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Reply #20 - Jun 13th, 2015 at 9:01am
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Pete, please post many photos while you build especially those of this bird in flight.


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Reply #19 - Jun 13th, 2015 at 2:04am
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IT'S ON THE WAY Smiley!  Apparently, the tracking site stopped working after it got the initial notification.  It was offline yesterday for nearly the entire day (Ca time), but now shows that the package is on the Big Burd - probably over Iceland right now Smiley.

Just in the event anyone is interested, here is a .jpeg scan of the TILKA F1b, the model that I was initially contemplating building (might still do it).  It is good enough to enlarge to get the ribs full-sized, and that's all one really needs as the rest is straightforward.
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Reply #18 - Jun 12th, 2015 at 9:09am
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Sorry to hear of the delay.  Hope it works out soon for you! 
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Reply #17 - Jun 12th, 2015 at 6:20am
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I might have gotten a bit ahead of myself, posting about a model that I don't yet have in my mitts.  There seems to be a major issue with shipping as the only reference is that "The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on June 4, 2015 to expect your package for mailing".  So far, there have been no further notices.

USPS is usually pretty good with their tracking updates, but a call to the States yesterday confirmed that USP has no other info - meaning that the sender hasn't delivered the package to the P.O. (or it went "missing" at the drop-off Post Office).

I HAVE had a similar issue with a HOBBY KING order from China, where the package suddenly arrived four weeks later - tracking # showed no movement.
  

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Reply #16 - Jun 5th, 2015 at 2:05pm
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I WAS going to get my feet wet in this class with a TILKA (1985 vintage) - which is considered to be a good "beginners" F1b - being an all wood, fully built-up model.  Square framed fuselage and carbon/fiberglass only where one wants (ie, SIMPLE Roll Eyes), but the work involved and the accuracy needed (kit no longer available)... and I have an original TILKA front end.  The Tilka hub is nowhere near as "advanced" as the new one ( the new one has a delayed prop release feature), but is still of the "Montreal Stop" variety.  The Tilka is also considered a "locked down" type - that is the only moving surface is pop-up stab DT (no VIT, wing wiggler, DPR et al).  There are a number of TILKA's still  flying, both stock and with all the current upgrades and doo-dads.  Whole new vocabulary to learn Shocked!

For what I paid for the "Valensa", including shipping, is about what the front end is worth.  I just hope that USPS (United States Parcel Squashers) Priority International doesn't live up to its name
  

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Reply #15 - Jun 5th, 2015 at 11:12am
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Grin Shocked Cheesy Wink Cool
  

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Reply #14 - Jun 5th, 2015 at 9:36am
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Sky9pilot wrote on Jun 5th, 2015 at 9:06am:
WoW...that prophub alone looks very expensive.  Some fancy machine work there!  This is an amazing looking model.  Can't wait to see your finished article!
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Reply #13 - Jun 5th, 2015 at 9:06am
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WoW...that prophub alone looks very expensive.  Some fancy machine work there!  This is an amazing looking model.  Can't wait to see your finished article!
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Reply #12 - Jun 5th, 2015 at 8:49am
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A new model kit that picked up from Oldtime Flyer thru HPA recently that should arrive in my "hangar" next week, is an F1B "Valensa" (probably the designer's name).  The "kit" was available thru W-Hobby in Lithuania up thru around 2003-2005, but never got "completed" (it's typical modern F1B ARC), meaning that I'll have to cover the beast and glue on the pylon plus a few other sundry bits.

I always be interested in these VERY high performance models but was put off by the complexity and price (even back in the late 50's thru the mid 60's, they weren't easy or cheap), but OtF had gotten this in a lot sale and I snapped it since the price was SOOO much better than nice and includes the front end and TWO sets of blades.  I don't have a place where I can give it free rein, but WTH, it was my birthday present to ME Cheesy!

Now, I'll have to sell some of my rc (ALWAYS lower case) stuff to pay for the needed support equipment - not sure if my converted drill winder will cut the mustard on 30 grams/16+ strands of gummi.
  

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Reply #11 - Jan 12th, 2015 at 12:28pm
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She's a beauty Pete...thanks for sharing.  Hope the weather and health improve so you can dazzle us with those pictures and videos!!!
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Reply #10 - Jan 12th, 2015 at 5:59am
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Thanks for the vote(s) of confidence guys, tho hardly deserved Wink.  My "abilities" tend to be well masked by the camera Grin.

I can now include the 75% RUTANGO in the hangar as it is for all practical purposes "finished and flown", tho "flown" has to be quantified.  I've only been able to get to a bit more than 350 turns per motor and light times of about 20 seconds.  Weather has been the biggest issue with constant winds, blowing way over my "comfort" range (generally >10 knots/5ms) and a LOT of wet.  Some health issues have also contributed.

Specs of the model:

Span (Main wing): 17"
Span (canard):  9"
Area (main wing):  68˛in
Area (canard):  17˛in
Over all length:  19.5"
Weight RTF: 30.44 grams (incl. landing gear and 2 strands 3/32nds SS @ 10" per nacelle)

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Reply #9 - Nov 8th, 2014 at 10:56pm
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Pete...

I give you kudos for a great collection of models.  I consider your craftsmanship right up there as a Master Modeler!

Great to see your stuff!

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Reply #8 - Nov 8th, 2014 at 5:24pm
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Gotta build one of those (Born Loser) one of these days. I read a lot about them, and most all of it good. I've about figured out that if a model just keeps on being built, it's probably one you need to build yourself.

Enviable covering job on everyone you've posted here.
  
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Reply #7 - Nov 8th, 2014 at 3:54pm
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Pete,

Love your planes!  Great looking squadron you have there.  The Born Loser reminds me I need to replace mine that I gave away before moving to Texas to the neighbor girl. 

Mine was in the same squadron as yours for the cookup!!!

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Reply #6 - Nov 8th, 2014 at 1:48pm
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"Born Loser" embryo.  Fantastic flyer that still gets flown regularly even tho the colors are quite faded.
  

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