III Perfection (oz7679)
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III Perfection. Radio control pattern plane.
Quote:- "The III Perfection is not just another contest winning aircraft, but an extremely smooth, straight flying machine that was designed to fly the FAI and AMA pattern to perfection, and to exceed the best pilot's ability.
The human mind is undoubtedly God's greatest gift to man. From this relatively small area we are able to create visions of yesterday, the reality of today, and the dreams of tomorrow.
When I think of the visions of yesterday, I always remember my first contact with the beautiful machines that fly. I was a five year old; a bundle of energy looking for worlds to con-quer; bugs, worms, grasshoppers or anything that walked, ran or flew, to examine, when out of the eastern horizon came a roar that scattered all the chickens on the small Kansas farm that was my home. As soon as I could gather myself together, I started pur-suit of a beautiful red biplane. Since I could catch those pesky chickens, it shouldn't be too hard to catch that big red bird, and with all that noise I sure couldn't lose it, but the reality of today caught up with me about then, in the form of a barbed wire fence. That stopped my pursuit (temporarily). Oh well, I was about out of breath anyway, so over the horizon went my first contact with airplanes.
I immediately decided however, that I should be flying one of those, so construction material became the first order of business. A scrap of board for the fuselage. If I could only tear this old orange crate up, it would make dandy wings. That old hammer should help. Ouch! I must remember to keep both hands on that hammer handle, I can't hit the other one if I do that. Now a tin can lid to make that big silver disc that was on the front of that beautiful machine. Now to assemble. Ouch! I can't keep both hands on that hammer handle and start those nails through the wing.Now to get a nail through this tough tin can lid and nailed on to the front and, eureka! I have a beautiful flying machine all my own and tomorrow I will chase that biplane down.
Friends, I am still chasing that beautiful, noisy machine and in much the same way as when I first saw it, through models. So if the sight or sound of an airplane excites you, don't fight it, come along with me and we will gather up a few pieces of lumber, some orange crates, an old can lid, some rusty nails and build a flying machine that is capable of doing the AMA or FAI pattern to perfection. The name of this machine is III Perfection and, as the name implies it is an attempt to design, not just another contest winning airplane, but an airplane capable of exceeding the best pilot's ability. This is not a 90 or 100 mile an hour bomb, it is an extremely smooth, straight flying aircraft. The weight is extremely important and has ranged from 5-3/4 pounds to 7-1/2 pounds, the lightest ones using Sig Contest Balsa and HobbyPoxy finish are the best fliers, but the heavier ones are very good windy weather airplanes.
I use the very fine K and B Veco 61 for power and the Log III Logictrol to put this machine through its paces, including a C Novice win at the 1968 Nat's.
I have not mentioned the three most important ingredients in winning contests, so here they are: practice, practice, practice. So before the weather gets too good, let's build two or three III Perfections and go prac-tice.
Construction is very straight-forward but I will attempt to pass along a few of the tricks I have picked up..."
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