Archive for April, 2005

April 20, 2005

April 20, 2005

A few quick notes.

The Day After the Derby Fun Fly is being rescheduled for May 1. This change is because the original date of May 8 is Mothers Day. Sorry about the short notice but we only discovered this the other day. Starting time is still noon.

We are still planning to have a cookout along with the flying. If you want to bring a desert or salad item please let me know so I won’t duplicate purchases.

I will forward this note onto the Lexington and Bloomington Clubs as they are invited to join in. With so many flyers needing LSF contest points we need everyone to turn out and fly.

The Sunday flying the last few weekends has seen a very good turnout. I have been showing up around 11:00 am so come out a little earlier the lift has already started.

I have been asked several times about the Thursday evening flying. A reminder we cannot start till June, as we must wait for the t-ball leagues to end. These usually coincide with the end of school. We should have the field for Thursday evenings starting June 2.

A reminder June 1 is the cut off for entries to both the Nat’s and the Mid-South. If you have not entered yet the time is getting short. If someone needs a ride I have a seat open in my truck for both competitions. We can save on gas expenses.

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PT-17 Stearman Ride

PT-17 Stearman Ride

Tony writes in…


Megan and I had the extreme pleasure of riding in a 1942 Stearman PT-17. We caught the ride out at Bowman Field. Megan’s trip was out over the Ohio and mine was out to J-Town. We both loved the adventure. While I have been in a Cessna and many a commercial flight it was nothing compared to an open cockpit. The plane is owned by American Aviation Academy 459 9960. A 15 minute flight is 49 and a 30 minute is 90. The 30 minute is what I did but I believe I could have done it all day.

I hope you enjoy the pics.

Tony and Megan took some great aerial photos, specifically of their house and of the LASS field (awesome!).


I have posted the pictures in the 2005 .04.16 – Stearman Ride gallery. Check ’em out!

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Carl Goldberg Endurance 400 (Part 2: Building and Flying)

Carl Goldberg Endurance 400 (Part 2: Building and Flying)

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Recently I wrote my early impressions on the new electric 400 class model produced by Goldberg Models named Endurance 400. My final review was waiting for my annual trip to Toledo to look for a receiver, speed control, and a battery. Unplanned, but a good deal, I also bought a new Airtronics RD-8000 radio system that I have used on this plane also.

If you haven’t already, read Carl Goldberg Endurance 400 Part 1: First Impressions.

Read on for Part 2: Building and Flying

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My experience at Toledo this year

My experience at Toledo this year

LASS member and frequent Toledo attendee Brian Kopke has written in on his impressions from this year’s Weak Signals Toledo Hobby Show. Read on for a full report.

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Building Lessons Learned

Building Lessons Learned

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The Allegro-Lite 2-meter glider I’ve just completed have taught me a number of things — some Allegro-specific, others model-building specific. I thought I’d share my thoughts here, in one place for the benefits of others.

The Allegro-Lite was a pretty advanced build for me (and I think for most folks!), so having only completed maybe a half dozen balsa kits beforehand, I still had a lot to learn. The Allegro is very exacting, and needs to be built as closely to plan as possible, so good tools and techniques (and patience) are demanded.

Read on for a listing of the tools and tips that I have amassed during my build…

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Report from the 51st Weak Signals Toledo Hobby Show

Report from the 51st Weak Signals Toledo Hobby Show

Last weekend was the 51st Weak Signals Hobby Show up in Toledo, Ohio. A whole cadre of LASS members went up there, and some have sent back photos and reports. President Ed has sent me a bunch of photos from the Toledo Hobby Show, and I have posted them in the Toledo Hobby Show gallery.

Gordy went up to the show to help out Kennedy Composites, who sold the heck out of the AVA RES and Blaster DLG models. However, it would seem that the real sales champ that weekend was the Sombra Labs “SHADOW 3” fully-synthesized receiver! Other models debuted, including the “Fling DLG” (see Ed’s photos).

Jay Burkhart chimed in to give us this short summary:

Friday was good to great for Old Guys day. I can say that since I’m an old guy. Saturday was slow and weak for the $$$$. Sunday sucked, the dealers were buying from each other. The only other time I’ve seen it this bad was back in 1991 when the Gulf war was on. Sure don’t know where all the people were.

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