been one of my hobbies since I started flying in 1978. Living in Sweden, I have had the chance to offer to my son the same experience my father provided to me: boating.

Below you can see some engines currently in my inventory, along with 9 others not shown in the pictures due to the size and weight.

You can see also my Fjordling 17 (1967) getting ready for the winter. I agree the design of this boat is not the most amazing in the world, above water line. Below water line, it has a high performance V-botton featuring a tunnel, which fills up with water for providing stability at low speeds and drains at high speeds. It won hundreds of races on its time and still does today. Check out in youtube for what the Swedes do with the Fjordling 17, search "fjordling 17 GPS knots"! I agree that some 17 footers powered with 300HP will cross the 70 knots bar, but not all would let the pilot leave the boat walking after all...

What do I do with my boats?! No racing, though. Besides wakeboarding, I get real food!
Posted by engineMagnet | Mar 02, 2013 @ 07:49 PM | 1,298 Views
We are a small family of very happy and proud Brazilians. My wife, Karin, is PhD in Plant Ecology and currently works as curator at Stockholm Museum of Natural History. Lucas is a very happy and easy going kid, proudly born in Royal Vic Hospital, in Montreal, Canada. He is laughing all the time!

About me, you can read in the biography on this page, but you can also have a look at the pictures and figure out other things I like to do besides airmodels and boating.

Cheers,
/Rui