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Reply #45 - May 16th, 2018 at 11:21pm

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At today's O.F.F.C. meeting the question of the P-18s for the contest being built "to plan" was settled.  Stan gave out the official rules and they specified the North Pacific prop and front end "with no upgrades".  Dave Gee surprised everyone by supplying, from his amazing stash, a new, unused, North Pacific front end to everyone who said they were going to fly in the contest.  I do have some in my "stash" but they are all used and a bit sloppy.  This will ensure as level a playing field for this contest as can be had!

Error in my last post...Stan Christopher did not fly in the Legal Eagle contest.  Someone entered his name on the score sheet, with an insulting 7 seconds, and I did not question it.  My apologies to Stan!
 

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Reply #44 - May 4th, 2018 at 9:33pm

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I like that Spitfire Smiley

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Reply #43 - May 2nd, 2018 at 6:35pm

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Legal Eagle was the O.F.F.C. contest for April and it was well attended with 11 contestants.  The field quickly separated into two groups, the over 100 seconds crowd and the under 100 seconds crowd.  Most of the designs flown were well known.  The iconoclasts were myself and Dave Gee.  Dave threw a new wrinkle into Legal Eagle with a scale (Well, sort of.  It's standoff scale if you're standing far enough away.) model of a Spitfire that met the rules.  I thought about this and suggested that maybe we should have a scale Legal Eagle competition in the future but I was shouted down on that idea.  I flew my One Night in Jail, an idea that I have almost given up after the showing last month.

Anyway, the results were

Place   Name                                                    Time in seconds.
1.        Bill Watson                                             220.3
2.        Joe Whiting                                            184.3
3.        Don Butman                                           146.3
4.        Pete Basone                                           104.5
5.        Howard Littman                                        74.4
6.        Dave Gee                                                63.9
7.        Don Smith                                               59.8
8.        John Buntin                                             44.0
9.        Lowell Norenberg                                      35.2
10.      Wynn Hammer                                          23.6
11.      Stan Christopher                                        7.0

Part of the spread was due to some of the guys needing to build new models because the old ones are worn out and part of it comes under the old bit of advise, "Don't Crash!"  However, everyone had fun as is evidenced by the smiling faces in the post contest group photo.

The May contest is P-18 "Hawk" one design.  CD was making noises about requiring stock, per plan, front ends this time.  We shall see...
 

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Reply #42 - Apr 6th, 2018 at 1:45pm

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I finally received the results of the Cat Glider Contest.

O.F.F.C. CAT GLIDER CONTEST
Score is best flight of 3 sets of 3 attempts.
1.      Bill Watson                31.6
2.      Jim Leuken            24.4
3.      Pete Basone            24.3
4.     Lowell Norenberg      21.0
5.      Don Smith                    19.8
6.      Don Martin                    18.2
7.      Bud Matthews            15.0
Wynn Hammer                     n/a

I did attend the next meeting and once again Don Butman arrived with interesting models.  This time it was a Spitfire from Guillow's plans circa 1940.  The original model had a 24 inch wing span but Don doesn't usually build that large so he reduced the size to 20 inches.  He also added his own touches such as a one piece wing held on by magnets and, of course, he had to build a No-Cal version of it also.

Bud Mathews brought in an Arf-A-Senator.  He suggested that we include an Arf-A-Senator No-Cal contest later in the year.  He seems to like models of models!  Anyway, the members present agreed, and according to club rules, Bud was appointed CD of the added event.

April Contest is Legal Eagle.
 

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Reply #41 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 12:37pm

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Nice of our wives being so good to share things with us...I to have been sick with an old fashioned chest cold, lots of wheezing, coughing and hacking!!!!  Thanks for sharing the newsletter and the pics of the He-100 are outstanding.  I especially like that he made a NoCal too.  Gonna have to find that issue of the FAC newsletter.
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Reply #40 - Apr 2nd, 2018 at 1:09am

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I've been a bit sick for a couple of weeks, something my wife brought home from the office, and didn't want to expose the old guys in the O.F.F.C. to what I had.  (Yes, the old guys, I'm only 74.)  Consequently, I didn't go to the Cat Glider contest last Wednesday.  (My canard cat glider, with the spring loaded flapper canard, wasn't flying well, indoors, anyway.)  Apparently, everyone thinks they can catch something by e-mail because no one passed on the results to me!  I have attached the O.F.F.C. page from the Black Sheep Squadron newsletter.  When I find out the contest standings I'll post them.
 

