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I74 shared 2 photos in the Stream Photos album 4 days ago

Have always had a love for Hydro's, & had them off & on since the late 80's, of various sorts.
Been looking for one of these little guys for over 1/2 a year, as they were discontinued 5 years ago. It's 18 in. long, & has a 2200kv motor & 30a water cooled ESC. AUW is right around a lb., with the 3s 1000ma lipo. Did a bunch of mods to it, & it cruise's smooth @ about 1/3 thrott. going 30+. - feeling cool

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I74 Added,, Giving it more thrott. & getting up in the mid 30mph+ range, it starts chine walking pretty good, & want's to take off the water. That prop under load is spinning over 25k rpm's, & the power set up is actually overkill. I have had to ''detune'' the ride set up , just to get it to settle down.. Run time is around 4min. with the Zippy 3s 1000ma 25c packs. It's ''super smooth @ the 30mph... Show more 4 days ago
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I74 Added again,, Being 1/20th scale,, scale speed @ 30, is 600mph! The pond I run at is a around 100yds. long & about 40yds. wide in spots. I usually get around 10+. laps in around 3min, using pretty much the whole pond. 4 days ago
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Smokin Joe shared 3 photos in the Stream Photos album 1 week ago

Phil made it out to the field to fly the Toro Flying Lawnmower that he bought from Mike wilson. It was a little hairy, he did a good job. A little tail heavy. should fly smother next flight!

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Don't know if uploads worked. Here are links to 2 pheatons.
drive.google.com/file/d/1LIwprIKi0a-Ey3J70_6YWo9bE…

drive.google.com/file/d/1LJYpE14WJ5UwyVloArtZvc7sp…

Dave K. My mistake, DLE 20RA 2 weeks ago
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Smokin Joe shared 4 photos in the Stream Photos album 2 months ago

Had a visitor at the field tonight! Beautiful evening to fly! It was one our members, Dr. Phil!!!! - feeling cool

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Smokin Joe shared a photo. 2 months ago

Beau was teaching Tyler how to fly his Hobby Zone cub last night. Being on top of the hill makes it closer to the clouds than you realize. He almost flew into them by mistake!

I74 Any rotation in those clouds ?? Nice shot of T, & the back ground !! 2 months ago
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Got your e-mail Joe. - feeling amused

Smokin Joe shared 2 photos in the Stream Photos album 3 months ago

Some of the planes that Beau flew to trim for Tyler, and old faithflull 3D Hobby extra! That was 2 days ago.

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Smokin Joe shared 3 photos in the Stream Photos album 3 months ago

Jeff and KP relaxing while the batteries charged and the wind died down!

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Smokin Joe shared 2 photos in the Stream Photos album 3 months ago

I got a Phanthom 4 pro plus drone over the winter and Ken Potter brought out his DJ Mavic 2 drone also. We took some videos and I got to take some in-flight videos of Jeff flying his Eflite Timber today! - feeling happy

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I74 shared 2 photos in the Stream Photos album 4 months ago

Am on the home stretch on the F4 - PSS ''slope jet''.
The whole top side is paint, no decals.
Am having 2nd thoughts of even flying it now,,
''way to much time in it''
Probably will though …..

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Smokin Joe Looks like a fast plane!! Forget the decals, fly it! 3 months ago
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I74 I made the ''yellow'' Blue Angels arrow for the bottom fuse out of Monokote trim sheet, but that's all I' am putting on it for graphics. I cut out a tail number ''5'' also , & set it up where it would live on that side of the vert stab,, but just didn't like it. Am not going to do any more detail work to it either. Think it looks plenty ''spiff' just the way it is. Ian 3 months ago
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Smokin Joe Did it come blue already? 3 months ago
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I74 No Joe, it was given to me pretty much destroyed back to the inlets. I made all the parts for it,, plus my own paint work, stream lining & wing mods. ect. ect…. Here are some early pics. 3 months ago
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I74 3 months ago
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I74 3 months ago
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What's happening at Missed Approach? Doing any flying? I only got out once so far.

