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Feb 11, 2013, 12:30 PM
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Hi Larry,

I fly R/C once a year with my nephew. He is eleven and I hope he takes an interest. Paul Naton showed up at the 15m nationals and he let me fly the latest HLG. Stunning performance.

Ben Clerx, Mike Reggan, Paul Trist and I flew a regional comp in 1998 in an ASK21 and had a blast. F3B guys make great full size racers. I still have the original WT fuselage from 1968. I will make some wings for it and fly woody/geezer class some day. It is a big fuselage due to the reed R/C it was designed for. Le Grey named it white trash after my father flew it through a light pole. Repairs were done in the color of silk I had on hand.

Regards
Rick
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Feb 12, 2013, 05:11 PM
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Rick,
WE share good friends... I fly with all of them. I bought Walts 717V Discus and fly with Paul when I can. LJ
Feb 12, 2013, 11:39 PM
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Larry,
It looks like a TIGHT fit.

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Feb 14, 2013, 04:05 PM
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So. Cal soaring nostalgia from 70's & 80's


Dave Craig’s Post (#708) brought back lots of great memories…
Here’s a bit of history for the So. Cal folks from 30+ years ago…

I had the pleasure of competing with (and learning from) some truly wonderful people during the late 70’s through the 80’s. Went to lot’s of SULA monthlies, SC^2 and PSS’s Rose Bowl contests. Here are a few pics of some “younger” familiar faces (e.g. LJ, Fred Weaver, Jerry Kranick, Keith Kindrick, Craig Foxgord, Sid Hamilton, etc…) and a bit of history.

Since the 90’s, I have been “distracted” by Pattern and IMAC, but am really getting the itch to get back to soaring! Thanks to Thermaler for helping share the history and compiling a lot of soaring nostalgia!

A few comments about the pictures…

Pic 1 is a PSS Rose Bowl contest around 1981. Note the guy on the far left with the white hat, recoginize him?.....that is Gary Ittner.

Pic 2 should have lots of familiar faces (from ca. 1981)…A young LJ on the far left, I’m the “slouchy” kid on the far right (next to Sid Hamilton)

Pic 3 - Visalia winners in 1982 (maybe 1981), me on the far left standing, next to big Ben M.

Pic 4 (ca. 1980) is highly modified Zephyr Deuce (from Bob Owens). I used Bob’s 2m wing plan, but redesigned the fuse and tail…Built for Zoom launches!

Speaking of Zoom launches, anybody recognize picture 5? The “Gorilla” winch…for those that aren’t familiar, that big disc is a heavy flywheel….spin it up and then use the regular winch drum to launch…about half way up dive at the turnaround and step on the foot pedal that engages the drum onto the flywheel and ZOOOOMMMMM. One of two things happened, killer launch or epic wing failure! Larry J. could probably chime with more details (I believe it was a response to getting around the one-battery rule or 12 volt rule?)…This picture was taken around 1982 at the 2m World Cup Quals at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills.

The final picture is of a gentleman that was a fixture at most So. Cal soaring meets, Howard Short. Back then, my brother and I traveled with Howard almost every weekend to contests all over the LA and Antelope Valley area. What great times!
Feb 14, 2013, 04:19 PM
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3 Romeo,

It is great to see you posting here on RCG. I miss those old days at High Country Soaring hanging with Tom and the group and hanging with you at Reno as well. Those were some fun times. I am glad you posted the ISR results. I am proud to say that many of those winners, Arana, Weaver, and Walters are all good friends of mine.

Take care!

Shawn Lenci
Feb 15, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Second picture above, From top left, I see LJ, Chuck Beeman? Craig Foxgord, Randy Spencer, Keith Kendrick, not sure of the others. Bottom Ken Nelson, Phil Harris, don't know the rest. Wow, memories.
Feb 15, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Feb 16, 2013, 05:23 PM
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I have it from the builder of the Gorilla winch, Dick Odle that the winch pictured above is the "safety winch" not the Gorilla winch which was a traditional drum driven by two motors.

