Indoor Flying with the O.F.F.C.

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Re: Indoor Flying with the O.F.F.C.

Postby kittyfritters » Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:27 pm

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the scheduled March O.F.F.C. contest, Build On Site Delta Darts was held. Everyone coming to the meeting was given their choice of Delta Dart materials, skins printed with various national insignia, sticks, motor sticks, glue sticks, pins, prop assemblies, CA and kicker, and rubber all supplied courtesy of the CD, Dave Gee. The meeting was spent building the models (with very few expletives) and at the end of the meeting we went out into the gym to fly. The contest was the best two of unlimited attempts and an end of contest mass launch.

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To everyone’s surprise, since the motor sticks were, apparently, too short, they all seemed to fly well! Most of the flights were in the 30 second range. There were some flights that were dramatic with the plane bouncing off the walls and various other obstructions but, even those had decent times. Dave Gee had a 39 and a 41 second flight for the win. Bill Watson had a 40 second flight, Stan Christopher had a 41 second flight and Don Butman and I had 43 second flights. I thought I had it in the bag when I got the 43 second flight and was winding for another one when I broke the motor, and proceeded to break two more motors in a row. Someone made the remark that I had fallen prey to competition lust. By that time I had to put another motor in for the end of contest mass launch.

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The end of contest mass launch was a riot with two models being flown right and the rest left, but amazingly no collisions! There was a video of this but it hasn't been posted yet. Bill Watson's Delta Dart was the last one up so he won the mass launch.

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The results were:
(Total of best two flights)
1. Dave Gee 80 seconds
2. Don Butman 79
3. Bill Watson 77 (Winner of end of contest Mass Launch)
4 . Howard Littman 77 (tie broken by time of next best flight)
5. Stan Christopher 50
6. Barry Daugherty 32
7. Pete Basone 31
8. Don Martin 22
9. Don Smith 15

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There were a couple of others that were broken test flying. The results might have been quite different if some of the members test flying had called for a time.
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Re: Indoor Flying with the O.F.F.C.

Postby staubkorb » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:01 am

It's really great to see this bunch having a blast every month, Howard! I still haven't (totally) given up trying to coerce some of my "buddies" to have a go, but German stubbornness is nearly impossible to crack :roll: ...
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Re: Indoor Flying with the O.F.F.C.

Postby kittyfritters » Thu Apr 25, 2019 4:17 am

The O.F.F.C. Cat Glider contest happened, as scheduled, on Wednesday, April 24. Although several members brought gliders some were deemed not working that day and were not flown. The contest started with 5 contestants. One of them, Charlotte, is an eleven year old girl who was brought to the meeting by her grandfather. (Yes, our contests are open to anyone.)

The rules were any glider, any size or materials, with rubber limited to a six inch loop and if a catapult stick is used it is limited to six inches in length. The contestants had three sets of three flights (nine flights total) with the best single flight counted. Cat gliders, being somewhat cantankerous if not launched just right provided an interesting, if not entertaining, variety of flights with one flight soaring gracefully near the ceiling and gliding majestically and the very next flight being shortened by slamming into the ceiling or the wall. Charlotte did quite well. She was coached by her grandfather but did all the flying herself.

The results were:
1. Bill Watson 29.8 seconds
2. Jim Leuken 22.9
3 Charlotte Acosta 17.9
4. Don Smith 16.2
5. Bud Matthews 13.7

CD Howard Littman
Timers Howard Littman, Will Woods


The next contest is Legal Eagle on May 29th. Bud Matthews is the CD.
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Re: Indoor Flying with the O.F.F.C.

Postby staubkorb » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:05 am

:o Those are actually pretty darn good times! Charlotte seems to have given the "experts :P " a hard time...
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