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Jan 17, 2010, 12:47 PM
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Marking Time

It is nearly a month later and I am mostly mended physically but my mind is a basket case.

I decided the large entertainment center was not working out for RC parts, building supplies storage and computer desk. My good friend C B Smith made it for me years ago. It was designed to house my stereo and my TRS-80 computer it served me well until we moved into the condo. It is too big for the room I commandeered as my hanger and manufacturing facility. It was not without some nostalgia issues the day the Salvation Army hauled it away.

Consequently my aircraft construction has come to a halt with most of my tools etc in boxes until we put the facility back together. Meanwhile I fell in love with Keith Spark’s latest design a C-130
Cutting the 20+ foam sections needed for the fuselage left me behind. I noted an earlier design by Keith was available in a kit from EAM It is an older design using brushed motors my immediate response was to upgrade to brushless motors. However there are some advantages to the brush motors in a multi engine aircraft, mainly one low-cost ESC.

Then I stumbled across Top Notch Kits and their Aero Commander Shrike I had seen Bob Hoover demonstrate the plane, I will not forget when he shut the engines off, did a perfect loop, landed and taxied up to the front of the bleachers and came to a stop (without braking) I planned to squirrel this kit away for building during the super hot days of southwest Florida. It is 76 degrees here today and a great day for flying the larger models as it is windy. The kit arrived very quickly after I ordered it, one look at the contents and the reviewing the plans changed my mind. The C-130 has been put on the shelf for a future build.
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