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12-29-2010 10:12 PM  7 years agoPost 21
philip 01

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if you ever had the chance to meet mike and linda they were very nice and genuine people.

they did a lot for the hobby and contributed significantly.

a great couple and mike mas was one of the best guys i've met in this hobby.

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12-29-2010 10:16 PM  7 years agoPost 22
BLUETHUNDER

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+1

Ditto

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12-29-2010 10:26 PM  7 years agoPost 23
heli papa

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SCOTT S

Photoshoped or not
I`ve always wondered about the Rotary mag cover on the Xcell standing on its tail.

Heli is not standing on its tail.Its in the middle of a flip when the pic was taken. look at the angle of disk.

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12-29-2010 10:30 PM  7 years agoPost 24
philip 01

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don't think they had photoshop back then.

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12-30-2010 02:39 PM  7 years agoPost 25
scott s.

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Heli Papa
How come the caption says "tail landing ?

Why does the smoke go straight down if it`s in the middle of a flip?

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12-30-2010 03:55 PM  7 years agoPost 26
ErichF

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If I remember correctly, Mike had a slipper clutch of some sort on the tail drive. He could actually stand the helicopter on its tail and use cyclic and collective to balance it on end like that.

Now, I've not personally seen this done, and I don't think there are any videos of it. So, I could be mislead.

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12-30-2010 04:45 PM  7 years agoPost 27
Mike Fortin

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Heli is not standing on its tail.Its in the middle of a flip when the pic was taken. look at the angle of disk.
WRONG!

The picture is the real deal.

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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12-30-2010 04:54 PM  7 years agoPost 28
rstacy

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It wasn't a Photoshop job. I remember it well. At the time Mike did a side bar on how he did the tail stand.
He ran 40 size tail blades and two tail fins (one rotated) to help the helicopter roll back on the tail. He put a bolt through the bottom part of the fin so that it would not sink in to the ground. As he brought the helicopter back on to the tail I remember him writing that the cyclics got funny and out of phase. I never saw the stunt done live but I have no reason to believe that he didn't do it.
Mike used to land a helicopter inverted on a spike that was sticking up out of the head. At the time it was a huge maneuver. Today we would have no trouble believing it.

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12-30-2010 05:18 PM  7 years agoPost 29
MinAirUSA

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Ray is right. Mike was ahead of his time for sure and deserves the credit for what he has done.

Miniature Aircraft

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12-31-2010 05:37 AM  7 years agoPost 30
scott s.

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Like i say
with todays better equipment i`d love to see some pro pilot try it.

Maybe at IRCHA?

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12-31-2010 08:34 AM  7 years agoPost 31
ch-47c

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That would be like Barry Bonds compared to Hank Arron. Mike Mas did it the hard way. Modern equipment is like steroids.

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12-31-2010 09:54 AM  7 years agoPost 32
rexxigpilot

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Sadly, I never heard of Rotory Modeler Magazine until now. Was this a regional mag or was it something you could get it at Barnes & Nobles or other national book stores?

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12-31-2010 01:43 PM  7 years agoPost 33
darkfa8

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I don't recall ever seeing Mike's magazine at Borders or BN. I'm not sure what his distribution was over the years. While I wasn't a subscriber, I only found out about this magazine via the internet when I got into this hobby 5 years ago.

While the content was always penned by some of the most experienced enthusiasts of the time, I always felt the presentation and layout was dated when compared to other enthusiast group publications. It may have been fine for the "old breed", but not so much for my late Gen X'er tastes.

Nonetheless, I wish Mike and Linda the best of luck in whatever they do.

BTW, to those who think reading and magazines are no more, how about these facts:With these types of device and media sales, the magazine industry will continue to have a platform from which to be viewed by the masses.

- Dan Goldstein
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12-31-2010 02:57 PM  7 years agoPost 34
Qrrambero

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Dan you link is for books, not magazines. They are way different.
There is not advertising in books.
Even back before the financial crisis struck, newspapers were struggling to maintain subscriptions and whatever advertising money they could as readers increasingly turned their attentions, and companies their dollars, to the Internet. Now, though, with advertising budgets further cut, many of those struggling publications are on their last legs. According to a report by 24/7 Wall St.'s Douglas McIntyre that ran on Time's Web site, at least ten major newspapers will not survive -- in print form, at least -- the next year and a half.

Ae

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12-31-2010 03:20 PM  7 years agoPost 35
darkfa8

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I realize that. The platform is really what it is about.

As evidenced by the sales, most people would rather buy, tote around and use a ebook reader or tablet than a bunch of books. If it can read books, it wouldn't be a stretch for people to want to read magazines on these platforms too. The sales speak for themselves. Whether or not publishers get on board based on their market demographics is on them.

- Dan Goldstein
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12-31-2010 06:21 PM  7 years agoPost 36
rexxigpilot

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If magazines and newspapers go away, what are people going to read sitting in the waiting room of your doctor's office or barbershop?I just don't see everyone bringing a Kindle or IPad to their appointment, maybe I'm wrong.

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