SEN issues 1153 and 1152 - 15 Nov 2007
- Category: Archive 2007
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- Straight to the Win
- Alistair McKenzie
- 59th Annual Inter-Cities meet
- Business News - Peck buys Sting
- Why you sometimes get a number of SENs
- Kiwi Power
Straight to the Win
From: The Leeper
Here’s a great story from Mark Troutman in Texas. His son Jim won F1A at last weekend’s Autumn Cup…with an old straight-tow glider! BTW Steve Spence and Andrew Barron are both former F1A team members!!
On a side note we had the Autumn cup this weekend at Segin. Andrew Barron came all the way from Conneticutto Fly F1A as he needed points to win the America's Cup. He asked Jim and I to fly in F1A to help him get points. The only problem was he forgot to tell Jim not to beat him with a straight tow glider !!!! Jim Maxed out and Andrew and Steve Spence both dropped with their $1200 full bunters with servo's and electroic timers.. Sorry Andrew but in Texas you have to earn the win.
From: John Malkin
I was contacted this morning by Margaret McKenzie who advised me that Alister passed away last night.
He had been having problems over the last two years culminating in a stroke 10 or so days ago which really affected him. I did go down and see him last week and I thought he was on the good side of half way but in the last few days he deteriorated badly.
So sad really as he was a keen modeller and a real gentleman.
Alister was maintstay of aeromodelling in NZ, before he retired from his printing business he published modelling periodicals and books. As a keen F1B sportsman, how could be anything other than a gentleman. Vistitors to the NZ World Cup contests over the years will remember his hospitality.
59th Annual Inter-Cities Meet
The Detroit Balsa Bugs are pleased to announce we have confirmed June 20-22,
2008 for our Inter-Cities Meet to be held at the AMA field in Muncie, Indiana. Although the flyer isn't completed, it will follow the same format as previous years, including an FAI Qualifier on Friday, June 20.
We are happy to get a June weekend again and hope you can make this contest.
It will be a good tune-up for the Junior World Champs in Kiev!
Let me know if you'd like a flyer emailed to you.
Business news - Peck buys Sting
... From Peck Polymers..
In other news, some of you might not have heard that we have
purchased the Sting Aero Products business and will be adding it to
the Peck Polymers line. Just got the initial shipment from Len
yesterday. It sill probably be a month or so until we have the
gliders back in production and availble for purchase.
Peck Polymers division
Makers of the world best flying peanut kits and rubber powered
Why you sometimes get more than one SEN
From time to time I resend SEN back numbers. The system I use will not send them to an e-mail address that has already got them [or bounced them] but if there have been new subscribers they will get the back numbers.
To Ed Mate-Kiwi Power is the NZ version of the British 'Mini diesel' Northern power duration class: [the Australians have adapted/adopted it too under the guise of 'Oz Power'] The key element is a 1.5cc plain bearing non-schneurle diesel.
NZ rules: (i) 1.5cc plain bearing diesel, commercial non C/F or G/F props only
(ii) no functions other than engine cutoff and DT permitted.
(iii) 10 sec engine run
(iv) 2 min max
(v) 5 official flights reducible to 3 at the CD's discretion if bad weather or full program
(vi) single unlimited flyoff to break any tie
We have been flying it about 10 years now and it is growing in popularity. A number of existing designs-George Fuller's 'Stomper', the 'Y-Bar', the 'Eliminator' are popular-and have the advantage of also being usable in Nostalgia. I've flown and won the Nats event with a suitably sized 'Pearl' and the Dave Clarkson 'Big Brit' design was a full sized plan in Aeromodeller a few years back. Roy Summersby won the class at the 2006 Omarama with what appeared to be a slightly enlarged F1J layout and a Cipolla 1.5 diesel. Most of us use PAW, Frogs or AMs-though I like the Elfin 1.49's (especially the Russian ABC replicas). Some use the MVVS 1.5-which runs well but seems a bit slow in starting.No reason though, why a dieselised TD 09 should not be competitive.......