20th Worldwide Postal Competition 2011-2012 Results

Incorporating the Keil Kraft “Senator” Postal.

I am pleased to bring to you the results of the 20th WorldWide Postal Competition, and to thank each and every one of you for your support and statements of encouragement which have now encouraged me to carry the Postal forward for what is almost certainly a final year.  Compared to previous years, the entries have declined substantially to an extent which, through much of the 2011/12 period, was depressing … for a time I felt as though I was the only person recording scores;  However, many stalwart ongoing supporters came through later in the time frame to give some reassurance.

It is possible weather conditions may have had some influence on activities but with a year-long ‘window’ that should not be too much of a factor.  Therefore I feel that it’s more likely that the Postal has largely fulfilled its purpose through twenty years – far longer than ever anticipated – so 21 may well be a fitting conclusion.   Unless, of course, a substantial upsurge in returns influences me to give further thought to the matter!

The ‘Senator Postal’ has been incorporated with the WorldWide as running two such events side by side within a similar time period seemed somewhat pointless.   Matthew Smith secured the top Junior placing whilst also taking 2nd. Place in Junior Mulvihill at the 2011 AMA Nationals – well done!  A donation from Mario Perrone, Italy, will be making its way to him shortly.

If you sent scores on behalf of others, for whom I have no email contacts, please see that they receive a copy of these results.  If anyone in England can supply me with an e-address for Graham Percival I would be much obliged as somehow his entry message has gone AWOL.

Once again, thank you all for your support and enthusiasm.  I hope you’ll go out and record scores in the 21st W/W whilst enjoying your chosen interests in Free Flight – and try to encourage others to participate .      There just could be a 22nd   ……

Jim Moseley

jjmoseley@look.ca

21st WW Postal Announcement

 

 

 

 

Catapult / Handlaunch Glider   (12”)

1. Graham Lovejoy NZ 46 60 60 48 60 52          326   Lunchbox # 8

2. Graham Lovejoy NZ 58 41 60 37 33 60          289   Lunchbox # 11

 

Catapult / Handlaunch Glider (+12”)

1.    Ken Bates UK 38 60 60 27 60 60  305  Alpha Fox 2

2.    Graham Lovejoy NZ 45 52 51 45 46 41  280  RPG #4

3.    Graham Lovejoy  NZ 54 34 33 45 34 30  230    Hugelet 1938

 

Tip-launch Glider

1. Bernard Guest C 54 57 60 53 54 60           338

 

P30 Rubber

1= Tor Bortne N 120 120 120 180   (327)   540   O/design

1= Vegar Nereng N 120 120 120 180   (206)   540   O/design

3. Ole Torgersen N 120 120 120` 125    485  Marie

4. Jim Moseley C 120 120 112     352  Souper30 – sorta

5. Caley Hand USA 110 114 119     343  Majestyk

6. Jan  Wold N 101 120 120     341         ?

7. Les Sayer C 101   92 105     298  Majestyk # 2

8 Graham Lovejoy NZ   71 120   98     289  Crackerbox

9. Les Sayer C   47   50 120     217  Majestyk # 1

10. Atle Klungrehaug N   85 120    –     205      ?

 

20” Rubber

1. Jim Moseley C  60  60  60  90   (7:50 OOS !)    270 Pussycat

2. Paul Squires NZ  60  60  60  87    267    Pixie P20

3. Bill Piatek USA  60  60  59     179 Puma

4. Graham Lovejoy NZ  49  60  41     150    Merbaby

5. Ole Torgersen N  20  52  44     116 Trim II

6. Hildur Lundhaug (Ms) N  38`  28  44     110 Whipit Quick

7. Tor Bortne N    8  36  48       92 Trim II

 

25” Rubber

1. Jim Moseley C  60  60  60  90 120 150  540 Hump 2

2. Billl Piatek USA  60  60  60  90   64   314 P20+1

3. Jim Moseley C  60  60  60  44    224 MiniHobbies

4 = Craig Limber C  60  60  60     180 Skokie

4 = Ken Bates UK  60  60  60     180   Achilles

6.   Jim Moseley C  51  60  57     168 Morgan Spirit

 

30” Vintage/OT Rubber

1. Tor Bortne N 90 90 90     270 Cabin

2. Graham Lovejoy NZ 77 79 90     246 KK Ajax

3. Ole Torgersen N 79 68 90     237 Cabin

 

