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Canadian R/C Nationals - 1971

These photos are from the MAAC R/C Nationals in Centralia Ontario (north of London) - July/August 1971.
This event was for R/C models only. At this time, the freeflight and control line events were held at separate venues. The competition was fierce in both "Pattern" Aerobatics and Scale. These models were powered mostly by .60 or .61 cu.in. glow engines. Larger models (and engines) had not yet made their appearance at this time. Retracts were also rare - and only a couple of models had them, including the Spitfire and P-38 below. I don't recall the builder pilots of these models.
It was the first time I ever saw a "rolling circle" - perfectly executed by none other than that beautiful P-38! With both engines howling, retract gear tucked away, and rolling wing over wing, it was quite a sight and sound! This was during a "demo" flight, when scale pilots were more relaxed and flew their best. Flightline rules were not as strict in those days, and the model made large circles around the field, with everyone turning around 360 degrees to watch. It was quite a spectacle.  

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Indoor Flying in Montréal - 1976

During January thru April of 1976, I had the oppourtunity to fly with a very active and professional group of indoor enthusiasts in Montréal, Québec.
With the exception of the Peanut Scale contests which were held in a large hall in downtown Montreal during daylight hours (read on!), we normally flew at a large assembly hall at a Candian Forces Base south of the river.  I beleive it was in Longueuil. We usually took the tunnel. But here's the rub - the only timeslot available was from midnight until 6:00am. We flew every Saturday night, and after flying we stppoed for breakfast before returning home to bed! There was a room adjacent to the flying hall (which was awesome!) with rows of chairs and table to work on our models, and vending machine coffee (yuch!) to keep us going...
There was no (practical) indoor R/C in those days, so all flying was freeflight. Rubber powered Peanut Scale (13" span max) was most popular. Model Builder magazine published a new full size plan every month to keep us busy!
Some of the guys also had indoor handlaunch gliders. These models were so cleverly built and trimmed that that they could be launched right up into the rafters, and rift down in in slow decending circles. They could stay in the air for a minute or more, and were great fun.
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1) There were a few modellers that flew rubber powered freeflight endurance models - such as this "heavy" one covered with condenser. Occasionally, they brought out microfilm models - which were insanely light and floated through the air at a slow walking pace. There stayed up a LONG time!
2)  This Peanut Scale Ramsey Flying Bathtub (builder/pilot unknown) is being flown during the 1976 annual Peanut Scale competition in Montreal, Quebec. This event was quite competitive, with 15-20 models entered.
3) This is a Peanut Scale "Found FBA-2A" receiving a few fianl hand turns before an "official flight". The builder/pilot worked at a Hobby Shop in Laval - and was the one that introduced me to this group. The model was designed Walt Mooney, and published in Model Builder December 1975.
4) The Found in flight!

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Kitchener Waterloo Flying Dutchmen Scale Rally - 1977

The K-W Flying Dutchmen have hosted this event for over fifty years, and it is one of the largest Scale Rallies in North America.
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1) Laddie Mikulasko taxies his brand new 84" span Don Quixote out to the runway.
2) Waiting for clearance as a WW1 Albatros clears the runway. In those days, they had three R/C model size paved runways arranged in a triangle. Very nice! However, the rest of the field was so well manicured, many preferred to takeoff and (especially) land on the grass instead.
3) On final approach after another fine flight. Note the barn silo in the background, which is further away than it looks. This flying site is in Ontario's agricultural heartland.
A work in progress. More to follow...

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(photos by Chris Moes)

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