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09-10-2017 11:20 PM  13 months agoPost 161
jbewley

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Fairfield, PA

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This was my first event ever and I had a great time. Got to meet Dennis, in person, after hours of talking on the phone. Met a lot of other folks and my thanks to Steve, Mark, Dan, Darrell and all the others for the advice and thoughts. I even learned the finer points of doing an auto from two feet and how to do the proper stance for flying, Canadian style.

The event was well done, laid back and the food was great. I even got a recipe for baked beans that I will put to good use. Darrell did a wonderful job and I thank you sir.

Dennis did a fantastic job of tuning up my 450 Huey and helping me through the first flight in the fuselage. I will admit it looked very small compared to all the other helicopters there, but never fear. He has already talked me into a 600.

Jim

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09-11-2017 12:05 AM  13 months agoPost 162
neverhappy

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Great Event
This was my 2nd time there this year. Had a blast! Relaxing and learning a lot from everyone, Enjoyed listening to stories of when helis first came out and the problems and fun they had back then. The company, Food and People were great. Got to put a lot of faces to names on RR. Thank you Joe Howard from East Coast Vario for the delicious Steaks. Thank you Darrell and all the helpers there that put on this great event. Special thanks to Stan for getting my two gassers in the air. Thanks To Stan and Joe for the advice on Vario helicopters. A lot of beautiful Scalers there to watch fly and to view Static. Met many new people and friends.

Can't wait until next year maybe I'll be able to fly my own machines without being so nervous.

Jeffrey:) (Love and Peace to all)

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09-11-2017 12:59 PM  13 months agoPost 163
doorman

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Fun Long Week!!
Best one I have been to!!
I heard that from several of the scale "family" ths last week in Dalton..
The event continues to grow, with new faces every year and number 17 didn't disappoint!!
Thanks to Darrell and his club members for making this event possible..and a must attend!!
Hoping all of our friends that are in these crazy storms will be safe....and that all travels are safe..
To everyone that attended, thank you for making this another unforgettable week!!

Stan

AMA 2918-Team Spin Blades,,Castle Creations, Unique Aircraft

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09-11-2017 04:49 PM  13 months agoPost 164
lt1pwr

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Douglasville, GA

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Another great event. Had an excellent time!

Thank for those videos Steve, and it was nice meeting you and hanging out at Darrell's shop

Jay

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09-12-2017 12:36 AM  13 months agoPost 165
Copter Doctor

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Nice job on the vids Steve and thanks to you and Evan for providing me the tent.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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09-12-2017 10:41 PM  13 months agoPost 166
Keygrigger

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Mississauga, Ont. Canada

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Thanks to all and see you soon.

Don and Lily

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09-12-2017 10:50 PM  13 months agoPost 167
jbewley

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Fairfield, PA

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Don, after talking to you about the 250 I am inspired to give it another go. :-)

Jim

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09-13-2017 03:47 AM  13 months agoPost 168
Keygrigger

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Mississauga, Ont. Canada

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Take your time and it will be simple enough to get going. Use the smallest arm on the tail servo and put the ball into the closest hole to the center. That will reduce the oscillations dramatically. Take care.

Don

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09-13-2017 12:11 PM  13 months agoPost 169
jbewley

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Fairfield, PA

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Thanks Don.

Jim

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09-14-2017 06:57 PM  13 months agoPost 170
Joel Rosenzweig

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Marlborough, MA - USA

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Hi friends,

Despite things not going anywhere near what I had planned due to my hand injury, I had a great time at Dalton and look forward to next year. I started my trip home like many, on Saturday night. I made it back home by Sunday evening. Driving with one hand for 1015 miles wasn't too bad.

I've seen a hand specialist who further inspected my hand. He found fractures in three of my finger tips that were not originally discovered. That is contributing to the pain and sensitivity. The wounds are healing, and eventually I'll be good as new and ready to fly again. I don't know how long that will be. I'm getting some physical therapy too. I will see more of the hospital than I ever wanted to.

A special thanks to Rob's wife Kathy who helped me with my bandages for several days. Her care made it much easier for me to manage. Thank you. Her attitude about it eased my anxiety. I was grateful for that.

In any event, it was good to have more time to visit since I wasn't also trying to fit in a season's worth of flying at the same time. Normally I'm on the flight line as often as possible to take advantage of that beautiful field and runway. So sitting back and just talking 100% of the time was unusual for me, but good in its own way since I had opportunities to talk more in depth than I might otherwise have been able to.

A few notable things:

It was fantastic to see Evan and his Comanche. I saw him at the very beginning of the project and have been following the ups and downs and learning curve he has been on. It was quite exciting to see the progress he made up to this point. And, his attitude is fantastic. He takes all the problems in stride. Evan, keep up the great work.

