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08-31-2013 06:10 PM  5 years agoPost 21
RGorham

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Terry,

Hubert Bitner was my idol when I was young and a up and coming competition pilot. The Horizon 60 was very well engineered by Helmut Holder and Hubert blew my mind with his amazing abilities to fly smooth and aggressive with NOBAR/flybarless.

I remember sitting on the side lines at competitions watching every maneuver he made in wonderment. He inspired me!

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08-31-2013 06:36 PM  5 years agoPost 22
keiser BLADE

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awesome flying, that's true heli piloting right there.

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08-31-2013 06:45 PM  5 years agoPost 23
spiderco

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Cool video! I did some "Switched Inverted" flying when I started in this hobby as well and it quickly got phased out. The first helicopter I saw in the mid 80's was a scale Bell 206 flown by Circus Circus Hobbies (I think) here in Vegas. It definitely made quite an impression on me. I thought then that I would never have enough money to have one, I was 11 years old. 15 or so helicopters later.....

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08-31-2013 07:19 PM  5 years agoPost 24
RotorTech321

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GMP Cobra and Competitor were awesome helis. Robert Gorham is the man!!!

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08-31-2013 07:44 PM  5 years agoPost 25
Agilefalcon

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I met John Gorham in Galaxy Models, Ipswich, Norfolk in the UK back in 1986. He was there visiting Gary Weston who was one of the first real pilots I saw in person, flying a Schluter Superior at an air show at RAF Lakenheath.

I was so impressed that I went and bought a Schluter Miniboy, followed by a GMP Competitor. The Competitor had many of the same quality parts as the Hirobo Falcon series but was affordable for me while the Hirobo was not.

My Miniboy had mechanical tail rotor compensation (no gyro) and two soft metal plates that functioned as blade grips. The Competitor was in a league of its own with a mechanical Sanwa gyro, OS61 and heliball muffler. I later progressed to the Hatori U-shaped pipe.

Gary Weston gave me a video tape that comprised the video Robert posted here and other material that included the GMP Cricket flying to the music of M.A.S.H. I watched that video so many times for inspiration!

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08-31-2013 07:45 PM  5 years agoPost 26
tgalo

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we all used the switch
Yup

Gravity's a bitch ant it?

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08-31-2013 08:50 PM  5 years agoPost 27
TMoore

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Robert, do you have the Nats photo your Dad shot of Hubert flying the H60 on the deck inverted? I have the magazine here but it scans like crap.

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08-31-2013 08:54 PM  5 years agoPost 28
RGorham

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Terry,

I do not have any photos of Hubert unfortunately. Just memories in my mind of him not only hovering on the deck but doing axial rolls at high speed on the deck which blew my mind back then! I wanted to fly just like him. I remember it like it was yesterday.

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08-31-2013 08:55 PM  5 years agoPost 29
TMoore

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Hubert was an awesome pilot.

https://library.modelaviation.com/s...a198211_049.jpg

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08-31-2013 09:28 PM  5 years agoPost 30
RyanW

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Robert, you have a thing for flying near freeways, eh?

I see the same type of shots with your Goblin 30 something years later. Old habits

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08-31-2013 10:55 PM  5 years agoPost 31
qraptor

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That was very graceful flying.

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09-01-2013 02:18 AM  5 years agoPost 32
RGorham

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Terry,

Nice find on the Nov 1982 Model Aviation. Brings back good memories!

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09-01-2013 05:12 AM  5 years agoPost 33
jczankl

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My favorite was the GMP Legend! Own Several of them today

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09-01-2013 06:41 AM  5 years agoPost 34
ICUR1-2

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I almost miss the 80's a much simpler time for sure

spending time, paying attention

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09-01-2013 12:58 PM  5 years agoPost 35
rpat

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1982....that was the year that I started in the hobby. I started out with the Schluter Junior 50.

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09-01-2013 01:07 PM  5 years agoPost 36
captor03

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I had the flybarless Competitor kit. It flew great! I wish i still had it.

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09-01-2013 02:39 PM  5 years agoPost 37
RGorham

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I'm reading all these posts gentleman. Keep them coming, I love it!

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09-01-2013 03:03 PM  5 years agoPost 38
TMoore

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1982....that was the year that I started in the hobby. I started out with the Schluter Junior 50.

In 88 MAN snapped a pic of me flying mine behind that Days Inn in Perrysburg during the Toledo Show. Great machine for the day.

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09-01-2013 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 39
qraptor

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Great to see so many helis in the line up.

BTW, what is the heli on the cover "firing" a bunch of rockets?

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09-01-2013 05:00 PM  5 years agoPost 40
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I wish I had ventured into RC helis back in the 80‘s. I was busy doing the pattern plane thing at that time. Nobody I knew flew helis at that time.

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