Steve brought out a new Trex 700N helicopter. It looks huge compared to all the other helicopters. Steve said it had been only lightly used by the previous owner but he got it for a very modest price and it came with some decent upgrades. Steve also brought out his new Chipmunk that he recently built from a kit. Stuart bought Steve’s Trex 550E that was originally was owned by Eric. Stan has been flying his new Align Trex 500.
I added a couple new videos in the video gallery. One features an aerial camera view of the town of Garibaldi with views of the old mill smoke stack, the marina and Tillamook Bay. The other shows Bob’s Corsair making several low passes. There are also a few more old time photos in Photo Gallery 3.
The club has its own channel in YouTube now called ncrcmtube. Some guy from Brazil had already claimed a YouTube channel named “ncrcm”. I will put the new club videos in the ncrcmtube channel from now on, instead of in the old shoffmantube channel. I can’t move the videos from one channel into the other but can link them with play lists. If you make videos for the club’s channel I can help you upload them or maybe just give you the keys.
The club thanks long time member Ken Ray for buying a full year of web hosting for this web site, ncrcm.com. Ken’s generous donation allows the North Coast RC Modelers to continue keeping you up-to-date on RC aircraft in the local community. We appreciate the enduring enthusiasm Ken has show for both the RC hobby and the club.
A club meeting was held October 5th at Eagles Lodge in Tillamook at 7:00 pm, adjourning at about 8:30 pm.
Six people attended: Stuart, Steve, Matt, Bill, Robert Sr. and Mike.
September minutes and financial report were read by Stuart.
Robert Sr said he repaired the shed door and winterized the toilet and discussed winterization and maintenance of the airfield. No other maintenance issues were identified.
The club admired and discussed an airplane that Dennis Dirks donated. We decided to sell it to raise money for gas and other expenses. The fuselage was purchased by Mike during the meeting and the engine will be sold at a swap meet in March.
We discussed the upcoming elections and reviewed the bylaws for dates and other requirements. We decided nominations should be done at the upcoming December meeting with voting held during the January meeting and newly elected officials could then take office during the February meeting.
We discussed giving out information packets to new members when they first join the club. We decided that it was a good idea and that we should do it but did not flesh out any details.
Steve told about his sponsorship with Heli Direct, the events he will attend, competitions he will enter, discounts he will receive and testing he will perform. Steve brought in an RC model Chipmunk that he built from a kit. He discussed the repairs he had to make to his TRex 600 engine and showed us the piston that had burnt through the crown.
Matt said he has been working mostly on radio electronic equipment lately and talked about some of his projects.
Stuart said the new web site is coming along but there is still plenty more to do. He said lots of competing plugin options are available and it requires a lot of research and testing to find which ones work well. He passed around and gave out surplus 1mm carbide drill bits. Stuart said he lost a radio and shorted out a battery charger and said he has progressed lately with his heli stunt flying.
Mike said he has been working on Civil Air Patrol functions and talked a little about them.
More open discussion followed.
The club thanks member Dennis Dirks for donating an airplane to the club. The plane is a WW II fighter nicely covered in camo with shark mouth, 40 sized motor, retracts, some servos, needs a few repairs and components. I took it to the November meeting where the club decided to sell it to raise money to pay for field maintenance and club expenses. Mike bought the fuselage and will use it for a display model for the Civil Air Patrol Cadets. Steve offered to remove the motor for him and assemble it as a display model. The engine is still for sale. It looks new, never ran. I’m not sure what brand it is but it is a 40 with a red anodized head and has the letters TS molded into the crank case. I will try to get a picture posted or you can let Steve know if you are interested and want to see it.
Steve, a member of of North Coast RC Modelers, just landed his first sponsorship as an RC heli pilot!!! He’s now the northwest team pilot/rep for helidirect.com. Steve responded to the email that the club received from Heli Direct inviting members to apply for the sponsorship. I know Steve will be a perfect fit for that position.
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A new video was posted on You Tube of Steve flying 3-D with his T-Rex 60oN . It was filmed 10-27-11. At about the 4 minute 50 seconds mark you can hear the engine start to bog down and then flame out over the far end of the runway, but he saves it with a real nice auto. I might try to film it again with better camera settings after Steve gets the fuel problem fixed. Will try setting camera for shutter priority, adding more zoom, maybe a different shooting angle and double checking that the auto focus stays turned off.