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Reply #91 - Jan 22nd, 2020 at 2:40pm

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At today's O.F.F.C. meeting the 2020 Directory and Contest Calendars were distributed.  The Contest Calendar is as follows:

Date           Event                               CD Name                   
Jan 29        Minnow                            Bill Watson                
Feb 26        Delta Dart (Built on Site)    Dave Gee                  
Mar 25        Embryo                            Will Woods                
Apr 29          No-Cal                            TBS*                         
May 27        Dime Scale                      Joe Whiting
June 10 Outdoor Spot-Time Dave and Ralph
Jun 24 A-6 Howard Littman
Jul 29 Peanut Scale Dave Gee
Aug 26 RTP Rubber Speed Jim Leuken
Sep 30 Legal Eagle TBS*
Oct 28 One Design Bill and Dave
Nov 25 P-18 Paul Avery
Dec 30 R.O.G. Unlimited Ed Slobad (FBTG)

CD will issue rules for each meet, possibly with customized requirements.  No griping!
Dissenters invited to volunteer as a CD next year.

Other unlisted events are possible. Anyone requesting another event will be CD for that event

TBS* indicates that the CD for this event will be shanghaied from the membership.

There was quite a bit of discussion about the RTP speed event.  It looks like there will two classes, Unlimited and Racing Plane Profile Scale.  The profile scale event will be No-Cal models but with all sheet construction allowed.  Another possible rule for the profile scale class is to have all models use the 5 inch, Guillow's, red prop.  This would keep the speeds in the 25 mph range.

We shall see...

The Minnow contest is next week.
 

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Reply #90 - Dec 23rd, 2019 at 7:22pm

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ED SLOBAD MEMORIAL ROG UNLIMITED CONTEST

Since it is open to any rubber powered model that can ROG this is always one of the more interesting contests of the year.  You never know what kind of model that people will bring.  There were designed for the job models, P-18s with landing gear, Legal Eagles, and even an Embryo. 

Bill Watson and Jim Leuken brought designed for the job models.  Bill flew away with it, to no one’s surprise.  Jim got some tough competition from the Legal Eagle and P-18 fliers.  There wasn’t a dull moment with models in the air right to the end.  This was a fitting end to the OFFC ‘s 2019 year. 

At the meeting, the contest schedule for 2020 was finalized.  We’re short CDs for three contests but we can Shanghai members as needed.  OFFC members will get the contest schedule with the 2020 directory.  The contest for January is Minnow on January 29th.

The contest results were:  (Best single flight)

1.      Bill Watson            Own Design            186.0  seconds
2.      Paul Avery            Legal Eagle            111.0
3.      Don Butman            P-18                     97.0 
4.      Jim Leuken            Own Design               88.0
5.      Howard Littman      Legal Eagle               83.0
6.      Joe Whiting            Legal Eagle               76.0      
 

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Reply #89 - Dec 10th, 2019 at 11:55am

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I didn't witness the P-18 contest because I had to leave right after the meeting but do have the results. 

So, without the usual drama, the results were.


    1.  Pete Basone               209 seconds
    2.  Don Butman               195
    3.  Will Woods                 194
    4.  Bill Watson                 187
    5.  Don Smith                  175


Don Butman's other P-18 flew 185 seconds.

The next contest is the Ed Slobad Memorial ROG Unlimited, open to any rubber powered model that can ROG, next Wednesday.  Here you can find anything such as Penny Planes with landing gear.  Fun!
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Reply #88 - Nov 30th, 2019 at 12:05pm

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WoW...lots of activities...great stuff, I look forward to the reports.  Thanks KF!!
 

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Reply #87 - Nov 29th, 2019 at 11:17pm

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The November 27th P-18 contest was rescheduled to December 4th.  This was due to the weather being so bad that it would have been dangerous for many members to drive to the meeting!

December becomes a very busy contest month with the P-18 contest on the 4th, the Black Sheep Squadron's Pearl Harbor NoCal contest on the 13th and the ROG Unlimited contest on the 18th.  This last because there will be no meeting on the 25th.

Keep 'Em Flying!