42” Vintage/OT Rubber

1. Bernard Guest C 120         120          120 150 180 210  900 Gollywock

2. Jim Moseley C 120         120          120 150    510 Senator 2

3. Jim Moseley C 120         120          120 146    506 Vargowock

4. Craig Limber C 120         120          120 137    497 Gollywock

5. Ole Torgersen N           120 120 120 137    497    EE)-7

6. Craig Limber C 120         120          120    134    494 Gollywock 2

7. Ken Bates UK 120 120         120 129    489 Senator

8 = Caley Hand USA 120         120          120     360 Gollywock

8 = Jim Moseley C 120         120          120     360 Wren

10. Grant Sauerberg C   60  63  90     213 Miss Canada

 

Cloud Tramp   –    * indicates discarded longest/shortest flights.

1. Bob Morris USA       136  73  74  62*       137*   283

2. Gary Hinze USA  55* 106  90  76         222*   272

3. Ole Torgersen N           102  84 112*  68* 79   265

4. Les Sayer C  75  54*  97  83         106*   255

5. Leon Cameron (14) UK  86  71  84  91* 66*   241

6. Bob Clemens USA      138*  80  69*  78 73   231

7. Pete Brecker G  66*  75  81*  69 79   223

8. Vegar Nereng N  66  62*  68  87* 83   217

9. Carol Kane USA  67  55*  77          137 *    61     205

10. Hildur Lundhaug (Ms)  N  74  64 139*  59 43*   197

11. Ken Bates UK  51  51   66 115* 22*   168

12. Alex Cameron UK  57  44*  51  63* 55   163

13. Richard Barlow C  52  62*  46*  51 50   153

14. Kent Josefsson S  45*  47  48  59* 48   147

15. David Loveday C  52  55*   46  38* 45   143

16. Bengt Hoglund S  40  51  32*  51 59*   142

17. George Car  A  36  21*  47  63* 39   122

18. Vic Nippert USA  20*  38  52  30         123 *   120

19. Don Ratzloff USA  39*  37  37  31 29*   105

20. Ingvar Claesson S  29  23*  29  28 31*     86

21. Angela Mallory UK  24*  35*  32  24 24     80

22. Ray Millard UK  37*  15*  27  24 23     74

23. Wendy Millard UK  16*  29*  23  24 25     72

 

Unlimited Rubber

1. Jim Moseley C 120 120 120 174    534 Ellipsis 150

 

KK Senator

1. Bill McConachie USA 120 120 120 180 119   659

2. Craig Limber C 120 120 120 125    485

3. Jim Moseley C 120 120 120     360    #2

4. Matthew Smith USA 115          120          120       355*

5. Ole Torgersen N 100 120 118     338

6. Jim Moseley C   95 120 120     335     #3

7. Les Sayer C 103 118 106     327

8. Bob Morris USA 120  69 120     309

9. Mia Dixon UK   72  120   86     278 **

10. Curzio Santoni  I   51   76   91     218

11. Jeff Newton UK   69    65   65     199

* 2nd place Jr. Mulvihill  AMA Nats 2011 – well done, Matthew!  **     Junior

 

Freewheel Rubber

1. Ken Bates UK 90 90 90 107   377  KK Ace

2. Caley Hand USA 90 90 90 100   370  NJAPF

3. Les Sayer C 90 90 90    270  Senator

4. Jim Moseley C 90 90     180  Saturno 5  P30

5= Jim Moseley C 90        90  Maximus P30

5= Jim Moseley C 90        90  Souper30 – sorta

5= Jim Moseley C 90        90  Senator #2

5= Jim Moseley C 90        90  Senator #3

 

Towline Glider

1. Richard Barlow C 90 90 90 61   331  Lulu

2. Tor Bortne N 68 90 90    248  Albatross

3. Jim Moseley C 75 73 63    211  Walkin’ Shoes II

4. Jim Moseley C 53 90 64    207  Lulu

5. Ole Torgersen N 39 90 61    190  Blue Gull

6. Graham Lovehoy NZ 75 36 59    170  Lulu

 

Small   Towline  Glider

1. Graham Percival UK 60 60 60 90 120  390  Dab

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A : Australia

C: Canada

I: Italy

N: Norway

NZ: New Zealand

S: Sweden

UK:  United Kingdom

USA :  United States of America

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Bill McConachie:

Here are my results for the Senator Postal.       We had good weather in April and I was able to get the first four flights in at a couple of contests, fitting them in between flights in the official events of the day.  I live 120 miles from the flying field, so go only to contest days.  I planned to make the fifth flight on June 2nd, but it was windy!!  We flew 90 second maxes. I nominated my first flight in small rubber to also be my fifth flight in the Senator Postal, and DT’d at about  100 seconds, total time 119 .  Even at that, I almost lost the airplane.  The Senator then went back into the car.

