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Old Feb 28, 2014, 12:34 PM
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Using a Psychic to find a model

Seriously. This is (was) not a free flight model, but an RC model that decided
to go free flight. It was a 1/4 scale Pietenpol with an Enya 09 that I flew often
as a powered glider. Due to eye problems, I got disoriented in a killer thermal
and tore a wing off. I didnt get a good bead on the wreck because I was so
fascinated by the detached wing panel continuing to thermal into cloud base.

Just west of Morell, PEI

It is just terrible walking in that bush, and that model meant a lot to me,
having been a slope glider, camera platform, ski flyer, and thermal magnet.
I spent days in there looking, maybe it went farther than I thought.
The detached wing wing probably went to Cape Breton

It was a green fuselage, with yellow wings

If there is a psychic viewing this, kindly printscreen my photo to paint,
and leave a white dot in the red circle, where you think it went down,
and re-post. If you think it went outside the circle, fine.

I was standing at in the field to the right of the red dot, the model was
over 1000 ft, and there was a good breeze from left to right

I would be interested to know if a psychic has ever found a model for somebody
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 01:42 PM
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I'd recommend finding a psychic that owns a full-scale aircraft.
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:16 PM
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Look here in RCG and on FPVLab in the FPV forums for someone close to you with an AP or FPV rig.

You have a good chance of someone willing to search from above, they do enjoy the challenge...
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Old Feb 28, 2014, 02:41 PM
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A green fuselage that likely law darted itself deeply in the foliage and ground is going to be tough to find. Even if the tail surfaces are sticking up like a flag it's going to be close to the ground and it's a bad colour. You'll almost need to walk right onto it to find it.

I will suggest one thing though. Hopefully you got a line on the bearing from the point where you were flying. A plummeting fuselage won't drift any significant amount. Go back out and find a land mark in the direction of the fall. Then using the compass bearing begin searching along that line of sight.

Hint, the model is seldom as far out as you think. Concentrate closer in. Even a 4 foot Petenpol fuselage at a dot like distance won't be more than 1/8 mile out. And certainly it won't be farther than 1/4 mile. Take a set of binos with you. As you walk the line stop every 100 feet and use the binos to scan the open fields. If there's clumps of trees there's not much to do but just pattern and walk.

For a Enya .09 to fly a quarter scale Pete it must have been built like a light rubber model.
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Old Mar 02, 2014, 05:54 PM
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yes, it was like a big rubber model, which was its undoing due to the flimsy wing,
looked more like Joe Kovel's KG free flight gas model, from the 30's
-enclosed photo from its slope flying days-it would stay up on nothing
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 05:06 PM
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If you truly needed a psychic, wouldn't he already know?
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 08:27 PM
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The rule of thumb is that if you walk into a psychic's tent or office and they ask "how are you today?" then it's time to leave....
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Old Mar 07, 2014, 08:41 PM
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There is a local one, that is around town, kind of hard to find. I was cleaning out my brothers house after he passed away. She came up to me at the grocery store, and told me that I needed to save a box in the basement. I thought she was a little off, since the basement had been mostly cleaned out. I went down there, and the only box was what I had used for trash. Old, wet, mice soaked papers. So I went through them to make sure. The only thing that was not certain trash, was an old check book. Turns out that a company claimed that he owed them some money. they wanted money from his estate. Happens that the check book had a stub showing he had paid them in full.
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 10:44 AM
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Why don't psychics ever win the lottery?
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 02:04 PM
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Same reason they have to advertise?
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 12:29 AM
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I heard about the bloke that punched a phychic in the eye.

He said "I bet you never saw that coming"

* Danny *
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 05:29 PM
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I'm an old buddy of East 6008 and can vouch for his skills in producing extremely lightweight models.
Reminds me of a friend of mine in Kilkenny Ireland back in the 60's. He lost an R/C model and contacted a dowser ( water diviner) to locate his model. He took a topo map and pendulum and picked a spot where he said then model was located. On searching the area, the model was located very close to where the dowser indicated. The story was even reported in Model Airplane News.
Best tool for locating models is an good compass and topo map, but you need them with you at the time you lose the model.
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Old Mar 29, 2014, 02:51 PM
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Bmathews is right... The fuse will not drop as far as you think... I had the same thing happen to me... I recovered both the fuselage and the broken wing and was repaired and flying by the next day... and it was very high when the wing tip snapped off. (the nose takes the hit) the rest of the wing pops off... However that broken wing panel is probably long gone... the flip, flop, float and flutter quite the distance when in a thermal...
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Old Apr 02, 2014, 05:35 PM
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I just checked, it's not in Yarmouth!
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