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Old 12-17-2012, 09:50 PM
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Hanno flight at 1988 TOC with the Skybolt, enjoy the lines...

Hanno Prettner Skybolt Known No1 1988 TOC.avi - YouTube
Kick ass vid man!!!! Those were the days I was obsessed in RC!!! I was only 14, waiting on a hand-me-down copy of RC Modeler magazine to look at the pics of the TOC.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:32 PM
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TOC HISTORY ? http://moleski.net/rc/toc.htm

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Re: Bill Hemple Large REED FALCON BIPLANE
Funny, all of the TOC history is all jumbled up.
Here the short history.

1984 was the first year bipes were flown (at least by anyone competitive), because of the bonus.
In 84' Steve Rojecki won with the Reed Falcon. He did the first KE loop I ever saw. He didnt hover or do a Torque roll.
Steve Stricker flew a Stearman in 1984 and he did the first torque roll.
BTW 1984 was the first year the TOC included freestyle (it was a 3 min free with no music), so none of that would have been done in earlier years.
Rojecki placed second in 1990 with the Bucker.

There I feel better.

For those who don't know this is a REED FALCON! Would love to see someone bring this back in a 60CC Size?
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:14 PM
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'84 and '88 TOCs

Some of the pictures I took at the TOCs dominated by biplanes.

Youtube video walking the Pits on day 1 of the '88 TOC.

1988 TOC Pit Walk (8 min 30 sec)
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:53 PM
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Great stuff!
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:10 PM
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More TOC images 1982, '84, '88, '92, and '94

Most of these images haven't seen the light of day since they were taken. Good memories and some hard but great times. The magazine article that started this thread has some photo caption errors, the black ultimate was Bill Cunningham's and was gorgeous. My memory tells me the Week's Super Solution was flown by Peter Weasel's but I know Dean Koger also flew a WSS at some point.

Two of my all-time favorite pictures are 1) Chris Lakin whispering to his Sukhoi..."..come on baby, one more good round". He is actually listening for the 2 liter soda bottle fuel tank to start gurgling so not to over fill and 2) His wife and caller Diane holding on as the engine is run-up just before a flight.

At the 1982 TOC there were so many Laser 200s on the flight line it was hard to move with out bumping into one, hence the rules change that added the 10% bonus for biplanes for the 1984 tournament.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:01 AM
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The Week's Special in your 1st pic was flown by Dave Brown. The Ultimate Bipes in the 3rd pic belonged to Tony Frackowiak. Steve Stricker's Extra 300s was actually a project between him, Dave von Linsower, and Geoff Coombs, and at the time was the biggest airplane I'd ever seen at 43%.

I really miss the TOC. I had a lot of really tough years there, and I never even flew in it. Calling for pilots in those later years with the incredibly difficult sequences was no picnic.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:30 AM
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Great thread !
I would love to hear more about the setup they used , engines etc !
Please keep it coming .
Bruno .
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:08 AM
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hi guys nice thread, here is a PINK jacket that was given to me as a present from Lawrence lo which i am so proud to own it. He flew in the TOC for many years for hong kong & then australia. He is now 80 years of age & still fly's good. This is from 1977 i was only 4 years & Lawrence is the reason i took up flying 3D
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Old 07-23-2013, 05:48 AM
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Thanks for posting the video from the 1988 TOC. They sure had a nice variety of airplanes.

I like the Bucker Jungmann and the Skyblolt. I just need them blown up to a 3 meter wingspan size...

It would be cool if we could get the TOC started again. It's all about who ya know. Doesn't anyone here know someone that owns a casino and would want to throw away $500,000 to 1 million dollars every other year ?

Barry :-)
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Old 07-23-2013, 06:18 AM
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Shinny nylon jackets must have been the "Bowling Shirts" of that day...


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Old 07-23-2013, 08:12 AM
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some people still wear there TOC jackets....
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:58 AM
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Great photos!
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Most of these images haven't seen the light of day since they were taken. Good memories and some hard but great times. The magazine article that started this thread has some photo caption errors, the black ultimate was Bill Cunningham's and was gorgeous. My memory tells me the Week's Super Solution was flown by Peter Weasel's but I know Dean Koger also flew a WSS at some point.

Two of my all-time favorite pictures are 1) Chris Lakin whispering to his Sukhoi..."..come on baby, one more good round". He is actually listening for the 2 liter soda bottle fuel tank to start gurgling so not to over fill and 2) His wife and caller Diane holding on as the engine is run-up just before a flight.

At the 1982 TOC there were so many Laser 200s on the flight line it was hard to move with out bumping into one, hence the rules change that added the 10% bonus for biplanes for the 1984 tournament.
The white, yellow and orange weeks solution with the pink panther hanging on it... My dad built that actual airplane. As you stated dean flew it and it was funded by Wayne Ulery! Had a custom designed one off engine out of Canada he said the engine was about $50,000! The entire airframe weighed just over 20lbs!
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:16 AM
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If you were fortunate enough to be invited to the TOC back then, it was as if you reached the pinnacle of RC aerobatics. There wasn't but a couple pilot cancellations in the history of the event that I remember. If you were invited, you made @#$% sure you attended, because you may not get the chance again.

Some of my fondest memories were going out 2 weeks ahead of time and seeing Steve Stricker, Mike McConville, Dave VonLinsowe, Wolfgang Matt, myself and a bunch of others all fighting to get their little piece of some of the various dry lake beds around Vegas. Everybody would enter a dry lake, check with each other to see what frequencies they were on, and then drive off into the distance. Nobody wanted each other to see how the others were flying, and more importantly you didn't want to let anybody see your freestyle "tricks". You'd end up flying from morning till dark every day, and by the time dark came you were ready for a shower, food and bed. Then back at it the next day.
By the time the contest started, everybody was ready to go home and not to the contest site. Very strenuous and expensive!!! Hotels, gas, the occasional loss of planes and equipment failures were added stress. The last years that I was there, I think 10th thru 20th received $4500 ea. prize money and that may have covered some of the costs.
The TOC was a "class" event, with a full covered concession area (including bar), gift shop where you could buy Jackets, Tshirts and a variety of other TOC trinkets.

Good times!!
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:44 AM
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Frank,
That make you one of the original “Grandfathers of 3D” as we know it now…

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