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Old Jan 25, 2015, 10:15 PM
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Old Jan 26, 2015, 06:43 PM
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Hi,
That red and dark blue plane is very likely the Beachcomber that Jim Kirkland flew in Detroit Invitational 1965 Sept 11-12.
Below is screenshots from video of "Detroit Invitationals 1963, 64, 65" made by Charles Winter.

In Detroit Invitational 1964 Sept 12-13 Jim Kirkland had a white Beachcomber with red and dark blue decoration, see screenshot below from the video.
Veco kitted Beachcomber and had this 1964 white colorscheme on the kit box.

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Old Dec 01, 2015, 10:15 AM
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I had a Beachcomber many years ago. Unfortunately I was just learning and it didn't last long. I have often thought about building another one.

I need an opinion from someone who has flown one. Was it a good design and is it worth building one? I am just an old sport flyer so I don't need a perfect Pattern aircraft.


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Old Dec 01, 2015, 02:42 PM
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Hi RC Man,

I was given one many years ago after I learned how to fly. It was my third low winger after I planted my Goldberg Sky lark trying to do a low pass....ops...lol Anyway, it flew great for me once I got it trimmed out. It floated really well when coming in for a landing. The club member who gave it to me was a pattern flier who built it and finished it with silk and dope. It was a little heavy by today's standards looking back, but I was thankful to get it. Maybe one of these days I might try and get plans to build one.

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Old Dec 01, 2015, 02:55 PM
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I had a Beachcomber many years ago. Unfortunately I was just learning and it didn't last long. I have often thought about building another one.

I need an opinion from someone who has flown one. Was it a good design and is it worth building one? I am just an old sport flyer so I don't need a perfect Pattern aircraft.


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I had one and it flew quite well, after I got it set up right. I was getting aileron flutter and once I cured that and got it trimmed, it flew fine. I used it as a pattern trainer to learn to fly the basic,
Class A pattern. I then built a Bridi Kaos to compete in Class A pattern.

So, for what you intend to use it for, it would work fine.

The fuselage hanging on the wall in the left of this photo is a beachcomber. The other plane in the photo is a Sweet Tater.

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The photo of the kit box says "multichannel RC trainer and" Trainer??
I love the size of the transmitters back in the day. Sort of like cradling a mailbox in one arm. No wonder single stick was popular.
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