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Old Aug 28, 2003, 10:48 AM
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The Walk of No Return


Oh listen ye youngsters far and wide
Come hear my tail of bravado and pride
By myself was the way I wanted to learn
I researched everything from stem to stern

I spent hours on FMS flying with skill
Days online learning the drill
Ordered the Slow Stick and all of it’s gear
Went out and flew today, WITHOUT FEAR!

The site I had chosen was wonderfully free
On three sides at least, there were no trees
5 acres of pasture lay waiting for my skill
I will be the perfect newbie, Bill!

Unlike my lesser brethren, I took off like a pro
I turned and climbed and flew to and fro
For two minutes I was in a state of bliss
There’s almost nothing I would rather do than this

The Slow Stick wanted to climb like a hawk
My controls were getting shaky, would I balk?
Since it shouldn’t go too far, I turned to one side
Beautiful turn, you wouldn’t believe my pride!

No way would I do the walk of shame
No crash to the earth, not if you know my name!
This craft should have had the perfect maiden
But a wrongly placed tree, with this beauty, is laden.

Lesson Learned:
It is much cheaper to crash and keep some parts than to lose the entire thing to the Tree Monster
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Old Aug 28, 2003, 10:53 AM
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Sad but True. Ingenuity and desire will get it down.
Old Aug 28, 2003, 11:30 AM
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Very nice poem. I like it. Hope you can get the SS in flying shape soon.
Old Aug 28, 2003, 11:47 AM
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It seems model aircraft are magnetically attracted to things like soccer goals and trees, no matter how big the flying area.
Old Aug 28, 2003, 11:51 AM
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That is sad Bill. 2 words, fishing pole!~)

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Old Aug 28, 2003, 12:12 PM
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Ok, where do I get a 50 foot long fishing pole?
Old Aug 28, 2003, 12:36 PM
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You don't, but you get one and put 20lb line on it and cast sinkers over the limb the plane is on. Then you can either lower the sinkers down and pull on the two lines and rock the branch, or jerk on the one if the sinkers wrapped around and tangled.

I have even used the Kevlar line and sawed through smaller branches.

Another way is a slingshot with a fishing reel and line, shot the sinkers either over the branch, or through the wing and pull it down.
Old Aug 28, 2003, 12:41 PM
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His maiden went well 'til minute three
When Bill planted his slow stick up a tree
A cursin' and stormin' he did
then happened along a kid
for 5 bucks the airplane was again free


Old Aug 28, 2003, 12:51 PM
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Great poem!

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Old Aug 28, 2003, 12:54 PM
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Guys, I've got possible solution to the poking planes out of trees problem!

I have a small 2-man dome tent which has short pieces of glass
rod held together at the ends by elastic cord. When assembled I have two 12ft long, fairly stiff poles I can point upwards and wave about a bit! If you duck tape the two together, you've got a long prodder!!
The tent cost me about £20 in the UK last summer! The make is Highlander or something like that.

Cool poem by the way, made me laugh!
Old Aug 28, 2003, 01:00 PM
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Sorry to hear that Bill. The winds get moving pretty good around that treeline. Keep checking back and I am sure it will free itself.


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Old Aug 28, 2003, 01:42 PM
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I recently freed a Tiger Moth from a "Tree Monster" that was up about 40 feet. I used the Rod 'n Reel with a tennis ball. It took me about 30 minutes but I got her down. The line cut into the foam a bit, but was repairable. At worst with a SS, you can buy a new wing if it gets damaged too bad.

Since I have a bad back and tossing a ball for thirty minutes did not sound healthy, I used a tennis racket to hit the ball up to the plane. Towards the end I was doing very well. Hit the plane 4 times before the line looped over the plane enough to free her.
Old Aug 28, 2003, 04:36 PM
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Thanks guys I appreciate the ideas. I am a lousy fisherman so I don't think I could carry off the fishing pole idea (even if I had one).

The sling shot idea sounds much more plausable and I think I will give that a try. I doubt they still make sling shots, what is good for the rubber part if I make one, just multiple heavy rubber bands?

The tennis ball idea is also great but I don't have a racket. I am also not sure I could throw a tennis ball up that far (I had trouble throwing a 1 inch rock that high this morning). That probably means its a bit more than 50 feet I guess.
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Old Aug 28, 2003, 04:56 PM
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Hmmm. This may be a good opportunity for Kip and his Helicopter.


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Old Aug 28, 2003, 05:59 PM
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sling shots


yep they still make slingshots and good ones at that ......I use a wrist rocket myself for target shooting ......another idea is someone really good at shooting a bow with a tag line attached ....we used 20 # test monofiliment fishing line ....don't shoot the plane but try to get the arrow up and over the limb


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