Smokin Joe Just a few of us. We got some flying in today. Everyone is so busy. We had 3 of us at the field today. Flew some planes and some drones. 3 months ago
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Smokin Joe A few times. The hobby is dying around here! 2 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 4 months ago

Not sure if I ever showed this pic of me slope flying my DG - 1000 with a Bald Eagle a few years back..<br />
Span on the DG is 6.5ft.''2m'',, so you can figure the span on the eagle @ around 4 1/2 ft.<br />
That was my record ''totally unpowered'' slope flight of 1hr. & 2 min. I flew with the Eagle for about 4 min.<br />
He was real cool with me, & I think he was ''digg'n'' it. LOL.

I74 Added,, That DG ended up biting the dust ''RIP'', a couple of years later,, due to compressibility from getting sucked up into a thermal @ over 1000ft. looking like less than 1/4 inch long,,,& then getting affected by turbulence ect.,, & then getting pushed down into a dive @ over an est. 100mph ! At that speed, the control surfaces were useless,, ''Like the P - 38 ''ect.. I almost saved it... Show more 4 months ago
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Smokin Joe Wow, never witnessed a sailplane crash! 3 months ago
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Smokin Joe I thought they would just drift away like what happens at our field when the pilot hand launched his 049 sailplane and forgot to turn his transmitter and sailplane on. It was still perfectly trimmed! Flew away perfect until it was out of sight! 3 months ago
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I74 Performance ''scale type'' Sailplane's, can pick up ''a lot of speed'' real quick ! ,, especially in a dive. 3 months ago
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Weather is real funky here in east central Iowa at the moment,,
& haven't got a chance to fly yet.
Think part of it is due to the air quality improved ,, due to less pollution in the air from the Pandemic, & people not driving ect..
They say that LA has the clearest skyline in decades .
Air pollution creates heat, & I think that's why the air temps have been cooler, & affecting the weather patterns.
Once I get to fly though, with the ground temps being higher than the air temps,, I think the sailplane flying should really benefit from this, creating more lift.

Bill Weston shared 7 photos in the My Planes album 5 months ago

Started on the flyfield and ended up over the hill down in the creek! lol Too windy to fly, but not "FLY FISH"! Caught me a trout! - feeling happy

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Tony Hallo Nice! 5 months ago
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I74 shared a photo. 5 months ago

Here is a shot of my little 'hot rod' Orion sailing yacht, that I picked up from Scotland a couple months back. little sucker scoots,, & has a 'very' long keel & streamlined ballast bulb.
It shares parts with the DF 65,, which is currently the most popular club R/C sailing yacht in the world. We have a killer pond down the street, but also have a resident Gander Goose that doesn't like my boat. LOL

Smokin Joe Look like fun! 5 months ago
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I74 Yea it is Joe, except for that ''huge'' Gander Goose that paddles out & tries to block my course. With a moderate wind I can usually sail faster than he can paddle though. 'LOL' ! ... R/C Buddy of mine from Australia told me I should make a copy pic. of a foul delicacy like 'Peking Duck'' & attach it to the mast, & maybe he might get the idea … ''LOL''!!!!!!!! 5 months ago
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Smokin Joe I had some electric boats for my grandson and we tried them in the local creek in the back yard. It always got crap wound up around the propellers. I wised up and got the "Air Boats" with the props and dual rudders. Still us them. 5 months ago
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I74 I had an Air boat once , Joe,, among the ''many''' other serious racing boats of different type thru out the years .... The Air boat was kind of a Hydro hull with an Evolution .46 on it. Had to modify it ''of course'' ,, like all my other stuff.,,, to get it to plane out half way decent. LOL.. That Evo nitro engine was pretty impressive... If it dries up by Thurs., we will probably go flying. .. I 5 months ago
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