Time to start something completely different. The BMJR kit of the Zaic Thermic 50.
From the BMJR website
Check out those prices!
The Thermic 50 should make a nice electric. I happen to have almost all the RC and electric gear needed to fly her at the SAM Champs. (I wonder if someone somewhere has the plan for the pod and boom Thermic 50-X pictured above?)
The Comet Kid
I'm so glad Richard Dick was able to maiden his Thunder King glider on June 1, 2019.
Richard Dick and Thunder King; Photo by Bob Galler
Here's Bob Galler's report of the successful test flights.
"Yesterday at an almost completely empty Balloon Fiesta Park (not normal for a Saturday), Richard maidened his scaled-down Thunder King. It flew right off the building board with no adjustments needed for our conditions- 5 to 10 mph from the south. It came off the hi-start just fine for that wind. It looks great and flies great. We hope to see it in Boulder City."
And now the report of Richard, the master builder.
"I maidened the Thunder King this morning with Bob's help. A hand toss showed it should glide pretty well. Then we tried a few hi-start launches and those flights went very well: I even caught a thermal on the last launch. The model weighs 29 oz at a CG of 40% . It's a little heavy and so it will require a strong hi-start in no wind conditions. However, there was a 5 - 10 MPH wind this morning and it launched very nicely. It flies fast being that heavy."
Our friend Larry Jolly has really started something with his push for Old Timer gliders as a SAM event.
Sailwing 100. LE at 30 deg. Spar 1 at 28. Spar 2 at 25. TE at 21. All ribs at 21 to TE in notch. Rib 1 at 3 degrees inward. Now to mark for wing joiner tubes. Only first 4 ribs. But cut and drill mirror opposite wing at same time so all line up. Then take apart and drill and reassemble. Or its never right. But I love doing it. The warm up for the Fillion Champion!
The first is Jack Hiner launching a JETCO Imperial by Don Ellis. Don and Jack were early members of the S.O.A.R. Club in the Chicago Metro area.
Don and Jack are dressed for those brisk midwest conditions. Here's Jack's comment "Reminds me of a SOAR member Don Eliss (spelling) a WW II vet who stretched The Imperial from 100 to 120-inch span. A great flyer with me launching for Don in this photo in the 1970s. A cold Winter day. Don with hat and gloves. Much younger me no hat or gloves."
ASA Club member Tom Tichy acquired this Imperial and modified it for electric power.
Club member Bob Galler notes " Tom Tichy restored and added electric power to this 1959 Jetco RC 100 and flew it today. Flew fine."