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Old May 06, 2011, 11:25 PM
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Tim, that cat got out of the bag years ago.

FPoV R/C aircraft with ranges of 50 plus miles have been flying in Europe for years. (All hail "Trappy"...) Did you think Predator wouldn't give people ideas? In the final analysis, all the Predator is, is a glorified R/C drone with real secure data and control links and teeth. I think it could be seriously argued that amateur long range R/C was around long before Predator got overly glorified press coverage.

You should checkout some of the long range / FPoV threads that the aircraft boys are posting – wow! The equipment certainly isn’t that expensive. There's even a local bunch it seems.

It's not like there is any big (or little) secret in building and flying (or sailing) long range R/C or self-guided (auto-pilot) systems with or without FPoV nor does it take an engineering degree or special licenses to do it. It's just not everyone is doing it...

As for build-it-yourself. self-guided systems - that guy down in New Zealand did that years ago with the DIY Cruise Missle; man's got to have a hobby... or two. Now it's standard, easily available, off-the-shelf, hobby components, many made in China.

The cat is definitely looooong gone....


See everyone tomorrow at The Lake.
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Old May 09, 2011, 11:52 PM
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Vspeeds ! got any pictures of your Tug in the mean time ???
Tim,
I posted a few pics here:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1437155

How did the Team Slalom go? Craig any pictures?
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Old May 10, 2011, 02:09 PM
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...any pictures?
Hi Vspeeds,

Workin' on the pictures. Your tug is simply awesome! Her contest static scores are gonna be killer!

Great photos too!
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Old May 10, 2011, 02:16 PM
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Great pics !

Vspeeds, great pics !
lottsa good lookin cast parts in that kit ...
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Old May 15, 2011, 02:54 AM
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TUG FEST 2011- June 04, 09:30

Come one, come all to TUG FEST 2011
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Old May 16, 2011, 12:51 PM
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big fun !

Yayahhhhh !
Cant wait !
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Old May 22, 2011, 04:53 AM
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Old May 22, 2011, 04:59 AM
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Maker Faire, San Mateo County Fair Grounds

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Old May 22, 2011, 08:23 PM
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I didn't know they had a boat set up at the makers faire. I really wanted to go and now i really regret not going. The Orca is a really cool boat and ive never seen the model warships before. It looks like aerominded was there having fun also. I had tickets to go but i just couldn't make the 240 mile round trip journey because i had to be back in Elk Grove by 7pm. Oh well. The event looked pretty cool.
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Old May 22, 2011, 11:50 PM
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I didn't know they had a boat set up at the makers faire. I really wanted to go and now i really regret not going. The Orca is a really cool boat and ive never seen the model warships before. It looks like aerominded was there having fun also. I had tickets to go but i just couldn't make the 240 mile round trip journey because i had to be back in Elk Grove by 7pm. Oh well. The event looked pretty cool.
Darn! You and SFPD Marine 1 would have been a big hits, not only on the water, but in the display area as well. Let's plan for next year!
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Old May 23, 2011, 08:54 AM
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I didn't know they had a boat set up at the makers faire. I really wanted to go and now i really regret not going. The Orca is a really cool boat and ive never seen the model warships before. It looks like aerominded was there having fun also. I had tickets to go but i just couldn't make the 240 mile round trip journey because i had to be back in Elk Grove by 7pm. Oh well. The event looked pretty cool.
Same here someone actually gave me tickets I gave thm away- they said "rockets" on them the only thing that slightly piqued my interest ah well...
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Sure sorry I missed this, I see the Margie cabin cruiser was there ( on the table in the first pic in # 593 ) ... an incredible model ... looks Monstrous !
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Old May 24, 2011, 02:47 PM
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Tim That wasn't MARGIE, it was the boat that was cloned during the rebuild. Cannot remember what her name is but the builder said it was easier to build a new one than the rebuild of MARGIE.
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Old May 24, 2011, 03:56 PM
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Fascinating Captain !
So, is the original not brought out maybe ? it would be quite old and frail by now I guess ( built in the 40's, yes ? ) ...
Maybe I will get to see the clone at the lake ....
Gasser, like the original, I imagine ?
A big quad would sound cool pushin that beast around ....
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Tim That wasn't MARGIE, it was the boat that was cloned during the rebuild. Cannot remember what her name is but the builder said it was easier to build a new one than the rebuild of MARGIE.
Tim,

Margie was rebuilt and runs beautifully, thanks to the hard work of Don Ciucci, Ken Valk and John Garis. It has been on the lake a few times and is not at all frail, just temperamental as anyone her age deserves to be.

Maybe we'll get to see her on the lake sometime soon.

She would not have liked the pond at the MakerFaire. Too small to appreciate her.

By the way, Great Job by Bob Heacock and the rest of our guys and the warship crowd to promote the hobby. Wish I'd have had more time to spend at the "pond", but too much to see at the Faire. Definitely a two day show, if the legs can hold out.
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