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Mar 08, 2018, 07:48 PM
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Old RC Pics for George


I tried to get pics of some of the guys from back in the day - I have a bunch of pics of just airplanes.

Click 'em a couple of times to make them big enough to see. There are more that don't show up in the first post.
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Mar 08, 2018, 09:45 PM
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Amarillo Area Fly-In Pics


Jefferey,

Thanks so much for posting all these pics! If you don't mind, I'm going to save some/all of them for my memories.

In the 1st set, 2nd pic, good pic of Joe, 3rd pic, I flew with Jody many years...I never saw that big twin he's working on...way after my time.

In the 3rd set, I remember Floyd Idom, Raymond Swaney, Troy Stanton and LB Linn

In the 4th set, 2nd pic, Don Piatts Rearwin Speedster...forget the kit maker, but it was a kit. I want to say it was a Dynaflight or Craft-Aire.

In the 6th set, Good pic of Don, and I recognize the other man in the pic, but can't recall the name. The 2nd pic in that set is a Druine D31, and the 3rd pic is a Corben Baby Ace...if they were Pat Masseys, they were scratch built, probably from his own plans!

7th Set, Bill must have completed that B17 after I moved away as I don't recall ever seeing it, but I do remember him talking about it. He and Earl Parge' were building bombers along about the same time...Earl built a B24 Liberator, and as I remember it, it was a handful to fly...

Please post more, more, more! LOL! It is so great to remember some of the gang I hung out and flew with for quite a few years (I even remember you now that I have seen your pic, though I don't recall if we ever got to fly much/any together).....wish I had kept in touch and kept flying after I moved away...

Thanks again, and you will do my heart and mind good to post all you feel like posting!

Have a Blessed Day!
George
Mar 09, 2018, 07:50 AM
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That might have been Earl's B-17, I don't recall - it was one of the older guys at ARKS and I never really got to know those guys well.

Jody's big twin - It was portly. I think a pair of G-38s on it. He brought it to our field and started his take off run, got about 3 wires high on a 4 wire barbed wire fence. The plane stuck in the fence but the engines made it into the next field.

So many of the pics I took were just planes on the ground, no attribution and I can only remember a handful. Now I wish I would have taken more of the modelers, so many are no longer with us.
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Mar 10, 2018, 10:52 PM
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Old pics


Jody's Big Twin - Portly! LOL...Jody is a reasonably good builder and was a nice guy when I knew him (I assume still the same), but I've seen more than one of his planes act a little "sluggish" at times. Sorry to hear he crashed it, that thing must have weighed a ton! It actually looks like it would have flown well with a couple G38's attached. I would enjoy seeing any other pics from around the area if/when you decided to post them, but I understand it is a pain to get them labeled (if known) and uploaded. How far back do you have pics from that area?

Thanks Jefferey!
Mar 11, 2018, 10:59 AM
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I have pics of me and my first plane, but not in its original form - it had been crashed and rebuilt by then. It was an Andrews AAMCO X-Ray with a bushing Fox 40, I bought those and a 4 channel Futaba at the old Toys by Roy in Western Plaza right about 1980/81. I have another X-Ray kit stashed, nostalgia and all, but without the bushing Fox this time. That was about the time it dawned on me that I should try to get pre-maiden pics of my planes, you might not get a second chance. So earliest pics would probably be 82/83 if I was guessing.

Speaking of hobby shops, Darrell Dreasher of Amarillo Hobby House passed away a couple of years ago. He had taken it over from his dad Max, Max still worked there for some time after. I liked AHH, but it closed after Darrell's death.

The X-Ray was on a trainer cord when it went in - my instructor wasn't exactly the best man for the job, but I didn't know that at the time. After the crash Bobby Finsterwald gave me an Eaglet trainer and an old OS 20, I actually learned to fly with that combo and without the trainer cord.