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Ken Bates:    KK Senator – three x 120s …  then lost for 7 months …  then 129s ,,,  and lost again!

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Gary Hinze:

I had some disappointing flights with my Cloud Tramp, not as good as last year.  At least the stopwatch my son gave me worked on every flight.  I also got a pair of heavy jeans to protect my legs from the spines of the star thistle growing all over the field.  I usually go to bed at 4 AM and get up at noon.  The only time the wind is low enough for flying in my small field is before about 10 AM.  So I must get up at 5 AM to go flying.  First day I dropped the first motor in the dirt. I got a good test flight with the second motor, but it broke on the second windup at far fewer than expected breaking turns.  Next day, first motor washed and lubed, it would not climb.  I found that the wire pigtail had come loose, possibly tilting the prop shaft to downthrust.

I made a new prop shaft bearing that holds the prop shaft firmly in place.

I backed off on expected turns to avoid breaking.  The motor was getting quite stiff, so it was up on the torque spike.   Still not climbing, I moved the wing 1/4″ forward.  It began climbing, but went left into the ground.  A little more right rudder and it started turning left, then straight, heading for the trees.  A little more right rudder.  Got a good flight, still  starting to the left, then straight for a while, then finishing with right circles.

A bit of right bank may give more consistent right circling and maybe a steeper climb.  The wind picked up and it drifted up along the hillside.  I lost sight of it against the dry grass on the hillside.  Fortunately my guess about where it must have landed was close enough that I was able to find it by going through the barbed wire fence and climbing up the hillside for a better view.  I saw it going in front of the tree, just over the cactus, so it must have landed right about…There it is!

The wind going up the slope had carried it a bit up the side of the hill.  Quite a few turns were left on the motor.  The grass was waving in the wind, so no more flights today.  That night I made two new motors of slightly more cross section.  The weather forecast for June 30 said the wind would be 3-14 mph between 6 AM and noon.  I had worked hard clearing dry weeds from the yard so I was very tired and slept until 10 AM.  The weather report said it had been calm from 3:58 AM to 8:28 AM.  If I had got up early, I might have been able to get in a couple better flights before there was too much wind for flying on this small field.  I should have given myself more time to work out the problems, maybe starting a couple weeks sooner.   The plane weighs 23.9 grams without motor.  The motor is 4 strands, 29″ of 0.042″ x 0.084″ with 160 braiding turns, two O-rings, weighing 6.5 grams.  Nominal capacity is 2,500 turns, but one broke at 2,100 turns, so I stayed with 2,000 turns.

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Jeff Newton:

I managed to get my Senator flights in on 30th May, flying again on the beach at Lytham St.Annes between 5.00-5.30pm in warm conditions with a very light westerly breeze.  Model was on trim, but found sinking air on the last two flights, hence the poor times!

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Bill Piatek:

For the 25″ class I used a cobbled up not quite P20. It’s a 21″ mini electric Starduster wing and stab with a homegrown box fuselage. Since I fly this thing with P20 rules we know it’s not going to be up there in the standings. 4 gm motor on a min. 20 gm airframe and an unmodified 8″ plastic prop. But it still gets a few maxes here and there under the 90 second max rule for P20.

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Bill Piatek’s P20+1

Leon Cameron with Cloud Tramp

Jim Moseley with Mini-Hobbies

Mini-Hobbies is what my little airplane got christened by  Peter Money years ago.   Way back, when others in England had a postal  for small models, SAM35 published a 1949/50 model from the “Hobbies”  magazine.  Size was right, I thought it over-built but it had a 9″ prop.,  so I scaled and built it.  Upon which the next issue of SAM35 arrived and I  learned the model should actually be 30″   Aaarghh

Some years later I actually flew the thing and was  pleasantly surprised in that it was a viceless little small field flyer. Climbed fast and quite high but the glide was not exactly a  ‘floater’.
Peter saw it ..  drew up a ‘proper’ plan and had it  posted in the ‘Plan Page’ ….  and so named it the Mini-Hobbies.  It caught on in SFA  at that time and quite a few were built by others and  there are several still around, to my knowlege.  The one in the pic is my  fourth … despite the ‘sport performace’ all the predecessors were lost to  thermals.
Here is the plan:

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