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Originally Posted by E_Richard
Dave Craig’s Post (#708) brought back lots of great memories…
Here’s a bit of history for the So. Cal folks from 30+ years ago…

Speaking of Zoom launches, anybody recognize picture 5? The “Gorilla” winch…for those that aren’t familiar, that big disc is a heavy flywheel….spin it up and then use the regular winch drum to launch…about half way up dive at the turnaround and step on the foot pedal that engages the drum onto the flywheel and ZOOOOMMMMM. One of two things happened, killer launch or epic wing failure!

Also mentioned here ... https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...8&postcount=47
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Feb 16, 2013, 05:35 PM
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The Rose Bowl pic, the gent in the front row in blue/green shirt is Tom Kallevang from Chicago.

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Feb 16, 2013, 06:14 PM
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From Model Builder Dec 1984, by Bill Forey

also described here ... https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1&postcount=15
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Feb 16, 2013, 07:47 PM
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The Rose Bowl pic, the gent in the front row in blue/green shirt is Tom Kallevang from Chicago.

Marc
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Feb 16, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Gave it my best shot...

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Feb 17, 2013, 12:29 AM
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Quote:
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I have it from the builder of the Gorilla winch, Dick Odel that the winch pictured above is the "safety winch" not the Gorilla winch which was a traditional drum driven by two motors.
Hey Jim,
You are correct....thanks for clearing it up (and the copy of the article). After 30 years, the ol' memory is not quite as fresh

I do remember the true Gorilla winch too, back then those guys from the San Fernando Valley Silent Flyers were really pushing the limits. I think that even the winch motors themselves were completely rebuilt...more windings, extra brushes, better bearings, etc. Anything to get that extra bit of advantage within the battery rules.
I was at that contest that your MB article describes and I do remember the delay and discussion about the "Safety winch" being within the rules. One of the issues was that is would be an unfair advantage for those models that could take the launch loads (e.g. the Eismann Focus) over the others that couldn't (where something built like a Sagitta would "explode" from the Uber-Zoom)
I vaguely remember one wing failure using this winch that was quite spectacular!
Watching the procedure to get that flywheel going and the whole launch process was quite entertaining....funny, "safety" is NOT what I remember about the Safety winch.
BTW, I see you are in Irvine...I'm a UCI Alum, so I know your area well....at least I did 30 years ago.

-Erik
Feb 17, 2013, 08:39 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrs_123
I have it from the builder of the Gorilla winch, Dick Odel that the winch pictured above is the "safety winch" not the Gorilla winch which was a traditional drum driven by two motors.
I wonder if this monster still exists out there somewhere?
Feb 17, 2013, 11:38 AM
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I wonder if this monster still exists out there somewhere?
No… gave that puppy away a long time ago for scrap. Gary Ittner did the drum and collaborated on the design. I built the thing with two cogged timing belts, stock LS Ford motors, and two volt meters to monitor status. The drum was mounted on a roller bearing shaft with a bicycle sprocket and “flip-over” chain to prevent line from spooling out (had to follow the rules you know… lol).

We used 280# braided nylon so when you stepped on the pedal the model was gone… now! No stretch, no building tension… gone! Given the “right” airframe the first Gorilla was a giggle.

At the Joliet F3B team trials Lee Renaud (rest his wonderful soul) walked up and said, paraphrasing: “You know Dick, soaring is about finesse, not brute force.” He was right… The Gorilla was correctly banned by the FAI and the AMA shortly thereafter.

Undaunted, Buddy Fox built the “Safety Winch.” It used the theory of stored energy and was (arguably) actually “safer” than the Gorilla. As physics rarely changes we now (for decades) use monofilament line to store energy. Same gig… different method.

Times have changed, materials discovered and airframe design has improved so today I launch my moldie off a simple winch with braided nylon to ridiculous altitudes. Boring… but safe.

Still have RO-15 pictured above and RO-16 flown at Joliet as well. All fond memories. Thanks Jim for reminding me…

Dick Odle


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