Wednesday, August 30, 2006


"Gimli Model Fest 06", Final Day!

Aug. 20th I "posted" about a trip I had made to Gimli on Aug. 18th entitled "Gimli Model Fest 06". Well, the afternoon of the 20th I returned to Gimli, as it was the final day for the R/C modellers, and they were putting on an Airshow, complete with experienced announcer. It was great! All different types of crafts took to the air, including "Snoopy" atop his "Doghouse", as anyone who ever read "Peanuts" knows that was the craft with which he always fought the "Red Baron". I couldn't get a picture, though, because after "dispatching" the Red Baron, Snoopy had a landing mishap, and the doghouse portion of his craft turned into a pile of splinters, but even now is well on the way to being repaired. Check out some of the other aircraft at the show.

This craft was amazingly fast, with a "jet" engine! Posted by Picasa

Royal Canadian Air Cadets! Posted by Picasa

Pitts! Posted by Picasa

Focke-Wulf FW 190, the best German fighter of WWII! Posted by Picasa

The "Gimli Glider"...... Posted by Picasa

....but this one is "prop"-powered. This craft flew very majestically. Posted by Picasa

Beautiful "biplane"! Posted by Picasa

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I would love to have a machine like this one, whether an R/C model, or full-size! Posted by Picasa

P-51 Mustang! Posted by Picasa

Cessna on floats! Posted by Picasa

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F-18, and it was actually "twin-engined"! Posted by Picasa

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So you see, folks, all different types of crafts. The announcing was excellent, and so was the skill of the pilots, as it was very gusty that day. One of the jets actually did a fly-past and hit 248 mph!!! Amazing! This is a great hobby, and a way to meet new friends and fellow enthusiasts. I plan on finding a good "starter" model, even though I am pushing 14,000 hrs. on "larger" aircraft. Also, one of the modellers has contacted me since, his name is Ken Kanyluk. He owns the Harvard and the P-51 shown in my Aug. 20th "post". He says they are "tons of fun", and 1/5 scale. He invited me to drop by at Gimli next year, which I will do, and sent me a link for anyone interested in the pastime. Here it is.

LINK - "SportRC"

Thanks Ken, and in closing, the final image I leave you with is the F-18, as the Gimli show ended, and the clouds rolled in!


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