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May 14, 2012, 02:24 AM
flight999
Both look very nice and workmanlike on the ground too !!
Pity recovering the old tissue and dope is such a job getting
the stuff off, but there is no mistaking its age and credentials.
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May 14, 2012, 04:12 AM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
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A few blasts from the past


I've been busy scanning a pile of photos from the past, I posted lots of these in the Vintage thread at https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1648667, mostly radio models, but thought I would post a few of the free-flight ones here.
May 14, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Very beautiful and evocative pictures there, many thanks for posting them.
May 14, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Very nice models Sundancer. Also built a Tom Thumb for electric and it was a nice flyer. Actually originally it had a small AIr Hogs compressed air motor & tank but the motor runs were so short it didn't have much endurance.

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May 14, 2012, 12:13 PM
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How many square inches on the Telstar II? It looks tiny in your hand. I'm guessing a couple hundred squares.
May 14, 2012, 12:56 PM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
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How many square inches on the Telstar II? It looks tiny in your hand. I'm guessing a couple hundred squares.
About that. Here is a drawing from the 1964/5 Zaic Yearbook

May 14, 2012, 06:51 PM
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The photo brought back memories of you flying this design ...good to see the plan again
May 15, 2012, 04:56 AM
I don't want to "Switch Now"
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Here is the video of a flight of my Copy Cat

copy cat.wmv (5 min 21 sec)


Pat MacKenzie
May 15, 2012, 05:25 AM
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Here is the video of a flight of my Copy Cat
Just beautiful...!!
May 15, 2012, 11:55 AM
flight999
Pat it is sometimes great to be able to relive memories. Sure
you must have with that vid and you reawakened a lot for me too
and no doubt for many of us older f/flighters.
May 15, 2012, 02:53 PM
Sir Jasper
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Here is the video of a flight of my Copy Cat

Pat MacKenzie
Pat, thanks for sharing. That is such a beautiful flight.
Mark
May 15, 2012, 04:44 PM
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Magnificent. That's REALLY what it's all about.
May 15, 2012, 07:14 PM
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Beautiful flight in perfect conditions.

The very essence of Free Flight.
May 15, 2012, 08:52 PM
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Pat, That flight really demonstrates the various segments of a perfect flight.
It's very interesting that when the DT kicks in the violent stalls become a downward mushing descent with little forward movement.
May 16, 2012, 12:07 AM
I like real wooden aeroplanes!
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It's very interesting that when the DT kicks in the violent stalls become a downward mushing descent with little forward movement.
Surely that is what's supposed to happen? Well, it always was with my F/Fs.

Great video of a lovely flight; however, I can't help thinking that the same flight in "typical" conditions I used to fly in in the north west of England would have finished up two or three miles downwind and involved a two hour retrieve, probably including a bit of tree climbing. Which, sadly, is why I only fly radio now. But it's nice to see it done properly again.


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