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Old 05-08-2008, 02:09 AM
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You should definitely hang with the Hounds. I nominate Mike as an honerary HH. Do I have a second on that?
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If he will let me fly my Katana in the PArk flyer area.. OR just let us have COMBAT anyWHERE WE want.. They should shut the line down for us.. Jeff said sO!!!


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Old 05-08-2008, 03:33 AM
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seconded... Richard
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Old 05-08-2008, 06:43 AM
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Loved your pics, wish I had been there!! Can you give me details of the craft on pic No 8.
Many thanks.
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:22 PM
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Tim,
It was a trick question...I am not in any of the shots. I was on the other end of the camera all weekend.
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Great pics! I wish I could have made it this year even just to watch.
We missed you Jason. Your name came up several times. Next year if for nothing else you need to come down and hang out with us.

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NEVER MIND>>> YOU DID EAT WITH US!!! LOL

Next year I may have to get my friend to get 2 Ribeyes... Best you ever had....
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LOL. Yes I did. That was awesome. The HH definately know how to eat! My kind of crowd and I have the trophy between my kneck and belt to prove it!

Originally Posted by Mr. Baggins View Post
You should definitely hang with the Hounds. I nominate Mike as an honerary HH. Do I have a second on that?
Dang..I am honored . You guys are a fun crowd.

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If he will let me fly my Katana in the PArk flyer area.. OR just let us have COMBAT anyWHERE WE want.. They should shut the line down for us.. Jeff said sO!!!
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Permission granted. Of course that carries zero weight..but I can talk big
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by jimbligh View Post
Loved your pics, wish I had been there!! Can you give me details of the craft on pic No 8.
Many thanks.
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That was a scratch built Martian Spaceship. It was definitely unique and won "Best of Show". They owner flew it once on Friday and being rudder and elevator only, it had a huge turning radius. I'll admit that it made me nervous as the radius took it over the Pitt area. Nevertheless it was a rocket and flew pretty fast. Power 25 on 3S if I recall.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:45 AM
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the southern wind didn't help any when trying to keep it away from the pits. I talked to Chuck after the flight, and he said it was the wind that caused the plane to fly over rhe pits.
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Old 05-09-2008, 03:49 AM
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I'm glad the winds blew it back there, if not I would have never seen it fly. I was a row back when everyone started yelling and pointing skyward. You could see a hord of folks headed to the flightline after that. Very impressive machine and deceptively fast.
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Old 05-09-2008, 05:48 AM
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Thanks guys for the info. Any chance of getting build info on that?
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:04 PM
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Thanks for the pics Mike! Any idea who makes the Fiesta? Looks like a pattern/3D hybrid. PL Products? Couldn't find them on a google search. Nice looking with the T-wing/canalizer on it.
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Old 05-09-2008, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by EDFrules View Post
Thanks for the pics Mike! Any idea who makes the Fiesta? Looks like a pattern/3D hybrid. PL Products? Couldn't find them on a google search. Nice looking with the T-wing/canalizer on it.
It is a Somenzini design if I recall. Planes Plus used to have a Fiesta, but I dont believe it is the same one.
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Old 05-10-2008, 05:27 AM
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Thanks Mike, just found out on another forum that it's one of QQ's older designs from PL Products, a now defunct company from France that he used to consult for. Too bad- looks like a great airframe, any video? Quess that's his idea of a "fun" flyer!
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:04 AM
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[quote=Mike Parsons;404530]Tim,
It was a trick question...I am not in any of the shots. I was on the other end of the camera all weekend.
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We missed you Jason. Your name came up several times. Next year if for nothing else you need to come down and hang out with us.


I definitely want to do that.
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Old 06-09-2008, 01:56 PM
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Mike, Thank's for the photos, much appreciated.
I'm FASCINATED with that "Blimp" plane.
Can you tell us more about it, please !!!!!
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Parsons View Post
It is a Somenzini design if I recall. Planes Plus used to have a Fiesta, but I dont believe it is the same one.
Wow..good memory Mike!

I actually did a review on that Fiesta (planes plus version) years ago. Was really a sweet flying plane. I just sold it 2 weeks ago to a friend of mine who was looking for a 3D/pattern ship. Mine was 1.20FS powered (not epowered).

