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  • August 15, 2015 11:21 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The results are here

    OCD Trophies Points status were also updated. Click here for the current status.  

  • August 01, 2015 12:46 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The results of the July 25, 2015 contest flown at Lakeville are in. Below are personal accounts of the day by Fred Terzian and Manuel Cisneros. 

    Fred's summary of the day was as follows:

    "The Lakeville site is in very good condition with minimal problems retrieving as in past years when the field was hard pan and rough to traverse when it was rototilled. Last Saturday, quite a few Cloud Dusters attended Jerry Rocha's Rubber contest. Some flew early and put in excellent scores. Those of us that arrived later encountered brisk winds that begin around 8 am. Many rubber flyers decided not to risk their delicate airplanes in those conditions, but that did not stop those with small gas models, hand launch and catapult gliders.

    Tim Batiuk put in two excellent scores in Hand Held Catapult before losing his airplane--the only one he brought as all of his other models were caravanning with Mike McKeever back to the AMA Nationals in Muncie. He "borrowed" Andy Bandy's "Eye Poker" Catapult which I was supposed to return to Andy, to put in his third flight.

    I was able to bring three grandsons to this contest: Giancarlo Cristiani (13), Nicolas Cristiani (10.5) and Kaeden Terzian (10). Kaeden beat out grandpa for second place behind Tim Batiuk. Pretty humbling to get a smaller trophy for third place! Kaeden managed an "out of sight" third flight with his catapult while Giancarlo tracked it with binoculars for five minutes as it headed towards Infineon Raceway. A great way to finish a contest!

    Besides those listed above, other OCD members in attendance were Manuel Cisneros, Roger Gregory, Ron Meckley, Jim Muther, Lynn Price, Brian Workman and Ding Zarate."


    Manuel had a slightly more eventful contest day, to say the least! Here's what he had to say about the day:

    "... just got back from  Lakeville.  Had a grand time despite the fact that I lost my brand new stretched wing Straight Up CLG _and_ my just converted HLG-to-CLG (which was flying great) _and_ my trusty old slow-climb P-30.  I also broke a motor on my Hotbox which trashed the rear of the fuse, but I am going to attempt to fix that.

    I also bashed my second backup P-30 by launching poorly and having it catch the wind which then proceeded to throw it into the ground.  Repairable.

    My desperation attempt to get a third official in P-30 resulted in another broken motor on my 24" BD-4 which put it out of commission, but it's also repairable.

    Oh yeah, I broke the wing of my Lagunita-Cat in half but it was a clean break at the dihedral joint so now I can add an extra couple degrees to the center joint and see if it helps he flight.  Fred said so so it must be true.

    All in all, three lost models, four broken ones, and I didn't even get a chance to try to fly my FAC Moth.

    But, I placed 3rd place in P-30 with only two official flights!  

    Also, I get to build more gliders and a new P-30!  Who could ask for anything more?

    Manuel."

    We hope to see you all at Lakeville on August 8, 2015 at Lakeville for OCD's "biggest" Small Field contest with many events flown, including OCD Cat, Jr HH Cat, Sr/Open HH Cat, HL Glider, Open Rubber, Jr. Rubber, P-30, Mini Moffett, Gollywock, OCD Scale, 1/2 Coupe, E-20, 0.020.

  • July 21, 2015 12:31 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The 24th Worldwide Postal Competition has started on July 1, 2015. Kudos to OCD member Gary Hinze for running the 2015-2016 event. The purpose of this postal contest is to encourage friendly participation between aeromodellers worldwide with the prime emphasis being on low-key, leisurely flying without the pressures of ‘regular’ competition.

    Click here for detailed information on the categories and rules.

    Click here for the results of the 23rd Worldwide Postal Competition.

  • July 21, 2015 12:17 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    This is a postal championship contest for U.S. and Canadian model airplane clubs flying Jimmie Allen models. A participating club will select any desired single date to hold its contest during the months of July, August, September or October 2015. The club score will be the sum of the total 3-flight scores of the three highest scoring club members in the club's contest. Click here for the rules.

    SAM 27 will hold their event on August 29, 2015 at Lakeville. It would be fun if we can join them with an OCD team. Please email your interest to webmaster@oaklandclouddusters.org.

  • June 16, 2015 12:08 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    We have started adding articles to the OCD Library section. Your contributions would be very welcome and much appreciated! Let's dig out those old newsletter/magazine clippings, or let's put together something totally new, and share with the Free-Flight community! We're also seeking articles or photos related to the history of our club.

  • May 23, 2015 1:09 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    OCDs regular Small Field Contest was held at Lagunita on May 17, 2015 under excellent, overcast weather conditions with very little drift and temperatures in the 60s. A few light thermals but otherwise, all airplanes remained on the field with retrieval in squishy conditions within some sporadic high reeds and other green growth. Many young frogs and toads observed under foot. Click here for the results...

    A Sky Bunny and two HLGs

    Haoyang W. preparing his CAT gliders

    Haoyang W. with his own design E-20

    Truman C. with his entry in Small Rubber

  • May 23, 2015 12:58 AM | Web Master (Administrator)


    The Second International Sky Bunny Postal Contest will take place on the Labor Day weekend. OCD member Gary Hinze is the organizer of the event. Visit the following link for more information.

    http://www.endlesslift.com/second-international-sky-bunny-postal-contest/

  • April 28, 2015 9:20 AM | Web Master (Administrator)
    The two day event was held at the Waegell field. Despite earlier forecasts of strong winds particularly for Sunday, both days were quite nice for flying. 30+ flyers enjoyed the competition and camaraderie, and a few luckier ones were treated to $100 bills in the drawing. Hope to see you there next year! Results here. Pictures coming soon...


  • April 12, 2015 1:27 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    6 flyers participated in the inaugural OCD Sky Bunny contest, held within the April Small Field Club contest at Lagunita. Most models were completed within the last week, with Ben finishing up at 2AM last night. The winner was Haoyang Wang. Congratulations Haoyang! The contest results are here.

    Sky Bunny event participants (L to R): Haoyang W, Manuel C, Bill W, Fred T, Ates G, Ben T


    Winner Haoyang W receiving his trophy from Truman C

  • March 26, 2015 9:49 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    We have ordered 10 laser cut Sky Bunny kits from the newly revived Peck Polymers. If you would like to purchase one, please let webmaster@oaklandcloudduster.org know via email. The price is $15 per kit.

    If you are unable to purchase one from the club, here are the alternatives:

    • You can contact the new Peck Polymers at peck.polymers@gmail.com and order one directly from them.
    • You can order through FAI Model Supply at http://www.faimodelsupply.com.
    • You can print the plans from OCDs web site at http://www.oaklandclouddusters.org/Plans and build one from the plans.

    We hope that you build one and bring it out to fly on April 12, in the OCD Small Field Contest at Lagunita. Here is the Sky Bunny event trophy you'll be fighting for, courtesy of Tom Faith.


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