History - 1999 thru 2009


Gonna party like it's 1999!

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Float Fly 1999 - 2000

The Soo Modellers have many years of experience with floatplanes and flying boats. In the summers of 1999 and 2000, Jeanne Tubman, owner of Pinnacle Hobbies (at the time), hosted the first of the "sometimes" Annual Pinnacle Hobby Float Fly at her waterfront home in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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Upper Great Lakes Yearly (UGLY) Meet - 2001

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The Summer of 2003

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Happy New Year!  2006

For many years, the Soo Modellers celebrated New Years Day by making the first flight(s) of the year - regardless of the weather! The earliest known record of this event (1980) is located here.
These photos (below) were taken at Strathclair (one of our previous flying sites) on New Years Day - 2006.   

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The Blimp 2007 - 2009

In January 2007, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie approached the Soo Modellers and asked if we would be interested in flying their RC blimp between periods at the Soo Greyhounds hockey games! Their purpose was to sell advertising to local businesses which was displayed on the blimp. One business was a restaurant that printed out coupons which we dropped over the spectators!
The blimp was made by BlimpGuys.com in Brantford, Ont. It was 12 ft (3.7m) long and 6 ft (1.8m) diameter and held a lot of helium! Neutral balance and levelling were maintained by adding or removing marbles from a sack at either end of the airship. It was powered by two propellers driven by reversible motors and mounted in rotating shrouds that acted as “thrusters”. Steering (rudder) was by a reversible propeller located in the lower fin that also acted as a “thruster”.
It took a minimum of two people to set-up and fly the blimp, but four people made it a lot easier. It was not as easy to fly as it looks, it drifted easily and was very susceptible to over controlling. Two of us would have to be there an hour before the game to set it up properly or it was a “bear” to control. All weather factors affected it!
We flew the blimp during hockey seasons from January 2007 to March 2009. Steve Dew Jr. and Meurwyn Jeffreys were the main pilots. Setup was mostly by Steve and me, with Rino and Craig helping out on occasion. It was good promotion for the club, the participants got to see the games, and had the rare opportunity to fly a RC blimp! 

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Mall Show 2009

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(all photos by June & Cec Marshall)

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