Sartorial elegance on the flying field

Jerry Long, shown here with one of his his Bostonians, doesn't usually dress as finely for outdoor flying sessions, but he was playing a gig right after,
And Roger, with an excellent Jimmie Allen BA Parasol has a kind of East Coast Ralph Lauren layered look.


Record 10 entries in Bostonian contest

We had a really good turnout for the Bostonian contest at our St Vincent’s indoor meeting on Sunday (9/26). The Jim Bearham trophy goes to Mike L for an outstanding performance with his Bay Watch model, but all contestants worked hard to make it a rewarding and fun event. Some pics below.

Best three times out of five flights . . .

Mike L - Bay Watch - 303 seconds
Jerry L - Own design - 207 seconds
Tom W - The Fish – 152 seconds
Dave W - Celtic – 145 seconds
Ed S - ? – 132 seconds
George B –“Volksplane ripoff” – 122 seconds
Daniel N – Sorta Senator – 105 seconds

Haoyang, Bob and Jim (who provided the trophy and flew a Canuck #1) didn’t record times as they were having trimming issues, but they put a lot of effort in and will doubtless be in a better position next time.

There was no attempt to handicap for weight, but Mike’s advice is to build light and use a prop with a high pitch. Most of us struggled to stay under the rafters, off the walls and out of the bleachers with varying degrees of success. I think there was a least one three point basket. We all felt that we should have done better, and it would probably have helped morale if Mike had been forced to fly last. But he has given us a target for next year.

We missed Brian who would have been in the top three if past performance is anything to go by.

Thanks to everyone, and let's make the most of our October indoor session with a open scale contest - Dime, Nocal, peanut etc.


Late Summer at Lakeville

Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Bay Area, an example of the great weather we usually get in September and October. If we had any control over the conditions, we would've turned down the wind a few notches, but it wasn't too bad. Models filled the air and we witnessed some impressive flights. Also new models on display, discussion of plans and building techniques, a trivia quiz, two dogs, a new car, and some R/C planes thrown into the mix.

Jim lets one fly.

Mike's FROG Delta 16 is one of my favorite models. I remember seeing it fly at my first outdoor MAC meeting in 2006.

This is Mike's newest model, a scale-ish looking Bostonian. Tom said something about flying ROW (rise off water) but in reality that seems unlikely, to say the least.

Ed had the runway all to himself until late in the morning when a few more R/C guys showed up. Here is Ed, starting the engine on his Tutor.

Daniel brought a couple of new planes: a Skokie and this nicely detailed Junkers D.I built from the Rocky Top kit.

Tom also has a new Skokie. This plane shows a lot of potential, possibly owing to the all-red tissue covering.

Expect to see more Skokies at the Jimmie Allen contest rescheduled for Saturday, September 25.