Weekly Indoor Updates: October thru December 2017

 

October 6th, 2017

With summer-like temperatures outdoors, only a small group were lured indoors this week to kick off the indoor season at Grandview Public School. Lots of fun as always, and lots of ideas for the upcoming season...

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(photos by C. Moes)


October 13th, 2017

A small, but enthusiastic group this week, and too busy flying to take any pictures!
 

October 20th, 2017

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(photos by Peter Smith)


November 10th, 2017

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(photos by Peter Smith - except #12 by C. Moes)

This week's video:   Indoor free flight - Rubber powered "Gym Dandy"
 

November 17th, 2017

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(photos by Vanessa Lefebvre)

This week's video: Indoor Flying - November 17, 2017
 

November 24th, 2017

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(photos by Peter Smith)

This week's video: Indoor free flight - Rubber powered "Starved Pussycats" & "X-mas Stick"
 

December 1st, 2017

 

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(photo by Vanessa Lefebvre)       

(l-r) Norm, Greg F., Cecil, George, Chris, Peter, Greg M., Vanessa, Reid and Russell. Missing from photo - Graham (see pic #7 below)

 
Thanks Vanessa for the group photo above! It leaves no doubt that despite our small gym, we fly the widest possible range of model types. Also worthy of note, the number of models exceeds the number of modellers by almost three-to-one!
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On alternating weeks, the gym continues to be available after 8:00pm, and this week we took advantage of the extra time, as there we so many models to fly! Several new models made their appearance as well as some veterans (and veteran modellers) as described in the captions below. Thanks Peter for the amazing flying photos again this week!
 
The micro "Nutball" made its debut performance, and was a real hit! It was flown by almost everyone, smacked every wall at least once, got sucked up against the inlet duct (photo right), yet came home with only a few bruises and couple of dents. It's the simplest possible indoor plane to build and we hope to see more of these crazy flying disks soon!
 
A search on the web will bring up a gazillion photos and descriptions of various size Nutballs, but the micro version is the simplest - and only takes an hour or less to build. Here is the Flite Test video showing construction - which starts at the 2:45 min. mark:  Micro plane projects/Flite Test
 
Reid brought two new models this week. His TechOne Extra 300 3D has a few teething "issues" to be sorted, but flies well and is slow enough for our gym. The other model that made its debut appearance was his free flight Peck-Polymers X-mastick - a fine flyer as seen in photo #12 below. We sent an earlier photo of Reid's plane to Chuck Imbergamo of Wind-it-up Enterprises (owners of Peck-Polymers and Golden Age Reproductions) and he passed along the following remarks:

(photo by Peter Smith)      

"But what I liked most is the Xmastick - that's excellent work for a 14 year old and I'm super-impressed that he took it upon himself to build the model...!!  While not incredibly complicated, it's not an easy kit to build by any means, so it's quite an accomplishment in my view. I'd like to add it to a gallery on our new website (just begun construction) for customer models."
 
Bravo Reid! What's next?
 
Chris

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(photos by Peter Smith)


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December 8th, 2017

 
A smaller group this week, with several of our "regulars" absent. Nevertheless, we managed to get four lightweight foamies in the air together; poetry in motion, as captured in this week's video by Vanessa! (click on the image - right)
 
 
 
 
  
 

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December 15th, 2017

 
As the snow piles up outside, it seems that more and more members are appreciating the joys of indoor flying, and we had our best turnout yet. After all, the weather is always perfect in the gym, and where else can you fly in your sock feet?
 
George brought his Airbug along this week. Once the mainstay of our indoor sessions years ago, airbugs are a bit of a novelty these days. The Grandview school gym is not well suited for these speedy little racers, but several members got to try it out! If your curious (or nostagic!) CLICK HERE for a video of airbugs at Alexander Henry - way back in 2013!
 
Welcome back to longtime indoor flyer Tom - whos' been "busy, busy, busy", but hopes to spend more time in the gym in the weeks ahead.
 
As seen in Peter's awesome photos, we enjoy a wide range of models, the flying is non-stop, and our 3 hour session just flies by. (pun intended).
 
'till next week - Chris

 

Photo left - Gilbert was back again this week, seen here guiding an Ember through traffic, from an "elevated" vantage point!

 

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(photos by Peter Smith)


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December 22nd, 2017

 

Merry Christmas!

 
Two videos this week - both models built and flown by Reid!

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Photo right - Three Peck-Polymers X-masticks - all flew this evening! Clockwise from left, these models were built by Reid, Chris & George.

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(photo right by C. Moes, photos below by Peter Smith)

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