KF
 

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Reply #86 - Nov 6th, 2019 at 5:48pm

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The O.F.F.C. NoCal contest for 2019 happened on October 30.  Unfortunately, there were a few astonished, "The contest is today?" remarks at the meeting and there were only 4 entries. The four of us that did fly had a lot of fun.

Now. Pete Basone and I were trimming models we expect to fly in the Pearl Harbor NoCal contest in December so he had a Zero and I had a Brewster Buffalo.  Bill Watson, for some reason, probably because it was appropriate to the Black Sheep Squadron, and the model would be displayed at the AMA EXPO the following weekend built a Corsair.  Don Butman, the CD for the event, brought a high winged Farman with a big barn door of a wing.  With the 12 gram minimum weight and all the fighters flying gear down you could easily predict the winner.

The contest was for the total of the best two flights out of five attempts.

The results were:

  • 1.   Don Butman           Farman             13 grams         159 seconds
  • 2.   Bill Watson             Corsair              12 grams         134.7
  • 3.   Howard Littman       Buffalo              12 grams          77.8 
  • 4.   Pete Basone           Zero                 14 grams           52.4 



Winn Hammer brought his Zipper, not really legitimate since it is a model of a model, but he couldn't get it flying well enough to compete.

The November 27 contest will be a one design, P-18 Hawk, with a stock North Pacific front end.  (Yes, we have a supply of them.)
 

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Reply #85 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 3:20pm

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Sounds like fun, I eagerly await the report on the event!
 

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Reply #84 - Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:28pm

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The NoCal contest gets more interesting.  Rules specify a 16 inch span (Legal) NoCal model but with a 12 gram minimum weight.  Fixed landing gear with rolling wheels required, no drop off gear, and all flights must start ROG.

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Reply #83 - Oct 11th, 2019 at 1:18pm

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The One Design contest, for Mini-Sonics, went off, as scheduled, on September 25.  There was a good turnout with nine entrants out of the twelve kits sold.  (I could not find my model!  It's in my shop somewhere.)  The nine entrants got their dough back.

The contestants, flying what is essentially an outdoor model indoors, still achieved remarkably good times with seven of the nine models posting times over one minute.  The contest was decided on the best flight of unlimited trys so there were few moments when there were no models in the air.

The results were:

    1.   Pete Basone             83.7 seconds
    2.   Don Butman             80.7
    3.   Joe Whiting              79.5
    4.   Bill Watson               74.5
    5.   Don Smith                66.8
    6.   Jim Leuken               64.8
    7.   Bill Blanchard            62.9
    8.   Wade Wiley              44.0
    9.   Wynn Hammer          11.6


CD(s)    Bill Watson, Dave Gee
Timer     Howard Littman

The next contest will be on October 30, for No-Cal models.  Don Butman, wizard of No-Cals, is the CD and he has come up with an interesting set of rules including ROG from, rolling wheels, required.  Since the annual Pearl Harbor No-Cal contest will be the next week there are many Pearl Harbor eligible models being tested with landing gear.
 

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Reply #82 - Sep 27th, 2019 at 5:07pm

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The contest for August was Phantom Flash.  Embarrassingly enough, I didn’t get to the contest until the very end.  And, not knowing how long my prior commitment would take, I didn’t bring my model.  Neither did a lot of other people and the contest was between our usual three stalwarts, Bill Watson, Jim Lieuken and Don Butman.   They finished in that order.
I took a picture of the score sheet and a picture of the group at the end.  However, when I got home I could not find those pictures on my phone, so I don’t have the detail times or the group picture.  Mia Culpa!

The next O.F.F.C contest is the One Design the design in question being the Mini Sonic.  A dozen members bought kits and we will see how many are flown in the contest.  Incentive to finish and fly is added because the contest is a do-back.  It was to be held on Wednesday, September 26 but was postponed to Wednesday, October 2 due to floor work in the gym.
 

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Reply #81 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 12:12am

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Outstanding report and I wish I could have been there.  I'm sure there was a lot of strategy discussed by all on "how to" for next time.  Thanks for keeping us informed!!!
 

