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Old May 20, 2014, 12:36 PM
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What are your top 5 favorite FF planes?

What are your top 3, 4, or 5 favorite free flight model airplanes, beginning with your most favorite?
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Old May 20, 2014, 02:01 PM
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Not an easy question to answer unless one builds nothing - or little else - other than models designed by others.

My favourite designs in rubber, power or glider are my own that I have developed over many years. For specific events that require known designs - i.e. Oldtimer, Vintage/ Nostalgia etc. I would nominate the KK Senator for the latter events as being perhaps the most iconic rubber design. Gollywock for Oldtimer, perhaps. Just my choices, those of others will vary wildly.
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Old May 20, 2014, 02:23 PM
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I've never really had "A" favourite. But certainly my favourite style is old time rubber. The variety and look of that group of models is wide and varied. Some are things of graceful inspiration while others look like they were beaten with an ugly stick. But clearly SOMEONE liked them all.

I tend towards stuff with cabins. But I've also built the odd "stick" model with a simple rectangular or diamond fuselage.

For power I tend towards the odd and unique that few build due to the more complex nature of the designs. Like the Bill Dean Slicker in my avatar. I'm also working at the moment on an old early 50's FAI design called the Fifinella to use for nostalgia power and classic FAI flying. Truth be told though I build precious few power models. The rubber stuff is my first love.
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Old May 20, 2014, 03:25 PM
yes, its a flying lamb :)
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Bill Henn's Chambermaid is my No.1 FOREVER!
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Old May 20, 2014, 06:03 PM
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Pacific Ace
Fiat G-50 by Bill Winter (I won WWII at the first FAC NATS with it)
Inland Sport by Pat Daily
Albatros DIII by Pat Daily
Comet F4F
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Old May 20, 2014, 09:27 PM
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Blue Ridge Models Coupe DeVille.

A Wakefield model kit (out of production) that has excellent parts fabrication, instructions, and flies beautifully right off the board. Mine was lost OOS on within a few weeks of completion. It's unusual to find a near competition grade aircraft in a highly prefabricated kit that looks great and flies even better. The molded prop blades had the hinge tubes glued in place making the high-performance folding prop easy to build for a first time competition model builder.

Apparently someone else agrees with me:

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Old May 21, 2014, 12:04 AM
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Mine are:

Sal Tiabi's Starduster
Jim Haught's Royal Lancer
Dick Mathis' Head Hunter
Dan Sobala's GEEF
Bob Larsh's Hoosier Hotshot

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Old May 22, 2014, 01:55 PM
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Going by the ones I've built the most of or enjoyed building, I'd have to say:
FA Moth
Guillow's Javelin
Comet Cloud Buster
Banana Fritter
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Old May 28, 2014, 03:19 PM
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Cole's Smoothie. Nothing else comes close in the rubber power department. Looks great, flies great, no bad habits. There's a short kit, so we can't even call it hard to build anymore.

For other power systems, favorite would have to be the swing wing rocket gliders I developed several years ago (see 50th issue of Free Flight Quarterly). There's just something special about watching something sprout wings after a 5 second blast to "speck" altitude. They aren't quite so pretty up close, though, so I guess we're back to the Smoothie.
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Old May 28, 2014, 05:23 PM
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Wee Snifter - Doug McHard
SE5- A (28" ) - Doug McHard (funny shaped bi-plane version of Snifter)
Gloster Gladiator (peanut) - Doug McHard
Austrish - Vic Smeed
Cardinal - Veron
Ajax - KeilKraft
Fokker D-8 - Veron
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Old May 29, 2014, 08:54 AM
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There are so many that I like but three that come to mind are :

Lee Hines Sweepette
Sal Taibi's Star Dusters
Midwest Sniffer.020

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Old May 29, 2014, 07:42 PM
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Playboy Snr. power model.
Swiss Miss power model.
Orca F1C from the '70s.
Jekyll & Hyde rubber model.
Senator rubber model.

All in no particular order, but have built and flown several of each over many years......Plus lots of other good FREE FLIGHT models.
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 10:25 PM
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Taibi's Stardusters
Top Flight Arrow (glow version)
Jetstream towline glider
(I know that's 6 but I couldn't narrow it to 5)

After that any of the 2 or 3 hundred plans which I liked enought to track down and procure to build someday. Actually they're like women...they are all good looking, but each in their own way.
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 10:47 PM
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Old Jun 04, 2014, 03:47 AM
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That's a tough question, and my answers would vary day to day. Right now, in the "it would be cool to build one" categorey:

-Hot Shot
-Sinbad (my mind was permanently warped by the Sig catalog):
-a P-30 that looks like a Sleek Streak?
-Flying Fool is just too cute:

In the "built and enjoyed" category:
-Comet P-35 (modified to S2 racer)
I've had this one since the mid '90s or something. Still flyable.
-Sig Thermal Dart lots of fun with little work, I've built two, but none this millenium
-an old penny plane of my own design that still looks like most other limited penny plane
-an EZB I built that of course looked like all the other ones but had some real potential before it was trashed
by a carelessly launched scale job.
-a modified Straight Up clg with a flexible tail so I could use a more forward cg but still launch more or less straight up

Not sure of order on these, and some other day my list might have other models on it.
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