Stingray (oz331)

 

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Sting Ray. Control line stunt model.

Quote:- "Winner of America's top trophy award for Precision Aerobatics, this sleek fighter-like stunter is a member of USA International Team this year and a good prospect for world honors...

Precision Acrobatics has not had a rules or pattern change of any consequence since 1958 so progress has been in the areas of design or configuration. Such shifts have come via experience. In Precision Acrobatics we are not attempting to destroy planes but instead demonstrate the models' and fliers' ability to execute a group of figures. This skill cannot be acquired in a fortnight because a stunt model traveling at 90 miles per hour is anything but graceful.

Some contend that our present models have become so sophisticated that they no longer look like aircraft. Take 5 top models of today and set them side by side with 5 models of 10 or 15 years ago and compare total appearance. The last six years have produced the finest stunt designs. If they represent the sophisticated model, as it has been called, I am happy to be part of the majority movement. The entries look better, are closer to scale, have better finishes and fly better than anything that has been designed since Jim Walker put a bellcrank in his first AJ Fireball (oz5746).

I can't see any need for a limit or change to our present trends. All items needed to build the best, most perfectly finished stunt entry are available to every contender who has enough intestinal fortitude to make the attempt. Cost does not vary, thus a great deal of money will not make a winning model. Ingenuity has produced the present stunt model and nothing else..."

Update 22/07/2016: article pages, text & pics added, thanks to RFJ.

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