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Reply #4 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:22pm
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Did a couple of JetCats - Bill Dean F4D Skyray and my own Supermarine Scimitar.  The Skyray is a very fun, very consistent flyer, but not competitive (takes a minor miracle to get more than 15 seconds).  My son loves it.

The Scimitar is a lot of fun and has done over 25 seconds, but it seems to warp when left in the sun.  Early morning flights are great, come back to it a few hours later and it just wants to spiral in.  Still sorting this out.  The swallows at our field are very nervous about this one - groups of them chase it every flight.
  

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Reply #3 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:14pm
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First post-retirement build was a Sterling Citabria - reliving my youth.  I experimented with splicing tissue and printing markings on bond paper for this one.  Turned out pretty and light (under 10g with motor), but I'm still trying to get consistent performance out of it.  Best flights so far are around 30-35 seconds.  3/32 rubber is a bit too much, 1/16" rubber is not quite enough...
  

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Reply #2 - May 19th, 2017 at 7:07pm
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Did a little micro-RC flying when I got back into the hobby around 2014.  I had a Sweet Patootie Bostonian (Jim Longstreth design from a 2001 Flying Models mag) that had never flown, so I put the guts from a Flyzone micro into it and had a ball flying - wore out two brushed motors.  I also built a RetroRC eSinbad.
  

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Reply #1 - May 19th, 2017 at 6:58pm
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Built the Guillows 900-series Typhoon and Skyraider as well as a peanut Zippy Sport from 1983 Model Aviation plans around 1995.  The Skyraider flew pretty well (best I'd done at the time), the Typhoon flew sometimes, and the Zippy not at all.  All three survived six moves and have been resurrected to fly again in the last year.  With a little more knowledge and better prop selection they are doing much better - the Skyraider has flown close to a minute. The Zippy flew well enough last fall to end up in a tree - trashed the wing getting it out, so it got a new wing and tail in May 2017 and is getting re-trimmed.
  

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May 19th, 2017 at 6:42pm
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Greetings!  I started stick and tissue as a kid in the 1970s with a Guillows FW190 and a Comet Vengeance.  Got bit by the peanut bug in the late '70s and built several Sterling and Peck kits and centerfold peanuts from Model Builder and Flying Models.  Most of them looked pretty good, but my lack of trimming knowledge made successful flights few and far between.  In the mid-80s and early 90s I built and flew some RC sailplanes (RO-8, Airtronics Cumic, Dynaflite Skeeter).  The Cumic and Skeeter survive; I still fly the Skeeter from time to time.  From the mid-90s until around 2014 work, marriage and kids kept me reading about the hobby rather than building and flying.  Since retiring from the USAF in 2014 I've dived back in, with particular emphasis on free flight since joining the Flying Aces Club in 2016.  On to the airframes...
  
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