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Old 08-19-2006, 04:18 PM
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USRA - GIANT-SCALE RACING PHOTO BARRAGE

OK fellas, just got home from a GREAT day of hanging out at the USRA Giant Scale air races. The weather was a bit ruff, GREY and FOGGY, but hey... the show must go on!

For anyone that has not witnessed these races, MAN... these planes can move! The Unlimited class was hitting speeds of over 235 mph!!! (And yes.. its HARD to video this, but I did get quite a bit video, and I will be posting a full video in a few days!)

Basically I'm going to upload a slew of pictures I took to give you an idea of what this racing is all about.

Friday (I was stuck at work ) I came to find out was rough on the racers as 9 planes went in, including our FG hero Robert Vess... a few mid airs and some straight crashes...
so I'll start with the remainders of all the carnage I was able to shoot.

The rest of the shots are just a photo diary of my day. A really great time.

Also... any of you guys that are always having problems with noise at your field...HOLY COW... have your club president listen to one of these planes... ESPECIALLY the alcohol burning 240cc unlimited planes... OMG... my ears will never be the same!

Once again, Team Speed Demons (Scott, Jake and his wife) were ULTRA nice, and made sure everyone was taken care of... in fact EVERYONE was extremely nice, and I did see many familiar faces, and many of the FG members who race were in attendance. (Robert Vess, Scott and Jake Hanbury, Mike McConville and a slew of others) Also Tom Easterday's team of Orange boys were also great guys, and while it rained could bench race with the best of them! So to all of you I spoke with, and filmed and chatted with.. THANKS for a great day!

As always a great time... I will be back next year!

Robert Vess promised he would jump on here when he gets home and will post the winners of each class and help explain any pictures he finds interesting. (PS. Robert THANKS for the 23" VESS props !! I'm flying them tomorrow!!!)
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:29 PM
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:34 PM
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:38 PM
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:42 PM
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Awsome! I love it!
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:43 PM
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:48 PM
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Oh yes.. the button was busy!
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:52 PM
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:55 PM
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Well thats it for now... I have a few more to sort through, and tomorrow night I'll start on the video segments.

I hope at least a few min of the racing comes out... I'll tell you.. it was like trying to film a bird that is going 200+ mph... whooo buddy!
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Old 08-19-2006, 04:56 PM
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Awesome shots!!! Excuse the ignorance, however, are kits available anywhere for these planes?

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Old 08-19-2006, 05:02 PM
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Great Shots Sleepy. Cant wait to see the vid.
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Old 08-19-2006, 05:04 PM
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Sleepy,

Nice shots man. Looks like the guys were having a good time anyway even with the cruddy weather. Thanks for bringing this to us.
Can't wait to see a video of these guys in action.
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Old 08-19-2006, 05:12 PM
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OK I lied.
Last few....
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Old 08-19-2006, 05:24 PM
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Re: USRA - GIANT-SCALE RACING PHOTO BARRAGE

I notice alot of the models have the characteristic 'bulge' low down on the cowl. Reminds me of the large container ships. I guess it works for reducing drag.
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Old 08-20-2006, 06:32 AM
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I think you're referring to the carb inlet, most of the full scale racers have it and we're required to also for scale representation. Doesn't have to be dead on but it's gotta be there. Some of the models guys use it for induction air, some don't.

Thanks to Sleepy for coming out and getting some pics, looking forward to seeing the video.

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I notice alot of the models have the characteristic 'bulge' low down on the cowl. Reminds me of the large container ships. I guess it works for reducing drag.
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