Steve is a super talented builder as you all know from following his Air Wolf build. It was great to see this beast up close, and I was blown away by the quality of his paint work. (The whole build is great of course, topped off by the paint.. but the paint!) He taught himself how to spray the automotive paints, which we all know is no trivial task, and he did a superlative job on it. I aspire to learn the same skills and do as well. It was inspiring to see what he accomplished. I was also appreciative of the care and attention to detail that he applied towards making a heli trailer and heli cart! Not only was his helicopter model beautiful but the same craftsmanship and attention to detail was evident on these two vehicles. I use bungee cords to hold the skids of my helis to my van floor. The difference between what I do and what Steve does was significant. Mine works, but I just loved seeing his robust solution. I was inspired to step up my game.

Andrew was working on his S-76 and got to maiden it. This is another impressive project to pay attention to. I've been following Andrew from the beginning of this project and really enjoyed seeing his craftsmanship throughout the project. It's another example of superlative work.

Don, you have a machine with floats. Dalton has a small body of water nearby visible from the flightline. You know what to do. :-)

So with all that said, as others have echoed, Darrell, thanks for hosting the event again this year. I appreciate all the work you do to keep this going and its great that your club has such kind volunteers to help out.

Thanks to Joe Howard for the steak dinner on Saturday. That's a great treat, and we are fortunate that you sponsor the event that way for all of us to enjoy.

Joel

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09-14-2017 11:34 PM  13 months agoPost 171
Copter Doctor

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Joel, I am glad to hear you made the trip home without any issues and I hope your healing is speedy and comfortable. I hope despite the accident your questions on the matter were answered. I also hope that the fractures discovered wont prolong the healing process and that you will be back at it way before the start of the next season.

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09-15-2017 01:23 PM  13 months agoPost 172
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Good News
Joel,
Thanks for letting us know how you are doing!! Glad to hear that the further damage was found and being addressed..
No doubt you will be back on that flightline very soon..

Stan

AMA 2918-Team Spin Blades,,Castle Creations, Unique Aircraft

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09-15-2017 01:44 PM  13 months agoPost 173
CoachE

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Cincinnati, ohio -usa

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Thank you Joel, It is great news to hear you will be okay. I would not wish that kind of trauma on any pilot. Speedy recovery and I will be looking forward to seeing that SUPER smooth flying we all enjoy watching you do.

BD Team Pilot / Get !T - Got !T - Perfect !T

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09-16-2017 12:24 PM  13 months agoPost 174
Thumper217

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Slidell, LA - USA

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Joel,

Thanks for the write up on the happenings at Dalton and the report on your hand. So glad to hear you are going to be OK and back on the flight line.

It really was another great event and there were a whole bunch of beautiful helicopters there in a variety of sizes from Sandy's mini-Apache up to Bob's BIG turbine EC-120! And thanks to Steve, Emile and Butch most, if not all of them got immortalized on film!

I was really glad to get to see the old gang and some new faces too. It was unfortunate that many of the flyers that were planning on coming up from Florida couldn't make it but I hope they all fared OK in the storm.

It was a real milestone for me to get the S-76 in the air and it was only with the help of a lot of people that the maiden went as smoothly as it did. It has taken a long time to get here mainly because I started this project before I knew what I was doing. One of the most important lessons I have learned is to take my time and listen to those that have gone before me and have much more knowledge. The great thing is that those that attend Dalton are willing to teach and share, which is invaluable. I am enjoying the S-76 build and the hobby in general and that is my main goal. Now that I have it hovering the next step is to learn to fly a heavy helicopter! It's a lot different than my 700 size MD500 that weighs about half as much. I know that's common sense but sometimes that eludes me.

Thanks to Darrell and the club members that helped out with everything especially the food. Everyday there was a variety of delicious options including burgers, sausage and chicken and the Bar-B-Que was awesome! Darrell your shop is amazing. You have some, I mean a ton of really cool stuff!!!

Andrew

Thumper

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09-16-2017 02:42 PM  13 months agoPost 175
Copter Doctor

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Andrew that S76 is already amazing n will be a work of art when finished. I'm glad i was there to see it in the air. It will make for some nice pics together with Butch's S76
Steve, this is my favorite shot of your wolf!

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09-16-2017 07:46 PM  13 months agoPost 176
bwellmaker

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Long Island

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UIH,

Thanks for the update Joel. Good the hand specialist noticed the fractures to give some relief. You will be back in the air in no time I am sure.

After spending some time with my "Brother from a Different Muther" I hope to be all over my 67. I could think of no better place for a maiden that Dalton 18. We will see.

B

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10-03-2017 10:48 PM  12 months agoPost 177
swampd20155

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Gainesville, FL

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Thanks for pics and vids!
Thanks to all that took and posted pics and vids for those of us that couldn’t attend. Looks like a great time was had by all!

Irma paid us a visit, but my family and I fared well - MUCH better than many! Lots of wind and water damage in Gainesville, but all we ended up with was some minor damage to our solar pool heater panels and some yard debris. Our neighbors across the street had a tree fall on their house - no one hurt, but some structural and water damage. That was the case in many areas near us. Feeling incredibly fortunate!

If Mother Nature is less bitchy next year I plan to join you for my first Southern Scale Challenge! Until then, keep your rotors turning!

Marsh

Beating the air into submission...

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