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Wood Crafters #9 Photos

From Wood Crafters 2017

Jim Deck and his Gnome 3m

Jim Deck with his Gome 3M. Jim was an LSF President for 12 years and has been a fan of WC from it's beginning in 2002.

Jack Smith and his winch-retriever

Jack Smith and his winch-retriever equipment. Jack does a professional job of making the event a success and is well liked by all the fellow Wood Crafters. Greg Smith is checking out his Challenger.

Ray Hayes, Barb and Bob Robinson
L-R, Ray Hayes, Barb and Bob Robinson

Bob and Barb have been flying RC Sailplanes since the early seventies. They competed in the first contest I ever CD'd, Nov. 1974. Bob is holding the winning plaque for Longest Flight he won with a Grand Esprit he built in 1973. Barb was the score keeper this year and she was instrumental in creating WINGS, the Soaring League for Women.

Gil Gaugner, Barb, Ray, Ken Bates
L-R, Gil Gaugner, Barb, Ray, Ken Bates

Ken is receiving the plaque for First Place in the Electric Launched Ladder event. He used his Windlord for most of his flights. Ken is also a past President of LSF.

Electric Windlord - first place Electric Launched Ladder

Ken Bates, designer of the Windlord, recently built this beauty. Short kit is available from Sky Bench.

Sign in time

Early Saturday morning sign in, appears Ken was also first in the long line of fellow Woody Builders. We had great weather, nothing but fun at Wood Crafters!

Greg Smith's Challenger

Greg Smith's beautiful Challenger. The Wood Crafter guys and Gals build Woodys because they enjoy building. All those holes in the trailing edge are cut out by Greg. He won First Place in the winch launched Ladder Event flying this beauty.

Greg Smith's Challenger and WFXL

Greg Smith's beautiful Challenger and WFXL used to win 1st place in the Winch Launched LADDER EVENT. Greg is a superb builder. His long time flying buddy Jim V was not able to attend this year, but will fly next year. We missed you Jim.

Jack Smith in the background is setting up his Winch and Retriever. This is site 3 at the AMA International flying field an awesome flying experience. The Wright Brothers Museum is just a few miles away.

Mini Hi Start flight group

The Flight group just before the start of a round of Ray's Mini Hi Start, are we casual or what. L.R. -- Gil Gauger, John Sager, Mark Groves, Chris Braman and Ray working hard ....

Ray's favorite shirt

One of my favorite shirts, a pic of Otto Hietecker holding his famous design "Challenger". Otto was a huge fan of Wood Crafters, driving from his retirement home in Knoxville, TN every year. Hopefully I'll be flying his unknown design "The Challenge" next year. It features an Eppler 193 airfoil and smaller fuse profile.

Sager launching mini hi start

Group Launching Mini Hi Start for 1.5 M, John Sager Launching his Illusion to first place on Sunday. Gil Gauger will launch next. This was Gil's first Wood Crafters along with Johnny Berlin, I sincerely hope they both return next year.

Mark Groves launching his Lil Bird 2
Saturday's winner, Mark Groves launching his Lil Bird 2.

Mark and I didn't have very good luck this Wood CraftersMini Hi Start event. Mark was the winner on Saturday, but due to score keepers screw up we didn't use any of the Saturday's contests scores in the Sunday's scores. Sorry Mark. I didn't get to fly my Lil Bird 2 either day due to radio problems. This was Mark's first WC, Hope Mark comes back next year.

Wood Crafters Comrade

L-R, David Siepker with his back to the camer, John Sager, Chris Braman, Ray Hayes, sorry, couldn't identify the person behind me and Gil has his back to the camera.


Setting up the lauch line
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT TOOK THE TIME CREATING A PHOTO HISTORY OF WOOD CRAFTERS # 9. THEIR PHOTOS WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF RCSD. PERRY BELL, TOM DAVIES, SCOTT BLACK, JOE SAMPIETRO, RYAN WOEBKE, STEVE MERRILL. PICTURED IS MARK GROVES HELPING SET UP THE MINI HI START LAUNCH LINE. THIS REPORT IS JUST A SMALL NUMBER OF THE THE TOTAL PHOTOS TAKEN, SEE THE RC GROUPS WOOD CRAFTERS #9 THREAD FOR MANY MORE PHOTOS. BELOW ARE MORE PHOTOS OF THE 1.5 M MINI HI START EVENT.
Radio on a plane Light through a handlaunch wing
Launching A thermal turn
Flying in front of a cloud Launching with trees in the background
3 Thermalling HL Enjoying some company
Three lauches Lauching with a group in the background
Ray looking at the sky


Gary Neuzerling Launching his Spectra
Gary Neuzerling's Spectra landing

Gary Neuzerling Launching his Great Planes Spectra to first place in the 2M Electric event. Gary built it in 1992, 25 years later she still flys great. Gary is building a Dave Thornburg Sunbird from a Sky Bench kit to fly in next year's Tribute To Dave Thornburg, honoring the great design and Dave's tremendous contribution to RC Soaring. Pic's by Perry Bell.


Ernie Blenkle launching his Gentle Lady

Ernie Blenkle launching his Electrified Gentle Lady right after Gary launched. Note the orange tape used as a launch line. Ernie is also building a Electrified Sunbird for the 2018 Wood Crafters tribute to Dave Thornburg. This was Ernie's first Wood Crafters, this is what he posted on the Wood Crafters R C Groups thread after the event.

Hello WC9 participants

I was not sure what I was walking into with this event, but I was overwhelmed by the laid back contest format, awesome contestants and special thanks to Ray and Barb for a most fun weekend with wonderful weather.

Who could ask for more?

Thanks Again & Best Regards

Ernie


Steve Merrill launching his 2M Electric

Steve Merrill launching his 2M Electric entry right after his buddy Ernie has launched. Sorry Steve, but I don't know the name of your sailplane. Steve is also joining in on the E Sunbird event next year. In the background is Jack Smith's Winch launching area where folks are flying the Longest Flight and Ladder Tasks or Fun Flying. Wood Crafters keeps you flying. ... a lot.


 


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