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Reply #39 - Mar 4th, 2018 at 12:06am

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Here are some of the other pictures.

Bill Watson is assessing the quality of the flight just after launch.  The launch was R.O.G. and in the direction of the camera so the model has already done 270 degrees of its first circle.

Don Butman is giving the "Say what?" look to something that Jim Luekin just said.  Notice that Don was one of the color scheme "rebels".

A model from one of the other "rebels" on the stooge.
 

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Reply #38 - Mar 3rd, 2018 at 11:51pm

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No Cal Zipper is not my contest, so I was one of the timers.  The contest went off very well and everyone had fun including the spectators.  Since I am the editor of the Black Sheep Squadron newsletter I decided to get lazy on the reporting and simply post the O.F.F.C. page from the newsletter with the results of the contest.  I also posted some of the pictures that didn't get into the newsletter.

Oh, yes.  The club motto translates very loosely to, "We Eat (donuts), We Talk, We Fly".
 

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Reply #37 - Feb 8th, 2018 at 10:28am

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Thanks Howard for the update...love the way you institute rule changes and new events for your meets. 
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Reply #36 - Feb 7th, 2018 at 3:04pm

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I have to apologize for my delay in coverage of the O.F.F.C flying.  Due to personal issues I was not able to attend the November and December contests.

In the November “Bostonian” OFFC Contest with a total of 8 contestants. 1st Place went to Pete Basone, 2nd Place went to Joe Whiting and 3rd Place went to Bill Watson.  Sorry, no one passed me any pictures from this one which, since it was Bostonian, should have been one of the more photogenic contests. Oh, well!

Due to a temporary issue, the O.F.F.C. meetings have been held on Friday mornings, so the last O.F.F.C. contest of the year, the Ed Slobod (Memorial) R.O.G. Unlimited Contest was held on Friday, 12/27/2017. This contest is for any rubber powered model capable of R.O.G., which can result in some very interesting entries. I was not present, however I do have the results and pictures courtesy of Bud Matthews.

Results:

1st Bill Watson               311 seconds  (combined best two flights)
2nd Bud Matthews          198
3rd Don Butman              186
4th Jim Lueken               173
5th Don Martin               164
6th Joe Whiting              140
7th Don Smith                120
8th Wynn Hammer            39
Stan Christopher             N/A

The C/D was Bud Matthews

The meetings moved back to Wednesday mornings in January.   Again, meetings start at 9 AM at the Stonehurst Recreation Center gym, in Sun Valley, CA.  Flying is 10 AM to Noon.  Any interested modeler in the area is welcome to attend.

The contest schedule for 2018 is:

Date          Contest              CD
Jan 31        Minnow ROG        John Buntin
Feb 28        No-Cal Zipper      Bud Matthews    (This is a one design for the No-Cal model of the Comet Zipper...a model of a model!)
Mar 28        Catapult Glider    Stan Christopher
Apr 25        Legal Eagle         Dave Gee
May 30       P-18                  Barry Daugherty  (This is usually a one design, the P-18 Hawk, if not I'll keep you posted.)
Jun 15        Spot/Time           Dave Gee           (Outdoor contest, spot landing and predicted flight time.)
Jun 27        Penny Plane        Jim Lueken
July 25       Dime Scale          Joe Whiting         (Joe calls this 9 cent scale since it has relaxed rules.)
Aug 29       A-6                    Howard Littman
Sep 26       Unlimited Scale     Bill Watson
Oct 31       Mini Stick             Don Martin
Nov 28       No-Cal Scale        Will  Woods
Dec 28       R.O.G. Unlimited    Ed Slobod (FBTG)

CD  issues the rules for each meet at the beginning of the month, possibly with customized requirements.  No griping!  Dissenters are invited to volunteer as a CD next year.
Other unlisted events are possible,
Anyone requesting another event will be the CD for that event!

The contest, January 31st, was for Minnow. John Bunton was the CD who specified that models were to be built “per plan.” Well you know how that goes but they all met the spirit of the plan.

