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Old Jul 07, 2012, 05:49 AM
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This is what is going on after the wind storms in Indiana ... my back yard. I'm fortunate REMC is my electric service provider. They had electric service repaired within 3 hours of our phone call to them.

Sorry, the photo I wanted to post exceeds the RC Groups size limit.

Hats off to all the Rural Electric Service Companies.

Ray
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 05:49 AM
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Heads Up

Notice,

Taking a break, be back September 14th .

Thanks to all you woody builders for keeping me busy and for your patience waiting for your kits to arrive.

Ray
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Old Jul 21, 2012, 06:34 AM
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Hi Ray,

Do you take orders over the phone? I would prefer to not E-mail my credit card number. Could someone E-mail the order form without the card number and give you the number over the phone?


Your pm inbox is full.

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Old Jul 23, 2012, 07:09 AM
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Yes, when I'm near the phone.

I spend 95% of my Sky Bench working time in the shop cutting wood, etc. and there is no phone in the shop for safety and efficiency reasons. My web site news letters talk about playing phone tag with my customers and having kits on the shelf for instant delivery . Orders can be placed by USPS and fax as well as email.

This past Friday I returned a a customer's phone call that left a message, said he wanted to order a kit, after listening to his story of his personal history of building and flying woodys years ago and wanting to get back in the hobby, he said: I'm on my lunch hour with my dog in the park, I'll get in touch with you again. No mention of placing an order. Retailing can be so much fun ...

Now, I enjoy talking on the phone and I'm as gabby as anyone can be, but in the interest of producing kits, my customers waiting for the kits to be shipped don't want me spending my Sky Bench working time playing telephone tag with customers 3 time zones apart. Telephone tag is frustrating for both party's.

I know ordering is inconvenient due to not having ordering on line available.

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Old Aug 12, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Postal contest for electric launched sailplanes

Event has been canceled



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Old Aug 13, 2012, 07:37 PM
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Event has been canceled



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Old Aug 15, 2012, 08:27 AM
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I better do this now as a reminder in case I forget while I'm gone.

Dick's Merlyn seemed to have a higher canopy top than outlined on the plans and I suggested a cross brace inside the fuse between the fuse sides where the wings Leading Edges meet the fuse. This will prevent the wings eventually crushing the fuse at the LE. I'll be sure and do this on my web site build thread.

I have looked at my video of Dick's maiden launch and laugh every time I see the Merlyn dip almost immediately after Don Harris launched it. Dick hit the spoilers .... maybe he did something else too at that moment ... we will never know. I have a video of Dick's second flight,he launched the Merlyn by himself effortlessly. Well done Dick. The videos will appear on my web site in a few weeks.

P.S. That is Dick's OLY lll in the first photo.

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i can't see any spoilers on the merlyn - was it built with no landing control?
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Hi Ray,

Do you take orders over the phone? I would prefer to not E-mail my credit card number. Could someone E-mail the order form without the card number and give you the number over the phone?


Your pm inbox is full.

~Karl

Don't send your cc # all in one email split it up in two

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Expiration date

Second emal

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000. (3 nr on back)


This way if it's hacked they don't get all info at once...
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 07:58 PM
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Damn Ray, been waiting for something like this since 2007, and now its here I am 4000km from home and my sailplanes!

Great idea and all the best, perhaps it could become an annual event.
Cheers from Steve Mac.
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 01:32 AM
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Your kits are the best Ray. Was going to put the IISX on the winch tomorrow (little big winch)... but the radio took a dump... ON FRIDAY!!! Ugh.
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 05:03 PM
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Event Canceled



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Old Aug 18, 2012, 11:10 PM
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Notice ...... Winch and or Hi-Start category has been added, how did I miss that.

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I wish I had been flying my Osprey 2M today! Flew the Falcon 880 for old times sake today.
If I had a witness I would have finished my Bronze Sportsmans Soaring Program level but . . . . .
Want to guess what I am flying tomorrow with a witness????
I do however exclude myself from any prizes because using an Osprey 2M would not be fair to the rest of the contestants.

Joe
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Old Aug 23, 2012, 07:44 AM
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Gone Fishing

Steve is having FUN .. Joe is having FUN ... and me too ... starting about August 29th till September 17th. I'll be packing an Electric Launched Sailplane on this trip. Kit orders can be mailed or sent by Fax or e-mail.

Added some new info to my on going Sky Bench Newsletter


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Old Aug 26, 2012, 07:03 AM
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I receive questions about my Woody contest rules

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Old Sep 19, 2012, 08:16 PM
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Ray ,
I envy you.
The Max Patch Bald, absolutely beautiful,
The Appalachian Trail runs across the top, only place i know of that you can hike the AT and fly your sailplane at the same time!

Enjoy!

Greg B

P.S. take the trail that goes off to the left of the parking lot. It is a little longer but less steep than going directly up the trail that goes off to the right of the parking lot.

Greg and all ...

This time it is going to happen, Bill Grenoble and I are all set to fly Max Patch.
We will arrive in Newport, TN, Monday, Oct 1st during the afternoon. We are booked at the Red Roof Inn thru Wednesday night ( check out Thursday am ).
We will be flying winch in the nose, hand launch and Hi Start if needed.

Join us ..... ???

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Old Sep 19, 2012, 11:06 PM
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Hi Ray. Is it possible to get just a wing kit for the Big Bird? I have a repaired fuse but sadly the wing is beyond repair. And if so how much? Dave
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