Here is a link to that Planes Plus (Mecca Models) Fiesta review:
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...article_id=247

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:15 PM
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that plane was also researched when the more modern "Flying Body" and "Flying Tub" designs were researched by NASA. I never saw the thing fly though till the SEFF vids
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:21 PM
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Stinkweed007,
Can you direct me to the SEFF vids? Sure would like to see more on this unique plane.

Some how the other reference is for a "Fiesta" and is not for this plane.

Thanks for any information, it's fascinating!!!!

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by donjiskra View Post
Mike, Thank's for the photos, much appreciated.
I'm FASCINATED with that "Blimp" plane.
Can you tell us more about it, please !!!!!
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It is a Roy Clough design and was published in Model Builder in August, 1991. I believe the plans can still be obtained from Bill Northrop. http://www.geocities.com/aerohydro/mfm/northrop.htm

Outside of that info, there isn't much available.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:33 PM
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Don,
The link I put in was to a Nasa Photo of a "Flying Body" design. (just so yall didnt think I was joking)

Many vids from SEFF 08 are posted here:
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34243
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Mike,
The link you provided:
http://www.tiftongazette.com/homepag...142212021.html
really tells the story about this fascinating plane.
Many, many thanks!!!!!
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Published May 21, 2008 09:20 pm - A Martian Spaceship was all Tifton resident Gene Senkbeil and his Donalsonville friend Chuck Orrick needed to win Best In Show at the Southeast Electric Flight Festival held the first week of this month. Senkbeil and Orrick’s Martian Spaceship competed against over 400 other contestants at the largest remote-control electric fly-in in the world held at Hodges Field in Andersonville, S.C.

‘Martian Spaceship’ proves a winner


By Jana Cone/reporter

TIFTON — <!-- the next line starts looping through the grafs of the story -->A Martian Spaceship was all Tifton resident Gene Senkbeil and his Donalsonville friend Chuck Orrick needed to win Best In Show at the Southeast Electric Flight Festival held the first week of this month. Senkbeil and Orrick’s Martian Spaceship competed against over 400 other contestants at the largest remote-control electric fly-in in the world held at Hodges Field in Andersonville, S.C.
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“The spaceship is about five feet long,” Senkbeil said. “It is about 20 inches in diameter and the tail fins come up about two feet off the ground. It doesn’t have wings. It lifts like a space shuttle.”
Senkbeil said they flew the spaceship just one time before entering it in the contest. “We took it to Sylvester late one Sunday afternoon,” he said. “We flew it for about 35 to 40 seconds.”
Senkbeil said of the SEFF event, “They had never seen anything like this. It flew and it flew impressively.” He said the craft is very light, only about 2 1/2 pounds, and was facing 18 to 25 mph winds. It is made of carbon fiber and balsa wood.
“I worked on it for six weeks, every day,” Senkbeil said. Senkbeil constructed the main structure and Orrick spent another two weeks attaching the strakes and building the wire landing gear.
Building models has been a lifelong hobby for Senkbeil, who said he has been doing it for some 44 years. “Lately I’ve gotten to be a builder,” he said. “And there are very few of us left.” He said taking a box of sticks and converting it into an aircraft is “an art that is being lost.”
“I was so excited!” Senkbeil said of the Best In Show win. Senkbeil and Orrick received a plaque and five $100 gift certificates from event sponsors. “That was totally unexpected,” Senkbeil said. The event staff picked the top six planes to nominate for the Best In Show award. The entire staff voted on the top six nominations and the winner was announced at the awards ceremony.
Orrick said, “Flying the fast and unusual design was difficult in the wind but Gene had done a great job building the main structure and I could not let him down in front of all those people!” The festival was attended by over 3,000 spectators. People came from all over the southeastern United States to attend the annual event.
Both Orrick and Senkbeil are members of Country Flyers RC Club. They have a Web site at www.countryflyers.com.

To contact reporter Jana Cone, call 382-4321, ext. 208

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Everyone was watching this rocket during flight. It was a very impressive flight, I must say. It looked like it was rolling side to side a bit, but the pilot had a good control overall.

I wonder if the test pilot of the Flying Body is still alive
I would be kicking and screaming if I had to fly one of those

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