SEN 720 - 29 Jul 2002
Category: Archive 2002
SCAT Electronic News 29 July 2002 issue 720
Table of Contents
Junior Team Thanks - Coussens
EPP Foam Source
diamond saws - Indoor Tim
1" diameter diamond saws - Thornberry
grandsons - Brokenspar
Stonehenge Cup-Entry Fees - Tribe
Why Kill the Monster? - Mosely
Junior Team Thanks
Hello fellow freeflighters,
I would just like to thank everyone who has supported the USA R
team. We are about 4 days for leaving for Europe to compete in the Jr.
World Championships. The road to Slovakia has been a long one with many
trials for me and for the rest of the team. We had the closest
competition for a place on the team than we ever have. But there was
always people who were very supportive and encouraging the entire time we
were fighting for a position for the team and i would just like to extend
my heart felt thanks on behalf of the entire US Jr. team, by saying that
we couldn't have done it with out your support. We will all represent
the US with pride and dignity and hopefully bring back a trophy or two.
Thanks so much everyone.
[Ben - best wishes to all Juniors , Pupppies or not for the festivities
in Slovakia. Wish I could be there]
EPP Foam Source
If anyone wants EPP
Try emailing this new UK Supplier
Here is one source. I have not uses these particular discs, but have
purchased from this supplier and they are very reliable.
1" diameter diamond saws
Though perhaps not the lowest cost source, I recall dental equipment
supply houses carry these. A Google search for dental supply vendors in
New Zealand should be helpful.
In the foregrond, thinking about these kids flying a power
model...al all, is injury to young fingers.
I see no docile engines* to introduce these kids to starting,
tuning, and handling a model.
I see high RPM's and a hard prop that can slice meat and bone.
Some comments on SCAT indicate that we are catching
up to the contradiction that the available power is not
a fit with the concept 'Puppy'.
I hark back to Ross Jahnke's Baby B 40.
That seems to not have had appeal:
No power, noise, danger -
( I remember that his kid was a three-year-old, then ! )
Same problem with girls, I guess.
No high rpm's on the first date.
Or skate boards !
My god !
One option might be to jump immediately to nostalgia ( Nostalgia )
( you can see that I do not have a usefull recomnendation )
For grandsons, I will encourage Coupe, Wakefield, a big
All kinds of gliders !
( we've been through P30,
with the discouraging free wheeling prop )
hey! Indoor !
* Like my ten dollar Brown, when I was a fourteen year old
Stonehenge Cup-Entry Fees
My announcement regarding the Stonehenge cup appears to have lost
something in cyberspace.
The entry fees should read 23 pounds sterling for one event, 5 pounds
for additional events, and 5 pounds for juniors.
Hope to see you there,
Why Kill the Monster?
Subject : Re: SCAT Electronic News 26 July 2002 issue 719
>Monster thermals can appear between 11 AM and 3 PM, >gaged by the time
models take to dethermalize. Anything >over two minutes is a clear signal
that the monsters are >around, and it would be wise to suspend flying at
that >point. (The two minute cutoff obviously depend on the >field
characteristics.) Besides, retrieving in the dead heat
>of day is difficult and onerous. The remaining rounds >could be held in
the early afternoon, and flyoffs the late >afternoon or next morning if the
contest is held on >Saturday.
I'm bemused ... people have been flying on these fields for decades ... all
day ... yet suddenly there's an awareness that strong thermal activity
exists, even that flying in the heat of the day is 'difficult'. Is it
that, as overall age levels increase, some are feeling their years .. or is
it that present day FAI models are just too expensive to risk flying in
anything other than perfect - or near perfect - conditions? There's
something awry with this picture .....
JM - heading for the fallout shelter.....