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Old Jan 09, 2009, 09:56 AM
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Hi Guys:

I have been building and flying model airplanes for many years. Started RC with vacuum tube transmitters and receivers, rubber powered escapements and batteries that would start a Buick. Built my first proportional radio system, Heathkit on 27MHz. Today I fly JR X9303 on 2.4GHz. Like big old slow planes (just like me) although I do love my TWIST 150 with a Magnum 1.80 4-stroke. It will slow fly with the best and the control surfaces are so big the 3-D capabilities are way beyond my expertise but I do have fun.

Tom
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Old Jan 09, 2009, 11:03 AM
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could you please tell me about you Tiger Moth. Kit,arf ect.. that you have pictured?
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Old Jan 09, 2009, 11:23 PM
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Great to hear from an "old timer."

Hi, while I wasn't into models "back in the day" like you described I, none the less have a lot of respect for those of you who pioneered and participated the hobby. I was too young during that time, but believe it or not, vacuum tube equipment is still alive. It's still being used and developed within the music industry, particulary for guitar amps. Most modern amps are made with consumer grade solid state circuitry and it's junk. There are company's who still manufacture hand wired tube based amps and home builders who make simalar stuff based on origional circuts designed by Leo Fender and others. Just thought you'd like to know.
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 01:08 PM
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That is one great looking group of airplanes you have.
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 03:31 PM
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I Love Anything That Flies

Hi Propjob:

Thanks for looking, as you saw I pretty much like anything that flies but my all time favorite is my Slowpoke Sport 40 (the red and white one). I have been flying that one now almost 12 years. It has the original covering, 21st Century Coverite fabric except for the underside of the wing. Hard landing one day made the gear spring back and tore the fabric, repairable but I just recovered it with Ultracote. The engine is original, OS .52 4-stroke. Never been out of the plane since installed, Powermaster 15% nitro, 18% lubricant of which 6% is castor. Best on the market for my money, Horizon now carries it so that says something too. Never use afterrun, the castor takes care of that issue.

I have one of the last Slowpoke Sport 40 kits made, I will be building it this winter. Have a NIB YS .63 for this one.

Tom
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Old Dec 09, 2010, 08:10 PM
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Hey Tom, thanks for the compliments re: my blog. I see that you are clearly a very experienced "builder" and have stayed true to the craft. I have to say that your Tiger Moth and Balsa USA-III are really beautiful. I cannot believe how intricate the landing gear is on the Balsa USA...

A credit to the Hobby!!!!

Ken
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 06:41 AM
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Thank You Sir

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Hey Tom, thanks for the compliments re: my blog. I see that you are clearly a very experienced "builder" and have stayed true to the craft. I have to say that your Tiger Moth and Balsa USA-III are really beautiful. I cannot believe how intricate the landing gear is on the Balsa USA...

A credit to the Hobby!!!!

Ken
Hi Ken:

Thank you sir for looking at my blog and the compliment.

I love that Balsa USA Eindecker E-III. It flew a little too "heavy" for a WW-I kite. I am building a new one this winter using a DLE 20cc gasser which only weighs 29 ounces with muffler and ignition module. Should be a much better combination since the engine is almost 10 ounces lighter than the Zenoah.

Best wishes and have a great holiday season.

Tom
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