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Reply #80 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 10:04pm

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RUBBER PAYLOAD CONTEST - AUGUST 14TH


If not the best attended OFFC contest it was certainly one of the most fun.  Everyone agreed that we will have to do this one again.  There were only two entries, Bill Watson and Jim Leuken.  Now, that may not sound like much of a contest but everyone there was fascinated and many more will participate the next time. Bill and Jim took two different approaches to the problem.

Bill took the high camber airfoil approach.  His model was sturdy but only weighed 10 grams and had a low wing design reminiscent of a 1930s ROG model.  He installed a small keel, under the wing, to attach the clay payload, keeping the CG centered.  His motor was 1/8” flat, tan rubber, as required by the rules, and the final motor weighed 2.4 grams. The last flight lifted 25.6 grams of clay.

Jim’s approach was a high winged, contemporary ROG type model with a pylon, tip dihedral and an airfoil with a very small camber.  He wrapped the clay load around the pylon to maintain the CG position.  His last flight, with essentially the same motor as Bill’s model lifted 25.3 grams of clay and might have lifted more except he ran out of time.

This contest was more closely fought than would appear with only two contestants.  The biggest problem was getting the heavily laden models to turn inside the gym.  There were many flights that did not lift off and became high speed taxi runs.  Several flights did not make the 20 second minimum (leading to an observation that ’20 seconds can be a long time’).   And, of course many flights ended against the wall.  Hitting the ceiling was not an issue here.

This contest was a successful experiment and it was agreed that the next time there will be many more contestants.

The next contest is Comet Phantom Flash, plan stock except for thrust button, prop shaft and prop, on August 28th.
 

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Reply #79 - Aug 5th, 2019 at 8:44pm

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On Wednesday, July 31, the Dime Scale Contest (9 cent scale) was held in the Stonehurst gym.  We had a great meeting before the contest which ended with a few surprised, "The contest is today?" remarks.  As it turned out only three people brought dimers.  But, following the FAC three contestants makes a contest rule it went ahead anyway.

Bill Watson brought a freshly made Heath Parasol.  Joe Whiting brought a SIPA S.11 (French Arado 96) and a Fokker DXVII.  Don Butman brought his SB2C-3 and a Howard DGA-15.  Once Bill got the Heath trimmed it was evident that he would win the contest.  Joe's Fokker had been finished the night before the contest and was in need of more trimming that could be done that morning so he flew the reliable SIPA S.11.  Don's SB2C-3 was beautifully stable in flight but he couldn't get over 30 seconds out of it so he switched to the DGA-15.  (Although he held the more colorful Curtiss for the photos.)

The contest was for the best single flight of unlimited (well, completed before the 11:30 cutoff time) attempts.

The results:

  • 1. Bill Watson         80.3  seconds
  • 2, Joe Whiting        52.41
  • 3. Don Butman       36.1


CD Joe Whiting, Timer Howard Littman

The next contest is the Rubber Payload Contest on August 14.               
 

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Reply #78 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 12:32pm

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CORRECTION!


I was sent the wrong photo of the A-6 contest score sheet.  Here are the correct results.


  • 1.Bill Watson                                457.5     Seconds
  • 2.Will Woods                                408.1
  • 3.Norm Furutani                           391.3
  • 4.Paul Avery                                 340.6
  • 5.Jim Leuken                                276.0
  • 6.Don Butman                              224.5
  • 7.Pete Basone                              175.8


Again, I wasn't at the contest.  Sorry about the error.
 

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Reply #77 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 11:41am

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REMINDER

Wednesday, July 31, (That's tomorrow, folks.) is the 9 Cent Scale (Joe Whiting's relaxed Dimer rules) contest at Stonehurst.  If you have a dimer that flies come on out!

Also, for those who enjoy a challenge, the OFFC Payload contest will be at Stonehurst on August 14.  See attached poster.

OFFC  contests are open to all interested modelers.

Stonehurst Rec center is at 9901 Dronfield Ave, Sun Valley, CA 91352.  It's one of those hidden parks so you will have to Google Map it to see how to get there.

The OFFC meetings start at 9:00 AM and the flying sessions are 10:00 to 12:00.
 

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