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Old Jul 19, 2007, 05:48 PM
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Colorado - Denver Area Events / Hobby Shops

I am in Estes Park this week for a family reunion. We will have some time this weekend and I was wondering if there are any events occurring in the Denver/Boulder/Ft. Collins areas, or if there are any hobby shops I should see before returning home to Maryland.

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Old Jul 19, 2007, 06:16 PM
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I don't know about events, maybe try searching for flying fields and then checking their websites.

Two major flying fields, Cherry Creek and Chatfield are fun to visit just to watch some flying. Both are associated with really nice parks, so you could combine it with some picnicking, walking, frisbee or whatever you like to do. Both areas have fantastic bikepaths, and we enjoy riding at both places.

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Old Jul 19, 2007, 07:09 PM
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Of course if you're up for more of a drive you could wander down to Colorado Springs and visit Stevens Aero and Mountain Models.....
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Old Jul 19, 2007, 10:31 PM
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I'm curious too. I'm down in Boulder this week and will be in Estes next week. There is a Colorado flyers website I found, but there was nothing listed over this way, mostly to the south and west. I realized to late I went past some phenomenal sites in the mesa verde area, montrose and glennwood springs. I did get a flight off in the great sand dunes park with the dunes as a backdrop, that was pretty cool!

I went to see Bill Stevens in the springs and it was neat to see how they put out the product. Well worth the trip, but I'm lugging three new kits around the country. I kind of hated to take up there time as they are working on some great new models I hope to see soon.

I'll post back if I find anything.
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Old Jul 20, 2007, 10:04 AM
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if you are up for a long day, this will be a good event:

http://www.stenulson.net/rcflight/sparcs/silfly8.htm

From northern Colorado, take I-25 south to I-70 in Denver. I-70 west to C-470 south, exit will say "to Colorado Springs" . Perhaps 10 miles south on C-470 to Hwy 285 (either south or west, don't know what the exit will say but definitely not east!) to Fairplay. My guess is that Bill Stevens and the Mountain Models owner will be there. You are looking at a 2 1/2 hour drive from Estes Park.

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Old Jul 20, 2007, 11:34 AM
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There is a "Fun Fly" at Cherry Creek in Denver on Saturday... which means if you're not a club member, you will be watching.

Hwy 285 is also known as Hampden Street, and the exit sign does say "Fairplay" on it I think. If you are actually going to Fairplay... it is a really long drive... more than 2.5 hours from Estes Park I think. There are better ways to go if you are starting in Estes too. I would drive through Boulder on Broadway, which is the same road you come in from Estes Park, if you stay to the right. South of Boulder, Broadway becomes highway 93, which goes to Golden, where 93 becomes West 6th Avenue... then get on 470 here:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...0467&z=14&om=1

You can get off 6th and go on to 470 right near the big City building that we call Taj Mahal... which is funny as hell because it doesn't look anything like it.

C470 "South" is labeled as "East" in this area of town. It's a beltway. It goes all sorts of directions.
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Old Jul 21, 2007, 08:42 AM
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Is there a club there at cherry creek ? My name is Henry and I just arrived in Denver yesterday from florida. Would be interested if someone would contact me. Thanks.
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As I said, yes there is a club at Cherry Creek, but it's closed today to non-members. Sunday will be open to anyone, but you'll need to pay 5 bucks or get a state parks pass for the whole year for $50-something. I went out east today to Crosswinds RC Club and met some very nice people, but one guy mentioned that Cherry Creek is basically a free-for-all and you do occasionally get some jerks who just won't follow the rules. It can be fun for everyone if it stays organized, but it's a public park... so you get what you get. Chatfield reservoir is the same deal.

