|06-07-2004, 05:40 AM||#1|
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I am: Dave F
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Oakville, Ont.
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Toronto RCFC Combat Demo..A HOOT !
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Was a great day flying on Saturday.
The FunFly at the Radio Control Flying Club of Toronto.
Around 10 scale combat flyers showed up to strut (pun intended, we flew WW1 !) 'our stuff'.
Perfect weather. GREAT combat venue. Fantastic field/club members.
We got 3 'time slots' on a very busy flying day. I would say there was on average at least 3-4 planes flying...ALL day long. A great event.
First Slot: WW2, 7 planes up. 4 cuts in a wide open 'tactical' combat box. No midairs. (we got close a few times !) I refuse to brag about my lucky 'one pass/two cuts' nor 'my streamer left' !!! hehehe
Second Slot: WW1 ! ! ! Unfortunatly 'DeadEyes's coro Fokker D-7 got 'run over' by a .46 balsa pattern plane on the D-7's trim flight. ( the only time a combat plane flys straight and level...!) Mike will have his great flying D-7 back in the air within 1hr of 'bench time'. The pattern plane ? All I can say is: "if it does fly again...it won't be doing 'verticals' as good as before !" hehehe
So there was another D-7 against an S.E.5 and a B.E.2.
TOTALLY AWESOME !
VERY REALISTIC. Well, as far as my imagination can take me.
Even performing planes. Could not loop from level flight. It ws 'attack from above' and 'conserve height/energy'. Very 'tight' and manouverable.
They handled the 15kt wind gusts with ease.
Will be GREAT with 7-8 planes up... I've got two on the bench....
Third Slot: WW2 combat with 'Ground Attack'. Ballon Bust. Six, 4ft high 'needle balloons', mid field. The combat degenerated into 'getting the balloons' (streamers were still getting cut...)
Half the balloons stood standing.
TOTAL FUN !
Another great time for me, flying with my combat buddies.
See you guys...NEXT TIME !
Take care, have fun,
|06-08-2004, 06:07 PM||#2|
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I am: Dan P
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Maple, ON
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That was certainly something wasn't it? And that WW1 stuff is something else too. I wonder how many midairs there will be when we have 8 planes up! I certainly look forward to this years "Blitz over London" where I think we'll have our first official WW1 competition.
See you in Oakville!
Dan "Buzz" Paluzzi
Secretary/Treasurer Humber Valley RC Flyers
MAAC R/C Scale Combat Committee
|06-09-2004, 11:32 PM||#3|
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The WWI planes fly so beautifully slowly and scale like, and with the addition of rudder, the maneuvers... wing overs, retournment or chandaiile... what ever you want to call 'em, create an amazingly realistic sense of aerial combat.
At the speeds we were flying, I got the sense that you really had the opportunity to assess your enemy and formulate a tactical plan of attack... and the tight maneuvers can turn the hunter in to the hunted in no time
Another aspect of the slow speed and graceful maneuvers is that the combat took place in an even more confined area and much lower to the ground... unlike the potentially endless turn fights in 1/12 scale WWII, after only a few of turns in WWI you have to break off due to loss of E and start your spiral climb to regain advantage.
I sure hope WWI combat catches on. I think it is the closest R/C has come to true dogfighting, and it is a real energy fight... so much so that the energy fighting tactics and dicta of the Greats of the Great War... like Mannock, Barker, Bolke, Immelman, Rickenbaker, Nunguyser, Fonc and all the rest of 'em... might actually be applicable and worth looking over again
Dave "SideSlip" Plank
Humber Valley RC Flyers
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