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September, 2001

Next Meeting Time: NOTICE
HUNTING SEASON: Runs from October 13 to November 24, inclusive, this year. As usual, flying is allowed only on Sundays during this time.

President's Corner:
Hello everybody. Hard to believe that it's almost September, but I guess that time flies when you're having fun.

Liability? The other night, I went to take off my slightly overpowered Goldberg Eagle II. I pulled full up elevator and the stick stayed in the full-up position instead of springing back to neutral. Needless to say, I had an interesting time getting the plane back down. Later in my shop, I took the back off the transmitter and determined that a small spring had broken. No problem, I'll just call JR and get a couple of new ten-cent springs. The people at JR were very nice, but they refused to sell me a couple of springs. The tech told me that I'd have to send the radio back to them to get the spring replaced and that they were running about a week's time to do service work. With shipping time, I figured that I'd be without the radio for abour 2 1/2 weeks. I also figured that my ten-cent spring was going to run me about twenty bucks. The local hobby shop (no names, but if you really want to know, ask me) came to the rescue providing me with spring from an old gimbal assembly that he had lying around. It took about two minutes to install the spring, and those of you who went to the picnic saw me flying the plane. Moral of the story: Support your local hobby shop and your local hobby shop will eventualy get you out of a jam.

On a sad note, our vice-president / field marshal Dennis Cherry has been in the intensive-care unit at a local hospital with a serious respiratory infection. His wife tells me that he seems to be making slow progress, but it might be a long recovery.

Finally, our September meeting (which will be on Monday September 10th) will feature a talk about engines by our resident expert, Harvey Thomasian.

Hope to see you there.
by Steve Kelley

Minutes of Meeting May 7, 2001
Meeting called to order at 7:40 PM.

The Secretary's report for the April meeting was accepted as published in the May newsletter.

The Treasurer's report for the April was accepted as published in the May newsletter.

Field Director's Report: Dennis Cherry thanked Hal Keller for the beautiful job he did repainting the sign at the field. He also thanked Norm Choiniere for installing the new windsock, and Don Porter for providing it.
In the Fun Fly last week Russ Miller finished first, Steve Kelly second, and Kevin Schleicher third.

Old Business: The New England Scale Masters will be held in Gardner, MA, on June 23rd and 24th.

New Business: Russ Miller will assist Steve Kelly with the September 1st Fun Fly. Mitch Buckley will assist Russ Miller with the October 7th Fun Fly.

Meeting adjourned at 7:53 pm.

Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting May 7, 2001
Meeting called to order at 8:47 PM.

The date for the club picnic was set as Sunday, August 12th, with a rain date of Sunday, August 19th. Members whose last names begin with A-M are to bring desserts, and those whose last names begin with N-Z are to bring side dishes.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.

UPCOMING GREMLIN CONTESTS
Two Gremlin contests are planned at local clubs:

Rules of Life
There are two rules of life.

1. Never tell people everything you know.

from The Logbook
The Jericho Radio Control Flyers, Inc.
Bob Schoppe, editor
Miller Place, NY

A Bum Joke
A bum asked a man on the street for $2.00.
"Will you buy booze?" the man asks, to which the bum replies, "No."
"Will you gamble it away?" Once again the bum replies, "No."
"Will you make bets at the golf course?" The bum replies, "No."
"Will you spend it on model airplane things?" Once again the bum replies, "No, I don't fly model airplanes."
Then the man asks, "Will you come home with me so my wife can see what happens to a man who doesn't drink, gamble, play golf, or fly model airplanes?"

from the newsletter of the Florida Modelers Association
Frank R. Braden, editor
Palm Bay FL

Ultracote Printing
Goldberg Ultracote film covering has a paper backing that you can print on. Cut a 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet, put it in an ink jet printer, and print your design on the paper backing. Don't use a laser printer or anything that uses heat. It will destroy your covering. This works well for large lettering. Make sure your image is reversed, so that when it's printed on the backing, you can cut it out and it'll be correct when ironed on your airplane. If you want to use a piece of covering that's smaller, print the design onto paper first. Then carefully tape the Ultracote to the paper over the design. Run the whole thing through your printer and the design should print in the same place.

from The Orbiting Eagles Newsletter,
N.F. Sheltraw, editor, Omaha NE.