I might be out there tomorrow morning (at Cherry Creek), but I burned the heck out my arms today so I might be staying home with massive amounts of aloe vera. We'll see

I forgot that this is Colorado and you need sunscreen AND bug spray! Thank god I put moisturizer with SPF 30 this morning or I'd be totally fried on my face too. 4 hours of looking up into the sky is murder on your eyes too.
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Old Jul 22, 2007, 09:49 PM
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Thanks to all for the comments.
We didn't get out of Estes Park until after noon, so we didn't get to Cherry Creek until about 2:30 pm. Things were winding down, and there was a storm in the afternoon, so I didn't get to see much flying on Saturday.
I went back Sunday morning and had a much better time. I met a couple of friendly people and got to see a lot of flying. I didn't get to spend a lot of time, since the family wanted to go to the butterfly pavillion in Westminster and the Children's Museum, but I had a good time while I was there.
I'd go back Monday morning if I thought there would be people flying, but I suspect most people will need to go to work.
Cherry Creek is a beautiful site. The club field in Frederick, MD is nice, but we don't have paved runways and no shade.

Thanks,
Shawn
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Old Jul 23, 2007, 05:57 PM
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I got out to the field at Chatfield Lake State Park this morning. Another beautiful site. I didn't stay long but got to see a couple Carl Goldberg Tiger models. There was a Tiger 60 and a Tiger 120 or something. I am just finishing up a Tiger 2 electric conversion back home, so it was really nice to see one in the air.
After I got back from the field the family went to the zoo. It was nice but HOT.
I'm going to try to stop by a Rocky Mountain RC Hobbies this evening.
We fly home tomorrow so I doubt I'll get a chance to spectate at any other fields.
I've enjoyed my time in the Denver area. Thanks to all for the comments and advice.

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Old Jul 23, 2007, 11:09 PM
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Shawn,
Great you got out to Chatfield, the home of the Jefco Aeromod'lers. This club built the flying field, improves upon and maintains the field. The rules there are strict and inforced to the letter by the nicest, most helpful people to be found in the hobby.
As are most area clubs/flying fields, it's a mostly gasser environment. There had been an electric RC group meeting in Arvada? several years ago. I don't know if they still do. I fly in a small park behind the house or at a private 35 acre horse pasture. Therefore, I'm not current where others are going for Electric RC. PM me the next time you're in town, we'll find them.
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Shawn,
Great you got out to Chatfield, the home of the Jefco Aeromod'lers. This club built the flying field, improves upon and maintains the field. The rules there are strict and inforced to the letter by the nicest, most helpful people to be found in the hobby.
As are most area clubs/flying fields, it's a mostly gasser environment. There had been an electric RC group meeting in Arvada? several years ago. I don't know if they still do. I fly in a small park behind the house or at a private 35 acre horse pasture. Therefore, I'm not current where others are going for Electric RC. PM me the next time you're in town, we'll find them.
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I was told that Chatfield was a free-for-all and to avoid it on busy days?

And no, electrics are getting a great reception now. The group in Arvada is still going strong. There are two that use that field off Hwy 93... one is the Arvada Modelers Club, and the other is an electric group who I can't remember their name, but they are an auxiliary group and they are all members of Arvada Modelers. The Arvada group's membership guy flat out invited me to come out with the Slow Stick and play around.

Crosswinds out on East County line road is in the middle of nowhere, but it's a really nice paved runway and a lot of open space. There's a little bit of shade but you're pretty exposed out there.

I think you can fly around here in "Open Space" and it's not like anybody would know anyway. You can get pretty far away from civilization if you find the right roads.

There is a club in Ft. Collins but I forget the name of that one too. There's probably others, but I can't remember at the moment. Maybe when I have less blood in my coffee stream

There are also glider clubs and car groups and so on, which it looks like you found one.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Hi,
I checked with Jerry Thompson of Thompson's Hobbies this morning looking for the ERC group in the NW end of town. That group has lost their field and have scattered. the lady is correct inthat most of those people are at the Arvada site off HWY 93. Jerry did tell me there is to be a vintage/old-timer flyin at Arvada this Sat. the 28th.
He said it starts at 9 AM. Anyone knowing more details let us know. Thanks for the heads-up Jasmine.
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Yeah I was planning to go to that. I'm a huge fan of WW 2 planes. Here's the info:

http://www.arvadamodelers.com/Micros...__2_15_07_.pdf

I don't think you will be able to fly, but you will be able to watch.
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Old Jul 24, 2007, 07:10 PM
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Went to Cherry Creek Park on Saturday, but didn't get there until noon and the winds had come up a bit. I drove by the flying field and there was only one guy loading up, no flying. Had a great day at the lake anyhow, CO has the best state park system in the country!!
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