I think Jody's twin would have flown no problem. We used to have a fence across the end of the pits and then along the side of the runway for about the last 3rd heading north. He let it get away a little to the left or he would have been fine. Get on that right rudder, boys! And yeah, Jody is his same old self, we had a blast at the '17 fun fly, we hadn't hung out together in some years. Jody used to go to Vegas quite a bit, and I went there the first time in '96 to the old Tournament of Champions that the Sahara used to put on. Me and a non-RC buddy met up with Jody, Roy Sparkman, and Frank Prattini - I think Frank came along after you had moved - and that was some crew. We didn't know they would be there, just happened to see them in the casino.

It's no trouble scanning a few pics now and then, gives my brain a work out trying to remember what was what.
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Mar 12, 2018, 11:16 AM
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Jefferey,

Thanks for your stories and pics...I remember Frank Prattini, though I think he came along not long before I moved...I didn't know him well. Too bad AHH closed, was a good hobby shop most of the time I was there.
Mar 12, 2018, 01:43 PM
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Frank was an acquired taste - loud and Cajun. He did something that caused a prop to break and hit him in the eye, he lost sight in that eye. But I think he sued everybody - prop mfg, club, engine mfg, the works - and that caused some friction between him and the club. By the time we met up in Vegas in '96, he was at China Lake, CA doing something. He had lived in Florida at some point and knew the Shulman family (Jason was competing that year), he was able to get us across the fence between pits and crowds at the TOC that year and relax on the uncrowded grass as opposed to snarled in the crowd on the pavement. So he was good for something. I ended up going to most of the TOC events from '96 on, but they quit having them in 2002 so not all that many.
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Mar 12, 2018, 09:40 PM
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I remember something about that accident with Frank...it happened after I left, but I know lots of folks weren't happy with him over it...Wish I had been able to go to TOC a few times, but never made it...I used to go to Striking Back every year until I think 2 years before they quit having it...
Mar 13, 2018, 08:53 PM
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Nice bunch of pics Jefferey. I guess I didn't click on the "read more" link in the first post...Great fun looking at all the fun fly and sport planes...I missed out on a lot of that over the 17-18 years I was detained by "life" after I moved...I had crated all of mine up along with the remains of my "hobby shop" I had in the garage for a few years...I had tonnage! I kept it all and when I finally got back into flying, I bought an ARF trainer (similar to an Eagle) and flew it a few weeks, then broke out my P-Stinger that Joe had built for me, fired up the old Rossi (2-3 flips after I lubed it and checked the bearings, etc and it was purring) and went flying...Had an old twice times Blue Max (Model Aviation, similar to the Hooker) with a OS 108 on it...took the OS off and put a DLE 30 on it and flew for many flights, till the RX battery (had separate RX and Servo batts (dual Servo batts with a system that allowed me to hook all the batteries to the system, then the servos to the system and the system to the RX to isolate the power and provide redundant power to the servos) shorted and it went rolling in from a full speed turn to the downwind from a high speed pass across the field...not much left! I have many many old planess to "check out and get back in the air...some will probably require re-covering...

Great to reminisce...I'm saving the pics, so keep em coming, and if you run on any more old fly in pics from the 80's (if you have any...I had hundreds, but most all were ruined when we had a rain storm and the roof had a catastrophic failure at an area where an add on to the house had been improperly attached and the flashing totally failed and we had huge amounts of rainwater leak into a large closet where I had boxes of old pics stored...lost almost all of them).

Thanks, again my friend!

Have a Blessed Day!
George
Jun 21, 2018, 03:15 PM
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Jeffrey, I am interested in the "upside down Sticks", I saw a plan called a Stik LW for Low-Wing, based on a particular Ugly Stik kit. The idea was to invert the fuselage then modify the fin, build a turtle deck and add a canopy and whatever other details were required to finish it, and you had a low-winged plane made from an ordinary Stik kit. Pretty clever, I thought! The symmetrical wing helped in that version, though many Stiks had a different profile. Thanks for showing the pic's, great to see how the hobby was done before my time (I first went to see RC with my cousin flying his gliders in the 80's, built a Gentle Lady myself which never flew, then got into it more seriously about 2.5 years ago when losing my job was killing me with boredom)


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