Bob Smiley of Kingston, Wash, flew this Paul Walker-designed
Impact in the expert class of precision aerobatics in 2005.
By Dave Shrum, Roseburg, Ore.
The "Spitfire" is a Jack Sheeks design built to 80% to take
a smaller engine. It is split rib design and weighs 32 oz. I currently have
a OS LA 25 for power and it's finally flying the plane with "authority."
I had a .15 diesel-McCoy .19 before. The paint job is Derusto -- enamel
-- painted with a camel hair brush. The base is 11 coats of clear of Aerogloss
(to use it up) on silkspan. The total weight from "Bare" wood
to enamel is 3 12 oz.
The Curtis R3C-2 biplane on floats is built from Cleveland plans. It
has a SuperTigre .60 for power. The 'brass" on the wings is .003 brass
-- 11 oz's! It flies awful -- because after asking around to fellow modelers
I put positive incidence on the upper wing -- bad idea. This was 450 hrs
and 5 months work -- I am very proud of this effort. AS far as well can
tell, our float pond in Roseburg has been the only effort since the 1950s
in Los Angeles. We had 8 pilots and about 18 planes during the four-year
run on the pond for the Nortthwest Regionals during its Roseburg years.
I would do it again if I could find 7 pilots to build a float plane and
have $100.00 each to build the Temporary/movable pond -- just a thought!
Powered by a growling Saito .72, Miss Kate, an original
design by Mark Conner of Othello, Wash., is a crowd favorite at Northwest
contests. Flying Lines photo.
Scott Riese's glittering Cobra is powered by a Brodak .40.
Seen here at DeAlton-Bibbee Field in McMinnville. Flying Lines photo.
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