Results were:
1. Bill Watson (Black Wing)         3:31.34 (Times are combined best 2 of 5 flights)
2. Don Smith                            2:26.80
3. Jim Lukins                            2:23.74
4. Pete Bassone                        2:20.08
5. Will Woods                           2:18.05
6. Bud Matthews                       2:12.35
7. Don Butman                          2:05.12
8. Barry Dougherty                    1:46.45
9. Don Martin                           1:43.90
10. Stan Christopher                 1:18.30
11. Howard Littman                   1:13.40
Bill Watson (Red Wing)               2:51.48 (Second model, only best counts.)
 

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Reply #35 - Nov 17th, 2017 at 5:27pm

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The meetings and contest of the O.F.F.C. will be on Friday mornings until further notice.  The Stonehurst Rec Center Gym will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, November 24, so the next meeting and the Bostonian contest will be on Friday, December 1.

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Reply #34 - Nov 15th, 2017 at 3:07pm

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There was a disagreement with a member of the rec center staff and it looks like we will be meeting on Friday mornings for the next few weeks.  My apologies to anyone who wanted to visit our meeting this morning or made plans to visit us in the next few weeks.  I will keep you posted on any shifts in meeting day.

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Reply #33 - Oct 26th, 2017 at 10:50am

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Outstanding Howard....well done!  Congrats to all the participants! Smiley
 

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Reply #32 - Oct 25th, 2017 at 8:27pm

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Today was the O.F.F.C. One Design Contest.  Of the dozen Plain Plane kits I distributed to the members, 8 showed up for the contest.  The model soon proved to be rugged enough for that obstacle filled room.  On many flights they bounced of the lights and basketball backstops, if high enough recovered and continued flying, and only one was damaged.  Everyone covered with tissue, except Don Butman who is the master of plastic film, and most used the kit supplied blue and white tissue.  Everyone had a good time and we had some spectators that came to see the contest who seemed to enjoy themselves watching.

Here is a YouTube video of some of the contest flights. 

https://youtu.be/VLGIjD5NNh0

The results:  (Best 2 of 5 flight plus a 10 second bonus for R.O.G.

1st    Bill Watson                 116.04
2nd   Stan Christopher         105.97
3rd    Bud Matthews              88.33
4th   John Bunton                  72.75
5th   Don Butman                  71.71
6th   Barry Daugherty            71.37
7th   Dave Gee                     37.22
8th   Kurt Young                   Model Damaged

Don Smith was the timer.
Howard Littman (Me) Contest Director and Designer of the model.

Because I was the designer of the model the participants insisted that I get into the group shot.

Next Month...Bostonians!

Keep 'Em Flying!
Howard
 

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Reply #31 - Oct 5th, 2017 at 6:00pm

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The O.F.F.C. Embryo contest went off smoothly.  From all I have been told, everyone had fun with this contest.  The only detraction was the lights hanging down from the gym ceiling.  The last time this contest was held the gym was lighted by flush mounted florescent lights.  The models could skim the ceiling and contact did not diminish the flight times.  It was not uncommon to get two minute flights in that room.  Now, with the hanging halogen lights, if you get up among the lights you are gambling.  Even the winner, Joe Whiting, of whom it must be said, Embryo is his event, could not get a flight of better than 77 seconds this time.

The rules were:

Model must R.O.G.
Six flights allowed.
Ten second minimum for an official flight.
Score is total of best three flights.

The results:

1.     Joe Whiting                    220.6 seconds
2.     Pete Basone                 155.0
3.     Bill Watson                    154.2
4.     Don Butman                   152.9
5.     Dave Gee                      134.9
6.     Don Martin                      87.7
7.     Don Smith                       82.5
8.     Stan Christopher              81.1
9.     Wynn Hammer                 81.0

There were 9 contestants with 11 models flown.  Scores only counted for best flying models.

The group shot show how happy everyone was with the contest.  Some of the individual shots in the heat of the contest...not so much.

Dave Gee, whose flexibility with the rules of any class can rival the Michlean Man, was setting up his unorthodox entry.  We had our doubts, but it turns out that bizarre configuration is legal.

The next picture is Bill Watson preparing to launch.

The last pictures are Pete Basone and Wynn Hammer just after launch, and Don Butman retrieving his model.
 

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