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Reply #5 - Feb 24th, 2017 at 7:22pm

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The Minnow contest was held on February 22.  There were 10 contestants and according to the stated rules, fun was had by all. 

The results were as follows: (Times are seconds, sum of best two flights.)

1st     Will Woods                    153.8
2nd     Pete Bassone                149.3
3rd     Don Butman                   134.5
4th     Bill Watson                    123.8
5th     Howard Littman              108.2
6th     Don Martin                    107.9
7th     John Buntin                     94.5
8th     Stan Christopher              86.7
9th     Winn Hammer                  74.6
10th    Lowell Norenberg             57.5

Some members had to do double duty during the contest with Pete Bassone doing scoring and timing and Don Smith timing.  (Photo 1)

Don Butman has a leg brace so he launches and retrieves his models using a padded gripper (Photo 2)

Bill Watson displays body English when his model circled back on him right after launch.  (Photo 3)

The next contest will be on March 29.  I will post the rules next week (assuming that the CD has printed them.)   In anyone will be in the area on a meeting or contest day you are welcome to join us.


 

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Reply #4 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 6:09pm

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Here are the rules for the Minnow contest on February 22

MINNOW R.O.G.

Contest Director John Buntin

1. Model must be built to plan.

2. Propeller - SIG, 5-1/2 inch, red or black plastic

3. Must use SIG nylon prop bearing -Bushings, washers, and beads will be allowed.

4. Tissue covering - No plastic film

5. No weight limit, but all wood sizes must be to plan.

6.  All flights must R.O.G.

7. Any attempted flight over 10 seconds is official.

8. Timing starts at release of plane.

9. Five attempts allowed.  Score is total of best two flights.

10. Contest is over at 11:40 AM.

11. Non-fliers and those repairing models must stand behind the black line.

12.  All contestants, audience, and officials must attempt to have fun.  Anyone not having fun will be directed to leave the contest site immediately.

This is one of the most popular contests.  Almost every member has a Minnow. 

Most of the members present were practicing with them during the flying session after the meeting.  There were so many Minnows in the air that there was actually a head on collision between two of them.  No damage was done.  Minnows are noted for their almost instantaneous recovery after hitting something.  My current one has been bounced off so many obstructions that I call it "Timex".
 

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Reply #3 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 9:37pm

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Ooops! Embarrassed

I forgot mention the time of the Wednesday morning meetings.  The meetings are at 9:00 AM with the flying sessions from 10:00 til noon. 

As I said, if any of you are in the area you are quite welcome.  You might want to e-mail me on Tuesday if you intend to come since every once and a while the Park Department closes the gym for some maintenance issue and we usually know about it the week before,

Howard
 

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Reply #2 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 5:59pm

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Looks like fun was had by all! Smiley
 

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Reply #1 - Feb 6th, 2017 at 3:41pm

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The P-18 contest was held February 01.  It went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of the CD, Barry Dougherty.  The contest was P-18 Hawk, per plan, with any prop and front bearing allowed. (Per CD's discretion.)  All were scratch built except for Dave Gee's entry which was a Laser Cut Planes kit.

The results were:

1. Lowell Norenberg                 234.6 seconds
2. Don Martin                            228.1
3. Stan Christopher                  224.2
4. Pete Basone                         172.0
5. Wynn Hammer                      129.7
6. Dave Gee                              121.7
7. Bud Matthews                       119.9
8. John Buntin                           107.9


Some pictures,  Dave Gee launching,  John Buntin weighing in with Barry Dougherty at the scale, and Barry totaling the scores under the watchful eyes of Don Martin and myself.
 

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Feb 6th, 2017 at 3:13pm

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The Old Farts Flying Club meets every Wednesday morning at the Stonehurst Recreation Center gym, 9901 Dronfield Avenue, Sun Valley, California, for a club meeting and indoor flying session.  There is a contest on the last meeting of the month.  Spectators, prospective members, and desperate fliers are welcome.

This year's contest schedule is:

Jan 28    P-18   (postponed to Feb 01 per CD)
Feb 22    Minnow R.O.G.
Mar 29    Mini-Stick
Apr 26    Catapult Glider
May 31   No-Cal Pusher
Jun 14    Spot Landing and Predicted Time Flight (Outdoors)
Jun 28    Legal Eagle
Jul 26     Penny Plane
Aug 30   Peanut Scale
Sep 27   Embryo
Oct 25   One Design
Nov 29   Bostonian
Dec 27   R.O.G. Unlimited

Note: CDs may make modifications to established rules for a given contest.  These are usually announced at the first meeting of the month.

Last year's scale contest was Dime Scale.  Attached is a picture of the contestants.


 

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