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09-03-2013 07:17 PM  4 years agoPost 61
Darren Lee

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I was born in 1982. Just imagine what we'll be flying in another 31 years.

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09-03-2013 10:07 PM  4 years agoPost 62
RGorham

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In 31 years beeflyer2 you probably won't be using transmitters. You will probably be using direct brain control by then. Just saying.....

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09-03-2013 11:25 PM  4 years agoPost 63
ICUR1-2

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braincontrol not this old fart I'm sticking with my flybar and AM radio .... dang kids and their fancy...............

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09-04-2013 12:18 AM  4 years agoPost 64
steve9534

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Robert
Thanks for a little deja vu. My first heli was a Cobra that I bought from my uncle, John Smith. I still remember being in awe when you came to a FF and flew the then new Legend flybarless heli. Anyway, the video brought back some lovely memories of learning and of that first Cobra. The new helis are better, but it has never been more fun than seeing that first one fly. BTW, John had absolutely nothing but kind words for you and the way you treated him right up to the end, thanks so much. steve roesler

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09-04-2013 01:33 AM  4 years agoPost 65
RGorham

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steve9534,

Are you speaking about John smith from the northwest?

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09-04-2013 04:40 AM  4 years agoPost 66
steve9534

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John Smith.
Yes. He's my mother's brother. You wouldn't remember me as I only spoke with you that one time at a fun fly, but John talked of you a lot. He was my inspiration for modeling as a kid. My first free flight plane, my first couple of radio control sets (reed and galloping ghost), and my first helicopter all came from him. Thanks again. steve.

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09-04-2013 04:52 AM  4 years agoPost 67
RGorham

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steve9534,

I was very, very fond of John. I have a photo of him with his large camera ship in my photo album. Thank you stepping out and saying hello. If you want any further communication please feel free to email at robertgorham1@yahoo.com

Take care

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09-04-2013 08:24 AM  4 years agoPost 68
steve9534

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Robert
I can assure you the feeling was mutual. On a little different note, I'm curious if you were doing switched inverted? I understood from talking to John that you were and couldn't wait to try it myself. I was living in Puerto Rico at the time and so far as I know was the first to fly a heli inverted there. I used the invert switch for a while, but crashed a couple times because the invert switch was next to the hold switch and I kept getting them mixed up. Around 1988 or so I went to a heli meet in Orlando and saw Curtis flying w/o the switch and knew that had to be a better way. I'd flown airplanes a lot and was a reasonably accomplished pattern flyer so getting used to the rudder/elevator/ailerons inverted wasn't too hard. What took a while was the collective and I planted a few helis before becoming accustomed to down being up and vice versa whilst inverted. Anyway, helis have been a big part of my spare time and my life starting with a lot of encouragement from John and a Gorham heli. It's great to hear you're still at it. I'm 57 and fly at least a couple of times a week. After 26 years it's still a lot of fun. Thanks much. steve.

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09-04-2013 12:38 PM  4 years agoPost 69
RGorham

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Steve,

Yes, I used the switch for inverted hovering back in those days which was a standard feature on the JR radios. Most of us flew that way until Curtis switched over to switchless in the late 80's when he started doing early 3-D stunts. You mentioned that John is not with us anymore. When did this occur?

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09-06-2013 12:30 AM  4 years agoPost 70
RotorheadBob

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Bob Pinto
Bob was the first guy I saw fly a model helicopter. He lived about 20 minutes from my house in 1978 just before I joined the Air Force. He did loops, rolls, and pirouettes from his back yard with his Heli Boys. He was awesome.

Met him again back in the early 2002s at a few of his fun flies in Atlantic City. Wish those events still happened!

Rob
Missing the good ole days!

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09-06-2013 12:31 AM  4 years agoPost 71
TMoore

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Bob's nickname was OC for "out of control". Bob is a good fellow.

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09-06-2013 04:04 AM  4 years agoPost 72
steve9534

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John Smith
John got cancer and just dwindled away. He died about 4 years ago. It was a sad day. steve.

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09-06-2013 04:07 AM  4 years agoPost 73
TMoore

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My StepDad went like that. Once the Cancer got ahold of him, it didn't take long.

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09-06-2013 05:43 AM  4 years agoPost 74
RGorham

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John Smith
I'm sorry to hear that Steve. I considered John Smith a close friend of mine. Last year I lost 4 friends to cancer and one to an Pulmonary embolism. As we get older we start to realize how fragile life is and how short it is. Make every moment count if possible. Thank you again for contacting me.

Take care my friend -

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09-06-2013 05:18 PM  4 years agoPost 75
steve9534

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Robert
Thanks again for the kind words and the great video. It's been a pleasure talking to you. steve.

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09-07-2013 05:50 AM  4 years agoPost 76
mannyh

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80s helis
Yes Robert I remember those days well.. i have a picture in my gallery of a kalt baron 1983... then A GMP Cobra was flown a bunch using an old futaba 153. Yep things sure have changed alot Align Flybarless now is mostly what I fly..
Im glad you are still in the Hobby, nice to see !

remember when a collective machine was hitech stuff?

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09-07-2013 06:04 AM  4 years agoPost 77
TMoore

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Check out this photo. This is Faye Peoples with his homebuilt heli with Kraft SS radio.

Gene Rock published plans for his SSP-5 in American Aircraft Modeler(the predecessor to Model Aviation). It was a daunting article back in the day if you were just starting out in model helis.

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09-07-2013 06:35 AM  4 years agoPost 78
AWittleWabbit

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The tail gyro was genius on that SSP-5.

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09-07-2013 06:44 AM  4 years agoPost 79
TMoore

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Yes it was and it also presented itself as a fabrication challenge at the time.

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09-07-2013 06:50 AM  4 years agoPost 80
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I read a article about while searching "SSP-5 heli". Man, winding your own springs for the rotor head must be a builder's delight.

I'm tempted to build it someday. I'd probably have to be retired to do so the way things are in my house.

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