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DTs – Dethermalizers – Mysterious? – Complicated! – are you READY?

Dethermalizers – the Next Big Step in your Free Flight Evolution.  Beginners often ask a lot of questions, especially on the field while watching.  One that I often answer in the negative is “do I need a DT?” – or … Continue reading

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Props, Storms, and Flying

We had storms roll through Volare Acres this week – Brainstorms!  We had rain, too, but coming out of the Indoor Fling last weekend, I was inspired to try several things. 3D PROPS First thing, though, I’m going to talk … Continue reading

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NEW PRODUCT – Meteoro P-30 Short Kit!

I’m not a big P-30 competitor; I only fly in 2 or 3 informal P-30 events a year – if that many.  However, I love Rubber-Powered Free Flight and when I see a model with style, I like it, whatever … Continue reading

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Weekend Update – Small Steps and Small Successes

It seems like forever since I posted, but the calendar says its only been 10 days.  I did take a bit of time off to visit my brother in Alabama.  Then, I had to concentrate on filling orders from those … Continue reading

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I’ve Got the Power! Electric Scale

I am a dedicated rubber-power guy.  I don’t do gas; I’ve thought about compressed air and CO2; and electricity just seems to be too hard (assembling circuitry isn’t for me). But a year or so ago, Vincent Merlijn, in the … Continue reading

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NEW PRODUCT – Fleetwood Flyer Old Timer Short Kit

I decided to take a short break from my Jumbo Focke-Wulf to build a tiny Old Timer – the Fleetwood Flyer.  This was one of seven “Victory Models” designed by Louis Bucalo in the war years.  The wing is the … Continue reading

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NEW PRODUCT – Comet Fokker D.vii Dimer!

My recreation of the Comet Fokker D.vii Dime Scale kit A26.  I have had this kit on the drawing board list for several years and I finally bit the bullet and did it up this winter.  I finished the plane … Continue reading

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Meteors, Tissue, and Chalk

Trying to work two short articles into one… PART 1:  Gloster Meteor In the middle of my building doldrums, I put together this small JetCat – a 10″ span Gloster Meteor.  I thought about a Canberra, but everybody does a … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Trimming

Trimming the Model, that is; keep your models away from trees! While I have a degree of success in getting models to fly, I do not consider myself an “expert”.  After 30 years of flying Free Flight, I still have … Continue reading

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Volaré 2021 Year in Review

Well, yesterday was the last contest (for me) in 2021.  I flew in four events and won one of them – and I “could” have won all four.  I almost feel like karma followed me to Pontiac yesterday:  I’ve been … Continue reading

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